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Even with so many restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 epidemic, the Orangeville Legion will still be conducting its Poppy Campaign this year, although modified.
We will have a very limited number of members out canvassing this year. You will find us at Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Sobeys and Zehrs (hours will vary). Social distancing and all safety protocols will and must be followed. You will find a table, set up with a tray containing poppies, wrist bands and stickers. You will be required to pick your own item and place a donation in the box provided (if you so desire). You will also find hand sanitizer for your use, A legion member (wearing a mask and gloves) will be stationed 2 metres away from the table.
You will also notice the Counter Poppy Boxes at various businesses in town. To honour and remember all of those veterans who served and are currently serving, please take a poppy and if possible, donate if you so wish to, This will be the primary means of raising monies this year.
Donations may also be made at our branch or by mail. Our hours of operation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. If mailing a cheque, it should be made out to Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund, Branch #233. Our mailing address is RCL Branch 233 Orangeville, 7 John St., P.O. Box 141, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z5.
The monies raised are put into a trust fund which goes to support our veterans and their families.
As always, we are ever so grateful and thankful for the support given by the people of Orangeville and the surrounding communities.
LEST WE FORGET WE WILL REMEMBER
Comrades & Friends of Branch 233, Orangeville Legion;
We are sad that we cannot be together this year at your Remembrance Services. As you know the Legion takes our job as the keepers of Remembrance very seriously and so we created a short video for you to watch.
The pictures are from all the services we attended last year as well as posters from the annual poster contest.
We hope you enjoy the video and know we are there with you.
Lest We Forget
Branch 233, Orangeville Legion
We are reaching out to our community for help. Many of you have enjoyed a meal, played bingo or attended one of our many other events. There have been many members over the years, perhaps even your parent or grandparent were a member. Almost everyone has fond memories of our Orangeville Legion which was founded back in 1935.
The legion supports our military veterans and their families. In our community our legion also donates to many charities including the food bank, hospital and gives support to seniors and youth in our town. Our legion is a nonprofit organization which is run by volunteers. You don't have to have been a veteran to be a member, just have a desire to help us keep the Remembrance and help the community.
Due to having to close our branch back on March 16th because of Covid-19 our financial loss has been severe, as our branch’s income comes from renting our hall, as well as food and bar sales. Our president, Barry Kimber, put in an insurance claim for loss of income due to the outbreak, but we were denied as were all other legions in Ontario. Our branch was counting on receiving money from our insurance company, but since the claims were denied, we are asking for your help. Some legion branches will not survive this.
Please make a donation to our Orangeville Legion, Branch 233 to help us to be able to continue making more great memories for the people of Orangeville. Please remember every little bit helps, all small donations do add up, and we appreciate any help you can give. Thank you
If you prefer to donate by cheque please contact the legion. Thank you for your support!!!!
Please see on our Branch News Page, how you can send a letter to our MP to help petition for more support for the Legion Branches in Canada.
For the last couple of weeks, CDN Auctions here in Orangeville has been helping us (Branch 233) fundraise to help with our COVID-19 action plan to keep our doors open. Through their support and generosity, CDN Auctions, at no cost to Branch 233 Orangeville Legion, auctioned off quite a nice (combined) item which had been donated by the Orangeville Canadian Tire. A beautiful canoe, life jackets and paddles. This one item raised 700.00 and to even make for a better day, Craig Stevenson, General Manager of the Orangeville Canadian Tire presented our Service Officer/Sgt-at-Arms, Chris Skalozub, an additional donation of $500.00. We of the Orangeville Legion are profoundly grateful to have two such wonderful organizations come to our assistance. Their support enabled us to keep our Legion going and to continue with our mission, which is to be there for our Veterans, their families, and our community as a whole. This is a perfect example of community spirit, helping us which enabled us to be there to help others. Again, thank you so much.“Lest We Forget” “We Will Remember”
Left to right: Chris Skalozub, Br 233 Orangeville Service Officer/Sgt-at-Arms, and Craig Stevenson, General Manager, Orangeville Canadian Tire.
We wish to thank Cherrie Chivers for organizing and liaising with CDN Auctions of Orangeville for donations of items to be auctioned through the
m and their kind donation of their commission too!
Don't miss out on bidding for the wonderful Pelican Canoe 15.5 foot generously donated by the Canadian Tire of Orangeville!!!!!
This week is the final week of auction of Legion donations. If you have any small household items (appliances, antiques, tools, etc.) please call Cherrie or Jess right away to make arrangements.
