Legion back in local hands.
by Wayne Moore | Story: 149636 - Oct 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
The troubled Penticton Legion is back in the hands of its local executive.
The decision to return day-to-day operations to the local branch was made earlier this month by the B.C.-Yukon Command.
Control of the Penticton Legion was taken over by B.C.-Yukon Command in 2009, then following some financial discrepancies in 2012, the entire executive was asked to resign.
Branch 40 president Ivo Jaager said discussions between the branch and command had been going on for a few months before finally agreeing to turn the Legion back over.
Part of the reason was faith in the executive to run a good financial ship.
"That was a main reason. We were finally starting to make some money and they were confident in our executive," said Jaager.
"They sat in on a general meeting and said we were running it very smoothly. This was the time to give us a chance to prove we can do this."
Financial difficulties forced the Legion to sell its building on Martin Street a year ago. The building was purchased by then city councillor John Vassilaki, who leased the building back to the Legion.
Jaager said the executive is reaching out to veterans and non-veterans in an attempt to increase membership, which has fallen over recent years.
He said membership currently sits at more than 530, but with current applications in the pipeline, he hopes to hit the 600 mark by the end of the year.