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Legion Hap Ki Do club cleans up - the parking lot

Club members and volunteers worked together to sweep the Legion parking lot and lead by example
Legion work bee
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The Legion Martial Arts Club instructors came together this weekend to clean the Legion parking lot, as part of its efforts to teach the values of good citizenship to our members.

At the Legion Hap Ki Do martial arts club, we teach much more than kicking and punching; in fact, we teach that fighting is the last resort when it comes to self protection, and one of the main goals in our programs is to restore the mores and values that have become a rarity rather than the norm in today’s society. 

We also believe that true leaders must lead by example, and to this end the Instructors of the Legion Hap Ki Do Club, supported by spouses and club members, took on the arduous task of sweeping the parking lot of Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion… "The Home Of Our Veterans".

Like any good neighbour would, Branch 25 of the Legion makes every effort to keep the “Home Of Our Veterans” neat and tidy; however, that task is much more difficult than sweeping the average driveway. 

Several things must be considered when planning the job, and some of the main things to consider are dust control and making sure that the lot had no vehicles in it.  

The Legion Hap Ki Do volunteers attempted to address the first concern  by picking a day that had rain in the forecast, and the second concern meant the job needed to be done on a Sunday when the Legion is closed.  

According to all weather forecasts we checked when planning the job, this past Sunday looked like the perfect day. Unfortunately, instead of the “promised rain”, we got a hefty breeze, and the result of that was that the job raised more dust than anyone could have anticipated.

The volunteers of the Legion Hap Ki Do Club sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our neighbours, and we truly appreciate their patience. Suffice it to say, we did our best, but Mother Nature threw us a curve ball none of us could have expected... given the weather forecast.

On the bright side, we did manage to show our students that volunteering has many benefits, not the least of which is the awesome feeling that “making a difference” leaves one with. 

Indeed, the Legion Hap Ki Do Club was organized with the mandate to make a difference to our city, and to address the drug problems that are so devastating to our fellow citizens. 

We are proud to have had the opportunity to present a very successful Women’s Self Defence Program a few months ago, and we are very happy with the response to the Anti Bullying Program we have planned for this Summer.   

The volunteer Instructors of our club thank Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion for their continued support. We are 100 per cent non profit, and we are glad to see that the citizens of our city have begun to realize that our efforts to help our fellow citizens are sincere and very affordable. 

We are delighted to announce that our two month long Bully Proofing Summer Camp, scheduled to begin on July 2, is on track to become another sell out program.  There is still time to join; however, the class is almost full.  

If you want your child to benefit from the many “life skills” we teach at the Legion Hap Ki Do Club, please contact Grandmaster Rudy Timmerman at