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Quesnel Legion’s new executive looking to bring in more people in 2018

This year, Quesnel’s Legion is looking to change its liquor licence and offer more entertainment

By Lindsay Chung

Observer Reporter

As Royal Canadian Legion Branch #94 begins a new year, the new executive is looking at making some changes it hopes will bring more people into the Legion.

New branch president Terry McCluskie says one priority they are looking at for 2018 is to change their liquor licence so people do not need to be a member to come into the bar.

“It means you won’t have to sign in or be signed in by a member. We’re hoping by doing it this way, we may get new members as a byproduct of bringing people in.”

McCluskie says the Legion executive will also be trying to offer more entertainment for the over-40 crowd this coming year.

“We’ve had a lot of people asking about dances and entertainment for the over-40s crowd from the town.

“Other than that, we’re the same Legion we’ve always been, and we will be carrying on in the same mode.”

The Quesnel Legion now has a volunteer office manager – Sharon Barrett – and McCluskie says this saves the branch from paying $30,000 to $45,000 a year for an office manager, and that is going to be “a big help.”

When it comes to the Legion Beach at Dragon Lake, McCluskie says the branch will be attempting to get new wharves there and to create more parking spaces for Legion members and the general public.

Branch 94’s new executive was officially installed Jan. 2, when Bonnie O’Neill, zone commander for Cariboo Zone, came to Quesnel for the ceremony at the beginning of the first meeting of 2018.

This year’s executive is president Terry McCluskie, first vice-president Doug Carey, second vice-president Dave Beaumont, past president Jim Spencer, sergeant-at-arms Thomas Howard and directors Ian Campbell, Pat Comeau, Al Oinschak, Robert Howard, Helene Boudreau and Darcy Horn.

McCluskie, who previously served as president about 14 years ago, says he is feeling positive about this coming year.

“I was president once before, and I’m kind of excited about it. We have a great executive who should make it easy.”

McCluskie wants to emphasize the Legion is always looking for more members.

“It’s inclusive to all members of the community,” he says, adding the Legion’s restaurant is open to families Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then open again at 4 p.m. for the meat draw, and open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94, visit facebook.com/Royal-Canadian-Legion-Branch-94-139076216123740 or call 250-992-6851.

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