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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 — April 2019
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Celebrate member volunteers at your Branch!
National Volunteer Week 2019 kicked off our Legion volunteer appreciation campaign with many submissions highlighting why members volunteer for the Legion, as well as stories about their Branch’s good work for Veterans and communities.
Let your members know that they can share a story of their own on our website or on social media using the hashtag #MyLegion. Let’s show Canada what our Branches can do for Veterans and communities!
VIEW ENTRIES
The Dominion Convention Report is now available
The 47th Dominion Convention Report from the Proceedings is available on the Member Services Website, under Branch and Command Resources / Convention. See all resolutions approved by the delegates.
READ REPORT
The National Memorial Ride is almost here
The Legion’s annual National Memorial Ride is happening on June 2, 2019. The National Memorial Ride brings together Canada’s motorcycle enthusiasts to commemorate our fallen Veterans with a motorcycle procession through Ottawa to the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood.
The National Silver Cross Mother will be participating in this year’s event. Let your members know about the Ride — promotional materials to help you promote it are available on the Member Services Website, under Branch and Command Resources.
LEARN MORE
Host the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships
Your city or town could host the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships! The Dominion Command Sports Committee is requesting expressions of interest to host the 2021 and 2022 Legion Nationals.
Partner with your local municipality to showcase your community, raise the profile of your Branch and support young Canadian athletes.
LEARN MORE
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New D–Day products available through Legion Supply
Help remember the 75th anniversary of D–Day with the Legion’s commemorative pins, ball caps and t–shirts. Supplies are limited. Contact Legion Supply for Branch pricing.
VIEW PRODUCTS
A new Ways and Means Bar is now available
The Ways and Means Bar is now available for order through Legion Supply by Branches. This bar was approved by the delegates at the 47th Dominion Convention.
Good luck at the upcoming Provincial Conventions
Provincial Conventions will be held this May through October. We wish all delegates the very best as they work to shape the future of the organization. You can find relevant information and resources, including the Legion’s Strategic Plan, Dominion Command meeting minutes and more on the Member Services Website.
Remind your members to renew
On April 11, a reminder email was sent to Legion members who had not renewed for this year. Please encourage your non–renewed members to renew online by April 30 to be entered to win a $2500 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card and a $2500 grocery voucher for their Branch.
Your Legion calendar: May — June 2019
This calendar lists upcoming commemorative days of relevance to The Royal Canadian Legion that raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate an important topic. Branches may wish to promote these dates or organize related activities.
DATE EVENT
May 1–7 National Youth Week
May 3 John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem
May 5 Battle of the Atlantic (1945)
May 5 Liberation of the Netherlands (1945)
May 6–12 CMHA Mental Health Week
May 8 VE Day (1945)
May 12 Mother’s Day
May 15 International Day of Families
May 21 National War Memorial unveiled (1939)
May 25 Ypres (1915)
May 28 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (2000)
May 29 International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 31 End of the South African (Boer) War (1902)
June LGBT Pride Month
June 2 Royal Canadian Legion National Memorial Ride
June 2 Canadian Armed Forces Day
June 4 Miracle at Dunkirk (1940)
June 6 Normandy Invasion (D-Day) (1944)
June 8 Navy Bike Ride
June 16 Father’s Day
June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 27 Canadian Multiculturalism Day
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.
Get your Branch logo
Legion Headquarters can assist Branches in adding their Branch number and town or city to the Legion logo, for use on websites, posters and more. Simply email marketing@legion.ca with your Command, Branch number and Branch town or city. We will then develop the logo and provide your Branch with an .ai file and a .jpg file
PR Tip of the Month
Check and double-check facts
Always double check your facts before speaking or writing about a Legion program or initiative. If you are caught off-guard during an interview or conversation, indicate that you don’t have the information handy and get back to the individual later.
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.
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New Member Benefits partner: HomeEquity Bank
The Legion is pleased to announce a new partner in our Member Benefits Package. HomeEquity Bank offers Legion members access to discount options on HomeEquity Bank’s flagship product, the CHIP Reverse Mortgage®. Read the Dominion President’s letter welcoming our new partner.
READ THE LETTER
 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.
PROCESS YOUR MEMBERS ONLINE
Are you processing your members on the Member Services Website? Join over 700 Branches who process regularly!
Need help? Download our Branch Processing Guide, or contact our Member Services Team. We’re happy to help.
DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE
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. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Honouring Veterans is Our Duty
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The Royal Canadian Legion
86 Aird Place
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
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