Monthly Archives: January 2023

The Legion Dispatch – January 2023

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

40% of Legion members have yet to renew 


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In this edition – January 2023
40% of Legion members have yet to renew for 2023
A renewal reminder will be mailed in early February to members who have not yet renewed for 2023. Additionally, you can encourage your Branch members to renew by:

  • Placing the Renewal poster in a prominent space in your Branch
  • Reaching out by mail or email with this renewal reminder message
  • Updating member profiles with emails on this template so members can be notified automatically when it’s time to renew
  • Encouraging your members to sign up for auto-renewal with this poster
3rd week of September named National Legion Week
At the November 2022 Dominion Executive Council meeting, DEC carried the motion that “commencing in 2023, the 3rd week of September be pronounced as National Legion Week across Canada, allowing all Commands and Branches to consistently participate to attract and welcome Canadians to the Royal Canadian Legion.”
More information and marketing materials will be provided at a later date.
Help spread the word – Veterans’ families get first year of membership free!
Do you know a spouse, child over 18 years of age, parent or guardian of a Canadian Veteran who has not yet joined the Legion? Let them know we offer the first year of membership free to Veteran Family Members. Encourage them to register and get to know their Legion!
Promotional poster  ‣ | Register online  ‣ | Registration form  ‣
Ross Munro Award: Call for nominations
The Ross Munro Award recognizes Canadians whose outstanding work in journalism, videography, photojournalism or writing represents the very best in defense and security storytelling.
Nominations for the award are being accepted until January 31. If you know someone whose work may be eligible, please pass this information on.
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ The Auto Renew process is complete
The Auto Renew process is now complete and has billed all members who have signed up for auto renew with valid credit card information on file.
If you have a member who signed up for Auto Renew but does not have their 2023 membership year processed, the branch can collect their 2023 membership payment OR the member can renew online or contact Member Services by phone at 855-330-3344.
Branches can view all members who renewed online and by auto renewal on the Member Services Website under Reports / Membership – Branch Online Member Renewals [PDF].
+ 2022 Membership Numbers
2022 Final Membership Numbers will be available on the Member Services Website the first week of February. Please ensure your Branch memberships have been processed through Member Services by January 31.
+ New membership training tools
Five new training videos are now available to assist in processing members on the membership website. They can be found on the Member Services Website under Branch and Command Resources/Membership by clicking on New! Membership training videos.
+ New Digital Membership Card now available!
Over 10,000 Legion Members have already signed up for the Digital Card!
Members can now choose a traditional plastic card or a Digital Card. Learn about the Digital Card technical requirements, how to request a card, branch notification and more!
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Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Promote membership with free Branch resources
Order FREE recruitment and retention resources through the Legion Supply Department to help promote membership at your Branch.
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PR Tip of the Month
Discuss before taking on media interviews
Check with your Branch President or Provincial Command before agreeing to do a media interivew. Discuss with your local and regional leadership teams before taking on a serious or controversial topic.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at
Your Legion calendar
The 2023 Legion calendar of notable dates is now available. 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.
Download your copy to help with Branch planning for the new year.
Download the 2023 calendar  ‣
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.
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Vikings’ genetic diversity greater than present-day Scandinavia: study

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Front Lines
Stephen J thorne


Vikings’ genetic diversity greater than present-day Scandinavia: study


Mention the word Vikings and one is likely to conjure images of blond-haired, blue-eyed brutes in beards sailing distinctive ships, wielding axes and shields.While the ships, axes and shields are a sure thing, and the beards are a pretty good bet—at least for the men—a new study has found that the adventurers and plunderers who settled in Newfoundland some 500 years before Columbus crossed the ocean were more genetically diverse than the myths would suggest.

In the largest genetic analysis of Viking remains ever conducted, palaeogeneticist Ricardo Rodrı́guez-Varelal and his colleagues at Stockholm University and the Stockholm-based Centre for Palaeogenetics analyzed Scandinavian burials going back 2,000 years.


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The Canadian who was the real life James Bond


William Samuel Clouston Stanger was born on Jan. 23, 1897, in Winnipeg.

He had a humble childhood, but was destined for greatness.

His birth parents gave him up for adoption because they couldn’t care for him. He took his adopted parents’ surname, Stephenson, and dropped out of school to become a telegrapher.

He eventually became a decorated First World War air ace, a business titan and a spymaster who set up the British espionage system in the Americas, schooled the United States in undercover operations and established a spy school in Canada.


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Happy Year of the Rabbit! 🐇 + More upcoming events

An item from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

General Updates

  • Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Upcoming Events

  • “Historical Connections Between Canada and American Immigration Policy”
  • “Come from Away: Newfoundland and Labrador’s Food Security Dilemma”

External Events

  • “Roots, Routes, and Reckonings: On Blackness and Belonging in North America”

Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Canadian Studies wishes our best to our many friends celebrating the Lunar New Year this week! For many East Asian cultures, this is the most important time of the year – a time for reconnecting with family, friends, and their cultural roots. In Canada, celebrations are happening from Vancouver (with PM Trudeau in attendance) to St. John’s, many for the first time since 2020. And in California, the holiday is being officially recognized for the first time ever. So from all of us, have a safe and happy New Year!

Did You Know? While 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in most countries that adopted the Chinese zodiac, in Vietnam it’s the Year of the Cat! Vietnam is the only country that includes a cat in its zodiac, thought to be the result of an ancient translation error.


