President's Report November 16th 2020
Comrades, I would like to congratulate, Comrade Chuck Simpson Poppy Chairman, Comrade Sue Simpson, Comrade Kelly Lamont and the approx. 15 comrades who canvassed for our poppy campaign.
Once again even under unprecedented times our branch raised a great sum to continue to respond to our Veterans and families in assistance. Even with less canvassers and limited locations it was very apparent that our donators reached very deep into their pockets. I can't thank the citizens of Orangeville enough
for their donations to our Poppy Fund and also to the branch to keep the lights on.
Our Remembrance Day ceremonies went off very well even under the current health restrictions. I would like to thank the Town of Orangeville for their support in preparation for our ceremonies and meeting the needs of our current health guidelines. The invited participants represented your Legion, Town, First Responders and Government very well.
Our Legion over the years has touched many people. Our Alexander Park is our home for the past 90 plus years. This park has brought thought, prayer, remembrance, reflection, honour and sacrifice to our community. We continue to remind our local Town Council of its importance.
Your Executive, Ladies Auxiliary and staff were here before the pandemic, they are here during the pandemic and they will be here after the pandemic. Thank you for all your support.
Yours in comradeship
Barry Kimber, President Branch #233
Our branch has been open since July 20th 2020. Our bar receipts are nothing to speak about, but our rentals continue to offset our bar expense losses. Our branch continues to support
our veterans and community. As the Covid-19 cases increase we as our Legion needs to practice Covid-19 preventative measures even more so. I encourage our membership and our patrons to support our bar staff and extend courtesy to our bar staff in performance of their duties.
Your Executive continues to find ways to raise funds for our branch. I would like to thank Comrades Cherrie Chivers and Jess Peterson for all their hard work. I would also like to thank Comrades Elizabeth and Andrew Russell for their excellent work in maintaining our property outside. The grounds have not look this good in years.
I would like to thank Comrade Sylvia Lawson for all her hard work in the LA. Comrade Sylvia and Stewart are moving to the Bellwood Lake area. All the best in your new home.
Our poppy campaign will be very different this year. Comrade Chuck and his team will do their best in continuing our traditions of the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign.
Our Remembrance Day ceremonies are going to be a scaled down event. The general public is being asked to not assemble at Alexander Park this year. The Remembrance Ceremonies are by invitation only. These measures are a requirement of the Dufferin/Wellington Health Unit. Plans are in the works with the Town of Orangeville and the Dufferin/Wellington health Unit. At the time of writing this report the Health Unit has not given us permission to proceed.
Stay Well and Safe Everyone
Yours in Comradeship
Barry Kimber, President Branch #233
Our branch is performing better on a 3-day schedule. Our losses are less and more sustainable. The fundraising initiatives and community support will keep us going for another year. Our members, private citizens, local businesses, and local clubs have all been instrumental in dealing with our financial needs. I can't say thank you enough.
I did apply for a "Resilient Communities Grant" through the Trillium Fund. We should know by November if it was approved. These funds, if approved, are not allowed to be used for general bills, but can pay for fundraising initiatives and covid supplies, like sanitizer and PPE.
At the time of this report, I'm waiting for a response from the Dufferin/Wellington Health Unit in regards to our poppy campaign. Once we have more information, we will post on Facebook and our branch website.
Please see the direction from Ontario Command below in regards to Elections:
a. Any annual Branch Election, and Nomination Meeting (if applicable), previously scheduled for earlier in 2020 and subsequently suspended due to COVID-29 will be rescheduled to the appropriate date(s) in 2021 pursuant to their applicable Branch Regulations.
b. Any biennial Branch Election (even-numbered years), and Nomination Meeting (if applicable) previously scheduled for 2020 and subsequently suspended due to COVID-29 will be rescheduled to the appropriate date(s) in 2022 pursuant to their applicable Branch Regulations unless the Branch through approval at a General Meeting chooses to exercise on of the following options:
c. Process an Amendment to their Branch Regulations and approved by Command respecting resorting to a one-year term of office which will take effect on the 1st day of June 2021;
Convene the Elections, and Nomination Meeting (if applicable), on the appropriate day(s) as per their Branch Regulations, in 2021 to become a one-year Term of Office effective on the 1st day of June 2021 after which Elections and Nominations (if applicable) will revert back to a two-year term of Office becoming effective on the 1st day of June 2022.
