Lighthouse Country Business Association

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The Royal Canadian Legion, RCL 211, Bowser

 

Come on in- the doors …and arms are open at the Legion! Since 1949, the Bowser Legion known as RCL (Branch 211) has opened its arms to our veterans, their dependents and residents of our community. First founded as a gathering spot for resident veterans, and shortly thereafter a home to the Ladies Auxiliary, the Bowser Legion has evolved into the social and charitable anchor of our community, referred to by many residents as the heart of our community.

Wow, and they do so much! Support veterans and their dependents, host remembrance and memorial services, raise funds and coordinate donations, run community events, provide a meeting site for community organizations, run social programs for members, provide a local neighborly gathering spot for socializing, and now, provide shelter in an emergency as an official Emergency Reception Center. Last year their charitable donations totaled $20,000 , given to organizations providing services to residents between Hindoo Creek to the north , Qualicum Bay to the south and Denman and Hornby Islands- recipients such as students via bursaries and scholarships, literacy programs, family assistance centers, fire department and marine rescue organizations just to name a few. Throughout the year the LA raises funds and organizes the donation of food hampers for those in need- not just at Christmas although Christmas is the busiest hamper time, their arms are wide open!

How do they do it??  With lots of dedicated help and the support of the community- all self-funded! An executive of 9, the staff and the Ladies Auxiliary run an incredible program of fund raising activities and service work, annual events like the Valentine’s tea and Christmas with Santa that the community looks forward to every year. There are meat draws, auctions, fundraisers, pie sales, dances, teas, barbeques and lawn mower races all bring monies in that they give back while providing social events for us to enjoy. There are also many weekly in house activities such as darts, pool, and cards- open to all on a drop in basis.

Every year the Legion organizes the Poppy Fund Drive, the proceeds of which along with those of the Remembrance Wreaths goes to help veterans and veteran services as well as community services which are tied to veterans assistance. The Legion’s services provide support for veterans and their dependents (member or not) through the work of the service officer who liaises on their behalf with government, medical and veteran organizations to help them access benefits and information- what a great thing!

So why not choose the Legion as a destination for a night out when you know every dollar you spend here will stay in the community and do good. Attend an event, buy a poppy, win a roast, have a beer, throw a dart, honor a veteran, be a part of it! Drop in and check it out. RCL #211 7035 West Island Highway, Bowser 250-757-9222 email: rcl211@shaw.ca and website: www.rcl211.org

The Bowser Legion, a supportive member of the Lighthouse Country Business Association.

Copyright © 2018 Bowser and Area Branch # 211

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