Poppies this Friday
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.
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.