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Executive: 4 Jan 2008
Public Relations Report to the Executive January 3, 2008

Following the November 25th General Meeting, Trevor German, webmaster, posted a survey on Branch 50’s web-site which addressed the issue of Liability for objects left on the premises for any extended period of time, personal or otherwise.

30 members responded to this survey and the majority of respondents did not feel that the Legion should be responsible for replacement of lost or damaged personal items. A draw was held from all respondents to this survey, and the winner was Don Smith,and he will now receive a cheque in the amount of $30.00.

Our current survey is asking member’s opinions about The Dugout Newsletter. This survey will be open until January 31st, 2008.

Comrade President Dave has approved the addition of Ginny Polai to my Public Relations Committee. Ginny will be trained by Comrade Rob Yawney, on the computer program which runs the bar sign, so that she can assist me in keeping the information current.

In 2008, PRO & Membership Committees will be working together to recruit new members and encourage non-renewals to become active members again. Get your friends, neighbours and family to attend a branch function. You never know, they may just want to join!

Another Inter-Branch visit is in the planning stages with Branch #163 from Hamilton. They would like to have a five pin bowling challenge against the members of Branch #50. Watch the March/April issue of the Dugout for more details.

I received a copy of a letter from Princes Richard and Michael IODE chapter, which had been addressed to Mayor Carl Zehr, stating that they wish to continue presenting the flags to the RCL Branch 50, as long as their present members are able to purchase and present them annually on November 11th.

I also received a copy of a letter from The Honourable Mr. Justice James A. Ramsay, Superior Court of Justice, which was addressed to Police Chief M. Torigian, addressing “the recent article in the newspaper about a controversy over an officer wearing a poppy in court. I am writing to let you know that a poppy is always welcome in any court in which I preside.”

The most recent figures available regarding ‘The Troop Moral Fund’ from Ontario
Command, were as of September 1, 2007. 42,000 certificates had been shipped to Afghanistan at a cost to the fund of $83,827. To date, branches in Ontario have contributed approximately $20,000. We have a container located at the bar if you wish to make a contribution for our Troops.

The next Dominion Convention will be held in Ottawa during June 22 – 25, 2008.

Gloria McKibbin, PRO

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