It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to keep an organization like the Royal Canadian Legion operating, and the Ladies Auxiliary is an integral part of that team.
The group of dedicated women, who joined the organization as a way of supporting the veterans, volunteer their time to keep Golden’s Branch 122 vibrant.
Although admittedly having been in a bit of a lull the last couple years, the Ladies Auxiliary (LA) stays busy by organizing events, teas, garage sales, catering for private events in the Legion hall, and much more.
At their regular luncheon, the women sat around the table, eating their homemade lunch, talking about the various activities the group is involved in, while they joked around and socialized.
“Our role is to support the branch, and to support the veterans,” said Annette Lefebvre, President of the auxiliary for the past 11 years. “I joined the Ladies Auxiliary I think 16 years ago. It’s just my way of thanking the men who died in the wars.”
There is a very loyal group of women who have kept the group going for years, but the Ladies Auxiliary is hoping to get some “young blood” into the Legion to ensure that they will continue to be part of the community for many years to come.
Golden’s LA is one of only four left in the East Kootenay zone, and is vital to keeping ladies auxiliaries going throughout the province. It is very important to keep their membership up, because it was indicated by the zone commander that if one of the four auxiliaries in the zone gives up their charter for whatever reason, then ladies auxiliaries across B.C. are in danger of going under.
The group is hoping to entice younger girls to start joining, even the underage girls are welcome to become junior members. They will then be able to carry over their membership when they turn 19.
“It’s really a great group. And it’s work sometimes, but it’s fun. It feels great to give back, and I have some great memories from being part of the Ladies Auxiliary,” said Lefebvre.
Anyone interested in joining, or anyone interested in hosting an event (birthday or anniversary parties etc.) can contact Lefebvre at email@example.com.