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Southampton Legion Br. 155 Ladies Auxiliary celebrates 70th anniversary
by Sandy Lindsay

October 23, 2016
www.saugeentimes.com

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MPP Lisa Thompson (L) presents a Certificate of Recognition to the Southampton Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Southampton Legion Branch 155 Ladies Auxiliary celebrated its 70th anniversary with a reception on Sunday, October 23rd (2016).

The Auxiliary began in 1946 after the end of World War II. 

(L) Zone Commander, Marg Smith and Deputy Zone Commander Irene Surridge (R) present a recognition plaque to President Wendy Kelly

MPP Lisa Thompson and Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith both attended the reception with Thompson presenting a Certificate of Recognition to the Auxiliary.

"Volunteers are the heart and soul of our communities," said Thompson, "and I want to thank for the dedication to the branch and our veterans."

Mayor Mike Smith, who was born and raised in Southampton, said that he has seen first-hand over the years what the Auxiliary does.  "Many Legions are struggling and it's only through the volunteers such as the Ladies Auxiliary that they are kept viable."

(L-R) Deputy Zone Commander Irene Surridge, Sgt. Mjr. Dolores Spielmacher (member 55 years) and Zone Commander Marg Smith

The Southampton Auxiliary also supports many community projects such as the Saugeen Memorial Hospital and the Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey and many more.

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The Auxiliary of 22 members works tirelessly on Legion activities and for veterans.

Auxiliary President Wendy Kelly, says that the Ladies Auxiliaries throughout the Legion branches are funding homes for veterans who, for many, are living homeless.

"We are funding apartments that were built in Toronto for the PanAm Games athletes," says Kelly,  "We pay for the first and last month's rent and furnish the apartment for a veteran.  We are also doing the same thing in Ottawa."

At the last Ladies' Auxiliary convention, Kelly said that a 'pass the hat' donation resulted in some $3,000 being collected from the floor for the 'house a veteran' program.

The Auxiliary is always accepting new members and the only criteria is a commitment toward community. Contact an Auxiliary member for more information or email President Wendy Kelly at: windyk1950@bmts.com


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