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The Legion Dispatch – July 2021

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


Update from National Headquarters 

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In this edition – July 2021
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Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy
On July 6, 1921, the Remembrance Poppy made its first appearance in Canada. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Legion has produced a commemorative Poppy pin reminiscent of those after the First World War.
Get the pin  ‣
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NEW Digital membership card coming this fall
A new digital membership card is in development! In a world moving more and more online, a digital membership card lets members keep their member information at their fingertips.
Starting this fall, new and renewing Legion members can choose either the traditional plastic card or an electronic membership card they can download to a mobile wallet. In addition to offering members an option that meets their needs, digital cards also save the Legion time and money in producing, mailing and replacing plastic cards.
More details will be shared soon – stay tuned!
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Promote membership at your Branch
A new flyer has been created to help you promote membership. Download and display the flyer at your Branch today!
Please note that this flyer is only to be used until November 11, 2021.
Download flyer  ‣
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Scholarship applications are now open!
Applications for the Royal Canadian Legion Masters Scholarship are now open!
Ongoing, focussed research is critical for the care and support of Canada’s Veterans. The Legion supports this research by awarding an annual Master’s level scholarship through the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research to a student specializing in Military and Veterans Health Research.
Let your members know about the Scholarship today. The deadline to apply is August 5, 2021.
Learn more  ‣
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A letter to Prime Minister
On behalf of Canada’s largest Veteran support organization that promotes and recognizes service, the Legion Dominion President sent a letter to the Prime Minister encouraging the Government to create a Platinum Jubilee Medal to recognize Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary of ascension to the Throne and lifetime of service.
Read the letter (English only)  ‣
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Veterans Affairs Canada Ministerial Advisory Groups
The Veterans Affairs Canada Ministerial Advisory Groups are looking for Veterans, Canadians, and stakeholders from all regions of the country with diverse knowledge, expertise and experience who want to share perspectives and advice on issues relevant to Veterans and their families. Legion Dominion Command has representatives on each of the Veterans Affairs Ministerial Advisory Groups.
If you or your members are interested in having a say in issues relating to Canada’s Veterans, consider applying to become a member. Any Canadian resident over 18 is eligible to apply.
Learn more  ‣
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Portraits of Prince Phillip
With the passing of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we received questions on whether Branches should remove the portrait of HRH. A representative from the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada (OSGG) indicated that, as HRH was not the Monarch, there are no guidelines for removal or replacement. It is at the discretion of the organization when to remove the portrait. At this time, the OSGG has chosen not to remove the portrait, and indicated there would be no breach of protocol to simply leave the portrait as is.
Historically, the last time the consort of a reigning Sovereign died was 1861, the Prince Consort, Albert. For Government Houses around the then Empire, his portraits were gradually removed to less prominent places over the year following his death.
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PR Tip of the Month
Read all the resources
From the regular All-Branch Dispatch e-mails to the PRO reports, if you help with PR at your Branch, taking the time to read these publications will keep you up to date and in the know!
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
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  ‣
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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.
Call for Submissions: Dear Canada – Letters from WWII
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Do you have family letters, stories and photos from WWII you’d like to share? 𝘿𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙙𝙖: 𝙇𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙒𝙒𝙄𝙄 will be a live performance for this Remembrance Day and creator Miranda Mulholland is launching a call for submissions for letters to and from Canadians. The deadline is July 31st!
Learn more
Special offer from Legion Magazine
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. – 4:00 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

Important Branch information

The monthly update sent to the branch.  We have removed items that would not be of interest to the general membership.


