The Royal Canadian Legion Branch (RCL) 136 was the place to be April 19 as they hosted a fish fry in their basement club rooms. The area was crowded, and buzzing with conversation as over 100 people gathered for an evening of cheer and camaraderie to mark the start of the Easter long weekend.
The Haynes’ family saw it as a chance to spend together. Mom, Ranae and dad Russell were both members of the Legion. “It allows for the community to understand that we do the things for the community, and it’s all for a good cause,” Russell said. $12 bought a generous plate of fish & chips, with options for mushy peas, and a slice of bread. The proceeds went to helping the veterans. “It’s good for Milton. It’s good for the community,” Ranae added.
Sharon McKeown is the Provincial President for the RCL’s Ontario Branch. Events like the Fish Fry help expose new
people to the Legion, and what they do. “We have a membership problem. A lot of people aren’t aware of the Legion,
and they would join if they were aware,” McKeown feels that membership benefits the veterans themselves. James Hunter
met some friends up from Oakville. Hunter belongs the Legion, playing both euchre, and pool. He wants to see younger
people involved. “We’ve got to get more young people involved,” he said.
Friendship brought Howie Scannell out to the Fish Fry. “It’s good for the veterans, which, is the main thing of it. They also do a lot of things, just what we’re doing now that bring people out,” Scannell said. “They have a lot good things going on. One of the big things is helping the community,” he said. For more information on Branch 136 visit their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/legionbranch136milton/