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Forward this email to your Branch Executives, Committee Members and other members to keep them up-to-date on important updates and information.
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In this edition – October 2019
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The Legion is apolitical
With the upcoming Federal election, please remember The Royal Canadian Legion remains apolitical and is focused on our continued advocacy for changes and improvements for Canada’s Veterans and their families. We work with the government of the day to affect positive change.
Involvement by Branches or members in uniform in any election campaign in any manner may be construed or perceived as all Legion members having the same political affiliations or being supportive of a particular position. For this reason, the Legion abstains from becoming involved with a political party or political party action during any election campaign.
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Member renewal reminders and processing members
Legion National Headquarters will be emailing renewal reminders to members with email addresses on file. Please remit per capita tax at least monthly to ensure your member data is up to date. Better yet, process your members online and update their membership status immediately!
Win $500! 2020 members with an email address on file with Legion National Headquarters are entered in our member sweepstakes with a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card for themselves, and another for the Branch! Branches can increase their chance of winning by sending in their member emails. Login to your Branch page on the Member Services Website to learn more.
Get ready to welcome our Veteran Members to your Branch
We are thrilled to have had more than 2,500 Veterans recently join the Legion through our Veteran Welcome Program, a free 1-year membership that introduces Veterans to our organization. As part of our ongoing communications to these members, we are encouraging them to visit their local Legion, get involved in Branch activities and transfer their membership to the Branch. Let’s welcome these members – and all visitors – into our Branches and invite them to get involved and help us grow!
More options to donate
Organizations, Canadian embassies and consulates, and the public are looking for ways to donate online to the Poppy Fund. A new online donation option is being introduced at Legion.ca/donations.
Donations to the Dominion Command Poppy Trust Fund not only provide support as outlined in the Poppy Manual, but can also be consolidated to help fund national Veteran support initiatives such as the Legion’s Leave the Streets Behind program, Project Trauma Support, and other initiatives.
Information for Veteran support organizations who wish to apply for Poppy Funds can be found on Legion.ca.
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The “I Joined” membership campaign
Legion National Headquarters is introducing a new online membership campaign to engage our members and recruit new members. Watch for it online on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
The inspiration for the campaign is that every member has their own story about why they’ve joined the Legion. We want to hear them all!
Members are invited to tell us why they became a Legion member for a chance to win $1000 to The Poppy Store and be featured on social media throughout the "I Joined" membership campaign. Members can submit their story online before December 1, 2019 to be eligible to win. Together we are making a difference in the lives of Veterans and across communities!
Get healthy with MissionVAV
Get fit this fall with The Royal Canadian Legion and MissionVAV using a FREE web-based program designed to make Veterans and their supporters stronger, healthier and happier. Register or learn more about starting a team at your Legion Branch at MissionVAV.com.
Your Legion calendar: November – December 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.
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November 1 Announcement of National Silver Cross Mother
November 8 Aboriginal Veterans Day
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 11 First World War ends – Armistice Day (1918)
November 12 Passchendaele (1917)
November 18 Battle of the Somme (1916)
December 3 #GivingTuesday
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 6 Halifax explosion (1917)
December 10 Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to peacekeepers (1988)
December 25 Christmas (Legion supports Operation Santa Claus)
December 25 Fall of Hong Kong (1941)
Get access to Marketing and PR resources
With the remembrance period coming up, now is a great time to encourage member renewals and invite new people to join! Find a wide variety of recruitment and renewal resources on the Member Services Website, and free materials through the Legion Supply Department.
VIEW RESOURCES
DOWNLOAD SUPPLY CATALOGUE
 
PR Tip of the Month
Branch Hospitality Program + Creativity = Happy new members
Happy new members means good PR for your Branch. Take the time to review the Branch Hospitality Program, use some creativity, and make new members feel valued. Let them know the options for volunteering and tailor those options to appeal to all generations.
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at nbond@legion.ca.
 
 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.
 Membership renewals continue
Auto renewal update
Members who have signed up for auto renewal will receive an email in early October notifying them that their 2020 membership will be processed to their credit card on file in early November.
Early Bird Stickers
Early Bird Stickers are now available for order through Legion Supply. Call Legion Supply at 888-301-2257.
Free Early Bird promotional posters and member letters are also available for order, or can be downloaded from the Member Services Website, under Branch and Command Resources / Membership.
Make membership renewal easy for your members!
87% of Branches provide over 230,000 Legion Members with the opportunity to renew their local Branch membership online. Please ensure your Branch Rates are entered and up-to-date.
UPDATE YOUR BRANCH RATE
Use the Branch Membership Renewal Strategy
Members are the strength of the Legion, and our most valuable resource. Use the attached Branch Membership Renewal Strategy to guide your renewal efforts.
DOWNLOAD RENEWAL STRATEGY
2020 per capita tax rates
The 2020 Per capita Tax rates are now available online. They are effective September 01, 2019 for the 2020 membership year. The 2019 online Branch rates will be automatically copied over to 2020 for Branches. If you have a membership fee rate change please update online or contact Member Services directly.
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 – 4:30 EST
Honouring Veterans is Our Duty
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