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RCL #7 Britannia Branch

The Friendly Branch

Royal Canadian Legion Britannia 7 Closing

 

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

Victoria’s Britannia 7 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,” Britannia 7 President, 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 Britannia 7 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 Britannia 7 has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the community and will continue to do so in the future.

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

The Britannia 7 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 Britannia Legion 7
PO Box 35037 Hillside
Victoria, BC V8T 3A0

How to Join

Please make cheque payable to RCL Britannia 7

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

Please send payment via Interac E Transfer to britannialegion@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 Britannia 7!

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