Legion week is underway

This week is Legion week. In addition to reflecting on what the Royal Canadian Legion brings to veterans and our communities, we also take an opportunity to tell everyone about the benefits of joining.

We are holding a membership drive this Saturday, 25 Sept, 2021 at the New Hamburg Legion branch. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to meet many of our existing members and to learn more about being a Legion member. Everyone is welcome! You can also renew your Legion membership for 2022.

A Legion membership has many privileges, and also helps support veterans and communities across Canada. You can find more details about Legion membership at https://www.legion.ca/join-us.

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Drive-thru ribs at the New Hamburg Legion – 24 Sept

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New branch members welcomed, awards received!!

It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to properly welcome new branch members. But with COVID restrictions allowing, we held a ceremony this past weekend (15 Aug 2021) to formally welcome 11 new members. The weather was perfect, which made the day all the better. But there was so much more to celebrate!

It was also a thrill to welcome descendants of our first branch president, George Thomas. Here you can read more about George and our charter. Pictured in the gallery above you can see four generations of the Thomas Family, including George Thomas (the photo in the center), Craig Thomas (son), Angelica Thomas (grand daughter), and Craig and Liam Thomas (great-grand sons). It was amazing to welcome this family!

But there was still more to celebrate! Waterloo Oxford high school students Lauren Young and Bethany Austen were presented with awards for Remembrance Day poems they had written last year and submitted for a zone competition. They both read their poems to attendees, which was a somber reminder of sacrifice and our purpose as a branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Once again, welcome to all our new members and congratulations to our award winners!

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Patio breakfast at the New Hamburg Legion – 21 Aug

We’ve been hosting patio afternoons since Covid restrictions have allowed. We will change things up on Saturday, 21 Aug, and host breakfast. Looking forward to seeing you there! Here are the details:

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Legion patio open on Saturday (7 Aug)

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Legion Patio this Saturday (31 July)

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Volunteers needed to help us open the Legion

Covid restrictions are starting to lift, and we’ve had a lot of success welcoming back our members and friends to our Saturday Patio openings.

We want to take this to the next step by opening the Branch to indoor comradeship; however we need some volunteers to make this happen. While provincial restrictions allow us to open the branch, there are several rules we need to follow, and we need your support to do so.

If you’re able to contribute your time (even an hour here or there will help), please complete our volunteer form to let us know.

Support we need includes:

  • Observers to help ensure Covid rules are being followed
  • Relief on the register
  • Sanitization of dining area
  • Sign-in/out for Covid tracing
  • Help in the kitchen with preparation and cleaning
  • Help with drive-thru dinners
  • and more

Until we can follow the rules in place, we cannot open the Branch to indoor activities. Thanks to all those who are already giving their time to support Branch openings. We look forward to seeing everyone more often now that restrictions are lifting.

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Please keep the donations coming

Back on June 28th we asked for donations to help local veterans. We’ve received a great response (see the photo below), but your help is still needed.

We’re partnering with the Parkwood Institute in London throughout the summer. Please bring needed items for donation. We are accepting donations during patio openings on Saturdays. Needed items include:

  • Combs, brushes
  • Bars of soap
  • Toothpaste / Tooth brushes
  • Mouth wash
  • Shaving foam
  • Lightly scented deodorant
  • Kleenex
  • Diabetic socks
  • Ball caps
  • Note pads and pens
  • Underwear / undershirts

Any help is welcome and appreciated.

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Patio open on 24 July

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Donations needed to help local Veterans

The New Hamburg Legion is partnering with the Parkwood Institute in London to help local Veterans. Throughout the summer, please bring needed items for donation. We are accepting donations during patio openings on Saturdays and on Canada Day from 1-5pm. Needed items include:

  • Combs, brushes
  • Bars of soap
  • Toothpaste / Tooth brushes
  • Mouth wash
  • Shaving foam
  • Lightly scented deodorant
  • Kleenex
  • Diabetic socks
  • Ball caps
  • Note pads and pens
  • Underwear / undershirts

Any help is welcome and appreciated.

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