EDITORIAL: New life needed for groups

At one time, the Royal Canadian Legion was a very popular organization, boasting a healthy membership of dedicated men and women.

Ron Heuman

Ron Heuman

At one time, the Royal Canadian Legion was a very popular organization, boasting a healthy membership of dedicated men and women.

Meat draws, dances, pool tournaments and more were a popular pasttime among members, and guests. And through such events necessary funds were raised for various community groups, projects and student bursaries. This is on top of the traditional Legion role with the poppy campaign each Remembrance Day, raising funds for local veterans.

Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on this and many other service clubs, whose members are aging out. Many of the once energetic members are getting too old to take part, or have passed away.

Vernon’s Legion was even in jeopardy recently due to a lack of leadership. But thankfully someone has stepped forward to fill the top spot at the Legion.

It is hoped that new members will continue to join the ranks of the Legion, and like-minded groups such as Lions, Eagles, Elks and so forth.

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

There are enough younger generations out there to keep such groups going. In fact many are looking for ways to give back in their community and have started forming their own various groups. But perhaps, instead of re-inventing the wheel, we should be looking at bolstering the ranks of tried and true organizations that need our help.