Monthly Archives: October 2021

The Legion Dispatch – October 2021

An update from Dominion Command to its branches (note that items only relevant to branch executive or for Canadian branches have been removed).

Updates from National Headquarters 

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In this edition – October 2021
Review email with Poppy Campaign and Remembrance day information
Please ensure you have received and reviewed the email sent to all Branches on October 6. This email contains important information on conducting a safe and engaging Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day Ceremony.
View email  ‣
2021 National Poppy Campaign set to launch
The 2021 Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day are just around the corner. Read our recent news release announcing the approach of the Campaign and new and returning features.
News release  ‣
Add your local Legion Remembrance Day Ceremony to
People visiting the Legion’s website can now search for the location of their local Remembrance Day Ceremony.
We encourage all Branches hosting a Remembrance Day Ceremony to add your event to the site. This tool, which will be widely promoted during the Remembrance period, will allow Legion Branches to share when and where they are holding Remembrance Day ceremonies. Branches can submit their ceremony details through the online form.
Members who prepay for 5 years receive a FREE Poppy toque, scarf, and mittens!
Encourage renewing members to prepay for 5 years to receive their free winter accessories.
Offer ends December 15  ‣
New Governor General Photo
The Office of the Governor General will be sending a new photo of the Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, to each Legion Branch’s address on file at Legion Headquarters. The photo is expected to be mailed in the coming weeks.
Nijmegen Marches call for submissions
Each year, Dominion Command of The Royal Canadian Legion invites Legion Members to apply for an opportunity to participate in the world’s largest walking/marching event held in mid-July in the Nijmegen area of Holland. Please share the call for applications with your members. Applications must be submitted to their Provincial Command office by 14 January 2022.
Learn more  ‣
Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ 2022 Renewal Stickers were mailed in August
The 2022 Member renewal stickers were mailed to all Branches in late August for all members who paid for 2021 by July 30, 2021. If you have not received your 2022 stickers, please contact member services.
+ Verify and welcome new members at your Branch
85% of new members joining online are selecting a local Branch to join! Branches are encouraged to reach out to new member applicants within 30 days of their application to let them know the process for their application or, if approved, welcome them to the Branch.
The Membership Committee’s recommended 30-day application review period is a suggested timeline to ensure our organization is maintaining strong customer service practices for new members wishing to join and support the Legion. If a Branch is unable to meet the suggested 30-day period for a General Meeting or Executive Committee review of the application, it may still follow its own process to approve/decline a member and the procedure for that continues to follow the communicated policy.
Be sure to check your email account for notifications of new members or check the New Online Member Report on your Branch profile on the Member Services Website.
+ Reminder: Digital Membership Card coming soon
Coming later this fall, new and returning Legion members will have the choice of the traditional plastic card or an electronic membership card downloadable to a digital wallet. These digital cards will allow the Legion to save time and money producing, mailing and replacing plastic cards. Stay tuned for more details.
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Marketing Resources
Reach out to lapsed members to renew
Find a wide variety of recruitment and renewal resources on the Member Services Website, as well as free materials through the Legion Supply Department.
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PR Tip of the Month
Dig up historical items
The Legion’s centenary is coming up in a few short years. 2025–2026 will be years to celebrate 100 years of accomplishment, with July 2026 being the key anniversary date. It’s not too soon to start dusting off old boxes and books and compiling your local centenary treasures.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at
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.
Get up to 20 free meals with
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MemberPerks®: Exclusive offers and preferred pricing through Venngo
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.
Learn more  ‣
Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
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Upcoming Events at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Note this up-coming veterans-focused event in the Bay Area.

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Unleashing the Power of

Interreligious Cooperation


Fighting ceased and World War I ended at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. That day and time have since been celebrated as Armistice Day, and today as Veterans Day, honoring all who have served in our Country’s Armed Forces.

Please join us to remember and celebrate

on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Presidio Chapel

130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco






Please RSVP to:

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Presidio Chapel

130 Fisher Loop, P.O. Box 29055, San Francisco, CA 94129

415-561-3930 (office); 415-515-5681 (cell) * Email:

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Unleashing the Power of

Interreligious Cooperation

ICP Sunday Concerts 5th Season in Person and Streamed Online

Welsh baritone

Jeremy Huw Williams

Paula Fan, piano

Art and Folk Songs by Welsh Composers

Alun Hoddinott, Hilary Tann, Grace Williams


American Composers

Richard Derby, Morten Lauridsen, Deon Nielsen Price

and Poets Charlene Derby, Dana Gioia, James Morehead


“…passionate advocate…” (BBC Music Magazine)

“…brings conspicuous ardour and intelligence…” (Gramophone)


November 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm (PST)


Join us Live in Person at Presidio Chapel

130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129    FREE admission  

Ample metered parking


To make a donation please visit:


Please RSVP


Masks Required Indoors and Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination


P.O. Box 29055, San Francisco, CA 94129

(415) 561-3930 (office) * (415) 515-5681 (cell) * email:

[REMINDER] Webinar: 150 Years Before Touro – The Navy’s Hospitals On Mare Island, 1856 To 1957

A reminder of an up-coming webinar, which includes some local military history, that may be of interest to our membership.


