By Mo Cranker
Alberta Newspaper Group
The Redcliff Legion has been a staple in the community for decades and it is hoping the community will show it support as it transitions through difficult times.
The building the Legion resides in needs a bit of work, roughly $60,000 worth, and president Stephen Marshall says the projects will help the Redcliff Legion be the best it can be.
“Our heaters have been around for a while and they’re getting a little tired,” he said. “Our carpet is coming apart and is just showing its age.
“We also want to make some upgrades to the kitchen — it’s a really big part of what we do.”
The Legion has been operating since 1926 in Redcliff and it offers a number of services to the community.
“We have rooms available for rentals,” he said. “We’ve had weddings and funerals here over the years.
“We had a meeting here for the skate park discussion, we can have tradeshows — we gave a lot to offer people and I think that’s forgotten sometimes.”
Marshall says the Legion will do a number of fundraising events over the course of the year as well as doing 50/50 ticket sales to raise money for the renovations.
“Redcliff Days is going to be our first big fundraiser,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of ideas on the go, it’s just a matter of making it all happen.
“We’re thinking of a record buy-and-sell where people can come out and maybe find that record they’ve been looking for.”
Marshall says people can help out without giving a penny.
“Volunteers are always needed,” he said. “We have a lot of good ideas and if volunteers can spare a bit of time to help us with setup for events and whatnot it’s always very appreciated.”
As for his favourite item on the menu. Marshall says he couldn’t pick one thing.
“I think I’d tell people to check out our specials,” he said. “We have a few that are really great value and I think that’s one of the biggest things people can do for us.
“Come in, sit down and have a meal every once in a while — it goes a long way for us.”