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The Legion Dispatch – January 2023

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


40% of Legion members have yet to renew 

 

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In this edition – January 2023
40% of Legion members have yet to renew for 2023
A renewal reminder will be mailed in early February to members who have not yet renewed for 2023. Additionally, you can encourage your Branch members to renew by:

  • Placing the Renewal poster in a prominent space in your Branch
  • Reaching out by mail or email with this renewal reminder message
  • Updating member profiles with emails on this template so members can be notified automatically when it’s time to renew
  • Encouraging your members to sign up for auto-renewal with this poster
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3rd week of September named National Legion Week
At the November 2022 Dominion Executive Council meeting, DEC carried the motion that “commencing in 2023, the 3rd week of September be pronounced as National Legion Week across Canada, allowing all Commands and Branches to consistently participate to attract and welcome Canadians to the Royal Canadian Legion.”
More information and marketing materials will be provided at a later date.
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Help spread the word – Veterans’ families get first year of membership free!
Do you know a spouse, child over 18 years of age, parent or guardian of a Canadian Veteran who has not yet joined the Legion? Let them know we offer the first year of membership free to Veteran Family Members. Encourage them to register and get to know their Legion!
Promotional poster  ‣ | Register online  ‣ | Registration form  ‣
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Ross Munro Award: Call for nominations
The Ross Munro Award recognizes Canadians whose outstanding work in journalism, videography, photojournalism or writing represents the very best in defense and security storytelling.
Nominations for the award are being accepted until January 31. If you know someone whose work may be eligible, please pass this information on.
Learn more  ‣
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ The Auto Renew process is complete
The Auto Renew process is now complete and has billed all members who have signed up for auto renew with valid credit card information on file.
If you have a member who signed up for Auto Renew but does not have their 2023 membership year processed, the branch can collect their 2023 membership payment OR the member can renew online or contact Member Services by phone at 855-330-3344.
Branches can view all members who renewed online and by auto renewal on the Member Services Website under Reports / Membership – Branch Online Member Renewals [PDF].
+ 2022 Membership Numbers
2022 Final Membership Numbers will be available on the Member Services Website the first week of February. Please ensure your Branch memberships have been processed through Member Services by January 31.
+ New membership training tools
Five new training videos are now available to assist in processing members on the membership website. They can be found on the Member Services Website under Branch and Command Resources/Membership by clicking on New! Membership training videos.
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+ New Digital Membership Card now available!
Over 10,000 Legion Members have already signed up for the Digital Card!
Members can now choose a traditional plastic card or a Digital Card. Learn about the Digital Card technical requirements, how to request a card, branch notification and more!
Get all the details  ‣
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Promote membership with free Branch resources
Order FREE recruitment and retention resources through the Legion Supply Department to help promote membership at your Branch.
Check out our flyer  ‣
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PR Tip of the Month
Discuss before taking on media interviews
Check with your Branch President or Provincial Command before agreeing to do a media interivew. Discuss with your local and regional leadership teams before taking on a serious or controversial topic.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
The 2023 Legion calendar of notable dates 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.
Download your copy to help with Branch planning for the new year.
Download the 2023 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
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 © 2023 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 – December 2022

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


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December 2022
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In this edition – December 2022
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Merry Christmas from your Legion
As the new year fast approaches, we would like to recognize the many things the Legion has accomplished in 2022 — like the return of the Legion Nationals, a growing memorial banner program, the strengthened focus on youth and Remembrance, and another successful Poppy Campaign. We deeply appreciate the countless volunteers and staff who not only keep things running smoothly, but are constantly cooking up new ideas. It’s no secret that it’s thanks to Branches like yours that we are able to serve Canada’s Veterans and families and support our communities.
On behalf of everyone at the Legion, we would like to wish you and your family Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2023!
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Legion Headquarters services paused over Christmas Break
Legion National Headquarters will be closed from December 26 to January 2 for the Christmas break.
Additionally, the Member Services Website will be down for regular year-end maintenance between December 23 and January 2. Online registration, renewal, and member processing will not be available during this time.
It’s time for members to renew for 2023
Almost 50% of members have not yet renewed for 2023. Encourage your Branch members to renew with these resources:

  • Placing the Renewal poster in a prominent space in your Branch
  • Reach out by mail or email with this renewal reminder message
  • Update member profiles with emails on this template so members can be notified automatically when it’s time to renew
  • Encourage your members to sign up for auto-renewal with this poster
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Spouses, children, parents and guardians of Veterans get first year membership free
Do you know a spouse, child over 18 years of age, parent or guardian of a Canadian Veteran who has not yet joined the Legion? Let them know we offer the first year of membership free to Veterans’ Family Members. Encourage them to register and get to know their Legion!
Promotional poster  ‣ | Register online  ‣ | Registration form  ‣
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Recent manual update
The Legion’s General By Laws manual has been updated. Please see the recent amendments to the manual and update your copy.
General Bylaws:
Amendments  ‣ | Update manual  ‣
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The Legion is combatting Veteran isolation through Operation VetBuild
The Globe and Mail recently featured a story on Veteran loneliness and highlighted the Legion’s Operation VetBuild as one program helping to reduce social isolation. Launched in 2019, the program is running in 37 Branches across Canada and growing!
Read more  ‣
Get information on bringing Operation VetBuild to your Branch here.
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Confidential research opportunity
Please share within your Veteran network:
Have you served previously in the Canadian Armed Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
OR
Are you a current or past partner or spouse of a Veteran of either the Canadian Armed Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
If so, have you experienced intimate partner violence in this relationship e.g., physical, psychological, controlling behaviour and sexual aggression from/with a past or current intimate partner)? Follow the link to learn about a research opportunity through the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families to confidentially discuss your experiences and the help you received or tried to access. Reimbursement of $50 for your time included.
Learn more  ‣
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ Memberships have been auto-renewed
The Auto Renew Process is now complete and has billed all members who have signed up for auto renew with valid credit card information on file.
Branches can view all members who renewed online and by autorenewal on the Member Services Website under Reports / Membership – Branch Online Member Renewals [PDF].
+ New membership training tools
Five new training videos are now available to assist in processing members on the membership website. They can be found on the Member Services Website under Branch and Command Resources / Membership / Training Videos.
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+ New Digital Membership Card now available!
Members can now choose between a traditional plastic card or a Digital Card. Learn about the Digital Card technical requirements, how to request a card, Branch notification and more!
Get all the details  ‣
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Promote membership with free Branch resources
Order FREE recruitment and retention resources through the Legion Supply Department to help promote membership at your Branch.
Check out our flyer  ‣
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PR Tip of the Month
If in doubt, check it out
Media or other community individuals may call and put you on the spot with questions about sometimes controversial issues. You do not have to respond instantly. Get a name and number, confer with colleagues and then reply appropriately.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
The 2023 Legion calendar of notable dates is now available. Download your copy to help with Branch planning for the new year.
Download the 2023 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
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 2022

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


Thank you to all our Branches! 

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In this edition – November 2022
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Thank you for all that you do
Every November, Legion Branches and members across Canada come together to support a common and crucial cause: the Poppy Campaign. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all involved for their work and commitment over this period of Remembrance. Whether you’ve helped organize a local Remembrance Day ceremony, distributed Poppies, or gathered donations in your neighbourhoods, your dedication has made a difference in the lives of Canada’s Veterans. Thank you.
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Looking back on the Remembrance period
With so much going on during the Remembrance period, it can be difficult to keep up. Here are some events and articles you may have missed:

Renewal reminders and special offer
91,291 members have already renewed for 2023. You can encourage your Branch members to renew by:

  • Placing the Renewal poster in a prominent space in your Branch
  • Reaching out by email with this suggested renewal reminder message
  • Updating member profiles with emails on this template so members can be notified automatically when it’s time to renew
  • Encouraging your members to sign up for auto-renewal with this poster
Invite members to renew and prepay dues for 5 years to receive a FREE Poppy toque, scarf and pair of mittens. Members already pre-paid through 2023 or later are not eligible. Offer ends November 25th.
Learn more  ‣
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Newest Member Benefit Partner: PEARL
Introducing PEARL, our newest Member Benefit Partner! With PEARL, Legion members can enjoy having an automotive consultant in their back pocket. PEARL benefits include repair consulting for any service as well as standardized repair pricing and a national tire-buying program that offers large savings. Registration is free and the annual cost is only $79 if you use the service.
Learn more  ‣
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
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+ New Digital Membership Card now available!
Members can now choose a traditional plastic membership card or a new Digital Card. Learn about the Digital Card technical requirements, how to request a card, Branch notification and more!
Get all the details  ‣
+ Attract new members with these programs!
Did you know? Legion membership is on pace for the most new and reinstated members we have had in over 20 years!
The following FREE offers are available to help attract new members:

  • Veterans Welcome Program: 1-year free* membership to both serving and retired CAF and RCMP members
  • Veterans Family Welcome Program: 1-year free* membership to Veterans’ Family Members, including spouses, children 18+, and parents and or guardians
  • MemberPerks®: Free to all members in good standing. Over 30,000 Legion members have registered and saved over $600,000 at thousands of stores and restaurants across Canada

* Free Membership Offers only available for first-time Legion members.

Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Promote membership with free Branch resources
Order FREE recruitment and retention resources through the Legion Supply Department to help promote membership at your Branch.
Check out our flyer  ‣
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PR Tip of the Month
Share Poppy Campaign results
When Canadians donate to the yearly Poppy Campaign, they do so to support Canada’s Veterans. Show them through stories, during interviews, and in member communications exactly how their Poppy Trust Fund dollars are being used to help Veterans and their families.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
November 30th marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of John McCrae. McCrae’s renowned 1915 poem, In Flanders Fields, and its sentiments will forever live on through the Remembrance Poppy.
Learn more about the Poppy  ‣
Check out the Legion’s national calendar of important dates your Branch 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.
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. – 4:30 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 – October 2022

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


Legion Dispatch. Visit branch services.
October 2022
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In this edition – October 2022
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2022 Poppy Campaign
We are pleased to have the support of our National Poppy Campaign Corporate Partners in helping distribute Poppies across Canada and raise funds for the Poppy Campaign. View the Corporate Partners and contact list. As more information becomes available, visit the Member Services Website 2022 Poppy Campaign webpage for updates.
Corporate Partners  ‣ | Partner contact list  ‣ | 2022 Poppy Campaign  ‣
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Add your local Legion Remembrance Day Ceremony to Legion.ca
People visiting the Legion’s website can search for the location of their local Remembrance Day Ceremony here.
We encourage all Branches hosting a Remembrance Day Ceremony to add your event to the site. This tool, which will be widely promoted during the Remembrance period, will allow Legion Branches to share when and where they are holding Remembrance Day ceremonies. Branches can submit their ceremony details through the online form.
Add your Ceremony  ‣
The Poppy Trademark
Protect the Poppy
As the Remembrance period approaches, we see more and more instances of unauthorized use and misuse of the Poppy. Help protect the Poppy symbol from commercialization, misuse and unauthorized use.
Did you know? The Poppy can never be used as a symbol of Remembrance for profit or personal gain and may not be used without the express written permission of Dominion Command by any organization, group, community, or individual for commercial, political or charitable display or public distribution.
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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Queen Elizabeth II commemorative pin
As a commitment to preserve the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Supply Department has created a lapel pin as a visible representation of our gratitude for her unwavering service. The pin may be worn on the Legion uniform until January 31, 2023. This pin replaces the Platinum Jubilee pin, and is worn on the right side lapel, to the left of the Support Our Troops pin. The commemorative pin should not be worn with the Platinum Jubilee pin.
Call Legion Supply at 1-888-301-2257 to order. Temporarily out of stock. Check back the first week of November.
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Renewal reminders and special offer
Renewal reminders are being mailed to over 66,000 members and emailed to over 61,000 members with an email on file.
Members who renew and prepay their dues for 5 years will receive a FREE Poppy toque, scarf and pair of mittens.
Legion.ca/winter  ‣
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Promote membership with free Branch resources
With the Remembrance period coming up, and the new year just around the corner, now is a great time to start promoting membership!
Check out these free Branch recruitment and renewal resources, available through Legion Supply, or download and print.
Download now  ‣
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Legion Yoga: a new activity
The physical and mental health benefits of Yoga have sparked a new program at a Legion Branch in Saskatchewan. “Chair Yoga” is attracting Veterans and Seniors in the community of Weyburn. Could it interest your Legion community too? Read more to find out!
Read more  ‣
Branches interested in the video program can access it here:
Part 1  ‣ | Part 2  ‣ | Part 3  ‣
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Service dogs for those who served
In August 2018, the Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command partnered with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) to launch Operation Service Dog, with the goal to pair as many injured Veterans as feasible with trained Service Dogs. In the past 12 months alone, WWC is estimating the pairing and placement of 25 Service Dogs with Veterans in Ontario, with a further 18 in training – an increase from 17 dogs paired and placed the previous 12 months, demonstrating that this initiative is producing results!
Learn more  ‣
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Want to hear from CAF members this Veterans’ Week?
Did you know that the Department of National Defence offers Canadians an opportunity during Veterans’ Week (Nov 5-11) to bring history to life and hear stories of our Veterans as part of the National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program (NVWSP)? You can invite a CAF speaker for an in-person or live virtual presentation during Veterans’ Week, where capacity exists and public health guidelines permit.
Learn more  ‣
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
+ Attract new members with these programs!
Did you know? Legion membership is on pace for the most new and reinstated members we have had in over 20 years!
Promote the following free offers at your Branch to help attract new members:

  • Veterans Welcome Program: Serving and retired CAF and RCMP members are eligible for a free first year of membership
  • Veterans Family Welcome Program: Veterans’ family members, including spouses, children 18+, parents and/or guardians can get a free first year of membership
  • MemberPerks®: All members in good standing have access to our free member benefits program! Over 30,000 Legion members have registered and saved over $600,000 at thousands of stores and restaurants across Canada

* Free Membership Offers only available for first time Legion members.

+ Auto-renew makes membership renewal easier for everyone!
The auto-renewal billing process for the 2023 membership year will run during the first few weeks of November. Members will be notified in advance via email during the month of October.
Did you know:

  • 1 in every 10 Legion members have already selected auto renew as their choice for membership renewal
  • Auto-renew improves member retention rates while removing all Branch processing associated with member renewals
  • Members can sign up for auto-renew:
    • Via their online membership profile
    • When they renew online
    • By calling Dominion membership at 1-855-330-3344

Promote auto-renewal at your Branch with this downloadable poster or order a free, 17×22 inch poster through Legion Supply (item #800412)!

Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Legion Letterhead
Now available: Editable Legion branded letterhead for your Branch! Simply update the letterhead template with your Branch logo and your Branch address and contact information.
Don’t have a Branch logo? Contact marketing@legion.ca and we’ll send you one!
Get the Branch letterhead  ‣
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PR Tip of the Month
Communicate with your PRO team
Stay in regular touch with your regional or provincial Public Relations representatives so that you know what’s going on: learn about successful initiatives you can replicate, or about any red flag issues.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
On November 1st, the Legion announces the National Silver Cross Mother. Learn more about this important role here.
Learn about October’s mental health awareness days and other important dates your Branch 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.
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. – 4:30 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 – September 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.
September 2022
Twitter. Facebook. Youtube. Instagram. Linkedin.
Poppy Store.
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In this edition – September 2022
The Royal Canadian Legion mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II
It is with deep sorrow that the Legion mourns the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. Legion Headquarters issued a news release with a statement from the Dominion President.
View news release  ‣
We also are sharing a message from The Grand President, Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, on the passing of Her Majesty.
View message  ‣
Official Photo of King Charles III
Legion National Headquarters has contacted Rideau Hall requesting an official photo of King Charles III for each Legion Branch. Once available, the photo will be shipped directly to Branches for display. Your Branch will be notified prior to shipment.
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Add your local Legion Remembrance Day Ceremony to Legion.ca
People visiting the Legion’s website can search for the location of their local Remembrance Day Ceremony here.
We encourage all Branches hosting a Remembrance Day Ceremony to add your event to the site. This tool, which will be widely promoted during the Remembrance period, will allow Legion Branches to share when and where they are holding Remembrance Day ceremonies. Branches can submit their ceremony details through the online form.
Add your Ceremony  ‣
The Poppy Trademark.
Using the Poppy Trademark as the Remembrance period approaches
As the Remembrance period nears, Legions, organizations and communities will be looking for ways to honour Canada’s Veterans.
Help safeguard the trademark Poppy insignia as a symbol of Remembrance. Spread that word that use of the trademark Remembrance Poppy requires permission of Dominion Command for commercial or charitable display or public distribution.
Please direct public inquiries to: www.legion.ca/poppy-trademark.
See the educational flyer for Branches below that highlights important information about the Poppy trademark, and requirements for use.
Download the flyer  ‣
Call for Applications for the Pilgrimage of Remembrance 2023
The Legion National Foundation is now accepting applications for Legion members to represent their Provincial Command and the Legion in the 2023 Pilgrimage of Remembrance, July 8 to 22, 2023.
Selected individuals will share a once in a lifetime journey visiting the First and Second World War battlegrounds, museums, commemorations, and final resting places of soldiers who fought in and around Normandy, France and Belgium.
See the memo and application form for details. Completed application form, with Provincial Command signature, must be received by October 31, 2022 for consideration.
2023 Pilgrimage memo  ‣ | Pilgrimage application form  ‣
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Thousands of CAF members eligible for compensation for drinking contaminated water
Former residents of CFB Valcartier may be eligible for financial compensation due to a ruling regarding contaminated water sources between 1995 and 2006.
In 2012, the Quebec Superior Court ruled that the Department of National Defense (DND), SNC-Lavalin and General Dynamics should pay millions of dollars to those who lived on-base or in the neighbouring municipality of Shannon, Quebec, where water was contaminated with the dangerous carcinogenic trichloroethylene.
It’s estimated that thousands of former CFB Valcartier residents may be entitled to compensation, which could total hundreds of thousands of dollars. Any person who believes they are eligible should visit actioncollectiveshannon.ca for more information.
The deadline to apply is January 2023.
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The Last Post Fund
The Last Post Fund’s mission is to ensure that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone, due to insufficient funds at the time of death.
Our Veterans Affairs Canada Programs provide financial assistance for the funeral, burial and headstone of eligible Canadian and Allied Veterans. Help promote the Last Post Fund to your members with the attached poster.
Download the poster  ‣
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Veterans with chronic pain invited to participate in research study
Currently serving and retired Canadian Veterans are invited to participate in “Resilient Valor – Improving Veteran’s Well-Being in Their Transition to Thrive”, a research study that aims to captures the needs of Veterans with chronic pain. The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy is working on this project to provide opportunities for Canadian Veterans to express which components of resiliency are most meaningful in terms of navigating and negotiating their pain management needs.
Help promote this opportunity with the poster below!
Download the poster  ‣
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Branch Membership Administration
Resources and tips to support your Membership Chair
2023 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL STICKERS
2023 stickers have been mailed to Branches for all members renewed for 2022 by July 28, 2022. If you have not received your 2023 stickers, please reach out to Member Services.
+ Attract new members with these programs!
The more members we have, the better the Legion can serve Canada’s Veterans. Promote the following free offers at your Branch to help attract new members:

