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The Legion Dispatch – May 2022

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


Promote the work of Legion Service Officers 

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May 2022
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In this edition – May 2022
Take the five‑second survey
Is your Branch open? As pandemic restrictions begin to ease, let us know if your Branch is currently open to members and the public.
If you responded previously, please take the survey again so we can see how Branches are doing as the pandemic evolves.
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Canada’s Veterans deserve action
The Legion urges the federal government to intensify its actions to support Canada’s Veterans. Read the Legion’s latest responses to the condo development at Juno Beach and the backlog in disability claims with Veterans Affairs Canada.
Read more  ‣
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Promote the work of Legion Services Officers
The Legion offers important programs and services to Veterans and their families, but many Canadians don’t know about them or how to get support through a Legion Service Officer.
Help promote the essential work our Services Officers provide. Share this video with your members, Veterans and your community and let them know we are here to help!
Play video.
Download:
English  ‣ | French  ‣
Learn more about the work we do here.
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The Legion sponsors the RCAF Run and Navy Bike Ride
The Royal Canadian Legion is sponsoring both the RCAF Run and the Navy Bike Ride, raising funds for the RCAF Centennial Fund, the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, Support Our Troops and Soldier On.
Let your members know that registration for both events is now open. It’s a great way to get active and help support our troops!
RCAF Run  ‣(May 28–June 19)!
(Use discount code LEGIONFRIEND for 20% off!)
Navy Bike Ride  ‣(June 12–August 7)
The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to support the Navy Bike Ride’s Remembrance Row. This moving virtual feature showcases veterans who have passed as a way to honour loved ones that served. Learn more.
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Poppy Trademark – Poppy crosswalks are not authorized
Did you know… The Remembrance Poppy may never be placed where it can be trod upon, such as on crosswalks, pathways, or tiles on the floor. The Poppy must always be displayed in a way that respects its sacred symbol of Remembrance.
See the attached educational flyer for Branches that highlights important information about the Poppy trademark, and requirements for use.
Download the flyer  ‣
Please direct public inquiries to: www.legion.ca/poppy-trademark.
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A renewal reminder will be mailed to 26,000 members in May. Renewal reminder emails also continue to be sent to lapsed members with an email on file.
Collecting member renewals is a great opportunity to confirm or add a member’s email address to their member profile. Make sure your members don’t miss out on the latest news and member opportunities! You can update a member profile online, or use this Excel template to share member emails with Member Services.
+ Membership Outstanding Per Capita Tax Amounts
Branches can find their current branch balance for per capita tax on the home page of your Branch profile once logged in to the Member Services Website.
A balance in brackets ($205.00) indicates that your Branch has an outstanding amount owing. Outstanding balances can be paid by cheque or by credit card over the phone. Please contact Member Services if you have any questions.
+ Automated telemarketing renewal calling campaign
Canada Direct is running an automated campaign April through early June, sending a pre-recorded phone message to approximately 29,000 lapsed members to remind them to renew their Legion membership. If the member is not home, a message will be left encouraging them to renew. Listen to the recordings:
for English members  ‣ | for French members  ‣
+ Legion membership is growing!
Here’s how you can continue to help with this growth:

  • Reach out and welcome new members who join your branch within the first 30 days
  • Collect and share member emails and phone numbers within the membership system
  • Ensure you are processing memberships at least monthly
  • Promote the free year Veterans Welcome and Veterans Family Welcome Programs to non-members
  • Promote our free MemberPerks® program to all members
  • Feel free to reach out to Member Services with any questions – we are here to help all and especially new Membership Chairs!
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Marketing Resources
Public Relations Officers Updates
Branch Public Relations Officers have expressed an interest in receiving Legion Headquarters’ monthly update of public relations activities at the national level, which is sent to all Provincial Command PROs. The most recent issue is now available on the Member Services Website for Branches to access and will be updated monthly.
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PR Tip of the Month
Practice replies
If you know media are likely to reach out about an issue – even a non-controversial one – create a few key questions, and practice accurate replies. Don’t memorize, just know how to explain. These short steps will add to your confidence when they call. .
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
May brings the anniversary of the National War Memorial (1939) and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (2000).
Learn about these and other important dates you can promote or organize activities for.
Download the 2022 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.
Revera retirement living.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
Tea variety pack.
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 © 2022 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

