14 May 2021
Dear SUPRAD,The Greely & District Legion, Branch 627 was forced to close in early March due to COVID-19 as commanded by both the Federal and Provincial Governments.
When the Greely Legion was formed by volunteers fifty years ago, they felt very honored to be able to purchase the previous sight of ‘HMCS GLOUCESTER’. It was a perfect fit, an old military base to become the new home for retired veterans and their families to meet.
Branch members along with other volunteers have repurposed this site into a well respected and useful community facility.
The site has both a larger hall and a smaller hall, ample parking and a well maintained grass field for outdoor functions.
Each Legion Branch is unique. Because Branch #627 is not located in the center of a village, near a city bus route, does not have a local newspaper or any other ongoing financial assistance, we rely mostly on hall rentals to cover our expenses.
This facility is used by community youth groups and seniors as well as our Veterans. We are able to accommodate both large and small functions be it meetings, euchre parties, auction sales, weddings and receptions, celebrations of life, swap meets and camping events, etc.
Our Branch, like our home, receives monthly bills for hydro, insurance, alarm services and telephone as well as our winter heating costs.
We have had NO income since March. We were fortunate enough to have been able to have two outdoor functions and received some financial donations from friends and branch members.
Our funds have run out. We will no longer be able to pay our hydro, insurance or heating costs. “Our need has become desperate”. It would be unfortunate if our building’s hot water heating system were to freeze and destroy this historic site.
We appreciate that the Federal & Provincial Governments are offering help for businesses in need, but it seems that our Legion never qualifies since we operate with volunteer help and it is our utility bills which need to be covered.
This forced closure was through no fault of our Legion Branch. One of our members, Henry Doucette, was kind enough to set up a GoFundMe page. If you are interested in making a financial donation, you can click on the link or on the image below or send the Legion a cheque. Please feel free to contact me, President Linda Wyman (613-822-0233) or our Secretary Arlene Preston (613-826-6128), if you wish to donate in a different way.
Any assistance we receive will be greatly appreciated.
Greely & District Legion, Branch 627
Greely & District Legion - Royal Canadian Legion - Branch #627
PO Box 189, 8021 Mitch Owens Road
Greely, Ontario, K4P 1N5
We welcome any help to cover the expenses of the Greely Legion.
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