Update from National Headquarters 

Legion Dispatch. Visit branch
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June 2021
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In this edition – June 2021
A Dominion Contvention Update.
Showcase your Branch at the 48th Dominion Convention
For the first time ever, the 2021 Dominion Convention will be conducted virtually and broadcast to all that wish to participate as a delegate or an observer.
Traditionally, Branches have been invited to parade their banner at the Convention. However, as this is not possible this year, Branches can instead submit a photo to display on the Convention website.
All Legion Branches across Canada are requested to submit a photo of the outside of their Branch for display on the virtual Convention event page. Please send the photo as an attachment to convention2021@legion.ca by August 2. Include your Branch name, Branch number and location in the email. We anticipate that this will be a popular feature for all in attendance.
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Encourage lapsed members to renew
Automated telemarketing renewal campaign
Legion National Headquarters is testing an automated telemarketing campaign targeting 30,000 lapsed members, reminding them to renew their Legion membership. Members will receive a pre-recorded message that lets them transfer immediately to one of our member services staff to renew over the phone. Members not home will receive a message on their phone reminding them to renew. If successful, this cost-effective approach has the opportunity to be an additional renewal tool to complement our existing strategies.
Renew and prepay for a bird feeder promo
Lapsed members who renew for 2021 and prepay for an additional 2 or more years receive a free Poppy bird feeder. This offer was mailed to 50,000 lapsed members and emailed to over 20,000 lapsed members in June.
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Tuberculosis Veterans’ Section of The Royal Canadian Legion welcomes new members
The Tuberculosis Veterans’ Section (TVS) always welcomes new members to join! Any Legion member can become a dual member of both their Legion Branch and TVS. Join a TVS Branch today and help champion respiratory health, research and education.
Learn more  ‣
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Coding for Veterans
Coding for Veterans, a program that retrains military veterans for careers in Canada’s IT sector, will be partnering with the Legion as its Career Caravan tours the country this fall. C4V has asked that parking lots of Legion Branches along its route be made available in order to set up an outdoor tent and program promotion.
Staring this September, C4V will be visiting all towns with MFRCs and CFBs, as well as major cities, across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Contact Coding for Veterans to get your Branch involved.
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Apply for Memorial repair funding
The National Wall of Remembrance Association (NWORA) is extending their deadline for Legion Branches to submits funding requests for Veteran memorial repair and restoration to September 1, 2021.
Please send any applications to Bruce Ewing at ewing123456789@sympatico.ca.
Learn more  ‣
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Legion endorses the CDA and The CDA Institute’s statement
As a member association of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA), The Royal Canadian Legion fully endorses the CDA and The CDA Institute’s recent statement on sexual misconduct and culture change in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Read full statement  ‣
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Legion Nationals to be hosted in Calgary in 2024/2025
Last month, Legion Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine was pleased to announce that the 2024 and 2025 National Youth Track and Field Championships will be held at the Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
Learn more  ‣
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Your donations to the Poppy Fund help support Veterans and Remembrance
This past April, the Dominion Executive Council approved over $645,000 in Poppy Funds through the Legion’s Veteran Support Partnership Program to help four organizations improve the lives of Veterans and their families or promote Remembrance.
Read more  ‣
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Recent Manual Updates
The Legion’s General By-Laws and Poppy Manual have been updated. Please see the recent amendments to the following manuals and update your copies.
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ 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 time 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 Legion.ca email account for notifications of new members or check the New Online Member Report on your Branch profile on the Member Services Website.
+ 2022 Renewal Stickers coming in August
2022 Member renewal stickers will be delivered to Branches during the last week of August for all members that are renewed for 2021 by July 31, 2021. Please ensure your renewals are up to date to ensure your members receive their 2022 stickers.
We are here to help!
Our team is here to help, Monday through Friday, 8:30–4:00 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
Line up local Veterans
While November may seem like a long time away, it’s helpful to start preparing a list of local Veterans who have a story to share and who would be willing to speak with media. When the Remembrance Period arrives and media calls start coming in, you’ll be well prepared.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
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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.
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.
Moneris preferred rates
Moneris. To take advantage of the
Royal Canadian Legion Member Savings
Program, visit moneris.com/associations.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
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. – 4:00 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.

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

Important Branch information

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.