The Legion Dispatch – March 2022

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


Updates from National Headquarters 

Legion Dispatch. Visit branch
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March 2022
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In this edition – March 2022
Note from the Dominion President:
As the Legion emerges from a long and difficult period we salute our branches for the tenacity, flexibility and ingenuity they displayed when faced with shutdowns at worst and restrictions at best.
We commend your volunteers for donating an incalculable number of hours to keep their branches afloat. Even though major sources of operating income were no longer available, they persevered by seeking out and applying for grants and came up with alternate sources of funding.
They found ways to honour our shared commitment to our veterans, from keeping the lines of communication open to demonstrating remarkable creativity during poppy campaigns and Remembrance Day observances.
Our branches also continued to be good neighbours, assisting community organizations whenever and wherever possible.
While there may still be a bump or two along the road to normalcy, we are looking forward to a bright future.
Thank you for everything you do!
Bruce
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Take the five‑second survey
Is your Branch open? As pandemic restrictions begin to ease, let us know if your Branch is currently open to members and the public.
If you responded previously, please take the survey again so we can see how Branches are doing as the pandemic evolves.
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Legion National Headquarters Year in Review
2021 was a challenging yet rewarding year for The Royal Canadian Legion. We overcame pandemic obstacles, worked alongside dedicated Legion members to support our Veterans and families, advocated for changes to increase Veteran well-being, and rolled out innovative initiatives to enhance our operations.
Read more  ‣
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The Poppy Trademark: Know the basics
Did you know… The Remembrance Poppy may not be used without the express written permission of Dominion Command by any organization, group, community, or individual for commercial or charitable display or public distribution.
See our educational flyer for Branches that highlights important information about the Poppy trademark, and how to prevent misuse.
Download the flyer  ‣
Please direct public inquiries to: www.legion.ca/poppy-trademark.
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Recent Poppy Manual Update
The Legion’s Poppy Manual has been updated. Please see the recent amendments and update your copy.
Amendments  ‣ | Updated manual  ‣
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New! Legion Branch Brand Manual
The Legion logo, Legion Crest and the Remembrance Poppy are trademarked images and there are standards for use. Branches are required to use their Branch Legion logo (with Branch identifier) for all Branch communications.
A new Legion Brand Manual for Branches has been created to help Branches understand how to use the Legion Brand to create strong communication materials, and promote the Legion’s values.
Download the Manual  ‣
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Legion decries decision over Platinum Jubilee medal
The Legion is disappointed by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s recent decision not to issue a Platinum Jubilee medal in 2022. The medal would commemorate the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne and recognize a Canadian who gave back to their community.
Read more  ‣
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Support to keep additional VAC staff will help tackle serious backlog
Following a long advocacy campaign for action by the Legion, Canada’s federal government will invest the necessary financial support to retain staff to shrink the Veteran disability claims backlog. The Legion is pleased to know its views surrounding this issue – one which will ultimately benefit our Veterans in need – were taken seriously.
Read the statement  ‣
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Legion supports the awarding of Private Larochelle
The Royal Canadian Legion is supporting efforts to award the Canadian Victoria Cross to Private Jess Larochelle, who, while severely injured, went above and beyond to save his fellow soldiers and serve our country. Learn more about Private Larochelle’s journey and why we support his nomination.
Read Private Larochelle’s story  ‣ | Read our statement  ‣
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ New email collection calling campaign began March 1st
Canada Direct, the same Canadian company who performed our renewal calling campaign last summer, has been reaching out to approximately 30,000 members on our behalf to collect their email address for our membership records. These are live agent calls only (no recordings or messages will be left), and agents have the ability to transfer any calls directly to our Member Services Staff. The campaign began March 1st and will run for 4 to 6 weeks.
Branches are reminded to keep their member contact information up to date with Legion Headquarters and include emails whenever possible. Branches can update a member’s email online, or use this Excel template to share member emails with Member Services.
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Marketing Resources
Get your custom Legion Branch logo
Your Legion Branch logo is a marker of your Branch’s individual identity. It helps Branch’s initiatives — and the hard work of the Members behind them – stand out in your community. Request your custom Branch logo by contacting marketing@legion.ca and providing your Command, Branch number and town/city.
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PR Tip of the Month
Say thank you
Thanking your local members can go a long way to making them feel appreciated. Consider personalized notes, a thank-you event (if pandemic rules allow), or other ways to let them know they matter.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
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 2022 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.
Access Canadian War Museum remembrance resources
The Canadian War Memorial has launched a new virtual tour of the Museum, which also features Remembrance activities and resources.
Take the tour
Special offer from Legion Magazine
O Canada Infuser Bottle – matte
black.
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 © 2022 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

