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[REMINDER] Branch 25 – 90th Anniversary Picnic

After almost 18 months of virtual events, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 representing the San Francisco Bay Area is hosting a picnic to celebrate the 90th anniversary.  Chartered on 12 August 1931, the San Francisco Branch is the sole remaining branch of the 13 branches that once formed the Northern Zone of the Western United States Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.

The picnic will be held at the Marsh Hawk picnic area in the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline Park.  The picnic will begin around noon on Saturday, 21 August 2021

Given the variety of food preferences and dietary restrictions, attendees are asked to bring their own picnic items.  The branch will provide beverages for everyone, as well as something sweet and celebratory.

Please register at https://tinyurl.com/rcl-branch25-picnic or by calling Branch President Michael Barbour at 203-997-6330.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our membership, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division, and others in the Canadian ex-pat community.

You can access the full flyer here.

Branch 25 – 90th Anniversary Picnic

After almost 18 months of virtual events, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 representing the San Francisco Bay Area is hosting a picnic to celebrate the 90th anniversary.  Chartered on 12 August 1931, the San Francisco Branch is the sole remaining branch of the 13 branches that once formed the Northern Zone of the Western United States Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.

The picnic will be held at the Marsh Hawk picnic area in the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline Park.  The picnic will begin around noon on Saturday, 21 August 2021

Given the variety of food preferences and dietary restrictions, attendees are asked to bring their own picnic items.  The branch will provide beverages for everyone, as well as something sweet and celebratory.

Please register at https://tinyurl.com/rcl-branch25-picnic or by calling Branch President Michael Barbour at 203-997-6330.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our membership, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division, and others in the Canadian ex-pat community.

You can access the full flyer here.

90th Anniversary Challenge Coin Design Competition

In the lead up to our 90th anniversary on August 12, 2021 we have been exploring ways to provide some form of commemoration of this milestone for our membership.  Other branches have undertaken everything from t-shirts and jackets to ball caps to lapel pins and buttons to cookbooks to ceremonial plates and spoons – even matchbooks and ashtrays.  For example, this is a throwback lapel pin from Branch 25.

Many will recall that last year we produced a challenge coin to mark an occasion.  In 1995, Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion began its affiliation with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division.  In his initial proposal to the branch, Comrade Fred Rutledge wrote that the relationship between the two organizations was natural, as it was quite common for Legion branches in Canada to sponsor a local cadet corps.  At the time, then Commanding Officer Lt. Lee Smith wrote that this affiliation would assist the cadets in participating to the fullest in the many training opportunities available to them.  To commemorate that anniversary, Branch #25 sponsored a competition to design a challenge coin that reflected this 25th anniversary, as well as both Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division.

Branch 25 is currently sponsoring a competition for the design of a 90th anniversary challenge coin. To providing you with some inspiration, below are example of existing Royal Canadian Legion challenge coins.

 

Over the years, there have been branches of the Royal Canadian Legion in Oakland, Sacramento, Alameda, Redwood City, Petaluma, Berkeley, Hayward, Santa Cruz, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and San Francisco.  Today, only the branch in San Francisco remains.  However, as branches ceased to exist the San Francisco branch assumed responsibility for their members and commitments – including maintaining and honouring the plots with Canadian and British veterans at Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma and Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma.

So submit your design of a 90th anniversary challenge coin to commemorate the occasion and recognize our history to mkbarbour-at-gmail.com

 

Bass Drum Donated to a RCL Pipe Band in 1977

We recently received this request for information.  If any member have any details that they are able to share, please contact Paul Ritchie directly at mbb624-at-shaw-dot-ca.


I am writing to you on behalf of the Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives.

To summarize a long story, we have a bass drum, which started life some time before 1917. The period before 1917 is described in a 1940 newspaper article but cannot be verified.

In 1917 through 1918, it was used by a Canadian Army band (17th Reserve Battalion). Following that, it was used by various bands in Alberta during the interwar period. It was given to the Calgary Highlanders in 1940 and used until approximately 1952. The next information I have is that the drum was donated to a Royal Canadian Legion pipe band by James P Gilsenan in 1977. Lastly, it was donated to the Calgary Highlanders by David Maisch on Labor Day weekend 1981. We have retained it since then.

I would like to discover more about the drum during the 1952 – 1977 period. Are there any Legion members who recall anything about this drum, the band it was donated to, the donor (James P Gilsenan) or the circumstances under which it was donated?

Enclosed is a rundown of the information I have on James Gilsenan.

Best regards
Paul

Attachment: Gilsenan, James P Life Events.pdf