The Okotoks Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion #291, was given its charter in December 2014. This opened the door to the Town of Okotoks veterans having a specific place to go and be with their comrades in an atmosphere of military camaraderie. Currently we are the guests of the Elks hall on Elizabeth Street, but are hoping to have a permanent home very soon.
On September the 11th we presented a cheque for $15,000 from Poppy funds to Andrea Mitchell of the Sheep River Trust. This money goes towards Urgent Care Renovations.
Okotoks Show and Shine
Okotoks Rodeo - 2018
Our President Bob McLeod presented Shelagh Cox, the Veteran Program Coordinator for the MFRC with a cheque for $10,000. The money will be used in a partnership between the MFRC and our local OSISS Peer Support Worker Michelle Turner to provide a Peer Resiliency Weekend for the spouses and partners of CAF members who are suffering from an Operational Stress Injury such as PTSD. The weekend will focus on workshops and coping strategies for those who care for ill and injured members – the theme will be care for the caregiver since we know that strengthening the support system for members who suffer from OSI is crucial to their successful treatment and ultimate recovery.
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The link to the pictures of our 2018 Poster and Literary Competition winners is below !
Well Done to all who took part, the quality of your work was amazing!
Thank you for remembering!
Branch Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm.
Our next Branch Meeting is on September 10th, 2019 at 19:00 (7pm) at the Elks Hall. This is also our awards evening where presentations will be made to local Students who took part in our Poster and Literary Competitions.
Today (April 18th, 2019) I had the pleasure of talking to Todd Martin, an Okotoks Legion member and resident of Okotoks, who is taking part in the Wounded Warriors Ride to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. He will cycle almost 700km from Dieppe (France) arriving at Juno Beach on June 6 as part of a team of almost 150 Canadians.
From the Wounded Warriors Website:
BBR19 will begin on the Beaches of Dieppe where our group will pause and reflect at the fate of the Canadians during the misnamed Operation Jubilee. Highlighted on our journey will be stops in places that played a pivotal role in World War 2, places forever etched in the annals of time and places that set the stage for the events of D-Day 1944. Before travelling west along the coast and slightly inland we will reflect on the strategic significance of the historic cities and towns in the region.
Passing Rouen, we will visit the significant seaport of La Havre, which was liberated in part by the 1st Canadian Army. As we near Juno we will visit the Pegasus Bridge in Ranville and stop for a commemorative service at the Pegasus Pub – the first home liberated in occupied France in the early hours of June 6. Ceremonial stops will also be held at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery and the l’Abbaye d’Ardennes where we will pay special homage to the memorial of the eighteen Canadian soldiers were murdered in the garden while being held as prisoners of war. Our BBR19 journey will end at Juno Beach alongside all of the activities set to take place to mark the historic day.
Todd is a very active member of our local community and we are very proud to have him as a member of our Branch. He has raised a significant amount of money that was donated to the Okotoks Food Bank. Todd founded "ReCycle Okotoks" a project in which he mends and donated bicycles to local children.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE - MEMBERSHIPS 2019
This is an important message to our members. If you have not renewed your membership yet and wish to do so please contact Bev Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership fees are $60 per person and this is payable now. If you would like to e-transfer please contact Bev or Malcolm Hughes and they will gladly make those arrangements.
It is important to note that after some criticism that we don't have enough social events, we are hoping to improve the amount of social events in the next few months, Part of our problem is the lack of a permanent venue and volunteers. These events take much planning and we need as many volunteers as possible so that the responsibilities don't fall on the same people all the time. Without the volunteers we can't put on the events so please step up and offer some time, any time, to make our wonderful Legion a success. If you would like to attend the games nights but don't want to play the games offered, please suggest new games and or bring a game to play, we are flexible so lets have fun. You have a highly committed team so please support us.
We are really focused on making Okotoks Legion #291 the best Legion around. This takes lots of time and the support of our veterans and members.
Chili Fest - 2018
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DONATION TO THE SHEEP RIVER TRUST
OUR SUMMER - 2018
Okotoks Legion Branch # 291
To Support our veterans, young and old!
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Details to follow
August 4th - Dieppe Raid Parade
September 15th - Commemoration of the Battle of Britain
Ours games nights are every Thursday at 19:00 (7pm),
please join us for Eucre, Darts and Dominoes