Annual legion levee celebrates new year

Cole Carruthers
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Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion President Lloyd Meier, Mayor Deb Higgins and legion vice president Al Davey all agreed 2013 will be a great year for The Friendly City.

Holiday celebrations were still in full swing at The Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion during the first day of the new year.

 

The annual New Year’s Day Levee was held, with a need for continued celebration to welcome in new president Lloyd Meier and vice president Al Davey.

 

“I was the former vice president of the branch and we’ve been busy conducting renovations,” Meier told the Times-Herald. “Last year we finished renovating with carpeting and painting in time for Remembrance Day with more planned for the new year.”

 

Meier said renovations will continue in 2013, with brick and mortar work planned for the spring and a sharp focus on volunteers and community.

 

“We’re really going to get back into holding fundraising dinners, once we’ve given our hard working volunteers a much needed rest for all the work they did last year,” Meier said.

 

He said the president position is a two year term, decided upon through nominations and acclamations with the same carried out for Davey’s vice presidency.

 

“I’ll work to support all the branch members and executive members and Remembrance Day issues ... but we want to let the public know we’re a good organization that’s also focused on offering our members and community great service and we have excellent facilities for the community’s needs,” Davey offered.

 

Another reason to raise a glass of moose milk, was a visit from Mayor Deb Higgins during the annual event.

 

Higgins took the time to personally wish legion members a happy new year and all the best for 2013.

 

“Council will begin on Jan. 14, and first order of business will be getting into the budget,” Higgins told the Times-Herald.

 

Higgins also made a new year visit to the armory before arriving at the legion and said she’s ready for city council to begin in the new year.

For more on this story pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

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