Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an selfless activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun and a variety of other reasons.
Volunteering takes many forms and is performed by a wide range of people. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work in, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Other volunteers serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster or for a beach-cleanup, aiding local organizations for less fortunate citizens and so on…..
Volunteering is a significant aspect of Canadian life by which volunteers strengthen the fabric of Canadian society. The volunteer activities of Canadians reflect the diversity of their interests and motivations. Volunteers serve as coaches for children and youth, raise funds for the causes they support, provide social services in their communities, protect the environment and provide health care and education. The Royal Canadian Legion is the largest community volunteer organization in all Canada!
Our legion branch has a variety of ways that members and friends can be of service – see the list below or call 705-645-8500 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICER VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
1. Sports Officer
Attendance of these chairs at every Executive Committee Meetingf is not a requirement but attrendance at the monthly Branch General Meetings is required. Contact the President, Shirley Ruttan through the branch 705-645-8500 or e-mail: email@example.com.
ANNUAL POPPY CAMPAIGN
When a new member is initiated, built into the words is the requirement to volunteer for the Poppy Campaign. But if the legion branches relied only on the campaign funds very few legion branches would still exist. The Poppy Funds may only be used for the welfare of veterans and/or their families or veteran connected organizations.
OTHER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
As noted in the introduction to the legion, the legion is a major local community contributor. This branch supports well over 100 local organizations in one way or another. To do this requires teams of volunteers to organize and operate the functions or activities that raise the funds to support the local communities. Here is a list of the current activities some of which earn revenue and others that support the community – if you have suggestions for more activities, the branch executive committee will be pleased to consider them:
Canada Day Festivities including children’s’ and adult games and competitions.
Bracebridge Pioneer Power Show (beer tent – 2nd weekend in July, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)
Branch Huge Yard, Craft and Bake Sale (August Statutory Holiday weekend – Saturday and Sunday 08:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Bracebridge Highland Games (beer tent and food tent, 3rd weekend in August – Saturday only)
Bracebridge Antique Show (food concession in the exhibit hall) 4th weekend in August – Friday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Bracebridge Fall Fair and Horse Show (food concession – 2nd weekend in September Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to Sunday 2:00 p.m.)
3Js Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser (3rd weekend in September – usual T-off 12:00 Noon – scramble format open to the public).
Members Children’s’ Christmas Party – pre- registration required to ensure every child receives a present from Santa (usually held on either the second or third Sunday afternoon in December, it depends on which part of the week Christmas falls).
Thank Goodness Its’ Friday Public Suppers (last Friday – 6:00 p.m.)
Public Family Breakfasts (usually the third Sunday – 9:00 a.m.)
Retired Police and Firefighters Breakfast (second Thursday September to June)
Tuesday evening Ladies Darts (7:00 p.m. September to May)
Wednesday Public Lunches (12:00 Noon all year) – always on the last Wednesday of the month the menu is the best Liver and Onions you ever tasted!
Thursday “Out of the Cold” Community Supper (November to April 5:30 p.m.)
Thursday evening Mixed Darts League (7:30 p.m. September to May)
Saturday Public Meat Draws (3:00 p.m. all year)
Occasionally – often at least monthly
Various organizations annual dinners, anniversaries, parties, weddings, lunches and breakfasts (often on a Friday or Saturday)
Funeral wakes/memorials (contact our L. A. for details)