Royal Canadian Legion 263: Community service club looks to the future

The Coquitlam branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was founded in the early 1960s when fifteen WWII Army, Air Force and Navy veterans got together in a dilapidated Knights of the Columbus building with a vision of starting a Legion branch in their community. With only determination, energy, and imagination, they built the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263.

No longer just open to veterans and members of the military, today the Legion offers entertainment, crib nights, snooker nights, and even Music Bingo.

"What people don't realize," says Bob Chapman the Legion's First Vice President, "is that we're much more than a veteran's club, or a place for older guys to hang out and drink cheap beer. There's something going on here every day of the week. We have live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays and a great kitchen."

The live entertainment is popular with people who love to dance but don't want the bother of going downtown to a club or bar.

"We have music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s," Bob says, "We have country and western and just about any type of music you want to hear. We switch up the genres every week."

Due to government regulations, the Legion depends on liquor sales to survive.

"We're trying to work with the government to change that, but right now we want to reach out to the community to let them know that we're here and that we welcome everybody."

Annual membership is always an option at a reasonable price, but you can also just drop in and sample the entertainment by signing in as a guest.

"You'll be surprised at how much fun you can have here," laughs Bob. "Come and check us out."

For further information on the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263, call 604.937.3863, stop by 1025 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam, email or visit the website at The Royal Canadian Legion can also be found on Facebook and Twitter

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