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Britannia Legion #7

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 last November 20, 2017.

 


 

Festivities

Plans to date for our closing weekend:

Friday, June 21st – Meat Draw Extravaganza

Our meat draws will have more specialty items for our final meat draw.

There will be a dart shoot and a mini pool tournament that evening after last meat draw.

Saturday, June 22nd – BBQ and Music by CURL and discounted drinks – Branch open at 11:30 a.m.

Britannia paid up members only, will have a free meal and their one guest will get a discounted meal for $20.

BBQ consists of:  6 oz top sirloin steak, BBQ chicken breast, corn on the cob, potato salad, Caesar salad and green salad.

Tickets will be available on: 

TICKETS MUST BE PICKED UP BY FRIDAY, JUNE 7th so we know how many will be attending.

Caterer, 1550’s will start BBQ service at 1 p.m. and food will be available until 2:30 p.m. or shortly after depending on how many people want to eat up until 3 p.m. at the latest.  As steaks will be cooked at patron’s request (well done, medium, medium-rare).  They will be done as requested in a speedy manner.  Table will be set up outside kitchen with the rest of the menu.  Staff will bring the steaks and chicken in from the BBQ and serve at the set-up table.

Once we know how many members and guests are planning on attending, we can then determine if we will advertise to our other patrons if they would like to attend at the price set. 

As food service will end at 3 p.m. and the band CURL will play until 5 p.m., we can also consider if others can come in to enjoy the music depending on capacity.

 Sunday, June 23rd – Legion Week Gaming Grant event

Final day of business – saying Good-bye to 780 Summit Avenue

Branch open at 11:30 a.m. for general public.  We have Jesse Thomas Brown, singer/songwriter, piano player/recording artist playing from noon until 4 p.m.  He has played at the branch in the past and is a very talented artist.  We will serve free hot dogs and discounted bar drinks.  The party will go from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until we run out of beverages!

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.