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Dominion Convention – Important Update

An important announcement from Dominion Command.


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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In this edition – March 2021
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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  ‣
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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.
Read more  ‣
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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  ‣
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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 DirectDeposit@legion.ca.
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.
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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 nbond@legion.ca
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 supply@legion.ca 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.
DOWNLOAD THE CALENDAR  ‣
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 membership@legion.ca

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

Working together to serve Canada’s Veterans.
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Copyright © 2021 The Royal Canadian Legion. All rights reserved.

Administrative emails from Legion National Headquarters are sent to the email address on file for your local Legion Branch. If this is no longer the correct email address for your Branch, please forward this email to the new contact and request the Branch update their contact information.

Our contact information is:
The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters
Member Services Department
86 Aird Place
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
Canada

Toll free: 855‑330‑3344
E-mail: membership@legion.ca

See how your Legion is making an impact

An item from Dominion Command.


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February 2021
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Your support helps communities thrive
Through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s Veterans are in more need than ever before. We thank you for your support, which allows us to continue to provide essential services to Veterans in need during these times.
“The Legion helped pull me out of my
                            darkest symptoms, made me feel part of the
                            organization and family again.” – Brandon
                            Gorham, Veteran and Legion member
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Bring a friend to the Legion and you can win!
There’s still time to enter. Recruit a friend or family member to join the Legion here before April 30 using promo code REFER and you will both* be entered to win a $500 Canada Post Visa gift card.
Every member helps the Legion make a difference for Canada’s Veterans.
* Referring member must be in good standing as of January 31, 2021. See full Terms and Conditions.
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The Legion Scholarship has been awarded
On January 27, Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine announced this year’s Veteran Health Research scholarship recipient. Dr. Abdelhakim Khellaf of the University of Toronto has received $30,000 to continue his work studying traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Veterans.
Through the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, the Legion rewards this scholarship each year to a student specializing in the critical care and support of Canada’s Veterans.
Congratulations, Dr. Khellaf!
Read more  ‣
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Members of the Shediac Legion build a Veteran apartment complex
When members dream big, great things can happen.
Canadian Veteran and Legion member Leo Doiron and members of the Shediac Legion in New Brunswick came together to fundraise and build an eight-unit apartment building in their town to home Veterans and their families.
Read the inspiring story  ‣
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Legion responds to Office of the Veterans Ombudsman report
On January 19, the Legion Dominion President released the following statement in support of the Veterans Ombudsman’s report:
“The Royal Canadian Legion supports all recommendations released in the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman’s report. Of particular note, we ask Veterans Affairs Canada to push for legislative and financial changes to ensure that family members including former spouses, survivors and dependent children, can access federally funded mental health care when their illness is related to the conditions of a Veteran’s service. This should happen whether or not the Veteran is in treatment. We believe mental health care must extend to family members in their own right who provide a crucial support system for our Veterans.”
–Thomas D. Irvine, CD, Dominion President, The Royal Canadian Legion
Read the full report  ‣
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Your membership can help you save
Shopping on a budget? MemberPerks® can help. With MemberPerks®, you can save $1000s at stores, restaurants and services online and in-store. It’s a great way to support the Legion, local businesses, and your wallet.
MemberPerks® saved Legion members almost $150,000 last year alone. Sign up today to see what you can save – it’s free with your membership.
Learn more  ‣
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The Legion Dispatch – February 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.


