Royal Canadian Legion, which has been losing members steadily as older veterans die and younger ones appear uninterested in joining, has a small piece of good news to celebrate.The
It's opened a new legion branch — in Mexico.
The branch at Lake Chapala, so new it doesn't show up yet on the legion's list of branches, opened officially this week with Canada's consul-general in the state of Guadalajara in attendance.
Branch 182 has 45 members, according to the legion's news release.
"The fact that through your branch we have now expanded the Legion's presence into Mexico speaks to the vitality of the Legion through active members in the Lake Chapala community," Dominion president Gordon Moore said.
The legion says it has about 1,450 branches, including two in Europe (Germany and the Netherlands) and three in the United States.
But the legion's membership figures to the end of October show a decline in numbers. Last year's paid membership totalled more than 332,000 but it was down to justRead More »from Losing members at home, Royal Canadian Legion opens new branch in Mexico