The Legion Dispatch – March 2021

This is a monthly newsletter from Dominion Command that is designed for branch leadership – but most of the items are still of interest to regular members too.

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March 2021
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In this edition – March 2021
A message from the Dominion President
In a video message to Legion membership, Dominion President Tom Irvine shares his thanks, gives an update on the state of the Legion in the midst of COVID-19, and highlights a significant anniversary.
Watch the video  ‣
Legion Nationals have been cancelled
For the second year in a row, the pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships. The 2021 event was originally scheduled to take place in Sherbrooke, Quebec from August 6-8.
Host a 2023 Member Sports Championship
The Dominion Command Sports Committee is calling for Branch applications to host the 2023 Dominion Member Sports Championships:

  • Cribbage: Friday 21 April – Monday 24 April 2023
  • Darts: Friday 28 April – Monday 1 May 2023
The application deadline to Provincial Commands is July 31, 2021.
Member renewal push is underway
National Headquarters is reaching out to members not yet renewed for 2021 encouraging them to renew their membership. Renewal reminders were mailed and emailed to lapsed members this month.
As an incentive, renewing members are encouraged to renew for 5 years to receive a free limited edition Poppy Watch.
Our members are our strength
Help the Legion grow by encouraging your members to refer family and friends to the Legion for a chance to win. New members can join your Branch online here before April 30 using promo code REFER for a chance to win $500 Canada Post Visa gift cards for both the new and current member.
Last Post Fund’s Indigenous Veterans Initiative
The Last Post Fund’s Indigenous Veterans Initiative helps honour fallen Indigenous Veterans by providing and updating their grave markers. Print and display the attached posters to promote the program within your Branch.
If a member of your community may qualify for this program, please direct them to this website.
The Legion stands with the CDA
As a member association of the CDA, the Legion fully supports this statement on recent allegations of sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Learn more  ‣
Veterans’ House opens in Ottawa
As part of the Legion’s efforts to combat homelessness, the Legion’s Ontario Command provided $200,000 to the Multifaith Housing Initiative to build apartments for homeless Veterans in Ottawa.
Learn more  ‣
Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ Sign up for Direct Deposits from Legion National Headquarters
Sign up to receive Branch payments from Legion National Headquarters through direct deposit to your bank account by completing the attached Direct Deposit Form. No more bank runs or waiting for your cheque to arrive! Simply download and complete the form and email it to
For questions, please contact Tiffany Patterson at the Legion National Headquarters Finance Department by calling 613-591-3335 ext. 262.
We are here to help!
As of March 1, Legion House staff members have returned to working in the office. Our team is here to help, Monday through Friday, 8:30–4:30 pm EST by email and by phone.
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Marketing Resources
Zoom Backgrounds
Showcase the Legion brand when you video conference with this series of Legion backgrounds you can use for your virtual meetings!
These are sized to 1920×1080 for most platforms. Please check the system requirements for virtual backgrounds for the meeting platform you are using.
PR Tip of the Month
Refrain from blame
If your Branch is going through some challenging times either internally or with your Command, it’s best for the sake of professional public relations to resolve your challenges using internal channels. What you choose to share externally should be factual, honest, and provide adequate context.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at
MemberPerks®: Deals and savings for Legion members
MemberPerks® is more than a member benefit package. It’s also a tool Branches can use to promote membership. Plus, you can partner with local businesses in your community to offer exclusive discounts for your members.
In 2020, Legion members saved almost $150,000 using MemberPerks®. Promote MemberPerks® at your Branch using the MemberPerks® poster.
Order online through Legion Supply at or by calling 1‑888‑301‑2257.
Learn more  ‣
Your Legion calendar: 2021
Promote important dates and organize activities at your Branch with this list of upcoming days that raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate an important topic.
Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
Veterans benefits guide.
If you have any questions, please contact Member Services and we will be pleased to assist. 1-855-330-3344 or

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

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