Legion branch released from trusteeship
By Joe Fries - Penticton Herald - Friday, October 9, 2015 7:59 pm
Penticton’s branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is standing on its own two feet again after higher-ups released it from trusteeship earlier this month.
B.C.-Yukon Command dismissed the entire 12-person executive and assumed control of the branch in 2012 due to what it described at the time as irregularities with gaming and financial controls.
Branch president Ivo Jaager said provincial representatives helped right the ship, “but at the same time, there was a lot of resentment, obviously, from a lot of the members.”
“It’s a lot better when the executive of your own branch runs everything,” he added. Jaager said he got the all-clear on Oct. 2 and the branch is now back in local hands.
However, membership has dwindled to 530 from about 700 when the branch went into trusteeship.
“A lot of (members), to show their displeasure, went to other service clubs in town,” said Jaager.
“Now we’re hoping that we can attract them back.”
He noted the branch is on solid financial footing after selling its Martin Street building last year and leasing back a portion of it.