Modern History of Alberta Royal Purple Association
The Alberta Rose is the emblem of our society and symbolizes
Beauty, Prosperity and Respect.
October 23, 1993 was a very exciting day in the life of all Alberta Royal Purple Lodges. An organizational meeting and installation of officers was held in Edmonton, AB and the history of ARPLA began with the formation of a Provincial Association. The first installed Provincial President was Betty Leshenko of Edmonton Royal Purple. She has remained working on a committee position for many years in Alberta.
In the first two months 12 lodges joined as charter members.
Only Edmonton Royal Purple remains out of these lodges.
In the early 2000’s the Association became a Society under the Alberta Societies Act.
2014 will always be a very important year as the Royal Purple of Canada became independent and the Canadian Royal Purple Society was formed. The Alberta Royal Purple Lodges Association Society joined the CRPS and 30 enthusiastic Alberta lodges also joined the new Society.
Our 1st AGM under the CRPS was held in Medicine Hat with Provincial President Brenda Johnston presiding. Our 2nd AGM was held in Sundre with Provincial President Esther Smith presiding. Our 3rd AGM was held in FT Saskatchewan with Provincial President Anita Kitz presiding, our 4th AGM was in Bassano with Provincial President Joan Turner, our 5th AGM in Vermilion with Provincial President Yvonne Borrowman and our 6th AGM was held in Sundre with Provincial President Marg Brown presiding. The 2020 AGM was held again in Sundre with Provincial President Marg Brown again presiding. At the 2020 meeting a decision was made to remove the word "Lodges" from our name and adjust our logo accordingly. Our 7th AGM set for June 2021, presented itself with many challenges to holding an AGM during a pandemic, incoming President Ida Jorgensen hosted the zoom AGM with 35 members in attendance, we did miss the in person contact and conversations, however our business was conducted and fun was had. Our 8th AGM in 2022 was held in Strathmore, AB with a good turnout and Provincial President Ida Jorgensen presided the conference and meeting. With much enthusiasm, LOVE, friendship and FUN we will continue to grow and strive by promoting our principles of Justice, Charity, Love and Service.
We will create an extended environment for leadership development, provide increased unity throughout the Membership, provide general direction to our members and raise awareness and funds for local Alberta charities within Alberta and within our communities.