The fate of the Mayerthorpe Legion’s building will be determined by members at an upcoming special general meeting.
Members will discuss whether to keep the Legion at the current facility on 45th Ave. and if not, what to do with that building, said Legion President Terry Nelson.
The Mayerthorpe Legion itself will keep its charter, he added.
“We did a review of what it costs to operate the building, and with the COVID pandemic our rentals for different functions have been zero for the past year,” Nelson said.
“That impacts your revenue stream, but you still have to pay your overhead, your utilities, your insurance and operations – that doesn’t go away.”
Additionally, Nelson said the Legion has experienced difficulty filling executive positions due to retirements, aging members and lack of interest.
The current Legion building was built in the early 1990s, he said. According to the Town of Mayerthorpe, the ECHOS Thrift Store building was the Legion hall until 1992.
The current facility marked its grand opening Jan. 23, 1993.
Nelson said since the new Legion building opened, it has hosted weddings, funerals and celebrations of life, seniors’ floor curling, darts and army cadets.
Remembrance Day ceremonies are held at the building every year, he said.
According to the Legion, its executive committee made a motion in mid-June “To dispose of the Legion building … and assets by public auction or other means deemed appropriate.”
In March, the Legion put together an ad hoc committee that decided it should keep its charter, Nelson said.
Mayerthorpe’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 126 obtained its charter in 1933.
“We want to hold that charter and as a Legion want to still do Remembrance Day activities, Remembrance Day poster contests in the local schools, and still provide services to the remaining veterans and spouses,” Nelson said.
If the Legion disposes of the current building, it may move operations to a rented space, something Nelson noted Legions in other communities have done.
What happens to the current building in the event members choose to dispose of it will also have to be determined, he said.
Legion members will have two options, with Nelson saying option one is to donate the building to another local non-profit group for community use.
Option two is to sell the building, he said.
The cenotaph is on a separate land and would not be moved if the Legion disposes of the building, Nelson added.
Nelson said the meeting is for members only, with the Mayerthorpe Legion having approximately 100 members, including some as far out as Edmonton and Calgary.
A decision has to be reached by a two-thirds vote, he said.
The special general meeting to discuss the building will be held 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9 at the Legion community hall.
Nelson said fact sheets will be available for members at the meeting outlining operating costs and other considerations.