Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 187, Colborne, ON
Captain Charles S. Rutherford VC, MC, MM Branch
Serving our Veterans, their families and our community since 1931
Veterans and service to our veterans are another core element of the Legion. The Veterans Services officer is the primary point of contact for a veteran or their dependents in need of assistance. The Service Officer stands ready to help and support the veteran in accessing the help and services they need. The assistance could be government programs or Legion programs. The Service Officer is responsible for being aware of what is available and how to access the help.
It is the responsibility of the Finance Chairman to receive financial reports from the bookkeeper, review the reports and follow up on any questions arising from the reports. The chair presents the reports to the executive and the general membership for review and approval.
While membership is central to us having the people to make the branch work, Poppy is central to our core reason for being. Remembrance, always reminding ourselves and others of the sacrifices made for the freedoms we hold dear. The Poppy is symbolic of that work. Every year, Legionnaires and volunteers fan out to distribute poppies during the poppy campaign. It is the responsibility of the Poppy Chairman to arrange the campaign and to look after the orders for wreaths to be laid on Remembrance Day.
The Seniors Chairman works with local seniors groups to determine how the branch can assist with making life and seniors activities better.
Membership is the core of the Legion. Without members we can not carry out the Mission Statement and do the work needed to keep us operating. The Membership Chairman receives and processes membership applications and maintains the members records. It is a job that requires detail and we often don’t thank the Chairman enough.
The Legion’s mission of Remembrance starts with the youth. The Youth Education Chairman carries out the annual Poster, Poem & Essay Contest, promotes the Video contest and conducts the Public Speaking Contest. The Youth Education Chair works with our local schools to promote remembrance of the sacrifices which secured our freedoms.
House & Property
The House & Property Committee Chairman is expected to form a committee of individuals willing to work together for the general upkeep and operations of the building.
Communication to our members and to the public is how we get our story out there. The public relations officer is responsible for gathering information about what is happening around the branch and getting the story out in all forms of media we use.
Honours & Awards
The responsibility of the H&A Chairman is to plan an annual H&A event. This event is an opportunity to recognize and thank those who have rendered service to the Legion and the branch. To accomplish this the chair will review the membership role for those who are to receive service pins, will receive reports from standing committees of those who have volunteered during the year and nominations for other service awards.
Sports are played at the branch, Zone, District and Provincial levels of the Legion. The branch sports officer is responsible for seeing that members who enter sports are eligible to play and to send their entries to the proper level. The sports officer also exercises general oversight of the sports activities in the branch.
Ways & Means
The Ways & Means committee looks for ways to raise funds for the Legion to carry out its work. The major work of that committee at 187 is the twice-monthly dinners and other activities throughout the year.
This branch committee is responsible for organizing the community Christmas hamper program. During the rest of the year, the chairman works with the local food bank to help raise awareness of the need in the community.
The Revitalization committee will be charged with examining, planning and implementing how we see our branch looking as we move further into the 21st century. We will be looking to balance our responsiblity for upholding tradition while being forward thinking. The commitee’s work is expected to be long term, not short term.
Shop & Support
Shop & Support is a fundraising program which allows you to purchase gift cards for a wide range of retailers. The purchaser receives full face value on the card and the Legion receives a percentage depending on the retailer. It’s a way of donating to the Legion without taking it from your own pocket. The Shop & Support Chairman is responsible for receiving the orders and making sure they get place on the first Sunday of the month.
Sick & Visiting
When we are notified a member is not well, the sick & visiting committee does their best to get in to see the member and let them know the branch is thinking about them.
The Bursary Chairman is responsible for increasing awareness of the bursary program and assisting students to complete the applications for bursaries. Keeping abreast of the rules for the program is an important part of the role.
Leadership & Planning
The Leadership & Planning Chairman is responsible for the training of members on the ways of the Legion. There is a lot to learn about how the Legion operates. There are rules to follow, rituals & protocols and traditions to uphold. It is here to help you learn.
The Hall Manager has responsibility for the booking and use of the banquet room facilities. Anyone wanting to use the hall should contact the Hall Manager to determine if the hall is available when they need it and to arrange to book the hall. The single point of contact has been established to avoid double booking of the hall and to provide consistent information to all those using the hall.
The bar manager is responsible for the oversight of the bar operations. The job responsibilities include the training and oversight of volunteers and paid staff for both the clubroom bar and the banquet room. The bar manager sees to the ordering of supplies for both bars and works with other committee members as needed.