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RCL #7 Britannia Branch

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Royal Canadian RCL #7 Britannia Branch Closing

 

It is one of the Victoria’s oldest non-profit societies, and on August 31, 2019, it will close its doors.

Victoria’s RCL #7 Britannia Branch will close its doors but will still maintain its charter in order to continue to provide its ongoing community services.

After 100 years as one of the community’s “keepers of remembrance,” RCL #7 Britannia Branch, Keith J. Yow said the Executive including himself, made the “difficult” decision to close the actual branch. This decision was presented to and made with the approval of the membership at a recent Special General Meeting. BC Yukon Command Branch Advisory Executive Committee has also approved the final RCL #7 Britannia Branch decision.

“We have reached a point where our dedicated souls and weary bodies can no longer keep pace with the needs of the branch and our community.”

“I’ve been President for five years, and so have most of our board members, and we’re all very tired.”

There are still 300 members in total, but Yow said, there just were not enough qualified younger members willing to step in to take over some of the lead roles in the organization.

While the one-two punch of mounting costs and gradually dwindling memberships and volunteer base across the country have forced dozens of branches across Canada to close their doors or declare bankruptcy, Yow says “the Britannia 7 Legion is financially viable — but the future of the branch comes down to manpower.”

Over the years, the RCL #7 Britannia Branch has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the community and will continue to do so in the future.

The RCL #7 Britannia Branch has sold their unencumbered properties effective May 05, 2019 and plans to invest the funds in secure investments. The Branch plans to use the interest raised on the sale of its properties to adhere to the RCL Mission Statement;

Our mission is to serve Veterans, including serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote Remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country.

The RCL #7 Britannia Branch will still hold bi-monthly meetings at other Legions and suitable venues.

The RCL #7 Britannia Branch was founded on November 21, 1917 to serve the needs of Canadian soldiers and their families. They celebrated 100 years in Victoria on November 20, 2017.

 


 

new mailing address

RCL #7 Britannia Branch
PO Box 35037 Hillside
Victoria, BC V8T 3A0

How to Join

Please make cheque payable to RCL #7 Britannia Branch

Next, please complete application form, scan and email to britaccounting@shaw.ca or you can print the completed form and mail it to the address above.

Please send payment via Interac E Transfer to britaccounting@shaw.ca

Once we receive your application and proof of payment, the application will be processed. Please keep your receipt as proof of membership until we mail your card to you.  This process could take up to 4-6 weeks.  Thanks for joining the RCL #7 Britannia Branch!

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: britaccounting@shaw.ca

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve “veterans, the serving military, RCMP” and their families; to promote remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country.

Send money today:

Send money using Interac e-Transfer to simplify everyday payments and a great alternative to cheques and cash.

  1. Log in to your financial institution's online or mobile banking and navigate to Interac e-Transfer Send Money.
  2. Select the account you would like funds transferred from.
  3. Add or select a contact and fill out the name and e-mail address or mobile phone number of the person you wish to send money to. In our case, the member should send money to britaccounting@shaw.ca
  4. Type in the specified amount you are sending, along with a personalized message. Enter a security question and answer if the recipient doesn’t have the Autodeposit feature turned on and complete the transfer. The recipient will receive a notification and can deposit the funds to their account through their online or mobile banking.