“It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” Johnson said.
Johnson is an executive member of the Legion Club. She helped to organize a Sunday jam session, which attracted a selection of local talent to the Legion, including Donny Parenteau, Danny Boy and several others.
This is not the first jam they have ever held but it is the best turnout they have had in a while and Johnson says they intend to hold such events more often in the future.
They use money raised at these functions to pay for much-needed upkeep of the hall and to keep the club running.
Johnson says that as most of the legion’s membership is older, some of the children and grandchildren of veterans are taking on organizing roles within the club to keep it going.
So they are working hard to keep it going and the community strong, she said.
She said it is important to keep the legion and its community running because there are still veterans who use it regularly.
“It’s all about the vets, it’s all about the veterans,” she said.
“The veterans are forever more,” Johnson said.
There are also new veterans now.
“We have new members now from Afghanistan as well,” she said.
The club serves more than just the veterans however, as many members are family of veterans.
“It also serves the children and the grandchildren of the veterans…. I’m a child of a veteran,” she said.
The legion is also a fun, social club, she said.
“It’s just a good club, come out,” she invited.
While to join the club you must be a veteran or the family – even the very distant family – of a veteran, everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come out and enjoy the social events like the Sunday jam session.
“A member will sign you in,” Johnson said.
They will be holding a Valentines Dance this coming weekend and Fridays and Saturdays they sell snacks or a meal.