A long-standing volunteer organization donated the last of its funds last week to three local clubs.

Gloria Mikulin, one of the remaining four members of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, met with representatives from the Air Cadets, Drayton Valley Martial Arts Society, and Legacy Wrestling Club, to give them their cheques.

The Auxiliary was founded in 1960, but after a steady decline in membership, the pandemic finally saw the end of the group. Mikulin says they held on for a few years but because they don’t have enough members to make a quorum, they have to disband. 

“We used to have a large Ladies Auxiliary here,” says Mikulin. “But as the years dwindled and they aged, we’ve gotten smaller and smaller and smaller.”

Mikulin says they decided to go with youth clubs because they have often worked with youth in the community. Members in the Auxiliary were aware of those three groups as they had connections in each of the clubs.

Mikulin says they are aware that many non-profit groups are struggling with raising funds. They felt that supporting those clubs would help in a time when it might be hard for them to get extra help from the community.

Craig Stevens, the president of the Martial Arts Society, says the funds will be a big help with planned renovations and to help pay the rent for their building. 

“We are very thankful for their donation,” he says.

Lamont Cardinal, the chair of the parent society for the Air Cadets, says the funds will help with ensuring programming continues and may also contribute to adding furnishings to their building.

Mikulin says over the years the Auxiliary raised funds to help the legion with different projects. The Auxiliary also helped out with Remembrance Day and worked to help with catering whenever they could. 

“I’m sad to see it fold, but we just can’t seem to get any more members to come aboard and join us,” says Mikulin. 

She says if at any point someone else wishes to start up the Ladies Auxiliary again, they will be able to do so. 

By Amanda Jeffery, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jun 13, 2024 at 21:23

This item reprinted with permission from   Free Press   Drayton Valley, Alberta

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