In 2020, as a way to get membership engaged all across the country, Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion engaged in an “I Joined” campaign. In preparation for a membership drive that we are going to undertake in the Fall, US Branch 25 – representing the San Francisco Bay Area – is replicating this campaign.
Our members are the lifeblood of the Royal Canadian Legion. Without your support, we could not do all we do to honour, support, and remember Canada’s veteran and their families. We invite you to share why you joined the Legion. For some it may be to give back to those who served, to honour family members, or to support our branch and communities. So tell us your Legion story! Why did you join the Legion? What do you like about being a member? What is your favourite Legion memory? Please visit https://tinyurl.com/branch25-ijoined/ to contribute your own story, and be sure to upload a photo of yourself or our branch to accompany your story – or even a video.
If you visit https://www.legion.ca/news/articles/2019/11/28/in-their-own-words-why-our-members-joined-the-royal-canadian-legion you can see the stories of nine of our comrades from the Dominion Command campaign. Some of the videos that were produced included:
Here are some examples that have already been submitted from our own Branch:
If you have any questions, please let us know.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to submit your 2021 membership dues. Dues are $40.00. Make out a check to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 and mail to:
18500 Main Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033-8393
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.
Please note if you wish to take advantage of this offer the fee for 5 years of membership is $200. You must send your cheque by 30 November and you also contact Membership Chair, Siefken Krieger, at 408-353-3373 or email@example.com before noon on 30 November.
Our branch was only made aware of this offer today, so we apologize about the late notice.
Here are some family pictures of the original Royal Canadian Legion, US Branch #25 that were submitted by member (and piper) Charlie Martin and his wife Holly.
Charlie tells us that his Grandmother is either the second or third from the left on the Women’s Auxiliary pictures, but he doesn’t see his Grandfather in the flag detail picture. His grandparents were Donald and Imozene Martin. Donald served in Canada during WWI, but never went overseas.
Based on the World’s Fair sign in the back, he estimated that the pictures are circa 1939. He writes that looking at news papers of the time, the International Worlds Fair Horse Show had the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in it, and that there were apparently quite a few posts of the Royal Canadian Legion in the Bay Area back then.
Thanks to Charlie and Holly for sharing these images.
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The picture was taken in 1942. Joan (who is in the second row, third from the right) and all those gals, except the Sergeant (who is to Joan’s right), had volunteered and were in Honiton, Devon (an area famous for lace making). They were there for aptitude testing to determine to which jobs they would be best suited. Joan was assigned to Army Communications. She then went on to Bradford, near Leeds, for training and was eventually stationed in London, near Buckingham Palace. Joan served from 1942 to 1946.
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If you happen to be one of the individuals in this picture or if you know one of the people in this picture, Joan would love to hear from you. Just contact us and we’ll pass your information on to her.