Community Quilters Donate Poppy Quilt

Picture (left to right) is Carol Smith, R.C.L. Br. 374 Secretary Mark Trainor and Brenda Southward.
Picture (left to right) is Carol Smith, R.C.L. Br. 374 Secretary Mark Trainor and Brenda Southward.

At the end of March 2020, RC Legion Branch 374 on St. Joseph Island had to temporary close it's doors and cancel the Maple Syrup Festival, the Lobsterfest, Friday Foods, the lounge and hall rentals. This much needed revenue to assist with our Veterans, the community and managing the building was no more.

Press release: Members and neighbours have been very supportive asking how they help. Volunteers have assisted with building maintenance, cleaning and other much needed help. One of the generous offers received was the donation of a beautiful Poppy Quilt. Raffle tickets are now being sold at $1/ticket and $5 for a book of 6 tickets. The draw will appropriately be on November 11th at 11:30am (licence # M778746).

Community Quilters Donate Poppy Quilt

In photo is Carol Smith and Branch Secretary Mark Trainor. Carol was asked to share a little about the quilters:“The St. Joseph Island Community Quilters officially began around 2000. Members interested in learning new skills and making quilts came together and met once a week from September to June. Perhaps you or a loved one received one of our comfort quilts while battling an illness or facing one of life’s adversities. Over 500 quilts were given out during the past two decades. Even during the Covid 19 Pandemic community quilters continue to make and give away comfort quilts. Most of our quilts, including the one donated to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 374, includes fabric donated by the public or from community quilters “Stashes of Fabric.” Leslie Caccamo, Janet Jerrard and Pam Hart, three past members, have donated fabric in this quilt.

Carol Smith expanded a “Three Yard Quilt Pattern” called “Stepping Stones” for the quilt top. The backing pattern was created with leftover fabric from the quilt top. A batting material is sandwiched between the quilt top and bottom and is machine quilted using a technique Carol learned from Raili Gilbertson. The community quilters wanted to donate the finished quilt to the Legion because of the two poppy fabrics that dominate the pattern. If you know someone in need of a comfort quilt please contact Brenda Southward at 705 246-1483 or Carol Smith at 705 246 3942.”The Legion is very grateful for the donation of the Poppy Quilt and thanks all who are purchasing tickets.

Friday Foods is another community service and revenue for the Branch. An expanding menu is being added to the Weekly Specials. Burger, chicken finger and haddock dinners are now available. The intention is to continue to add to the menu as customers request and as items are available for purchasing. Reservations assist ensuring patrons are properly spaced and quantities of orders are met. Take-out is available and walk-ins are welcomed. The office is closed, but phone messages are check regularly. Friday foods is 5 to 8pm in the hall.

The Lounge is also open to the public Wednesdays and Fridays 4 to 8pm. The Legion is open to the general public and not restricted to members only.General Membership Meetings are prohibited during the pandemic. Members wishing for an up-date or speak with the Executive are encouraged to contact Branch President Dave Pearse.The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 374, St. Joseph Island would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who give so kindly their skills and time. For more information, please call 705-246-2494.