Hats to remain off in Malahat Legion
Hats will remain off inside the Malahat Legion, as a salute to veteran respect, following Thursday’s vote about doffing headware.
“It didn’t go — they voted it down,” Royal Canadian Legion Branch 134 president Don Woolford said of the general-meeting vote by about 40 of its 400-some members.
Balloting addressed a change of branch policy, not its bylaws.
“Notice of motion was sent out, and we saw a lot of people we don’t normally see come out,” he said of hot chat about hats.
“Normally we’d be lucky to get a quorum.”
Allowing hats inside would have been a first for Cowichan’s various Legions. “They just felt it was a lack of respect,” Woolford said of the mixed motion about the hat-removal option.
Still, he was sure the motion would resurface as the Malahat Legion tries to attract new, younger members who may wish to keep headgear on inside.
“It’s just a house policy. This is something that’ll happen down the road at some point.
“Even new vets back from Afghanistan will push for it,” he said.
“I’d favour (hat option) on the (building’s) gaming side, but I can’t vote.”
While Woolford would prefer a cap option in the gaming room, he generally respected traditional manners of men, especially, removing hats inside.
“It irritates me seeing people in restaurants wearing hats.”
And at his branch: “No hats.”