Update from National Headquarters 

Legion Dispatch. Visit branch
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May 2021

 

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In this edition – May 2021

 

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A Dominion Contvention Update.
Join your Comrades at Dominion Convention 2021!
The Legion’s 48th Dominion Convention will be held online August 13–15, 2021.
The Convention Call was mailed to every Branch the week of May 3rd. It includes everything you need to know to help with your planning. The Convention Call and additional Convention information are also available online.
Learn more  ‣
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Reaching out to lapsed members in May
Legion National Headquarters will be reaching out to lapsed members this May through, email reminders, a Direct Mail campaign and an Automated Telemarketing campaign. With many Branches closed due to pandemic restrictions, this offers another opportunity to reach out to our members to encourage them to continue their support.
Remind your members to renew
When members renew for the next 5 years before May 30, they’ll receive a free Limited Edition Poppy Watch commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada.
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Remaining funding from the Veterans Affairs Canada federal aid package distributed
The remaining $3.8M in funding from the Veterans Affairs Canada federal aid package have now been distributed to Branches. In total, $14M in funding was disbursed to assist Branches struggling to operate due to the pandemic. As a result of this much needed assistance, Legion Branches were able to continue their work to support Veterans and their families.
Read more  ‣
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The Royal Canadian Legion responds to federal budget 2021
The Royal Canadian Legion is pleased to see this year’s budget not only contains a critical focus on pandemic support and recovery, but also outlines a range of investments that will prove beneficial to Veterans and their families. Take a look at how the Government of Canada has committed to supporting Veterans this year.
Read more  ‣
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Recent Manual Updates
The Legion’s General By-Laws and Ritual, Awards and Protocol manual have been updated. Please see the recent amendments to the following manuals and update your copies.
Ritual, Awards and Protocol Manual:
Amendments  ‣  |  Updated manual  ‣
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Support the Navy Bike Run and Canada Army Run
The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to sponsor the Navy Bike Ride’s Harry DeWolf Challenge – a virtual event that supports the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund and Support our Troops. The Ride runs from June 2 through August 28, 2021. Registration is FREE and Legion members and their families can sign up to join the ‘The Royal Canadian Legion’ team!
The Legion is also a proud sponsor of Canada Army Run. Members can get a 15% discount on their Army Run registration by signing up with promo code LEGIONFRIENDS. Participants can also submit a Veteran to be honoured through Remembrance Row, a unique tribute to past Veterans. Learn more here.
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Flying Over Polder Lines
Have you watched the recent Dutch documentary about the 2008 salvage of a WWII Short Stirling aircraft? Check it out for yourself and share with your members!
Read the story  ‣
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
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We are here to help!
Our team is here to help, Monday through Friday, 8:30–4:00 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
Start a newsletter
Consider creating an online newsletter for your Branch. Take a look at other examples across the country for ideas. It could be weekly, monthly or on some other schedule. It’s a great way to share a lot of information with your members all at once!
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
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MemberPerks®: Deals and savings for Legion members
Encourage your members to register for MemberPerks® to access these deals and more.
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.
The list was recently updated to amend the anniversary date of the Poppy as the symbol of Remembrance. While the original motion to approve the Poppy was made on July 5, it was not formally approved by the Executive Council until July 6, which then made it official.
DOWNLOAD THE CALENDAR  ‣
Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
Wounded Warriors Canada
Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider utilizing clinical best practices and evidence-informed care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for Canada’s Veterans, First Responders and their families. Our programs are designed to provide support in the following areas:

  1. Trauma Informed Workplace Training Programs
  2. Operational Stress Injury Group-Based Programs
  3. Spousal & Youth Programs
  4. K9 Assisted Therapy
Learn more about Wounded Warriors
Exclusive Webinar with HearingLife
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Moneris preferred rates
Moneris. To take advantage of the
Royal Canadian Legion Member Savings
Program, visit moneris.com/associations.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
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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. – 4:00 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

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.
Click here if you are having trouble viewing this message

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 – 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.
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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

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Our contact information is:
The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters
Member Services Department
86 Aird Place
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
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Toll free: 855‑330‑3344
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