To the Editor:
We the Keremeos Legion, branch 192, would like to let the people of Keremeos and area know that as of 2012 we will no longer be associated with aid station nine for the Ironman The Legion has been a part of the station since the early ‘90’s. We have taken our sign and tables up to the site ( near the petting farm) and have supplied volunteers. It was lead by the late Earl Patterson. Since his passing, things have changed. It is now led by another team leader and legion members Volunteers have slowly, if not completely been demorilized with incidents that have been happening over the years, again and again. This year, the use of undesireable language, being rude to volunteers , riders, and Irnomen to the utmost degree.
We feel that we are left with no option but to withdraw our services. We will no longer supply our tables or our sign for this event.
As we all know, volunteers are few and far between. We are not the only organization to feel this pinch; others are feeling it locally.
The Lions Club has folded because of this lack. If you have at any time been involved in a legion function or attended our branch, you will know that inappropriate language and rudeness are not tolerated. We feel as a membership (of which I am proud to belong) that we should withdraw from this event. We hope the community will understand our decision.
Keremeos Legion is still running by a wing and a prayer – but we still hold on. We invite you to come to our branch and see what is happening. We have things happening most days. Remember membership fees are due soon. we invite you to pay early to save yourself money, and to be entered into the draw for a year of free dues.
Our general meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month starting September 18 at 1400 hours (2 p.m.) followed by the races downstairs. We always encourage new members. Anyone can be a member; no military association is needed.
So, we ask you to support your local legion, so we can continue to support our community as we have for the past 65 years.
Sincerely in Comradeship, Beverly Remizove, President, branch 192