Cherrie receiving the first donation cheque from CDN Auctions!
Good day one and all.
Well, the donations just keep on coming in. Another company has stepped up to support the Orangeville Legion, Branch 233. We cannot speak enough about the generosity that has been demonstrated by those individuals and companies in the Orangeville area who care so much about “their” Legion. On Sept 20th, Pat Davidson, Jill Davidson and David Morgan of "Davidson's Electrical Service" stopped by the branch and presented our President, Barry Kimber with a cheque for $1,000.00. We of the Legion are extremely grateful for this. Don't know what we would have done if members of the community hadn't stepped up. The theme spoken so much of during this pandemic is to support local. This company did. Please keep them in mind if you have any electrical needs taken care. Support those who support others. Picture: Left to right, David Morgan, Pat Davidson, Barry Kimber, President of Br 233 and Jil Davidson. “Lest We Forget” “We Will Remember”.
Left to right, David Morgan, Pat Davidson, Barry Kimber, President of Br 233 and Jil Davidson.
Comrades and friends of the R.C.L. Br 233 Orangeville.
More good news about this community that we are a part of. This afternoon, Sept 20th, the branch was paid a visit by the Northerners MotorCycle Club. Just a fantastic bunch of riders from the local area who truly like the freedom of getting on their bikes and getting out and enjoying themselves. Not only did they come visit us, but a bunch of their friends as well (cars of course). It was great to see so many new people come and spend some time with us. But, there was an added surprise. They came to make a donation in support of this legion. Randy Duncan, who spoke for the group, let us know that a great many of the riders had relatives who had served this country of ours (W1/WW2), with some making the ultimate sacrifice. He further said, that as a group, the discussion had was that with the Legion being in need, they had to do something. He mentioned that due to the covid-19 crisis, their club has been unable to do any fundraising so they reached into their own pockets and were able to present our President, Barry Kimber with $1,000.00. That generosity is just unbelievable. Can't say enough good things about them. I would also like to mention a branch member, Ruth Ellis-Byers. A big thank you has to go out to Ruth for getting so many people involved in coming out today. That is the type of support that all legions need!
“Lest We Forget” “We Will Remember”
Members of the Northerners MotorCycle Club and Br 233 President, Barry Kimber. “Lest We Forget”
Please browse through the various sections of our website to learn more about our organization, our branch, its mission, and its part in our community that reaches far beyond Remembrance Day.
Founded in 1925, the Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. With more than 275,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordinary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers and in our efforts.
There is no requirement now to have a family link to a veteran in order to become a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Although our main focus continues to be care of Veterans, their dependents, and those still serving in the Canadian Forces, Legions throughout Ontario contribute to the well-being of our communities by sponsoring numerous community programs. Click on our links to learn even more!
May 8th 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the European theatre of operations with the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies. We commemorate the sacrifices and the loss of life on both sides of this conflict in the fervent hope that this kind of global conflict never occurs again.
On behalf of the Orangeville Legion; Barry Kimber (President), Chuck Simpson (1st Vice President), Chris Skalazob (Sgt-at-Arms), and Dave Burgess (Branch Bugler) met in the afternoon at the Orangeville cenotaph in Alexandra Park and commemorated V-E Day with a small service and the placing of a V-E Day wreath. (More pictures below.)
More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in WWII. Over 45,000 Canadians gave their lives, and an additional 55,000 were wounded.
Many Canadians wore red on this day to commemorate the event and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Royal Canadian Legion was holding a special photo event where you could send in your pics wearing red. Wearing red on Fridays is a sign of Remembrance but this was of course, a very special Friday.
There are fewer and fewer WWII veterans still left alive, but their contributions to keep us free, live on.
Lest We Forget. We WILL Remember Them.
Hello! Hang in there everyone.
Please see the notice under Branch News that gives more info and phone numbers for support.
Just a gentle reminder that while our Orangeville Royal Canadian Legion may be closed for the time being, our confidential, knowledgeable volunteers are still open for business when it comes to assisting our Veterans. Anyone who has served, or is serving, Canadian or Allied Veterans, and requires help of any kind is encouraged to reach out and call the Legion and leave a message: 519-942-4895, or email the Orangeville Legion at: email@example.com
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION - MISSION AND VISION
"To serve veterans, which includes serving military and RCMP members, and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our Communities and our Country."
Our Vision Statement serves as a long-term and aspirational goal for the organization:
"Our vision is to be the most highly respected Veteran and Community Service organization."