2019 Poppy Campaign Notification 


I would like to introduce myself to Branch 551 membership:

My name is Drew Hawkyard and I am your Poppy Campaign Chairperson for 2019.  This is my first year on the executive and look forward to continuing on in a successful manner, as my predecessors.

Our 2019 Poppy Campaign will commence on Friday October 25th and end on November 11th.

In order to have a successful campaign, the assistance of volunteers with Poppy distribution (drivers to deliver Poppy donation boxes and pickups from local businesses throughout the duration, Poppy distributors at local approved businesses, etc…) is required.  
Your donation of time is GREATLY appreciated by ALL who have served, their families and those who continue to serve our country in order to provide us as Canadians, the freedoms we so graciously enjoy on a daily basis.
If you are reading this and not presently a legion member and wish to participate in the Poppy Campaign, you can join by either visiting our Branch and picking up a form,  or by  clicking on this link  Membership  Form  or go online at www.legion.ca. Note: If you are a serving or retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and RCMP new to the Legion you are eligible for a FREE one-year membership.
Together as a community, we can continue to honour those who served and sacrificed their life, their families, those who served and those who are presently serving. 
At this time reserved for remembrance, let us recall the words of John McCrae’s poem —  “... if ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep,  though poppies grow in Flanders Fields.” — are as true  today as when they were first written.
Sincerely yours,
Drew Hawkyard
RCL Branch 551 Waterdown
2019 Poppy Campaign Chairperson 


October Entertainment


  Mike Hubley - KountryFryd Music

October 4 at 7:00 



 Headin Home - Oct. 18 at 7:00


Ronnie and the Corvairs 

October 19 at 8:00 



The Pepper Shakers - Oct 26 at 8:00 

Halloween Dance - Dress in a costume! 

For Isabel and all my friends!!! 

New Year's Eve tickets will be available Nov. 18 at the bar.

New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance with Ronnie & the Corvairs

Chinese Food Buffet at 9:30

Party hat's favours, midnight toast, door prize

Lots of rock and roll and fun!  It will be a great evening! 

Get your ticket early.   Limited Seating!

$40 per person 

Doors open at 6:00, dance starts at 8:00 

Please state number of people in your party for tickets! 


 Legion Hours 

Mon, Tues., Wed. 4 p.m.  till close
Thursday - 12  p.m.  till close
Friday 3 p.m.  till close
Saturday open at 11 a.m  till close

 Just fill out your Application form  and bring it
to the legion and pay  bar stewart.

****** PLease Note*******

New members : 1/3  yr rate of $19 is in effect for 2019  as of October 1st,   It's  a great time to become a member!!  If you are an Ordinary or Associate, bring  documentation such as  Service Number, rank, etc

  It's so EASY or you can go online and register

at  www.legion.ca  

 2020 membership renewal now in effect and 

can be paid anytime  at the bar. 

 Do it now and save $$$.

Sept. $42,  in Oct. $44,  in Nov. $46 in Dec. back to regular $48

Early Bird Membership Count as of Oct. 17, 2019 

Ordinary     33
Associate   79
Affiliate     51
NVA            01 

 Total  156      47.95%

2019 membership count 341. 

Pick up your sticker at the bar when you have renewed!! 

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.


The Legion is running a $5,000 VIA Rail member sweepstake to encourage members to add an email address to their member profile. Members can add their email at Legion.ca/email to enter. The sweepstakes will be promoted in the July/August issue of Legion Magazine.
Members with an email on file have access to benefits including automatic entry in national member contests, the bi-monthly member newsletter, notices of member opportunities, and more.
You can help promote the sweepstakes by printing and posting the attached poster at your Branch. Branches with member emails also can submit a list of emails to Member Services using the attached Excel file template to update the member database.


f you have trouble logging in, contact Member Services:
855-330-3344 or memberhelpdesk@legion.ca 

 This week in  the Legion Magazine:

     Shop the Legion  Store

new golf shirts are avalable from supply 

New From The Poppy Store 

Lest We Forget Caps and T shirts 

Contact us at: shop@legion.ca

or toll free at 1-888-301-2268.

 October–November 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.

October 14 Van Doos anniversary (1914)

October 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 24 Anniversary of the United Nations (1946)
October 25 Poppy Campaign begins

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)


Remembrance Day Service  Agenda- Nov. 11, 2019

Service starts at 10:45 - guest arrive by 10:30

Everyone is welcome!

Following the service there is an  Open House wirh refreshments

This is an opportunity for members of our communtiy to come out and  remember the men and women have served for  our great country, Canada.   We remember all who have served, are presently serving and especially those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom. 

 Our annual Poppy Campaign  will start in the morning of October 25.  We encourage everyone to  wear a poppy. 

The Poppy Schedule is now  posted  in the Club Room.  Please come and  pick your time and location!

Veteran Appreciation Luncheon
Access Abilities along with the support of many wonderful people, will host the 18th Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Mon Nov 4, 2019. The announcement is attached.
Lovely plans are underway to make this year’s  luncheon memorable for our Veterans including an Honour Guard, displays, live big band music, barbershop chorus, short ceremony, meaningful time with comrades and a fly-past weather permitting performed by the Great War Flying Museum as our guests depart. It is truly an honour to bring our nation's Heroes together in comradeship to
thank them for their tremendous sacrifices and to witness how much this event means to them. We will never forget that our freedom comes at a tremendous cost. Each Veteran may bring their spouse/guest and caregivers and/or drivers are also welcome. Spouses of deceased Veterans are also welcome to join us. Over the years, old friendships have been rekindled and new made at the  Luncheon.  Please feel welcome to share the announcement with Veterans or currently serving
Members of our Military that you may know. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have. We also mailed the announcement late summer. It is important to share as much as possible as Veterans often call after the luncheon wondering why they were not invited – All Veterans are invited - it is important that they register for appropriate seating and food, but we would NEVER turn a Veteran away if they showed up and no name on list – it always seems to work out.  Thank you very much.
Respectfully, KKristin Courtney
Organizer 18th Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon
 For full info click on this link 


Newly constructed walkway for the Vimy Oak Tree memorial

photo courtesy of  Patrick McCarthy

More pictures on Vimy Ridge Oak & RED Friday 


Flamborough Archives and Heritage Society  

now located in Waterdown!

Flamborough Archives and Heritage Society 

Come in and visit this marvelous museum!


 Book of Remembrance 

  We now have a Book or Remembrance on display inour lobby.  Also, please see the photo of our Veteran’s Board.  Each week, I will feature a member of our community who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our country.  We had one causality from the Boer War and a number from WW I and WWII.  We are very grateful to the Flamborough Archives for sharing this information with us.  Over the years, a very dedicated group of volunteers from Archives have been researching and putting together the story of these local heroes.  The book is a work in progress and I have put my contact information near the book in case someone has additional material to add to our files.  Presently, we have the Boer War and WW 1 covered.  Shortly, we will be adding the information about our WW II casualties.

Our Veterans Service Board
courtesy of Bob Thomas, Service Office, 3rd Vice

Councillor Judi Partridge October E newslsetter

 For Legion Sports Information

contact our Sports Officer:
Barry Peer:  barrugflooring@gmail.com


Dart Boards are available for playing anytime

there isn't a league playing!  

We also have a new snooker table  Come out and  shoot some pool!

Our Fireside Renovations are completed.All entertainment events back to regular schedule. 





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