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Richards Landing Legion resumes meetings, but building remains closed

Fundraisers in the works as the St. Joseph Island branch is in a 'relatively stable financial situation, but there are ongoing expenditures with zero income'
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On June 15, 2020, the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Branch 374 held the first in-person executive meeting since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. There were 10 executives in attendance. It was unanimously agreed that it is time to bring the public up-to-date on what is happening with the branch.

Unfortunately, in keeping with the federal, provincial, and Algoma Public Health guidelines, and the safety and well-being of our vulnerable members, volunteers, and patrons, the branch continues to be closed to all events. The exception is the Meals-on-Wheels Program, which as an essential service, continues to use the branch kitchen facilities.

In addition, the branch continues to be available as an Emergency Shelter, should the need arise.

Even though the branch is closed, necessary maintenance is being done by a few volunteers, who are spending much time and effort to do so. This is very much appreciated.

While RCL Branch 374 is in a relatively stable financial situation, there are ongoing expenditures with zero income. A generous, and much appreciated, $5,000 donation to the operating fund was received from the Township of St. Joseph, as well as materials for repairs to the Richards Landing cenotaph flower boxes. Repairs will be completed by branch volunteers. A fruit and meat pie baking fundraiser is being coordinated by Comrade Heather Littleton. Contact her if you are able to assist. Watch for further details as this fundraiser develops. Thank you for your continued support. 

A five-person committee, chaired by branch President Dave Pearse, has been formed to review possible scenarios for re-opening when the time is right. They will report to the July executive meeting.

The senior executive continues to keep a close watch as this pandemic unfolds with the intent of opening just as soon as safely possible.