Commands definition : The Ladies’ Auxiliary supports the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion and their dedicated service enriches the programs and activities of the Branch. However , The Ladies Auxiliary of Br 255 are so much more.
I am proud to say that our Ladies Auxiliary are part of the backbone of branch 255.
They have taken a pivotal role in our branches success. If not for them , branch 255 would not be what it is today.
It is no secret , A mere 5 years ago , our branch almost closed forever. In that very dark period of our branch’s history , our ladies shone like a beacon of light in a vast
darkness. When duty called , our ladies gave their all. They put their hearts and souls into
this branch along with their funds. If not for the hard work, help and generosity of
our ladies, the branch may very well have closed it’s doors forever .
Our ladies Of Br 255 have worked tirelessly in the kitchen cooking when the branch
had no cooks.
They kept the kitchen open for outside community events including : comedy nights; open mic nights; university award event; Moggy Cat fundraiser and a belly dancing fundraiser shows. If not for our ladies , our branch would have had to turn all these events away. The ladies also catered a beloved veterans wake , for which I am truly grateful. They also ran the Friday Fish fries, held bake sales and put on monthly pasta nights. They did all this to keep patrons coming into the branch.
The ladies auxiliary have also hosted many fundraisers and events.
They have prepared many delicious meals and bbqs and have kept the legion full on many Sunday evenings. They also provided the entertainment.
With the funds they earned from events and fundraisers , the Ladies were able to
donate thousands and thousands of dollars to the branch. They donated funds for :
The new HVAC SYSTEM and ROOF. They bought 3 new toilets, 3 televisions, the High definition projection tv , a heat lamp , fryer thermometer and freezers for the kitchen , a new branch amplifier, pitched in on two stand up tables for the dart room, bought a lot of decor for the branch and much much more. They also funded the supplies and food for the kitchen and kept the bar stocked with supplies ( towels, lemons, limes, etc ) .
Through the years , They also donated: weeks worth of sandwiches for the poppy
campaigns ; baked goods and cakes for events ; prize moneys for Halloween and ugly Christmas sweater party’s and so much more.
The Ladies Auxiliary hosted a delicious Vimy ridge dinner where the public was
encouraged to come and meet branch veterans. All of the veterans ate for free.
They donated funds to the quilts of valour , They participated in the poppy campaigns, and sponsored a veteran for the Veterans voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance event. On top of all that, our ladies were able to donate funds to homeless veterans
program, bursaries, youth and education and local charities.
Our Ladies Have diligently supported veterans, our branch and our local community.
It is truly a commendable job the ladies have done.
The RIVERSIDE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 255 would like to thank our Ladies for all that they have done and continue To do in our branch. We are very lucky to have such an exemplary and active auxiliary.
Our ladies are evidence of the strength we hold when we all gather together for a single purpose. Branch 255 and our auxiliary are an un-defeatble combination , and we hope to continue this symbiotic success indefinitely.
By Debra Thompson / L.A. Secretary