The Legion Dispatch – February 2022

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


Updates from National Headquarters 

Legion Dispatch. Visit branch
services.
February 2022
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In this edition – February 2022
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The Legion condemns protesters violating the National War Memorial
On January 29, 2022, Dominion President Bruce Julian issued a public statement condemning the protestors who disrespected the site of the National War Memorial in Ottawa: “The Royal Canadian Legion strongly condemns the shocking actions of protestors who encroached upon the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Saturday. They jumped on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and parked vehicles on the surrounding grounds. This sacred memorial site commemorates those who fought and fell for the very freedoms that allow people in Canada the right to protest peacefully. We are dismayed and saddened by this overt lack of respect.”
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Promote the 5-year membership special offer
Members who pre-pay for 5 years of membership can wear their support proudly with a free Poppy toque, mitts and scarf. Share this offer with new and renewing members! The deadline to pre-pay is March 15.
Learn more  ‣
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Recent Manual Updates
The Legion’s General By-Laws, Ritual, Awards and Protocol manual and Rules and Procedures manual have been updated. Please see the recent amendments to the following manuals and update your copies.
General Bylaws:
Amendments ‣ | Updated manual ‣
Ritual, Awards and Protocol Manual:
Amendments ‣ | Updated manual ‣
Rules and Procedures Manual:
Updated manual ‣
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Member sports cancelled for 2022
The 2022 Dominion Member Sports Championships have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and associated risks.
The host branch locations for the 2022 Dominion Championships will host the 2023 Dominion Championships as outlined below:
Dominion Cribbage
21 – 24 April 2023
Host: Branch #02-015 Men of Vision
PO Box 183 Stn Main
Cochrane, AB T4C 1A5
Dominion Darts
28 April – 1 May 2023
Host: Branch #01-265 Aldergrove
26607 Fraser Hwy
Aldergrove, BC V4W 3L1
Dominion 8-Ball
26 – 29 May 2023
Host: Branch #02-104 Innisfail
1-5108 49 Ave
Innisfail, AB T4G 1R1
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Collecting member emails
Dominion Command will be calling members in March who have a phone number on their profile but do not have an email, to acquire their email to ensure members consistently receive membership notices, Legion updates and member opportunities.
Branches are reminded to keep their member contact information up to date with Legion Headquarters and include emails whenever possible. Branches can update a member’s email online, or use this Excel template to share member emails with Member Services.
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Class action regarding annual adjustment of benefits administered by Veterans Affairs Canada
The Federal Court has certified a class proceeding dealing with errors in the annual adjustment of disability pensions payable to Canadian Veterans. Please share the Notice below with Veterans at your Branch.
Virtually every Canadian Veteran who receives a monthly disability pension is a class member. There is no cost to class members to participate in this proceeding. Members do have the option to opt out – details and the deadline to do so are on the Notice.
Read the Notice  ‣
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VAC wants your opinion!
Veterans Affairs Canada wants to know how it can better communicate with the Veteran community. Tell them how you like to receive information and what you know about their services, by taking part in the survey below.
If someone you know served in the Canadian Armed Forces or RCMP, Veterans Affairs Canada want to hear from them. www.ekos.com/veteransurvey.
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Legion participation in the Nijmegen Marches
The Canadian Armed Forces has postponed their participation in the Nijmegen Marches in the Netherlands until the summer of 2024. As a result, the Legion will not be selecting a candidate for the CAF contingent for 2022 or 2023. We wish to express our sincere thanks for all the interest received this year and remain hopeful for 2024.
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ 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.
+ REMINDER: Branch Membership Payments to Dominion Command
To improve efficiencies and reduce growing Branch accounts receivables, the Dominion Finance Team will be eliminating accepting cheques by the end of 2022. As this plan develops with Provincial Commands, we wish to clarify the following:
Until further notice:
  • Memberships processed on the portal can be paid by the Branch using a credit card (preferred method of payment) or by cheque mailed to Dominion Membership.
  • All memberships processed manually (not on the portal) can be paid by credit card over the phone or by cheque mailed to Dominion Membership.
  • Cheques will be accepted until other options of payment outside of Visa and Mastercard have been explored, tested, implemented and fully communicated (target end of 2022).
  • Please do not send membership payments via direct deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer or E-Transfer. We are unable to accept these payments.
  • Direct deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer payments are only used to transfer funds from Dominion Command to Branches, NOT for Branches sending funds to Dominion Command.

