Pop­pies this Fri­day

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer’s Cliff

This year’s an­nual Poppy Cam­paign be­gins this Fri­day right across the coun­try and, un­like some com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments in the big cities, lo­cal mer­chants and busi­ness own­ers will be sup­port­ing the fund-rais­ing cam­paign whole-heart­edly. Look for them in lo­cal stores, restau­rants, inns, banks and town halls.

Get­ting a jump­start on the cam­paign, mem­bers of the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion Branch no. 128 pre­sented pop­pies to some of the lo­cal may­ors in their ter­ri­tory on Mon­day, be­gin­ning with Ma­gog mayor Vicki May Hamm in the morn­ing. Dur­ing the lunch hour, Bri­gadier Gen­eral (ret’d) Robin Gagnon, Branch 128’s pres­i­dent, and Su­san Fletcher-doust, the Poppy Chair and 2nd vice-pres­i­dent, pre­sented pop­pies to Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec Van Zuiden, Hat­ley mayor Jac­ques de Le­se­leuc and Stanstead East mayor Guy Le­feb­vre.

“Our goal this year is to raise $5000. Many peo­ple con­trib­ute when they pay for their pop­pies and some send cheques di­rectly to their Le­gion,” com­mented Brig. Gen. Gagnon. “There are strict rules for the Poppy Cam­paign. The money is to be used to help Vet­er­ans and their fam­ily mem­bers only. There is no over­head and there are no ad­min­is­tra­tion fees.” If you would like to con­trib­ute to this cam­paign by cheque, be sure to spec­ify on the cheque that it is for the Poppy Cam­paign.

“We also give a few hun­dred dol­lars to grand­chil­dren of Vet­er­ans for school bur­saries. Stu­dents can ap­proach the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion for that,” added the pres­i­dent.

The cam­paign con­tin­ues un­til Novem­ber 11th.

Photo cour­tesy

Kick­ing off the Poppy Cam­paign of the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion Branch 128 were (l. to

r.) Stanstead East mayor Guy Le­feb­vre, Poppy Chair Su­san Fletcher-doust, Hat­ley mayor Jac­ques de Le­se­leuc, Brig. Gen­eral Robin Gagnon, pres­i­dent of Branch 128, and Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec Van Zuiden.

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