Mt. Brydges Legion Br251 – Pilot Project
As we all know, many Legions have been struggling financially for some time now. The COVID pandemic has made a bad situation worse by depriving the Legions of the opportunity to drive revenues in their traditional fashion.
It is now time to rethink the future of the Legions; a time to be creative and innovative in helping the Legions to recover and rebuild from the hardships of the pandemic. It is time to create a Legion that will last well into the 21st century; one that will ensure the value of Lest we Forget is carried on for future generations while driving growth and resilience for Legions and the community they support.
Legions Community Value
While the majority of people know about the work the Legion does to ensure we “never forget” our veterans, most people have no idea about all the great work the volunteers behind the nonprofit Legion do in supporting their local community. Their ongoing fundraising helps seniors, multiple charities, youth development programs, community projects, children’ sports programs, school projects, health care, hospitals, community events, veterans and people in need. This is obviously needed now more than ever before.
The market has also been undergoing dramatic and radical change because of digital technology. COVID 19 has accelerated this change as throngs of consumers are now going digital for the first time to do things like online banking, grocery shopping, drive thru services, and on-line fund raising. The world today looks vastly different than it did even at the start of 2020.
For post COVID 19 recovery and rebuilding, the Legions need to be able to engage with the digital consumer and this is only possible through the effective use of digital technology, have a digital presence and being able to provide a digital experience that will attract new customers.
Pilot Project – Community Based Legion
Mt. Brydges Legion is planning to create and pilot an innovative template of a next generation Community Gateway Legion; a “Community Social Center” for people of all ages to be involved with. The Legion is making a submission to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Resilient Community Fund for a grant to implement a digital transformation and modernization program. This will help the Legion to reach, connect and engage with a younger audience and through discovery, collaborate on the creation of a new Legion model, one that is relevant to today’s market, one that will be resilient and one that will motivate people to explore, discover and experience everything that the Legion and community has to offer.
What is rock n roll bingo? Rock n Roll Bingo is a fun and exciting twist on regular bingo. We have replaced the bingo balls with clips of popular music from the 50’s on up to the present day and the numbers on the cards with artist or song titles. $5.00 at the door gets you 4 bingo cards for every round of bingo we play. Cards may be switched out after the round is over if you like. This is not a money pay out bingo but we will have prizes. You may purchase extra cards. It’s a fun night out with music and drinks and BINGO!
Getting ready for fall. Join us for a BBQ 1/4 Chicken Dinner that includes coleslaw and potato salad, all for only $10.00. But get your tickets now as there are limited meals available. Inside service will require reservations. Takeout is also available. Tickets available at the branch. See Bartender for tickets
Beginning Friday 17 July, the Legion will be opening under the guidelines and protocols established by the province. Indoor and Outdoor capacity limits will be in effect. There will be limited activities and events available but we will have horseshoe pits open. As the rules change, we will add more things to do so keep checking the website to find out when your favorite activity begins.
A powerful message from Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters. Spend some time at your Legion Branch this month and embrace the spirit of the season – whether that’s building friendships at Legion events or supporting Canada’s Veterans through local volunteer activities.
The last Sunday of every month (except summer), stop by the Legion for breakfast from 9 – 12. This fantastic meal is put on by the Ladies Auxiliary and they know how to make a fantastic breakfast! You get 2 eggs, home fries, bacon, ham or sausage, toast, juice, tea or coffee…..and it is ONLY $8.00. WOW. Returning on the 25th September and 30 September. Keep checking our website for the date of the breakfast.