The Sylvan Lake Legion #212 has thankfully managed to form an executive body after a valiant effort by acting Trustee Ed Stevenson and other active Legion members.
After failing in three successive attempts to form an executive, control of the Legion was passed over to Central Command with some fearing that the Sylvan Lake Legion would have to fold. These fears were quashed the largest gathering of members for an election ever on the evening of Tuesday, February 7.
The Legion was able to form a full executive, minus a treasurer who will be appointed at a later date by the Executive Committee. Stevenson, in a clear majority, won the Presidency of the #212 Legion and Bob Osmond and Jim Dyck were elected unopposed as First and Second Vice Presidents respectively.
Stevenson, who has been involved with the Legion for over 28 years, was honoured to accept the position.
“It was an honour to be the Trustee and it is a greater honour to be asked by the branch to continue on as President,” he said. “I am very humbled by it and I hope I can live up to expectations. I am very pleased we were able to form an executive considering we had tried three times unsuccessfully.”
Stevenson believes that the Legion can now move forward positively as everyone on the executive has indicated they want to “get the Legion up and running.”
Vice President Osmond agrees with the Legion’s new President and believes the new executive will be a team effort to achieve the needs of its membership.
“The biggest, most important thing that they expect us to do is to work together as a team and include everyone,” he said. “One of the thing we will be doing is to continue the call out for members so people know that they are invited.”
Stevenson reiterated Osmond’s calls for an open, inclusive environment.
“We will review what has worked and what hasn’t worked,” Stevenson said. “We are very fortunate to have people wanting to join this branch. We are on the right track and we can move forward positively. I look forward to having an open discussion with members to see where everyone wants to go.”
Osmond believes that Stevenson is the correct choice for the position.
“He will make sure that everyone is included and acknowledged and we will work as a team,” he said. “A year down the road, I believe we will be written up in the Legion magazine as a real success. I would like the membership know how much we appreciate their involvement.”
Stevenson added that he appreciated the community supports and that he has no worries that branch #212 will fold.
“This community, as you can see this evening, greatly supports the Legion,” he said. “There is nothing to be served with the Legion not being here.”