In the last year, the Mulhurst Bay Royal Canadian has welcomed a number of new members.
According to legion president, Garry Goebel, in 2011 the Mulhurst legion saw a 10 percent increase in membership over the previous year.
Goebel said he expects another 10 per cent increase in 2012. "It's quite phenomenal," he said in an interview with the Pipestone Flyer. "Our district commander has recognized us (for the substantial growth)," he added.
As of the beginning of December, the Mulhurst Bay legion has more than 100 members.
Goebel said that the current legion members and aspiring members are taking more interest in what's going on at the legion. "At our monthly meetings, there is usually 23 to 24 members coming to the meetings. Thats's phenomenal for a small legion," he said.
This past weekend, the Mulhurst Legion hosted their annual Christmas dinner and awards night.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Wetaskiwin duo, Rock and Flower.
Besides the dinner and entertainment, the legion also handed out pins for members who have been with the legion for five year increments.
Don McCannel, a World War II veteran received his 40 year pin. McCannel had served as the legion's sergeant at arms for a number of years before handing the position over to his son. "Its great to have a second generation sergeant at arms" Goebel said. The younger McCannel is also the Mulhurst legion's second vice-president.
Prior to the annual Christmas dinner celebration, held Sunday at the Mulhurst Community Hall, Goebel said he expected close to 150 people to attend the event, up from the 100 guests who attended the year before.