November 14th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 46
Purple Reign: a day of anniversaries
65 years of Royal Purple in Crowsnest Pass
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Community involvement, fundraising, donating time and supporting one another. That’s what it means to be a Royal Lady. And Crowsnest Pass Canadian Royal Purple Lodge Society #159 has been upholding those standards for 65 years now.

To mark the special milestone, the Royal Purple Ladies served cake at their annual Christmas in the Mountains Craft Fair, which celebrated its own special milestone of its 20th anniversary.

Royal Ladies from across Alberta came to Crowsnest Pass to help celebrate the anniversary, coming from Bassano, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Bentley. Both the national and provincial Royal Purple Lodge presidents were in attendance to mark the special day.

Kelly Christman, Canadian National Royal Purple Lodge President, presented the Crowsnest Pass lodge with a gavel as a tribute for serving their community for 65 years. On behalf of the provincial association, Yvonne Borrowman, Provincial President from the lodge in Medicine Hat, presented the CNP Lodge with a certificate and two bouquets.
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To top it off, Crowsnest Pass Lodge Honoured Royal Lady Frances Kuryluk and treasurer Irene Filafilo celebrated milestones of their own. Both Royal Ladies have been with the lodge for 60 years.

“I just like it. It’s like a purpose in my life,” says Kuryluk, whose mother and aunts were also members of Royal Purple. “We were just a purple family.”

Her husband, father, brother and uncles were part of the male auxiliary, the Elks of Canada.

The local Canadian Royal Purple Lodge Society is all about community involvement and volunteering to make Crowsnest Pass a better place, attending functions and donating to local groups and projects.

If those milestones weren’t significant enough, Honoured Royal Lady Kuryluk had celebrated her 80th birthday on November 4 and tearfully accept congratulations on behalf of her Royal Purple sisters.
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In the 60 years that she was been in Royal Purple, Kuryluk has seen the organization change, perhaps the most saddening change being the declining membership. The Crowsnest Pass Lodge now has only four members, when at one time, there were as many as 100 to 150 Royal Purple ladies.

“I really don’t want to see it fold,” says Kuryluk, a deep frown coming over her face. “We do good for the community. We help out and it gives you pride in yourself when you’re helping. It makes you feel good. We call each other our sisters and your sisters, they don’t let you down.”

The group is sincerely hoping to increase its membership. Anyone interested in joining can call Kuryluk at 403-562-8886.
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