June 26, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Succession planning and asset management are important components of running a non-profit organization, and the executive of the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038 is making long term plans for the future of the Legion in Liverpool. A motion was approved at the Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting on June 26, 2018 in which the Region of Queens agreed to consider first right of acceptance/refusal for the lands and buildings of the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038 if at some point in the future the membership gives up its Charter.
“We’ve met with members of the Executive Committee of the Mersey Branch Legion who advised Region of Queens’ CAO and me that, while the Legion currently has no plans to close, declining membership and an aging volunteer base are factors for them to consider when planning for the future of the Legion. It is wise of them to take steps now to ensure that the assets of their organizations will continue to benefit the citizens of Queens in the future,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
“Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #038 is very pleased that the Region of Queens Municipality has agreed to accept our land and building when we can no longer retain our charter. This action will perpetuate our mission to provide for Veterans, Seniors and Youth and to provide an asset for the community. This land and building was provided by the communities’ Veterans and members and we are pleased to know that it will remain a community asset,” said William Cox, Branch Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038.
The Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch #038 is a non-profit organization located at 43 Henry Hensey Drive in Liverpool. The Mersey Branch #038 Legion owns and operates the building and land, and the agreement as approved and subsequently incorporated into their by-laws, would grant the Region of Queens Municipality the opportunity to obtain ownership of the building and land if it wished in the event that the Legion surrenders its Charter in the future. The Mersey Branch #038 Legion will submit a ratified by-law to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Provincial Command for approval. The amended by-law was approved by both the Executive Committee and at a General Meeting of the Mersey Branch Legion.