  • Veterans Welcome Program: Serving and retired CAF and RCMP members are eligible for a free first year of membership
  • Veterans Family Welcome Program: Veterans’ family members, including spouses, children 18+, parents and/or guardians can get a free first year of membership
  • MemberPerks®: All members in good standing have access to our free member benefits program! Over 30,000 Legion members have registered and saved over $500,000 at thousands of stores and restaurants across Canada

* Free Membership Offers only available for first time Legion members.

+ Make membership renewal easier
As we prepare for the busiest time of the year for membership renewals, we encourage you to collect, confirm and update member email addresses and phone numbers within the membership website. You can update a member profile online, or use this Excel template to share member contact information with Member Services.
With this information, we can send reminders to your members on your behalf to renew via one of these options:

  1. at your local branch
  2. by contacting member services by phone
  3. or online.

Reminder: 34% of all Legion members renewed online during 2021 and this number continues to grow during 2022!

With this approach, we can help save local Branches and membership chairs time and money!
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
Regularly update your Branch login passwords
Branches are advised to update their login passwords when there has been a change to the individuals who access secure Branch information. It is important for Branches to ensure a secure login password to prevent unauthorized access to your Branch account.
Branches can update their Member Services Website password by logging into the portal, clicking the ‘Profile’ link on the left-hand side and then clicking ‘Change Password’ at the bottom of the page. Contact the Member Services Department for questions or assistance.
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PR Tip of the Month
Review the Poppy Manual
If you are a PR representative, it’s important to generally understand the Poppy Manual and what Poppy Funds can be used for. This helps when dealing with members of the public requesting funding, or with colleagues considering a project.
Poppy manual  ‣
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca
Your Legion calendar
October includes a number of mental health awareness days. This is a good opportunity to educate the public about our mental health supports for Veterans.
Learn about October’s mental health awareness days and other important dates your Branch can promote or organize activities for.
Download the 2022 calendar  ‣
Suggest a perk for your chance to win Apple Airpods Pros.
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
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

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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