Our club was honored to have Mr. Benjamin R.C. Pearce, William Hogg and George Pelling of The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 139, Streetsville, visit our club.  Mr. Pearce shared the history of the Streetsville Chapter and the many programs that the Royal Canadian Legion manages to the benefit of our community and our veterans.   Streetsville attained their chapter in December 1928, just two years after the British Empire Service League was formed, (which became the Royal Canadian Legion in 1960).  Mr. Pearce talked about the many programs, such as the Cadets and the Poppy Campaign, which the Legion coordinates to raise funds.  The Poppy Campaign is an important fundraider for the Legion and a reminder to our community of the sacrifices made by our military.  By wearing the Poppy we demonstrate our gratitude to those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy.   Remembrance Day is also a time to recognize those who have not died but who suffer from wounds and disabilities as a result of their military service.  Mr. Pearce emphasized that the money raised from the sale of Remembrance Day Poppies is used to benefit veterans in a variety of ways; Educational Bursaries, comfort for those who are hospitalized and medical research, to name a few.    All monies raised, less expenses, are held in trust and cannot be used except as directed and authorized by the General By laws of the Royal  Canadian Legion.   Campaign expenses are generally low because most of the work is voluntary.


Thank you to Brad Butt for organizing our speaker this week.  And sprecial thanks to Mr. Pearce, Mr. Hogg and Mr. Pelling for visiting our club and for their work in supporting our veterans.