Brockville Legion Branch 96 Ladies Auxiliary celebrates 85 years
Posted Apr 4, 2013By Doreen Barnes
Doreen Barnes, St. Lawrence EMC
Coordinating the Brockville Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 96 Ladies’ Auxiliary 85th anniversary is a committee comprised of members (left to right) Sharon Moore, Joreen Jackson, Shirley Maxwell, Mary Ann Greenwood, Barb Lake and Laura Blair. This celebration is taking place on Saturday, April 20.
EMC Events – The upcoming 85th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 Ladies Auxiliary takes place April 20 and will feature an evening of entertainment.
“Musician Barry Elliott will play background music during dinner,” said Anniversary committee member Shirley Iola Maxwell, a 35-year member.
There will be up to 100 tickets sold for this roast beef dinner at a cost of $12 per person. Ticket cut-off date is Monday, April 15.
Various distinguished dignitaries are invited along with guest speaker Ontario Provincial chair Debbie Olmstead.
Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., after which guests will be piped in along with the pageantry of the Legion Colour Party for dinner.
Brockville’s Branch #96 Ladies’ Auxiliary is one of the oldest and most active groups in Ontario.
Formed one year after the Royal Canadian Legion received its charter (1927), this amazing auxiliary has worked hard to assist the Legion Branch in any way they saw fit.
The very first Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary was started by six ladies in 1926.
“This Auxiliary consisted of 26 ladies that went under the title of Great War Veterans Association,” commented member Mary Ann Greenwood. “The Legion Auxiliary held an annual convention and later changed its name in 1962 to the present Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary.”
In the early years, women were asked to help wounded veterans who were hospitalized by visiting them as well as sending parcels, plus volunteering to knit mitts or anything that the servicemen could use.
Now days, the Ladies’ Auxiliaries throughout the world are still supporting their Legion Branches and the communities.
As for the Brockville Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary there are about 90 members and they work enthusiastically to cater to functions, have bazaars, donate to local charities including the Operation Harvest Share food Bank, prepare birthday luncheons, have Summer Fun Nights and so many other activities within the Branch .
During the 85th Anniversary evening’s proceedings 11 members with 50 plus years of service will be recognized.
Those include Elizabeth (Betty) Todd, Mary (Shirley) Hunt, Bea Todd, Doris Dixon, Doris Smith, Marion Argue, Jean Mallette, Helen Sinclair, Della Quartus, Edith MacFarlane and Bea Shearer.
Since these ladies had joined, the criterion has changed and now anyone can join as long as they have two sponsors and go through the process to become part of the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary.
“You need to have two sponsors to sign for you to become a member and pay the $5 membership fee and the name is brought up at the meeting and the ladies vote to accept the person as a member or not,” offered Sharon Moore. “If accepted, at the next meeting the person is initiated. You do not have to belong to the Legion, to be a member of the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary.”
Should anyone be interested in joining the Auxiliary or want to buy tickets for this very special occasion, drop by the Brockville Royal Canadian Legion, 180 Park St. or call 613-345-0473.