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Penticton  

ANAVETs unit mothballed

The Pentiction ANAVETs unit has been put on ice, and it will take a considerable volunteer effort to reopen the doors.

Sharon Goshko, president of the B.C. Command, said the local unit’s charter was lifted following a meeting last weekend. Of the 71 members that showed up, Goshko said nobody would put their name forward to run the unit.

“A command officer has to oversee the management committee. People did put their names down, under different — like meat draw, membership, etc. but nobody wanted to be the head.”

Goshko said the previous command officers and management committees were maligned and harassed, "and they just had enough."

The club was originally twice closed in September and October due to a theft of cash and liquor. Goshko said the investigation into those allegations is still underway.

ANAVETs, the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans club, has 18,000 members in Canada and also has units in Vernon and Kelowna.

Now that the unit has been dissolved, bills will be paid and all remaining funds will be placed in a trust for five years. If a group of wants to resurrect the club and presents a business plan to provincial command, the money is waiting for them.

The unit rents its current building on Brunswick St.

“Nobody likes to see a unit go down,” Goshko said. “It’s very sad, we all felt pretty dang… bad about it.”

“But we had tried, to put two management committees in place and — not all the members obviously — but a few members there that, I don’t know what the heck they were trying to do, but it was pretty bad at times.”

Goshko said the building was egged the day before a special general meeting last year, “words were said, people did not feel safe,” and false rumours swirled.

He said he remains hopeful a group will come forward in the next five years to revive the unit.

“It could take two years, but that’s OK, because you want a good business plan and the right people in there.”

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