In other word, Comrades, there will be NO elections until 2021 for those on a 1-year term. All current officers will remain in place until elections are held next year.
I can't thank our Executive, Ladies Auxiliary, Community Partners and Citizens of Orangeville for their continued support.
Yours in comradeship, Lest We Forget
Barry Kimber, President, Branch #233
Comrades, I can’t express enough how great our community has been coming forward to give such financial support. Our GoFundMe fundraiser, private donations and local media have been instrumental in helping us through these unprecedented times. Many other suggestions for fundraising have been put forward by our membership; these ideas would help a lot, but under current health restrictions, reduced capacity and added costs, most would not work in the current pandemic climate. The road ahead is hard to determine, but your Executive and Ladies Auxiliary are looking at all options. Our roofer has informed me he is almost done with just a couple items left. The fire repairs are the final item; our new fire exit door was installed this week and just requires a bit of paint and some sealing.
Our Branch has been open three weeks and performance is very low. Our daily receipts are in the negative. Unfortunately, our income doesn’t cover our labor and increased utility expenses. Many Legions are operating at reduced hours and days. Some Legions have not even opened due to current health restrictions and reduced capacity. Tough decisions will have to be made in the best interest of our Branch.
RE: RESILIENT COMMUNITIES FUND ANNOUNCED BY OUR PROVINCIAL GOV.
-STATEMENT FROM PROVINCIAL COMMAND PRESIDENT- “QUOTE”
"While we appreciate the support expressed by our provincial government, right now we’re not sure if what’s being offered will get us through this most challenging time when operational costs continue to accumulate. We are still researching the program details however we feel that the Resilient Communities Fund is not designed to help Legion Branches with urgently required financial assistance. Our Branches need help to cover rent, mortgage payments, hydro and other costs until such time as they can fully re-open and continue the valuable support they provide to their communities. We fear that without assistance from all levels of government some Branches will close forever and this will be a great loss to communities .”
Garry Pond, President
The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Provincial Command
YOURS IN COMRADESHIP
Barry Kimber, President, Branch #233 Orangeville
FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR SOLICITOR GENERAL MPP SYLVIA JONES DUFFERIN/CALEDON FOR ATTENDING OUR CANADA DAY PARADE. THANK YOU TO THE 10 MEMBERS OF OUR COLOUR PARTY FOR PARTICIPATING. SOCIAL DISTANCING AND CURRENT HEALTH DIRECTIVES WERE OBSERVED.
OUR LEGION IS STILL HERE DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIMES, WE CONTINUE TO HELP OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
WE ARE CONTINUING HELP FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH OUR BURSARY PROGRAM WHICH WILL ASSIST THEM IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION. THE DEADLINE IS JULY 17TH 2020 FOR SUBMISSION.
I HAD THE PLEASURE TO PARTICIPATE IN TWO VIRTUAL ACR’S WITH THE 1849 LORNE SCOTS ARMY CADETS & THE 85 TORNADO SQUADRON AIR CADETS. I PRESENTED ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CADET MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE TO: MWO GRIFFIN SCULLINO 1849 LORNE SCOTS AND WO2 SULEIMAN SUFYAN 85 TORNADO SQUADRON. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH RECIPIENTS.
COMRADES, OUR BRANCH HAS HAD SOME STRONG CHALLENGES IN RECENT MONTHS AND RECENT DAYS. WE AS LEGION MEMBERS, ARE THE KEEPERS OF REMEMBRANCE. WE WILL PROTECT OUR MONUMENTS, OUR CENOTAPHS, OUR PARKS. IT’S OUR DUTY TO OUR FALLEN, VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND OUR HISTORY.
