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News - All - 14 May 2018

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Miscellaneous: 14 May 2018
DISTRICT "C" CONVENTION REPORT

Credit: Comrade Chuck Andrews, 272 Hespeler

It was a great day for a parade April 21st in Hespeler to kick-off the 2018 District “C” spring Convention. A very impressive parade indeed, with twenty-eight Branch colours included.

After a lunch prepared by the Branch 272 Ladies Auxiliary, delegates enjoyed a presentation by Comrade Kim Peters. Kim presented an amazing “travelogue” from her participation in the Nijmegen March. The Zone Commanders then presented their reports, letting us all know what is going on in Branches District-wide.

On the evening agenda was a great roast beef dinner, ably prepared and presented by the Branch 272 L.A. Ontario V.P. Comrade Garry Pond was the guest speaker, and discussed a few of the issues which will no doubt be contentious issues in Winnipeg in August.

The Convention resumed at 9 a.m. Sunday, with the main business portion of the weekend. The delegates received updates from Veterans Affairs Canada, Provincial Service Officer Comrade Rebecca Calder, and PIB Insurance.


Here are a few points of information from Convention:

  • Parkwood Institute is currently home to 102 WWII Veterans, 5 Korea Veterans, and has an additional 13 contract beds. The District “C” Hospital Fund will be contributing $45,541.02 toward Parkwood’s wish list
  • District Track & Field meet is June 23rd in Kincardine - contact Comrade Crystal Taylor if you can help out. Provincial is July 14/15 in St. Catharines, with the Dominion meet in Brandon Manitoba in August. Comrade Doug Dolby is the new Zone C-2 T & F Chair.
  • There were 76 Bursary applications from District “C”, 57 of which will be reviewed at the April 28th District meeting. 60% of the Bursary applications sent to Command were on the online form
  • The Charitable Foundation awarded $76,155 this past year to Hospitals in the District, including $8,000 to Grand River Hospital
  • District “C” Branches Poppy Campaigns raised $938,419.72 in 2017, up over 10% from last year. Direct grants to Veterans more than doubled, to $73,165.78
  • Ontario Command has started “Operation Service Dogs”, and Poppy Funds (with an SUF) can now be used for Service dogs for Veterans. Command is partnering with Wounded Warriors Canada to ensure funds are distributed appropriately
  • So far, there are 122 submissions for Volume 5 of the Military Service Recognition Book; 800 are needed to fill a book. Currently serving Military personnel are welcome to submit their bio to be included in the book (see info elsewhere on this website)
  • There was a lengthy and passionate Veterans Service report, with the emphasis that Legions need to reach out to all Veterans in the Community, and let them know what the Legion can do for them
  • Every District “C” Branch was recognized for at least 50% Earlybird renewals, with 39 Branches acheiving 65% or more.
  • 294 Members of District “C” were lost due to death last year
  • Delegates were very generous this year, with donations from the floor from Branches, LAs, and Poppy funds exceeding $170,000, which included $42,900 to the Charitable Foundation, $43,900 to Bursary, and $38,900 to the District “C” Hospital Fund. Major donors were 532 New Hamburg, 234 Guelph, and the KW Poppy Fund.

Remember, these Conventions are not just for the Branch Executive. Voting delegate numbers are subject to restrictions, but any Member in good standing can certainly register and attend. There is always something to learn.


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