As we continue to work towards other Branch Membership payment options, we will keep you updated.

+ Reminders to lapsed members
A renewal reminder has been mailed to 46,000 members in February. Renewal reminder emails also continue to be sent to lapsed members with an email on file. Please ensure members paid through 2022 are processed through Member Services as soon as possible.
+ Reminder: Updated membership application forms
Updated membership application forms are now available. Please download and update your forms and order new printed forms through Legion Supply.
(Item number 800293 – English / 800294 – French)
Download and update your forms:
Reminder: Promote the Veteran Welcome Program and Family Welcome Program
Spouses and children (18+) of Veterans can now register to receive their first year of membership free! Promote this opportunity by downloading the printable poster.
Eligible applicants can fill out an application form online. Print-ready Branch Application Forms can be downloaded from the Member Services Website.
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Marketing Resources
Reach out to lapsed 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
Brush up on advocacy
We regularly push for various changes to make life better for our Veterans and their families. Read up on them by visiting Legion.ca regularly and checking out the News and Advocating sections.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
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 2022 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.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
O Canada Journal. Only available in
the shop.
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 © 2022 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 – January 2022

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


Updates from National Headquarters 

Legion Dispatch. Visit branch
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January 2022
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In this edition – January 2022
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Promote the 5-year membership special offer
Members who pre-pay for 5 years of membership can wear their support proudly with a free Poppy toque, mitts and scarf. Share this offer with new and renewing members! Deadline to pre-pay is March 15.
Learn more  ‣
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Membership renewal reminders
A renewal reminder will be mailed to 60,000 members in February. Renewal reminder emails also continue to be sent to lapsed members with an email on file. Please ensure members paid through 2022 are processed through Member Services as soon as possible.
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Promote the Veteran Welcome Program and Family Welcome Program
The free first-year Legion Veteran Welcome Program has expanded to include family of Veterans. Spouses and children (18+) of serving, retired or passed CAF or RCMP Veterans new to the Legion can register to receive their first year of membership free.
Promote this opportunity by downloading the printable poster.
Eligible applicants can fill out an application form online. Print-ready Branch Application Forms can be downloaded from the Member Services Website.
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Legion funds concussion support and research for Veterans
Up to 35% of Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans are living with the effects of concussion, which can have a serious impact on their quality of life and lead to other mental health conditions. In light of this issue, the Legion has donated $75,000 to Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada’s Operation Brain Health, a program which helps Veterans and their families living with the effects of concussions by providing recovery programs, a peer support network, education, and critical research.
Learn more  ‣
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Veterans and cannabis use research
The University of Alberta’s Heroes in Mind. Advocacy and Research Consortium is conducting research into benefits and risks of cannabis use by Veterans and its impacts on families. Veterans, family members, service providers, and producers are invited to participate by filling out the survey below. Please share this opportunity to contribute to this research with your members.
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ 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.
+ Reminder: Updated membership application forms
There are updated membership application forms now available. Please download and update your forms and order new printed forms through Legion Supply.
(Item number 800293 – English / 800294 – French)
Download and update your forms:
+ Membership Auto Renew Process is completed for 2022
The Auto Renew Process for 2022 is now complete. If any of your members selected auto renew and are not renewed for 2022, we have been unable to process their credit card on file. We have notified these members, but please feel free to contact them directly to collect for the 2022 membership year.
+ Reminder: Digital Membership Card coming soon
Coming soon, new and returning Legion members will have the choice of the traditional plastic card or an electronic membership card downloadable to a digital wallet. These digital cards will allow the Legion to save time and money producing, mailing and replacing plastic cards. Stay tuned for more details.
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Marketing Resources
Reach out to lapsed 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
Update your Branch info
Make sure National Headquarters has your Branch’s correct contact info. Accuracy ensures you will receive newsletters, updates and special alerts that can strengthen your public relations.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
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 2022 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.
Special offer from Legion Magazine
Exclusive offer! Gallery posters.
Starting at only $12.99.
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 © 2022 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