If you require an accommodation to fully participate in an event, please let us know at least 10 days in advance.

Historical Connections Between Canada and American Immigration Policy

Wed., Feb. 1 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Moses | RSVP

Canadian Studies faculty affiliate Hidetaka Hirota will explore historical connections between Canada and American immigration policy in the long nineteenth century. Based on his earlier and current works, Professor Hirota will discuss three aspects of this history: Canada as a destination of deportation from the United States; Canadians as targets of restrictive immigration policy; and Canada as a potential ally of the United States in migration control. In doing so, he will illuminate the experiences of Irish migrants in the mid-nineteenth century, Canadian migrants in the late nineteenth century, and Japanese migrants in the early twentieth century. These migrant groups’ experiences demonstrate that Canada remained an important part of the history of American immigration policy.

About the Speaker

Hidetaka Hirota is a social and legal historian of the United States specializing in immigration, and an associate professor of history at UC Berkeley. He is particularly interested in the history of American nativism and immigration control. His first book, Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy, shows how an influx of impoverished Irish immigrants to the United States in the early 19th century led nativists to develop policies for deporting destitute foreigners to Europe and Canada, and laid the groundwork for later federal legislation. His current projects include an examination of long-running tensions between nativism and a demand for migrant labor in the United States, as well as an exploration of the Japanese immigrant experience before 1924.

“Come from Away”: Newfoundland and Labrador’s Food Security Dilemma

Wed., Feb. 15 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Moses | RSVP

This presentation illuminates past and current complexities of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique food system. Following confederation with Canada in 1949, the province’s once- abundant fisheries fed North America to the point of over exploitation, creating both cultural and food system disruption. Currently, most food is imported into the province and transported by ferry, including produce from California’s Central Valley. Though hunting is prevalent in rural communities, high priced, pre-packaged, and processed food, rather than fish, are the dietary mainstay. Recent efforts to expand agricultural production within the province would improve local control over the food system. This would ostensibly be more expensive than most imported foods, given the province’s short growing season and relatively small, diffusely located population. Yet financially supporting such endeavors might be justifiable to facilitate a basic human right to access and produce food.

Note: The speaker will also share Newfoundland and Labrador artwork and handicrafts at the in-person presentation.

About the Speaker

Dr. Catherine Keske is a professor of management of complex systems in the School of Engineering at UC Merced. She is an agricultural economist and social scientist who studies sustainable food, energy, and waste systems. Prior to joining UC Merced in 2017, she was associate professor of environmental studies (economics) in the School of Science and the Environment at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research on food security and Newfoundland and Labrador includes an edited book, Food Futures: Growing a Sustainable Food System for Newfoundland and Labrador, and “Economic feasibility of biochar and agriculture coproduction from Canadian black spruce forest” published in Food and Energy Security.


Roots, Routes, and Reckonings: On Blackness and Belonging in North America

Wednesday, Feb. 1 | 10:00 am PT | Online | RSVP

Western Washington University’s Center for Canadian-American Studies invites you to join their second “Why Canada Matters” talk, featuring Dr. Debra Thompson. Through an intimate exploration of the roots of Black identities in North America and the routes taken by those who have crisscrossed the world’s longest undefended border in search of freedom and belonging, this lecture combines memoir and analysis to highlight the tensions and contradictions that anchor our understandings of race.

Dr. Thompson is an associate professor of political science and Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies at McGill University. She is a leading scholar of the comparative politics of race, with research interests that focus on the relationships among race, the state, and inequality in Canada and other democratic societies.

This talk is co-sponsored by WWU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Department of History, and delivered in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association.

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Nazi treasure: The ever-elusive myth

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Front Lines
Stephen J thorne

Cpl. Donald R. Ornitz/American Commission For the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments In War Areas/Wikimedia

Nazi treasure: The ever-elusive myth


A story broke recently that purported to divulge a long-lost secret surrounding four German soldiers who buried a cache of ammunition cases laden with treasure as they fled advancing Allied forces in the Netherlands in 1945.

The location of this cache of coins, watches, jewelry, diamonds and other gems supposedly worth more than C$25 million has been a mystery for almost 80 years. German soldiers stole the hoard from a broken bank vault in Arnhem during the final year of the war and buried it in ammunition boxes as they fled.

Recently, among a pile of documents released by the Netherlands national archives, a treasure map has been found with an X evidently marking the spot where the treasure lies buried in what is now a field.


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Canada’s attempt to become the ultimate Arctic warrior


“Generals January and February mount guard for the Canadian people all year round,” historian Charles P. Snow opined in 1940, to general agreement and relief. The Second World War was to change that opinion.

Adolph Hitler sent more than three million troops to invade Russia on June 22, 1941, mistakenly believing Russia would capitulate to his blitzkrieg as quickly as western European nations at the beginning of the war.



E.J. Hughes attended the Vancouver School of Art from 1929-1935, and was recognized as the most talented artist of his generation on the West Coast. But the Great Depression made an art career impossible at that time. Reflecting on the years he had enjoyed as a cadet, he enlisted in the army on Aug. 30, 1939, just days before the commencement of the Second World War.

Hughes had joined the artillery, but almost from the start he had higher ambitions. Through his teachers, Fred Varley and Charles H. Scott, Hughes was aware of the War Art Program of the First World War, and he began writing to his superiors, asking for a role as a war artist. At the time, there was no war art program, but early in 1941 he was posted to Ottawa as one of the first three “service artists” in the Canadian Army.



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