A plea for members

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Editor:

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 would like to thank all the members of the public who donated so freely to make our recent poppy drive a success. We would also like to give special thanks for the generous donations from businesses and professionals. Without this kind of open-handed support from the local community, the Legion would be unable to continue its mandate to help not only our veterans but also many charities such as the food bank, homeless shelters, meals for school children, the Salvation Army and the Lions Club, and many other benevolent societies.

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We at the Legion are in the midst of turmoil. We are slowly losing our veterans and therefore our members, while at the same time fewer people are joining the Legion. Perhaps this is due in part to the mistaken belief that you, or your parents or grandparents, have to be, or have been, a serving member of the armed forces. Nothing could be further from the truth; anyone 19 years of age or older who is willing to donate a little time to help out with the Legion’s charitable work, such as volunteering for poppy duty, visiting the sick, serving on a committee, attending a Remembrance Day Parade, is very welcome. These duties require so little time when there are sufficient volunteers to share them

Please, if you have ever wondered what you can do for your community and for the memory of those who gave so much for us to live in a free world, we invite you to become a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. We need your help.

K. Metcalfe, President, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 140, Sechelt

 

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