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Dedication Day - Flags or Remembrance

Thank you to all the volunteers who braved the potential for bad weather to pay their respects and honour 200 veterans buried at the Hillcrest Cemetery on June 7th, 2024.

 

We had a large volunteer crew that had fun spotting the landscape at this beautifully kept cemetery with Canadian flags without getting too wet, all in about an hour. It’s an awesome sight, and we would like to share this in some of our photographs.

 

Thank you Mary, for your work in putting this dedication event together to assist the community of Arran-Elderslie in honouring and remembering our local veterans!  Click on photos to enlarge.

Cenotaph Gardening Project

A special thank you to all the volunteers who came out on May 28th to help out and support the Legion. Many hands make light work, and it was evident today. The volunteers were able to clean up the garden after the tulip blooms finished and place new mulch throughout the garden. If you are in the area, stop by to pay your respects and observe the improvements made to the area.

 

As the keepers of remembrance, we love “Keeping Tara Beautiful.” Watch on our Facebook page for future opportunities to help your community!

Roadside Cleanup - 2024

Once again we would like to give a shoutout and pass on a BIG thank you to the organizer and volunteers who came out on 4 May to help with the Roadside Cleanup.  Legion members, friends, and Silver Spur Saddle Club members all showed up with their hometown Tara Pride.

 

The 20 volunteers spent an hour of their time “Keeping Tara Beautiful,” and do not regret assisting their community. Tara is the heart of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie, and we must keep it that way. Thank you for helping. 

A Legion of Athletes

The Royal Canadian Legion’s Track & Field Program has existed for over 50 years. It’s designed to provide training and competition at District, Provincial, and National levels for young Track & Field athletes 12 to 17 years of age. Many of the athletes that have participated in our program have gone on to become Olympic athletes.

 

Athletes qualify for the Provincial Team by attending the District Track & Field Meet, where they compete with approximately 350 other athletes. This year, up to 400 athletes will attend the Provincial Meet where they can qualify to attend the National Meet.

 

The District Meet is held in June, with the Provincial in July and National in August, and athletes are funded by their local Legion branches, the Provincial and Dominion Commands. Athletes can register here. The deadline for registration is midnight on June 11th.

Tara Horticultural Society

The Royal Canadian Legion is a non-profit organization, and one of our goals is to help the community.  On April 4th, Branch 383 presented a cheque for $1000 to the Tara Horticultural Society (THS) to assist with their 2024 program.  Branch President, Gary Miller is presenting the cheque to Anna Gowan.

As the Tara Horticultural Society prepares for its 100th year, you are invited to participate in the celebration activities. Check out their Facebook page for more info and updates.

New Members Initiated

At the General Meeting held on 28 March, the Branch President, Gary Miller initiated and welcomed our newest members into Branch 383.  Welcome to Comrades Pat Gold, Danielle Thede, John Gowan, Bonnie Gowan, and Harry Biermans (click on photos to enlarge).

District Euchre Event

Congratulations to all who participated in and assisted with the District Euchre Event. We have a team that made it through to the Provincials which take place on 4 May at Fergus Legion Branch 275. Awesome teamwork goes out to Steve Hollingshead, Art Malton, Ben Angel, and Jack Patterson. These guys are on fire!

Free Admission to National Parks

Starting January 1, 2024, members and Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and their immediate families will get FREE daily admission at Parks Canada administered locations!
 
Spending time in nature is beneficial to one’s health and exploring cultural sites and stories can provide opportunities to spend quality time alone or with families and friends. By giving free daily admission to national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada is supporting the health and wellness of CAF members and Veterans.

2024 Meeting Schedule

We are making it easier for you to schedule the General Meetings.  You may also download a PDF version so you can print it out. 

 

5-Year Increment Pin Donations

In an effort to reduce a portion of the operating costs, the Honours and Awards committee would like to ask the membership to consider recycling old 5-year increment membership lapel pins. A member can only wear one pin, normally the last one awarded, and as each pin costs $6.50 with shipping extra, the funds saved would be better used to meet the Legion’s mission statement.
 
