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The Legion Dispatch: Your source for branch updates and information.
Keep your Branch informed
Forward this email to your Branch Executives, Committee Members and other members to keep them up-to-date on important updates and information.
All Branch emails are also available on the Member Services Website
In this edition – December 2019
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Thank you for your support during the time of Remembrance
Thank you to all Legion Branches and Member volunteers for your support during the Legion Poppy Campaign and with Remembrance Day ceremonies.
To help educate the public on the value of the Poppy year-round, share the Discover the Importance of the Poppy video with members, schools and businesses in your community. This video explores the history of the Poppy as a symbol of remembrance for all Canadians and explains how the Legion’s National Poppy Campaign helps Canada’s Veterans.
The video is available with English audio only, but French subtitles are available on YouTube. Click the Settings button in the bottom-right corner to view subtitle options.
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Member emails help reconnect members with their Branch
Member communication is the most important strategy we have to connect with and retain our members. Emails are the most cost effective, efficient and timely way to communicate with our members and bring them back to the Branch!
Help your Branch see all the benefits of member communications by ensuring members have an email address on their member profile. When you register or renew members, take a moment to add, update or confirm the emails on their member profiles.
Members with a valid email address on file receive monthly newsletters that:
  • remind them to renew their membership with the Branch
  • encourage them to visit their Branch and get involved
  • inform them of exclusive member opportunities such as contests, deals and more
  • update them on the Legion’s latest efforts for Veterans and Remembrance
There are 3 ways to update a member’s email on their profile:
  1. Update the member profile online at portal.legion.ca
  2. Submit a list of member emails using the attached form
  3. Mail in a Member Data Change Form
If you need assistance, contact Member Services at 855-330-3344.
Member Renewal Reminders: February mailing
In addition to email reminders, we will be doing a direct mailing to all non-renewed members in February. 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 January 30th will receive a mailed reminder.
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The Legion supports Operation Santa Claus
The Legion participates in the Support Our Troops Operation Santa Claus program, providing gift packages for every Canadian Forces member deployed. This year, our members’ support allowed us to send more than 3,000 gift packages.
Annual opportunity to participate in the Nijmegen March
Each year, Dominion Command invites Legion Members to apply to participate in the world’s largest walking and marching event held in mid-July around Nijmegen, Holland. The call for applications for the 2020 Nijmegen March is now open. Share this opportunity, and the eligibility requirements with your members here.
Application forms must be submitted to the Provincial Command by January 11, 2020.
Your Legion calendar: January – February 2020
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
January 1 New Year’s Day
January 27 Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 29 Bell Let’s Talk for mental health awareness
February Black History Month
February 14 Valentine’s Day
February 15 National Flag of Canada Day
February 17 Family Day (New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia)
February 28 Gulf War ends (1991)
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It’s time for members to renew
Find a wide variety of recruitment and renewal resources on the Member Services Website, and free materials through the Legion Supply Department.
VIEW RESOURCES
 
PR Tip of the Month
Collect good stories
When you hear a good story, ask that person if they’d be willing to share it publicly at some point. Write down their name and contact details. Their stories can help reflect the Legion’s work and provide you with newsletter updates. You can also be a trusted idea source for media or other writers.
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 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
Member renewal reminders and processing members
Legion National Headquarters continues to email 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!
Make membership renewal easy for your members!
90% 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
A message from our partners
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
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Royal Canadian Legion MBNA Rewards® Mastercard® credit card
For a limited time, receive a red fleece blanket with Legion logo *** (approximate retail value of $19.95 CDN) after your first eligible purchase within the first 90 days of account opening, if you applied through legion.ca/mbna_en. By applying for this credit card, you consent to the disclosure by MBNA of your name, address and qualifying transaction status information to The Royal Canadian Legion for the purposes of the fulfillment of this offer.
*** To qualify for this offer, an applicant must apply from legion.ca/mbna_en and be approved for the specific credit card account described in the offer. The account must be used for at least one eligible transaction within the first 90 days of account opening that is not subsequently rescinded, the subject of a charge back request or otherwise disputed. Please allow 8–10 weeks from the transaction date to receive the fleece blanket by mail from The Royal Canadian Legion. Limit one-time offer per new account. This promotion is offered by The Royal Canadian Legion and may be amended or cancelled at any time without notice.
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Just in time for gift giving!
Visit the Legion Magazine SHOP for plenty of exclusive gift ideas and order today. PLUS! New products have just arrived! Find all you need this festive season with campfire mugs, stainless steel bottles and tumblers, kitchen essentials, puzzles, notebooks and more!
BONUS! Here’s a special offer just for Legion members. Please share the deal! Act fast while quantities last!
25% off* 2020 Wall Calendar—Victory at last! Use coupon code at checkout: CALENDAR25 Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Includes key Canadian historical military dates from the months leading up to the end of the Second World War.
*Offer expires December 18, 2019. While quantities last. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Excludes subscriptions. Tax and shipping extra.
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Honouring Veterans is Our Duty
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