Vernon's Royal Canadian Legion has an executive in place for 2017.

Vernon's Royal Canadian Legion has an executive in place for 2017.

Future looks positive for Vernon legion branch

At a special general meeting Tuesday, branch members elected a full executive for 2017.

Vernon’s Royal Canadian Legion is ready for the new year.

At a special general meeting Tuesday, branch members elected a full executive for 2017.

“The new executive, led by president Bill Balcaen, already is developing some exciting initiatives,” said Ron Heuman, outgoing president.

“It was great to see younger members attend and join the committee. Hopefully this positive move will encourage more interest in legion affairs and social interaction.”

During a previous meeting, no one let their name stand for president and an executive was not elected.

However, there was a large turnout for the meeting Tuesday.

“I am encouraged by the enthusiasm and renewed interest of the membership in keeping Vernon’s legion alive in our community,” said Heuman.

“The legion can continue to support our local veterans,  generate gaming funds for donation in the Vernon community,  provide bursaries to students and continue the traditional Remembrance Day activities at a high standard.”