A recycling receptacle will be placed at the bar for pin drop-off or members can send an e-mail to Robert Pawley at rcmpaw@hotmail.com to arrange a pick-up. Thank you!

Remembrance Day 2023

On Saturday, November 11th, large crowds gathered in Tara at the local cenotaph for the 2023 Remembrance Day Service. Residents young and old assembled to pause and reflect on the lives lost in wars gone by. The Service was led by the Branch Chaplain, Barry Smith, and veterans, students, members of the community, the Girl Guides of Canada, as well as a contingent of soldiers from the 4th Canadian Division Training Center in Meaford. For those who’ve served our country, the annual day of remembrance is always a sombre one as memories of those lost and time spent abroad come flooding back. It’s important we don’t forget why we have the freedoms we have today.  Thank you to the community for your continued support! Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Comrade Mary Trelford is presented with a Life Membership Award by the Zone Commander, Comrade Rob Butchart

Honours & Awards Presentation

On 11 November 2023, the Honours and Awards Chairmen, Comrade Robert Pawley presented numerous awards and long-service recognitions to members of Branch 383. For a full list of recent presentations, check out the Honours and Awards page.

New Members Initiated

At the General Meeting on 26 October, three (3) new members were initiated into Branch 383 by President Gary Miller. Please welcome our newest members into Branch 383 of the Royal Canadian Legion, welcome Comrades Beverly Koecher, Michael Danalyk, and Greg Thorn. (click on photos to enlarge)

2023 Poppy Campaign

The Tara Legion, Branch 383 would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteers who assisted with the Campaign. Its success would not have been possible without you, and everyone who donated in support of honouring and supporting our veterans.

 

All funds raised through the Poppy Campaign directly support Veterans, serving military, RCMP, and their families. Your donations support programs and assistance for veterans and their family, medical training and research, housing, and care facilities for disabled and homeless veterans, and more.  Thank you!

Denny's Dam Crew Make a Donation

On 11 November 2023, the Denny’s Dam crew, represented by Ron Dollar and Ken Heath presented a generous donation to Branch 383. Comrades Mary Trelford, the Poppy Chair, and Brenda Funston, the Immediate Past President accepted their generous donation.
 

Thank you Ron & Ken for the continued support of the best crew on the Saugeen River!

New Opening Hours

Effective 1 November 2023, the new opening hours of Branch 383 are as posted.  Any booked function or scheduled activity outside of these hours will take place as advertised. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
 
Monday – when booked
Tuesday to Friday – 4pm to closing
Saturday – when booked
Sunday & holidays – when booked
 

Branch 383 Remembrance Church Service

This year our Remembrance Church Service took place at the Keady United Church. It was memorable and very well attended. Chaplain Barry Smith was able to speak on the importance of Remembrance Day and why church services are an important part of Remembrance Day.

 

We must continue to remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of thousands of Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for the freedom we so well enjoy today; they died for Canada and we owe it to them.

Tara Maple Leaf Masonic Presentation

The Tara Maple Leaf Masonic Lodge #362, represented by Bob Ruff, Barry Smith, and Ron Smith presented a cheque for $1,200 to President Gary Miller for the 2023 Tara Legion Poppy Fund. Thank You for your generous donation!

Tara Memorial Banners - 2023

This year the Tara Legion was able to secure permission from Hydro One to place additional banners between the bridge in town right up to Veteran’s Memorial Park.  What a fantastic new addition for Tara.

 

The Veterans Banner project allows families and the community at large the opportunity to honour and remember local men and women that have served our county to protect our freedom.  (click on photos to enlarge)

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New Members Initiated

At the General Meeting on 28 September, four (4) new members were initiated into Branch 383 by President Gary Miller. Please welcome our newest members into Branch 383 of the Royal Canadian Legion, welcome Comrades Paul Diebel, Gavin Hemstock, June Byron and Bill Smith. (click on photos to enlarge)

Zone C-4 Fall Conference

It was our pleasure to host the Zone C-4 Fall Conference this year on September 17, 2023. The Legion was packed and all branches were represented. The Council’s fall agenda was full and so my awesome work was done for the Zone Council.

