5-Year Increment Pin Donations
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.
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
Thank you Ron & Ken for the continued support of the best crew on the Saugeen River!
New Opening Hours
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
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
Supporting Ruck 2 Remember
2024 Legion Membership
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.
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.
The New Executive is Initiated
The 2023-2025 Executive Team was Initiated on 25 May 2023 at the General Meeting by Zone Commander, Rob Butchart and Deputy Commander, Steve Rice. A full list of the new Executive Committee is listed on the Branch Executive page here.
Some initiation photos are not available because the photographer was being initiated at the time. You may click on the photos to enlarge it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Please excuse the sound issues we experienced during the video recording.
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.
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.
Legion applauds Juno Beach decision
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