The Bentley Royal Purple Lodge hosted a special celebration on May 7 in the Bentley Community Hall — the very hall they started up in 50 years ago — in recognition of their 50 years in existence and of serving the community.
Four charter members also received their 50-year pins.
Many lodge sisters from other lodges including the District 3 Red Deer, Ponoka, Caroline, Sundre and Benalto lodges as well as dignitaries including Past Supreme Royal Lady Brenda Johnston from Sundre, Provincial President Lea Dashkewytch from Faust and District Deputy Jo Michaluk from Sundre and others offered their congratulations.
Other invited guests included other Royal Purple executive, some Bentley Elks members, the town mayor, visitors from Didsbury and Nanaimo, B.C. and others.
A short history of the group that had started 50 years ago on April 10, 1961 with 37 members was given before the presentation of 50-year pins to four charter members who were in attendance.
They included locals Joan Dickau, Helen Butcher, and Gladys Holmen and also Mary (Wilton) Davis who had traveled from Winfield, B.C.
Four other charter members were acknowledged: Muriel Freeman and three others, Jean Fraser, Louise Miller, and Cecile Turnbull who were not able to attend.
Lodge historian Barb Anderson had done a lot of work decorating and had informative displays showing past contributions to the community. Beautiful purple potted flowers purchased from Parkland Garden Centre adorned the tables and were taken home by lucky winners.
Emcee for the evening was Tim Day. Following grace by chaplain Bonnie Metro, about 70 members and invited guests had savored a wonderful meal.
The Royal Purple remains dedicated to helping throughout the community and welcomes new members. The Bentley lodge normally meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Bentley Elks/Legion Hall except during July and August.