The Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 170, Castlegar Robson held their annual spring tea and bake sale Saturday. There was an excellent turn out and the baked goods disappeared quickly.
The proceeds from the event go towards supporting veterans and the Castlegar branch of the Legion.
At the door selling tickets was Kay Bate. The 92-year-old has been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for 67 years and holds the record for longest service in the West Kootenay. The group has a huge appreciation for its long time members.
Secretary Judy Brown explained: “We do have a lot of respect for our old guard. We have half of a dozen in their late 80s and early 90s.”
Along with the opportunity to purchase baked goods, puzzles and books each visitor was served coffee or tea and a lovely plate of sandwiches and goodies. Raffle tickets for a $150 grocery gift certificate were also available.
The Ladies Auxiliary is active with monthly meetings and looks for opportunities for service. They sponsor a bursary for a Stanley Humphries student each year as well as support hospice and other community causes.
Among the 15 volunteers working the tea was Rachel TeBulte. The 2013 Miss Castlegar Princess was sponsored by the legion and has helped at the teas ever since. TeBulte is now running for the title of British Columbia Ambassador.
The Ladies Auxiliary will host their next tea Dec. 5.