LEGIONS ACROSS CANADA ARE IN TROUBLE, I ENCOURAGE OUR ELECTED OFFICIAL’S TO FIND WAYS TO HELP. THE LOSS OF LEGIONS IN COMMUNITIES WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO OUR VETERANS, OUR SENIORS, OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.
WE STILL OWE A LARGE SUM OF MONEY TO BRYANS ROOFING. WE HAVE PAID $16,000.00 IN THE LAST YEAR. WE STILL OWE $10,533.00. OUR EXECUTIVE CONTINUES TO FIND WAYS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR BRANCH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED DEDICATION.
YOURS IN COMRADESHIP
BARRY KIMBER, PRESIDENT BRANCH #233
Comrades, where do I start? As a result of the Covid-19 we were ordered to close by Public Health, Provincial Government, Federal Government, A.G.C.O. March 16th 2020. This result has put us in a situation of Financial Loss. Our hall rentals, bar sales, sports events and fund-raising initiatives all ended. To date we have had 9 rentals cancelled and I expect more. The other losses from our bar sales, sports events, fund raising are in the tens of thousands. I have submitted a claim to PIB Insurance on April 14th 2020 for a Business Interruption Claim. Acting on the advice of Ontario Command to make this claim, I am hoping we can recover some of our loss since our closure. At the time of writing this report I have not heard back but expect some response in the near future.
At this time, I thought I'd give a report in regards to our water damage and fire that occurred in February and March 2020. The roof leak and fire caused significant damage to our branch. The loss is well north of $75,000.00. I don’t have an exact figure of the loss as it is still being calculated. I’m sure many of you are asking what happened to cause the roof leak and fire. Well the roof leak was caused by ice build up between the flat roof and the peak roof. The fire was caused by water traveling down the hydro stack into the conduit into the main electrical panel causing the fire. (Water and Electricity Don’t Mix!)
Since our branch closed on March 16th 2020, many things have been happening behind the scenes. I would like to give you an idea of the work done since we have closed.
Comrades, I am pleased to report your Branch was nominated in the category for top service club in the myFM Spirit Awards. Also, Comrade Chuck and myself were nominated as top volunteers in myFM Spirit Awards. MyFM had planned to have the awards held right here at our Branch on April 16th 2020. Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen in our current climate. I’m pleased to report our Legion placed in the top three in the entire county. Congratulations to our current Executive, Staff, Membership and Ladies Auxiliary for our great showing. I also would like to express to everyone, a thank you for all their votes in supporting me also. I placed in the top three volunteers in the myFM Spirit Awards. I have to admit during this time as President I have not had a boring year. It's nice to know I have so much support throughout the community and my comrades. It takes a team to accomplish what we have done so far this year. It takes a team to keep this branch operating not any one individual.
During these unprecedented times our Dominion Council and Ontario Command have made a decision to return some of our per capita tax back to the branches to help ease some of the financial strain during these times. We will be receiving approximately $3,000.00 back from Dominion and Provincial Command. This money will help with our Utility Bills over the past and coming months.
Decisions in regards to elections and commencement of our Executive and General Meetings are still on hold. Dominion and Provincial Command have not made any final decisions in regards to this. The only decision that was made was the current Executive and Branch Officers are to continue in place. I look forward to our Branch opening again and business continues. I will say, I plan on running for President again and hope many of our current Executive will also. I look forward to a normal process once again.
Yours In comradeship, Stay Well & Stay Safe,
Barry Kimber, President, Branch #233
Good Afternoon Comrades:
As a result of the fire on Wednesday morning, the decision has been made to CANCEL the General Meeting scheduled for Monday February 24.
Contractors and cleaning companies are presently working tirelessly to get our building back up and running. Hydro, phone lines and internet are now working.
At present we do not know when we will reopen, these things take time. We are trying our best to keep everyone updated.
Please if you have questions give us a call 519-942-4895 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Yours in comradeship