This year will mark the 75th-anniversary celebration for the Strathmore Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 10’s Ladies Auxiliary.
Brenda Knight, president of the ladies auxiliary explained members of the community are invited to celebrate with a high tea that will feature entertainment and champagne, and food at the Legion on June 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
“We encourage period costumes, and fascinators, or fancy hats. All the good things that we don't get to do too often in today's world, so that day is a special day to dress up, come out, and have some fun,” she said.
The Strathmore branch of the Ladies Auxiliary was formed in April 1947 with 21 members. Over the years the Ladies Auxiliary has supported a number of community groups and organizations including the Legion, the Provincial Hospital Fund, the Colonel Belcher Hospital, the Provincial Legon Auxiliary Bursary Fund, assisted at Red Cross Blood donor clinics, donated to the Salvation Army and canvassed the town for the blind and later the Cancer Society.
“We assist veterans in our community and their dependents as well. We also support lots of community groups,” she said some of their favourites being the Strathmore Fire Department, and the food bank.
They have assisted the Legion with Poppy sales memorial services and more.
In addition, she said, “We're doing a tribute to the Queen's coronation being the 70th anniversary, but the main focus will be our 75th anniversary and the work that the ladies have been doing over all these years.”
It takes hard work from each and every one of the 21 members of the Ladies Auxiliary to pull off such a great event.
Knight said, “It takes all of us. We'll also get some outside assistance as well for the day of the event so that the ladies can actually enjoy it too. We're looking forward to this year because there is a milestone for our group.”
The event will also feature the public unveiling of unseen footage from the 1960 and 1970s of the local Strathmore Ladies Auxiliary.
Tickets to the celebration can be purchased from Knight who can be reached at 403-934-0265, or from any member of the Ladies Auxiliary, or The Rack on Third.