30 Raglan Street South
Renfrew, ON   K7V 1P7

Office: (613) 432-6450
Clubroom: (613) 432-2582

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President’s Message

Comrades: Another year is nearly over and there have been a number of changes at the Branch.

Dawn Landreau our Secretary/Treasurer retired at the end of December 2016 and Gloria Hemphill has taken her place in the office.

Our Nominating Committee will be approaching members to see if they will let their names stand for the Branch Executive. Please give this some consideration.

Our Nomination General Meeting was held on Wednesday March 22, 2017 and our Election General Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 26, 2017.

Greg Walbeck
Branch 148 President

Royal Canadian Legion Renfrew Branch 148 is situated in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, in the picturesque town of Renfrew.

LOUNGE HOURS
Sunday 2 to 6 pm
Monday & Tuesday Noon to 6 pm
Wednesday Noon to 10 pm
Thursday - Saturday Noon to 11:30 pm


HISTORY
Ninety World War I veterans attended the first meeting called to establish Branch 148 in 1929.  History records indicate that there were fifteen charter members with the first president being Mr. A.B.C. Throop.  The Canadian legion of the British Empire service league was the official name of the organization at the time in 1929.
 

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THE LEGION
The present location for the legion started with the purchase of the former home of the McAndrew family.  The need to expand was soon realized and a membership building committee was formed.  Extensive renovations of the building were started and in 1965 the official opening of our new hall was celebrated. -->

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of our Legion is to serve veterans, including military & RCMP members and their families; to promote Remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country.

 

VETERANS’ SERVICES
One of the important responsibilities of Legion branches is to assist veterans, their spouses and their dependents.   Depending on circumstances, financial assistance may be available from either Veterans Affairs Canada or the Legion poppy trust fund.  

Should you, or someone you know, need assistance please call the Branch office at (613) 432-6450 and leave a contact in order that the Branch Service Officer may get in touch with you to discuss and recommend options.  You need not be a Legion member to take advantage of these services.  

ATTENTION

VETERANS, EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL & DEPENDENTS

Eligibility for benefits through Veterans Affairs has changed and new programs offered under the New Veterans’ Charter. This means you may now qualify for one or more of the following:

  • Disability Pension or a lump sum award for disabilities related to service;
  • Treatment Benefits;
  • War Veterans’ and Widows’ allowance;
  • Earnings Loss Income, Supplementary Retirement Income, Extended Health Coverage, Educational Assistance, etc.;
  • Home assistance or help with the cost of care in nursing or retirement homes
  • Benevolent Fund assistance

Anyone wishing more assistance or information on the benefits should leave their name, address and phone number with the Branch Secretary at 613-432-6450 so that you may be contacted about the exact date and time of interviews.

 

THE CENOTAPH
The raising of money to erect a memorial to commemorate the dead of World War I was the first major work of the branch founders.  Senator Thomas Low of Renfrew committed himself to contributing the major cost and consequently it was for him that low square was named.

In 2008 the cenotaph was in desperate need of restoration. Comrade Bill Welsh, spearheaded this undertaking.  On September 21, 2008, many townsfolk attended a special ceremony to re-dedicate and remember our fallen heroes at the newly restored cenotaph.

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY
The biggest day of the year.  The annual parade and attendance is a long standing tradition in Renfrew.  It takes a lot of preparation by comrade Ron Kilby (the poppy chairman) and the committee to organize the preparations for this very special day.  Many, many hours are volunteered by the members to poppy tag the weekend before Remembrance Day.  Proceeds from our poppy donations are distributed to:

  • Local Veterans Comfort
  • Renfrew Victoria Hospital
  • Homeless Veterans
  • Bursaries
  • Poetry, essay & poster contest prizes
  • Service Bureau Veterans Assistance
  • Support of Cadet Units
  • Relief of Disasters
  • Restoration/Repair of Monuments
  • Operations grants
    provided by:

    LIVE ENTERTAINMENT is provided in the lounge every Saturday from 4 to 8 pm and two Friday nights a month from 8 pm to midnight. Some new bands will be coming in the New Year.  There will be no band on December 24th and 31st but we will have a band for the New Year’s Day Levee. 

     

    SILVER SENIORS
    The Silver Seniors continue to play darts every Monday afternoon.

    The branch is also affiliated with the Renfrew Highland Pipes & Drums who practice in the legion hall Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.  They put on numerous concerts throughout the year, including one in front of our branch each summer.

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