The Legion Dispatch – November 2021

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


Updates from National Headquarters 

Legion Dispatch. Visit branch services.
November 2021
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In this edition – November 2021
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Thank you for your hard work
In this period of Remembrance, we rely on our Branches across Canada to help support the Poppy Campaign. Through hosting local Remembrance Day ceremonies, handing out Poppies and collecting donations in your communities, your hard work helps ensure Canada never forgets.
We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all Branches and members for your effort and dedication during this time.
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Recap of the Remembrance Period
The Remembrance period is the busiest time of the year for the Legion. Get caught up on some events you may have missed:
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New! Veteran Family Welcome Program
The free first-year Legion membership program has now expanded to include family of Veterans. Spouses and children (18+) of serving, retired or passed CAF or RCMP Veterans new to the Legion can register to receive their first year free.
  • Veteran Family Welcome Program members will be registered at Dominion Branch 16-016 to process the free 1-year membership
  • New members will receive a welcome email when their application is processed through Member Services
  • Once registered, members can transfer at any time to a local Branch, who will initiate the transfer
  • The membership card will be sent from Dominion Command to the member’s address on file. Should the member transfer to a local Branch, the local Branch will receive their membership card
Promote this opportunity by downloading the printable poster.
Eligible applicants can fill out an application form online.
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Amendments to The General By-Laws
The Dominion Executive Council has amended the following sections of The General By-Laws.
Article II Membership

  • Section 202
  • Section 203
  • Section 205

Article IV Dominion Command

  • Section 418 (a)

Article V Provincial Commands

  • Section 505
Please see attached for details. The General By-Laws Manual is in the process of being updated.
Read amendments  ‣
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Members who prepay for 5 years receive a FREE Poppy toque, scarf, and mittens!
While you’re reminding members to renew this season, encourage them to prepay their membership for the next five years. When they do, they’ll receive a Poppy scarf, toque and mittens free with their renewal. Offer ends December 15.
Offer ends December 15
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Veterans who endured sexual misconduct need a government apology
The Royal Canadian Legion asks the federal government to formally apologize to Veterans who were subjected to sexual misconduct while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
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Legion urges Government to Leave no one behind in Afghanistan
The Royal Canadian Legion is imploring the Government of Canada take immediate and decisive action to protect and evacuate Afghan Interpreters, their families and vulnerable civilians who are at imminent risk of torture or death under Taliban rule. Dominion President Bruce Julian has written a letter to the Prime Minister addressing this issue.
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Help find Second World War Veterans eligible for award
The French government is searching for Canadian Second World War Veterans to award the National Order of the Legion of Honour. Help find eligible Veterans and their relatives by sharing this message.
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Reminder: Nijmegen Marches call for submissions
The deadline for Legion Members to apply to participate in the Nijmegen Marches for 2022 is fast approaching. Please share the call for applications with your members. Applications must be submitted to their Provincial Command office by 14 January 2022.
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PR Tip of the Month
Promote the Poppy Store
Many citizens don’t realize the Legion has an online Poppy Store, where all sorts of interesting things are for sale! When people buy items, they not only support the Legion’s work, they help promote the organization. Consider a “did you know” posting on your bulletin board or online.
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 and 2022
The 2022 Calendar 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.
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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.
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Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
Get an autographed jersey from the Canadian Premiere League
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

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