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Royal Canadian Legion


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Royal Canadian Legion Branch #25 in Fortune has 40 years of history, going back to 1940, when John R. Dixon was the first Branch President. Presumably, meetings were held at various locations until the Branch purchased its first building, the old Post Office/Telegraph Office, in 1952.

On June 7, 1974 Branch President Major King and general contractor William A. Trask officiated at a sod-turning ceremony to begin construction of the present building. Land was purchased from George N. Collier, Cluett Forsey, C.B. Spencer and Bert Lake, grandson of John E. Lake. The undertaking was financed on a 15-year-loan from the Bank of Nova Scotia. The new building was officially opened for the New Year's Eve Ball on December 31, 1974. Filled to capacity for the event, patrons were offered bar prices of 55 cents per beer and 60 cents per alcoholic drink.

Five years and four months ahead of schedule, on February 25, 1984, a mortgage-burning ceremony was held under the leadership of President George R. Mavin. By a unanimous agreement, Branch #25 was renamed in 1990 in honour of Charter President, the Late Comrade John R. Dixon.

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In the past two years nearly 100 thousand dollars has been spent on repairs and improvements to the building, keeping it in excellent condition. A Memorial Wall occupies one side of the interior, containing various memorabilia of war veteran members of Branch #25.

The Branch actively supports charitable and non-profit organizations within the town; is the sponsoring body of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps #290 Sir Humphrey Gilbert; and is available when requested to participate in parades and other community events.

The Ladies Auxiliary has been in existence since 1960, with Mrs. Annie Laskey serving as its first President. These ladies perform an important role as supporters of the Branch itself. Activities of the Auxiliary include fund raising, hosting various functions, as well as participating in both Legion and community events.

Legion Presidents & Charter Members; Ladies Auxiliary Presidents
War Memorial - The Spencer Collection

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