Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization with a national reach across Canada, and branches in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. And with nearly 300,000 members of the Legion, our strength is in our numbers. Join us here in Stony Plain!
The Legion understands the importance of acknowledging the courage of those who served and still serve today. Through Remembrance initiatives, we help Canadians honour those who have make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Help out by running the Meat Draw or 50/50 draw. Each of these are a two hour commitment on Saturdays 3:00 -5:00 pm. See Buck Coutts to have your name added to the list for 2020.
President's Message 14 Mar 21
With restrictions slowly starting to lift, and potentially continue to lift in the coming months the executive has been discussing how we could re-open when the restrictions allow for it, and to potentially let clubs that use our Legion to start using it again.
The guidelines and restrictions are not clearly defined on the Alberta Health website, so Cde. Milne got in contact with our representative for clarification of the restrictions. A more defined list of what is allowed and not allowed was sent back to us, and unfortunately, as I read it, we will not be permitted to let these clubs use our Legion for meeting at this time.
At our last meeting we discussed support for the Veteran's Food Bank in Edmonton. Those who volunteer with this organization informed Cde. Milne that they would prefer food donations vice financial donations. Being an organization that only helps veterans we would very much like to support them, so what we thought we could do would be to hold food drives at the Legion. Two ways we could do this, is to have the Legion doors open on certain days for people to drop off food, or wait until we're open and have a drop-off box for when people come to socialize.
This would not affect our current support of our local organizations, we will continue to support them when and how we can, but we would like to include this organization into our support being that it's specifically for veterans.
It's confirmed that the provincial rally that we were to host has been postponed to May 2022 and we are still on the list to host it, but exact dates are still not confirmed for next year. The Dominion rally is still being held this summer in late August in Saskatoon.
Over the past couple years, whether I'm filling up with gas or shopping in a store, whenever people find out I'm a part Legion 256, I have received very warm comments and compliments in regards to our support to the community, and what we have done within the community. Something I would like to do once we're fully open again is to become even more involved in our community.
We have a fenced in yard that is hardly ever used, and there are a lot of different events we could hold outdoors to make use of it. One of the thoughts I have is to host fun days for youth groups with games or a sport. If there are any groups members can think of, youth or adult, that think would like to use our facility or yard for sports or games, let us know and we can work on making it happen.
To Our Members.
Because of going back to stage 1 it does not look like we will be opening for awhile.
We would like to thank Jerry Milne for agreeing to stay on as Bar Manager. I will be his assistant and help any way I can.
When we open, we will be looking for volunteers so if you have spare time could you please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text at 780-974-5742.
In the meantime, please stay safe and hopefully we will be able to get together sooner rather then later.
To date Branch #256 Stony Plain has 431 paid up members for 2021, way to go Membership!! If you haven't already and are wondering how you can pay your dues easily, go to www.legion.ca and click on MEMBER LOG-IN on the top right hand corner which will take you to a page to CREATE YOUR ON-LINE PROFILE, click on that, you will need your membership number to do so. Create your on-line profile and you are on your way to being a paid up Legion member. Thank you from Branch #256 Stony Plain for your support during Covid-19. If you would like to contact the Membership Chair you can call or text Pat @ 780-908-5672
The Last Sunday of the Month Starting April 29 @ 1400 hours has been set aside for a gathering of Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces & RCMP and all those serving on active duty to come together in Fellowship and to be introduced to the Legion. Coffee and Donuts will be Served. All Veterans Welcome
The Legion provides a range of service and supports for Veterans, their families and dependents. In addition to directly assisting Veterans and their Families wirh
the disability process through Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). the Legion Offers a variety of programs, resources and Referrals to Support Veteran Health, transition to civilian life, financial assistance and well-being.
- meet with a volunteer Legion Service Officer to help identify unmet health or support needs and review possible benefits through (VAC) as well as other supports available
- get assistance with completing the Legion Claims Form and receive a referral to Legion Command Service Officers for individual assistance
- request benevolent financial through the Poppy Fund
- request visits to Veterans in Retirement and Long-Term Care Facilities
- access Veteran support and care programs as offered through the Branch
Every year these will be awarded
Quilts of Valour presented to Greg And Ron Martel. In picture left Greg Martel, middle Diana Cole , Quilt of Valour Representative for Edmonton-Parkland Area. On right Ron Martel.
No Meat Draw
Drawn this week
CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Thanks to our Volunteers
We love our members and welcome visitors, so feel free to visit during normal business hours. Come Check Out our New Deck Now Open
4902 44 Ave, Stony Plain, Alberta Z L4, Canada