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Find out more below about each role, the benefits and responsibilities, and see who's currently filling that position (in no particular order).
*Please note our usual term is 1 year, but due to current Covid-19 disruptions Provincial Command has stated we will be post-poning branch elections until the regular 2021 term.
The President as the community representative has the ultimate responsibility for what happens during the branch. They will also be the presiding officer at all meetings. They are expected to attend all Zone and District Rallies, and must ensure that reports are filed by officers and committee chairman to their respective Zone/District counterpart.
As the 1st Vice your primary goal at this time should be to learn as much as possible from the President, as your goal as Vice President is to one day accept the office of Branch President . You may be called upon to chair a meeting of the Branch, to host visiting officers and guests, or to chair major Branch committee's i.e.., Bar, Poppy, Finance, etc.
Through your leadership during your term as President of this branch. You have accumulated experience which will be invaluable to your successor. As a past president you are charged with a continuing responsibility toward your Branch and the officers who are now entrusted with its affairs.
Branch Service Officers assist Veterans by identifying those with unmet health needs and possible benefits from VAC and then by making appropriate referrals to Command Service Officers. These are the Legion volunteers who first come into contact with Veterans, spouses and their families.
The Treasurer's duties are to “ensure that an accurate account of all monies received or paid out by the Branch and a record of all other financial transactions is maintained.” The Branch Treasurer should review the cost and the selling prices of all commodities (bar, legion supplies, poppy wreaths, etc.) on a continuing basis to ensure the Branch maintains a reasonable mark-up.
The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring the tradition of Remembrance remains relevant to and supported by younger generations. We promote youth-specific education regarding Veterans and Remembrance through a range of local and national initiatives. Re: Poster & Literary Contests
The Sick & Visiting Committee works closely with the Veterans Services/Service Officer. We all care about our members and our Veterans. On this committee, volunteers assist by visiting local hospitals and homes to show our fellow comrades we care.
Recognizing members for their contributions to the Legion is very important. Volunteers on this committee work with the chairperson to identify those recipients deserving of recognition. Organizing and planning the annual awards luncheon is a key function.
Volunteers on this committee help in the various ways and means of raising money for the Branch. Help is needed planning and organizing various fundraising activities that may include special dinners,BBQS, and other events.
Each year we are faced with the challenge to maintain and increase our membership. This is essential if the Legion is to survive as a healthy and viable organization. Every year, we lose members for many reasons, one of which is the passing on of veterans who are now in their advanced years. To these members The Legion owes its very existence, therefore we must do all we can to ensure that the work they started so many years ago continues in the future.
The Poppy Chairman must be capable of exercising leadership, have the ability to build consensus and, in general, be a person who has the trust and respect of the committee members. The Chairman is also responsible to ensure that the people participating in the campaign receive instructions as to their roles and responsibilities. The position of Chairman can be challenging, but it is a position that every member should aspire to, as it is during the Remembrance period that we renew our pledge to ‘not break faith’.
The Sports chairman is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the sporting events. Duties include: Approving the Schedule of Events and ensuring that the times of the draws, luncheons, dinners and entertainment are coordinated in order to prevent conflicts. Editing printed matter to ensure it is factual. Maintaining close liaison with Provincial Command and Dominion Command and ensuring that copies of all relevant correspondence and minutes of all meetings are forwarded to both commands.
Public relations involves building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with an organization’s publics regarding : Community relations, Customer relations, Donor relations, Marketing communications, Media relations & publicity, and Member relations.
The Branch Secretary is described as the scribe, the organizer and the coordinator of the Branch. Anyone who has spent time as a Branch Secretary will likely tell you that there is no better way to learn how the Legion and your Branch works, than by serving in this important role .
The Sergeant at Arms is always looking for those dedicated persons willing to participate in a variety of annual events as a part of the Colour Party. Volunteers will find a great deal of pride and satisfaction from participating.
Other Committee Roles available include: Bar Chair, Fish Fry Chair/Committee, Grants/Bursaries Chair, Cenotaph Committee, Cadet Liason Officer, Parade Master, Hall Rental / Entertainment Chair and more!
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