Legion Dispatch. Visit branch
services.
February 2021
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In this edition – February 2021
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Pre-paying pays off
Between February 22 to May 30, 2021, members who prepay for five years will receive a FREE Limited Edition Poppy Watch, designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy. See terms and conditions for more details.
A limited number of these watches will be available for purchase on The Poppy Store starting in late May. Keep an eye out – they’re expected to go fast!
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Encourage your members to recruit
Don’t forget to invite your members to recruit their family and friends to the Legion.
When members* refer an eligible friend or family member to join the Legion, they could EACH be entered to win a $500 Canada Post Visa gift card. Tell your members to send their new recruits here to sign up using promo code REFER before April 30, 2021.
The bigger our membership, the bigger the impact the Legion can make in the lives of Canada’s Veterans.
* Referring member must be in good standing as of January 31, 2021. See full Terms and Conditions.
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A Dominion Convention update from the National Executive Director
Comrades:
As you are well aware by now, the 2020 Dominion Convention set for Saskatoon, SK was postponed by the Dominion Executive Council on 16 April 2020.
Currently and based on the information provided in a rapidly changing environment the intent is to stage the 48th Dominion Convention August 12–19, 2021 in Saskatoon. As there are many factors involved, including the vaccination rollout and provincial restrictions, there will be a delay in sending out the Convention Call until a clearer picture develops. In the meantime, all other timings are still in effect, including the submission of resolutions to Dominion Command by 24 April 2021.
Regardless of what confronts us in regard to staging the Dominion Convention, it will happen in 2021 in one form or another. An update will be provided in March 2021 or earlier if the situation becomes clearer.
In Comradeship,
Steven Clark
National Executive Director
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Members of the Shediac Legion build a Veteran apartment complex
When you dream big, great things can happen. Canadian Veteran and Legion member Leo Doiron and members of the Shediac Legion in New Brunswick came together to fundraise and build an eight-unit apartment building in their town to home Veterans and their families.
Read the inspiring story  ‣
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The Legion Scholarship has been awarded
On January 27, Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine announced this year’s Veteran Health Research scholarship recipient. Dr. Abdelhakim Khellaf of the University of Toronto has received $30,000 to continue his work studying traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Veterans.
Through the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, the Legion rewards this scholarship each year to a student specializing in the critical care and support of Canada’s Veterans.
Congratulations, Dr. Khellaf!
Read more  ‣
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Legion responds to Office of the Veterans Ombudsman report
On January 19, the Legion Dominion President released the following statement in support of the Veterans Ombudsman’s report:
“The Royal Canadian Legion supports all recommendations released in the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman’s report. Of particular note, we ask Veterans Affairs Canada to push for legislative and financial changes to ensure that family members including former spouses, survivors and dependent children, can access federally funded mental health care when their illness is related to the conditions of a Veteran’s service. This should happen whether or not the Veteran is in treatment. We believe mental health care must extend to family members in their own right who provide a crucial support system for our Veterans.”
–Thomas D. Irvine, CD, Dominion President, The Royal Canadian Legion
Read the full report  ‣
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+ Renewal reminders are being mailed
Legion Headquarters will be sending a direct mailing to all non-renewed members later this month. Please encourage your members to renew their Legion membership for 2021.
You can also use this opportunity to encourage members to prepay for the next five years with the Legion’s Poppy Anniversary watch promotion.
We are here to help!
As per Ontario Health recommendations, most Legion House staff members are working remotely. Member Services is business as usual with some delays in card distribution and mail-in member processing.
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
It’s time for 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.
View resources  ‣
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PR Tip of the Month
Reach out to correct
When you see a media article that contains errors or omissions related to your Branch, remember to take action – approach the reporter in a friendly way. Explain what you’d like to see fixed and why it matters. In many instances, changes will be made in the interest of accuracy.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Share the benefits of MemberPerks®
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 supply@legion.ca 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.
DOWNLOAD THE CALENDAR  ‣
Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
Legion Wall Calendar.
If you have any questions, please contact Member Services and we will be pleased to assist. 1-855-330-3344 or membership@legion.ca

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

Working together to serve Canada’s Veterans.
Copyright © 2021 The Royal Canadian Legion. All rights reserved.

Administrative emails from Legion National Headquarters are sent to the email address on file for your local Legion Branch. If this is no longer the correct email address for your Branch, please forward this email to the new contact and request the Branch update their contact information.

Our contact information is:
The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters
Member Services Department
86 Aird Place
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
Canada

Toll free: 855‑330‑3344
E-mail: membership@legion.ca

The Legion Dispatch – November 2020

A branch-focused newsletter from Dominion Command (note that some items have been removed because they were not applicable to international branches).


