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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 — January 2019
Seeking applicants for the 2019 Nijmegen March team
Dominion Command of The Royal Canadian Legion is seeking candidates who may wish to participate in the world’s largest marching event held in mid-July in the Nijmegen area of Holland. For over 10 years, the Legion has made annual grants to the Canadian Armed Forces team to enable them to visit Vimy Ridge, and the CAF has reciprocated by welcoming a Legionnaire to the team.
The Nijmegen March entails four days of walking more than 40km per day with a 10kg backpack for each soldier. Historically, more than 7,000 military and 40,000 civilians from all over the world participate in this event.
LEARN MORE
Members interested in applying to participate in the 2019 Nijmegen March are required to complete and submit the application form to their Provincial Command office by February 15th, 2019.
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION
Member Renewal Reminders: March mailing
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 not processed by February 25 will receive a mailed reminder.
New posters to welcome Veterans
A new poster is available to download to help Branches promote the one-year memberships available to Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members.

Serving and retired members of the CAF 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.

DOWNLOAD POSTER
Let’s Talk about mental health
On January 30th, Bell will host its annual Let’s Talk Day in support of mental health. For every applicable text message, call or social media post, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives across Canada.

The Legion also offers mental health supports to Veterans and their families. The Legion’s Service Officer Network can assist Canada’s military and RCMP members in finding programs and services to get the help they deserve. If you know of a Veteran in need, encourage them to reach out to a Professional Command Service Officer.
LEARN MORE
November DEC minutes are now available
The Dominion Executive Council meeting minutes from November 25, 2018 are available to view on the Member Services Website. They are located under Branch and Command Resources / Dominion Executive Council.
Updates to Ritual, Award and Protocol Manual
The Ritual, Awards and Protocol Committee has recently reviewed the R.A.P. Manual and made updates and changes as required. The full updated manual will be placed on Legion.ca and the Member Services Website in the near future, but here are some changes to be aware of:
  1. As per the concurred resolution at the Dominion Convention, Chapter 5, subsection 509 of the Ritual, Award and Protocol Manual, initiation of a Branch Service Officer has been amended to include: It will be your duty to entrust, secure and to handle all personal information in accordance with the requirements applicable to privacy legislation.
  2. A new subsection 133 has been added to Chapter 1 of our Manual, as approved by the Dominion Executive Council: If a Ladies Auxiliary member becomes a Legion member for extenuating circumstances such as their L.A. is surrendering their charter OR they transfer to a Branch that does not have a L.A., medals awarded by the Ladies Auxiliary may also be worn on Legion  Uniforms.
  3. The existing subsection 133 will be renumbered to 134.
We have also received a number of inquiries pertaining to Legion Dress. As a reminder, it is important to read Chapter 1 of the manual, which outlines what can or cannot be worn as Legion Dress.
Congratulations to Waterloo Branch!
We’re excited to announce that Waterloo Branch 530 in Waterloo, Ontario has won $2,500 in VIA Rail tickets in our latest Branch contest!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their Branch rate to enter. You’ve made it easier for your members to keep supporting the Legion year after year.

Enter your Branch rate today for the Member contest currently running!
ENTER YOUR BRANCH RATE
Member contest
In the January and March editions of Legion Magazine, members will be encouraged to renew their membership online in order to win a $2,500 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card for themselves and a $2,500 grocery store voucher for their branch.

Having your Branch rate in the Member Services Website will make it easy for your members to renew! Members renewed through the Branch can also enter by creating their online profile before the deadline.
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 portal.legion.ca.
  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.
Legion Logos
Legion logos are available on the Member Services Website under Branch and Command Resources / Marketing and Public Relations for Branch use.

Please note that registered trademarks may only be used as outlined in the Legion Brand Manual. For any inquiries regarding use of registered Legion trademarks, contact marketing@legion.ca.
PR Tip of the Month
Be specific about Legion activities
When talking about your Branch or Command work publicly, have a few specific examples ready. It’s fine to say we support Veterans, families, communities and we promote Remembrance – but throw in an example of what that means on the ground; e.g.“For example, our Leave the Streets Behind program helps get homeless Veterans off the streets.” Learn enough about your example to give a few more details about it if asked.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca.
 
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 supply@legion.ca to order.
 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 portal.legion.ca with the username and password provided.
MEMBER WEBSITE PROCESSING TIPS
  • A reminder that effective January 01, 2019:
    ‘CURRENT YEAR’ = 2019; ‘NEXT YEAR’ = 2020.
  • Deceased Members can now be processed on the Member Profile page.
PER CAPITA TAX RATES
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.
YOU’VE GOT MAIL!
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 membership@legion.ca
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
Canada

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