After what could be a turbulent start, the Sylvan Lake Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 212 is getting back on track with the recent elections.
Ed Stevenson was named president once again for 2018, after Bob Osmond, who was not present for voting, was unable to let his name stand for the election.
Stepping in when it looked like the Legion may close at the beginning of the year, Stevenson said he was given one directive, “get the branch going once again.”
It has been a great year for the Legion with an increase in membership and a very successful Poppy Drive.
Before the election process took place it was announced there was roughly an 85 per cent of members renewed their membership, which is up from the usual 25 per cent.
Also it was announced the Poppy Drive brought in over $14,000 for the Legion and veterans.
“I think we got the Legion back on track, and now it is time to move on,” Stevenson said.
Before election night on Nov. 21, the Legion had two calls for nomination for each position. The night of, the Election Committee gave the members a third chance to nominate candidates for various roles in the Legion.
There were nine people nominated for the Executive Committee, only five were elected.
“I think this shows how far we have come this year, to have this many seeking election,” said Stevenson.
Those elected, and those who won their seat by acclamation include:
President – Ed Stevenson
First Vice President – Alf Moore
Second Vice President – Al Hughes
Secretary – Kathy Neville
Treasurer – Linda Snelgrove
Executive Committee – Marlene Craig, Wayne Sundell, Wilf Snelgrove, Brenda Bond and Cal Fisher
No one was elected as the Sergeant at Arms due to technicalities and withdrawals. The election of a new Sergeant at Arms will take place at a future meeting.
According to provincial by-laws, those elected to executive positions in the Legion must be sworn into office within 14 days of the election taking place. The Legion had originally planned to hold the swearing in ceremony in January along the Ladies Auxillary, which will hold their election before the end of the year.
Stevenson said all the members should be proud of the work they have accomplished over this year, which has gotten the Legion back from the brink.
“The 212 is back at where it was, but there is a ways to go still,” said Stevenson.