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November 2020
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In this edition – November 2020
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New Federal Funding announced for Legion Branches
Veterans Affairs Canada announced a new aid package providing $14 million in support to Legion Branches struggling with operational costs as a result of the pandemic. Information on how to apply for funding was emailed to Legion Branches on November 17.
Learn more  ‣
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Lest We Forget Watch Special Offer
All new and returning members who prepay for 5 years of membership before November 30th will receive a FREE Legion Poppy watch! Both men’s and women’s styles are available.
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Thank you for your support during the time of Remembrance
Thank you to our Branches and Legion members for your support and volunteer time during the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day commemorations. Because of your efforts, even through these tumultuous times, the Legion can ensure Canada never forgets.
A recap of the National Remembrance Day Ceremony is available on Facebook.
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Meet this year’s National Silver Cross Mother
The 2020-2021 National Silver Cross Mother was announced earlier this month. Mrs. Deborah Sullivan of Summerville, New Brunswick, will represent Silver Cross Mothers across Canada until the end of October, 2021.
The Memorial Cross – more commonly referred to as the Silver Cross – introduced in 1919, is a symbol of personal loss and sacrifice on behalf of widows and mothers who lose a child on active duty, or whose death is later attributed to such duty.
Learn more  ‣
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Advocating for Veterans
The Royal Canadian Legion is actively involved in Veteran Affairs Canada Ministerial Advisory Groups. The Record of Discussion from a recent Policy Advisory Group meeting in December 2019 is now available for viewing.
Read the Record  ‣
+ 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 DirectDeposit@legion.ca.
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!
The Member Services Department is available, Monday through Friday, 8:30–4:30 pm EST by email and by phone.
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
It’s time for 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.
View resources  ‣
Promote MemberPerks®
The holiday shopping season is here – and it’s never been easier to save than with MemberPerks®. MemberPerks® is a great way to attract new members to the Legion and offer current members huge savings and deals! Promote the program at your Branch this season and help members save on their holiday shopping! Plus, offer your members even more value by using inviting local retailers, services and restaurants in your area to participate.
Learn more  ‣
Your Legion calendar: December 2020
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 THE CALENDAR  ‣
Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
Introducing MBNA Payment Plans
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Recently made a large or unexpected purchase? MBNA is excited to be launching a digital-only Payment Plan* that will allow primary cardholders to pay for eligible credit card purchases with monthly Payment Plans at a lower interest rate than their Royal Canadian Legion credit card for an applicable fee. MBNA Payment Plans make it more convenient to pay for large purchases and manage your budget.
Learn more
*not available in Quebec
News from the Legion National Foundation
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The Legion National Foundation Board of Directors invites you to visit the new website. The Legion National Foundation, in partnership with The Royal Canadian Legion, works at the national level to support initiatives that positively impact the wellbeing and quality of life of Canada’s Veterans and their families. You will be inspired by the following impact areas of the Foundation including Veterans’ Wellness, Scholarships & Bursaries, Remembrance Contests for Children & Youth and Pilgrimages of Remembrance.
Visit the website
Special offer from Legion Magazine
The new year is fast approaching! Make sure you’re prepared with the Legion’s 2021 calendar, which includes historical military dates and rarely-seen photographs.
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Shop now
If you have any questions, please contact Member Services and we will be pleased to assist. 1-855-330-3344 or membership@legion.ca

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

Working together to serve Canada’s Veterans.
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Administrative emails from Legion National Headquarters are sent to the email address on file for your local Legion Branch. If this is no longer the correct email address for your Branch, please forward this email to the new contact and request the Branch update their contact information.

The Branch may update the email address at any time by updating their Branch Profile on the Member Services Website or by contacting Member Services. Learn more about All Branch emails.

Our contact information is:
The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters
Member Services Department
86 Aird Place
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
Canada

Toll free: 855‑330‑3344
E-mail: membership@legion.ca