Being the story of the hallowed ground upon which you walk every day

Nov 4, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Link to join: (registration not required)

Thomas L Snyder, MD

Tom Snyder is a retired urologist and naval officer. In retirement, he has combined
his naval and medical interests to work on a history of the first Navy’s first west coast hospital, on Mare Island. He’s the founding executive director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine, which sponsors academic panels, offers graduate student travel and research grants, and awards a biennial Harold D Langley Book Prize for Excellence in the History of Maritime Medicine. Tom is a Companion in the Naval Order of the United States, America’s oldest naval history organization. At Albany Medical College, Tom founded and coordinates the Albany Base Hospital No 33 Society, an alumni military affinity group. At home in Vallejo, he frequently lectures to local groups on the history of maritime and military medicine and writes a blog, Of Ships and Surgeons – Notes on Maritime Medicine, Past and Present. He has published several articles on maritime medical history.


Flyer: tuc-historic-webinar.pdf

Upcoming events: Poetry, music, & cross-border finances for teens

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Next event: Studying Religious Symbols and Bias in Court Proceedings
  • Poetry reading & talk by Canadian poet Cecily Nicholson
  • Money Talks: Cross-Border Finances for Your Kids
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony
  • Stanford Live presents: Indigenous country-folk musician William Prince
Studying Religious Symbols and Bias in Court Proceedings
November 9 | 12:30 pm | 223 Moses Hall | RSVP here
Canadian Studies Sproul Fellow Nicholas A. R. Fraser will discuss research that examines bias against religious minorities within Canadian judicial procedures. Using original experimental data gathered in collaboration with Colton Fehr (Simon Fraser University), Dr. Fraser will use the example of courtroom oaths as a window into how Canadian cultural expectations can subtly affect an immigrant’s experience of “integration.”
Nicholas A. R. Fraser is a John R. Sproul Research Fellow with the Canadian Studies Program. He is a political scientist specializing in the impact of organizational culture on policy application. He holds M.A.s from the University of British Columbia and Waseda University (Japan), and received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he was previously an associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
This event will be held in-person at UC Berkeley; however, a live webcast will be available for those who would prefer to attend virtually. Please RSVP for more details.
Holloway Poetry Series/Mixed Blood Talk: Cecily Nicholson
Lecture: October 20 | 4:00 pm | Online | RSVP
Reading: October 21 | 6:30 pm | Online | RSVP
The UC Berkeley English Department invites you to two events featuring Canadian poet Cecily Nicholson. Nicholson’s most recent book, Wayside Sang, explores ideas of borders and identity as she retraces her father’s journeys through the Great Lakes region. It won the Governor General’s Award for English Poetry in 2018. Her previous book, From the Poplars, won British Columbia’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2015.
Nicholson will give this year’s Mixed Blood Talk, titled “real/located and restorative poetics – once a black rurality”, on October 20. The next day, October 21, she will give her Holloway poetry reading with Berkeley graduate student poet Laura Ritland.
The Holloway Series in Poetry is sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of English and honors one distinguished poet each year with a residency. The Mixed Blood Project is a poetry journal and organization founded and led by Canadian Studies faculty affiliate Cecil S. Giscombe. The series spotlights the contemporary African-American avant-garde, and emphasizes literary innovation with a deliberate and very aggressive emphasis on race and the languages of and about race.
DML Chesterfield Chat: Money Talks: Cross-Border Finances and Your Kids and Teens
October 27 | 4:00 pm | Online | RSVP
Talking to kids and teens about money is always challenging. But when families also have to navigate US-Canada financial and banking challenges, things can get really complicated!
Join DML host (and Canadian Studies board chair) David Stewart and our expert panel as they discuss tips and strategies on how to get your kids comfortable with financial planning and how to unpack some of the technical challenges of moving money across the border to cover budget needs, Canadian university tuition, or other cross-border family needs.
Panelists include Heather Pelant, partner and Certified Financial Planner at Baker Street Advisors; Matt Altro, president & CEO at MCA Cross Border Advisors; and Marlene Atzori, Regional Advisor Cross Border Banking at RBC Bank.
Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 11 | 10:00 am | Petaluma, CA
Join US Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion (representing the San Francisco Bay Area) for their annual Remembrance Day Service from Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, California. The annual service will be streamed live from the cemetery through Zoom webinar and can be watched by registering here.
Stanford Live Presents: William Prince
November 11 | 7:00 & 9:00 pm | Stanford University | Buy tickets
Enjoy an evening with Manitoba-based Indigenous Canadian folk and country musician William Prince in a special Stanford Live performance cosponsored by the Digital Moose Lounge. A singer-songwriter of magnitude, Prince has earned critical accolades for his synthesis of country and gospel music with acoustic guitar and messages about the human condition.
Please note that all attendees must wear a mask and bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of attendance.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

Your exclusive access to CWGC Carol Service tickets – limited availability

An event from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that may be of interest to our members.

You are cordially invited to the CWGC’s first ever carol service 
On Thursday 16 December 2021, we will be holding our first ever carol service in the magnificent Royal Military Chapel in London in aid of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.

With a theme of Commemorations at Christmas, join us and the wonderful Choir of the Guards’ Chapel for carols, readings, and new music from some of the best young musicians of the Commonwealth. With some very special guests attending, including Barbara Dickson OBE – multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career – and an original, specially commissioned carol by the pupils of the Purcell School for Young Musicians, this promises to be a unique evening of reflection, remembrance and thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the two World Wars.

Tickets start from £25, with the option to join us for a special private reception including prosecco and canapés in the Guards’ Mess after the event. Capacity is limited to ensure safe distancing, so grab your tickets while you can!

Get your tickets now
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