 

We would like to thank all Zone C4 Branches, including the volunteers, and our awesome Ladies Auxiliary who helped put this together.

Arran-Tara Fall Fair

2023 has been a much better year for everyone, and the Tara Legion, is participating in the Arran-Tara Fall Fair on 12, 13 September.  We have an awesome display this year as well with a lot of information and items to give away.
 
Please don’t forget to stop by the Branch 383 booth and pick up a membership application. It would also be our pleasure to answer any questions you have about Legion programs and supporting your community and veterans.
Comrade Alex Ruff ( Branch Member & Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound MP) presenting a $1500 donation from Branch 383 - Tara

Supporting Ruck 2 Remember

This year was the 10th year for the Ruck 2 Remember (R2R) where they have been raising funds for Operation Leave the Streets Behind, to support homeless veterans.  In the past 10 years, they have raised over one million dollars for this worthy cause and we are so proud of them for what they are doing.
 
We support them every year, with your help and support during the Poppy Campaign.  This year they ran a competition and rucked over 75km in two days with a team challenge on the third day.
 
You may also support the Operation Leave the Streets Behind cause by clicking here.  They have assisted over 1100 veterans in 195 communities.

2024 Legion Membership

Every day, Legion members across Canada help improve the lives of Veterans and their families, so why not take advantage of our Early Bird Membership special this year.

Renew your Legion membership at the Tara Branch before 30 November 2023 and pay the Early Bird rate of $55.

If you miss out, renewing on 1 December or later is still available at the normal rate of $60. This early bird rate is available at your local branch only.  E-transferring your membership is now available.  Contact us for more details.

We Need Your Assistance

We have a volunteer opportunity for you, no matter how little or much you can give. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact beyond just your community. Whether it’s by serving a meal, helping to organize an event, or even if you have the skill to give, you can be part of this meaningful organization that continues to help change lives around the country.

 

If you have the heart to help out veterans and our community, reach out to us here and we will be in touch with you.

Tara Splash Pad

July 16, 2023 is a special day for the town of Tara, and all those who have supported the fundraising for the Splash Pad with its official opening. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported to help make this possible.

Legion Member Sports

Have you checked out the Branch Sports page for the up-to-date events taking place at the Branch and around the Zone?

 

 

If not, there is a lot going on so don’t forget to stop by and sign up for your favorite activity.

2023 District C Track and Field Results

Congratulations to Perry and Emerson Smith from Tara who won two gold and two silver medals at the Royal Canadian Legion – Ontario Command – District C Track & Field Meet held on Saturday, 17 June in Kincardine. Linked below are the meet final results.

Roadside Cleanup

We would like to give a shoutout and pass on a HUGE THANK YOU to the organizers and volunteers who braved the rainy weather and embraced the hardship on 29 April to get our Roadside Cleanup done.   Thank you for helping to keep Tara beautiful. 

The Sherwood Foresters were officially allied with the Simcoe Foresters (35th Regiment of Infantry), Canadian Militia (click image for a larger view).

Pin, Badge & Patch Project

We have had several military pins donated to the Legion lately, and we would like to begin a project to assemble a larger display of these items for everyone to enjoy. If you have any ship, squadron, or regiment pins, badges, or patches, including those from the RCMP, we would love to display them for you. If you know the history of the item, you may also include that. Items with local interest are key, and they can be donated or loaned to the Legion for this display. You can drop them off at the bar addressed to Robert Pawley with your instructions, or you can email him at rcmpaw@hotmail.com for pick-up. This photo is just one example of a recent donation made to the Legion, and click here for a bit more history regarding this item.

New Members Initiated

At the General Meeting on 27 Apr, seven (7) new members, and on 25 May, one (1) new member was initiated into Branch 383 by President Brenda Funston. Please welcome our newest members into Branch 383 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Comrades Jeff McLean, Kerri McLean, Norm Gilbert, Karen St. Amand, Michael Gordon, Bill Cartwright and Jane Cartwright, and Chris Herbert. (click on photos to enlarge)

Membership Renewal Awards

At the General Meeting held at the Tara Legion on 27 April 2023, 1st Vice President Gary Miller presented two membership renewal awards to the Branch. On behalf of Branch 383, President Brenda Funston accepted these awards.  The first Achievement Award (on the right) is presented to the Branch from Ontario Command in recognition of attaining 100% or more of the previous year’s (2022) membership.  The second award presented (on the left) is an Early Bird Award, which is presented to the Branch in recognition of attaining 70% or more renewals so far for the year 2023.

