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Forward this email to your Branch Executives, Committee Members and other members to keep them up-to-date on Legion news.
All Branch emails are also available on the Member Services Website
In this edition — February 2019
The Legion welcomes all Veterans
One of the six objectives of the Legion’s Strategic Plan is creating a culture that fosters core Legion values and promotes a welcoming environment. In order to properly support Canada’s Veteran community, it is crucial that the Legion be a welcoming place for every Veteran and their family.
As Canada’s largest Veteran support organization, it is our duty to support all generations of Veteran — no matter where, when or how they served.
“A Veteran is a Veteran is a Veteran… As long as you’ve signed on the dotted line and you’ve served our country, we’re there to help you. It doesn’t matter when you served, whether you served during a conflict or spent the entire time in Canada.”
– Ray McInnis, Director of Veteran Services
Welcome Veterans to your Branch
Serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP new to the Legion are eligible for a free one-year membership to help them get to know our organization.
Membership registration is completed through Dominion Command, and members can transfer to a local Branch afterwards. A new poster is available to download to help Branches welcome new Veteran members and promote the one-year free memberships.

Create a welcoming environment
For more tips and ideas on how to create a welcoming atmosphere at your Branch, check out the Legion’s hospitality program.
Submit your Veterans Ombudsman Commendation nomination
The Veterans Ombudsman Commendation recognizes and honours the exceptional dedication, hard work and selfless motivation of an individual or group's contribution to Canada's Veterans and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the efforts of Legionnaires who have made a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families.

If you know a Legionnaire who deserves this Commendation, please submit your nomination by March 31st, 2019.
Host a 2021 Member Sports Championship
The Dominion Command Sports Committee is calling for Branch applications to host any one of the 2021 Dominion Member Sports Championships:
  • Cribbage: Friday, April 23 – Monday, April 26, 2021
  • Darts: Friday, April 30 – Monday, May 3, 2021
  • Eight Ball: Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31, 2021
Call for Applications
For more information, please contact the Dominion Sports Committee Secretary, Lia Taha Cheng, at 1-888-556-6222 ext. 224 or at
Discover the importance of the Poppy
The Poppy is a flower with a significant meaning to all Canadians. Our latest video explores the history of the Poppy as a symbol of remembrance, and explains how the Legion’s National Poppy Campaign helps our Veterans.

Help spread the history of the Legion — share our new video on the importance of the Poppy with your Branch today.
Please note that this video is available in English only, but French subtitles are available. Click the settings button in the bottom-right corner of the video to view subtitle options.
Reminder: Process 2019 member renewals by February 25
In addition to email reminders, we will be doing a direct mailing to all non-renewed members this March. Please process your Branch’s member registrations and renewals through the Member Services Website or by sending them to Legion House to ensure your Branch’s member data is up to date.

Any members who have not been processed by February 25 will receive a mailed reminder.
Faces to Graves
Faces to Graves, a remembrance project based in the Netherlands, is a joint tribute by the three Canadian war cemeteries: Bergen op Zoom, Groesbeek and Holten. The project is seeking photos and stories to create a Digital Monument to the soldiers buried at those cemeteries.

If you have photos, stories, or other information that can contribute to the project, please contact Faces to Graves.
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
With the Marketing and Public Relations resources available on the Member Services Website, member acquisition and renewal are easier than ever. Simply:
  1. Visit
  2. Click on Branch and Command Resources, then Marketing and Public Relations.
  3. Download Legion tools including brand guides, website style guide, public relations manual, and recruitment materials.
PR Tip of the Month
Acronyms! Define them.
If you use acronyms in your public communications, interviews or speeches, always spell/speak them in full first, and then offer the short version. Examples:
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is working on reducing wait times for handling claims.
  • In a speech: “Veterans Affairs Canada or VAC, is working to reduce wait times for handling claims.”
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at
Need more materials?
Many preprinted promotional materials are also available for free from Legion Supply.
Download the catalogue, then call 888-301-2257 or email to order.
Partner offer: 75th Anniversary D-Day Tour
Carlson Wagonlit Travel, one of our Member Benefit Partners, is offering an exclusive tour to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Please let your members know so they can take advantage of this offer.

Discover history on this exclusive group tour and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Join Royal Canadian Legion members, and fellow Canadians interested in commemorating this important world event.

June 1 to 9, 2019 – Limited Availability
  • Take city tours in London and Paris
  • Explore the Imperial War Museum and Churchill War Room
  • Tour the Dieppe Canadian War Museum & Cemetery
  • Visit Vimy Ridge, Beaumont Hamel and Juno Beach
  • Attend the D-Day 75th Anniversary Ceremony
For more details and to book, please call 1-800-CARLSON (227-5766).
 Your Legion online
The Legion’s new Member Services Website is a gateway to convenient branch-specific and membership information and services, including simplified new member sign-ups and renewals.
Branches can login to with the username and password provided.
  • A reminder that effective January 01, 2019:
    ‘CURRENT YEAR’ = 2019; ‘NEXT YEAR’ = 2020.
  • Deceased Members can now be processed on the Member Profile page.
There are no changes to the 2019 per capita tax rates. Rates can be viewed on the Member Services Website under Branch and Command Resources / Membership.
Please ensure you are accessing your Branch email by clicking ‘WEB MAIL’ on the left-side menu of the Member Services Website.
If you have any questions please contact Member Services and we will be pleased to assist.
1-855-330-3344 or
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Honouring Veterans is Our Duty
Our mailing address is:
The Royal Canadian Legion
86 Aird Place
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1

We have you on file as the email contact for your local Royal Canadian Legion Branch. If you are not the correct person to receive emails from Dominion Command on behalf of your Branch, please forward this email to the new contact.

The Branch may update the email address at any time by updating their Branch Profile at or contact Member Services at 1‑855‑330‑3344 or