Legion membership strong here

With 577 names on its membership roster, the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 here isn’t hurting.
But when it comes time to find a handful of those who will volunteer to sell poppies each year, it’s slim pickings, said Roly Crawford, acting president for the local Legion.
In the end, just about everyone who braves the cold November air each year in support of the poppy campaign are war veterans–and that’s a trend Crawford wants to see stop.
“I depend on seniors to carry the load in respect to poppy sales [but] we can’t continue to rely on them to keep it going because they aren’t getting any younger,” stressed Crawford, who also is the Legion’s first vice-president, chairman of the Benevolent committee, and house chairman.
“I don’t know if it’s work commitments or apathy but [younger members] do not volunteer [and] part of the Legion oath is to actively participate in the poppy campaign.
“This is the most important thing the Legion does,” he stressed.
Despite the difficulty in getting other Legion members to man the campaign, it still raises about $10,000 each year here. Proceeds from poppy sales and other fundraisers benefit veterans, their dependents, and the local community, Crawford noted.
“$10,000 per poppy season here–that’s incredible for a town of 9,000 people,” he said.
Of note, only 183 of the 577 Legion members here are veterans.