Comrade Barry Smith

At the General Meeting held at the Tara Legion on 27 April 2023, President Brenda Funston presented the Chaplain stole to Comrade Barry Smith.

 

The stole is a liturgical vestment of various Christian denominations, which symbolizes priestly authority.

 

The Legion stole is part of the dress for a Chaplain, and it’s what identifies them as a Legion Chaplain.

Honours & Award Committee

The Honours & Awards Chairman is looking for a Branch Member or two that could spare some time to help out.  If you are interested please contact Comrade Bob Pawley at rcmpaw@hotmail.com or leave a note at the Legion Bar with your name and contact information.  Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Girl Guides of Canada - Cenotaph
Clean-up

The local 1st Tara Embers, Guides, and Pathfinders helping to keep Tara beautiful. On 27 April 2023, Comrade Mary Trelford organized and led this fine group of young volunteers in cleaning up the area around the Tara Cenotaph among other areas in town. Thank you for keeping your promise to “take action for a better world.”

New Digital Membership Card Now Available

Over 10,000 Legion Members have already signed up for the Digital Card!

 

Members can now choose a traditional plastic card or a Digital Card. Learn about the Digital Card technical requirements, how to request a card, branch notification and more!

Youth Remembrance Day Contest 2023

Thank you to all the participants and for the support from the Arran-Tara Elementary School (ATES).  The number of applicants from ATES was huge and would not have been possible without their support.  Congratulations to all the winners.

 

The 1st place winners of each category will be sent to zone level.

Should you wish further information on the Poster and Literary
Contest, please contact the Branch at rcltara383@bmts.com or click here.

 

Poster credit to Sommer M. of Arran-Tara Elementary School.
1st Place in the Intermediate Class, Black and White Poster contest 2023.

Please excuse the sound issues we experienced during the video recording.

Remembrance Day 2022

On November 11th, large crowds gathered at the cenotaph in Tara for Remembrance Day.  Veterans, students, and members of the community all took the time to show gratitude for the freedom we have.  We were also honoured to have Veteran and our Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Mr. Alex Ruff participate in the Tara Remembrance Day Service.

 

Having the crowd back brought some emotion to those who gather to pay their respects to the men and women who served and continue to serve.  We have a duty to remember, as they defended our values of freedom and democracy.

Arran-Tara Elementry School

The Royal Canadian Legion is a non-profit organization, and one of our goals is to help the community.  On November 7, Branch 383 presented a cheque for $1300 to the Arran-Tara Elementary School to assist with their music program.  Mary Trelford is presenting the donation to a number of the Tigers.

Tara Splash Pad

On 23 September 2022 the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 383 further supported this project and presented the Tara Splash Pad committee with a cheque for $2500 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary presented a cheque for $2000.  Simply amazing!

Grey Bruce Hospice Donation

The community hospice is a centre of excellence with a multidisciplinary team, providing compassionate, dignified, patient-centered care to individuals with a progressive life-limiting illness, empowering them to live well while dying.  The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 383 recently presented them with a donation of $500.

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Legion applauds Juno Beach decision

OTTAWA, ON, 7 October 2022 – The Royal Canadian Legion is pleased to learn that plans to build a new housing development on the hallowed grounds of the D-Day landings of 1944, have come to halt. The Federal Government announced today that along with the local French municipality, it will help buy the land from the developer to ensure this historic territory remains undeveloped.

We Remember

On November 11th each year, we remember those brave members of the armed forces who fought and died in the line of duty at home and aboard.  This year we will conduct the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Tara Cenotaph.  The cenotaph in Tara, Ontario stands in Memorial Park, next to Ann, Main, and Yonge Streets.
Lest we Forget