Companion Dogs for Veterans & First Responders
Tickets on sale now at the Legion
and at various commercial outlets in Osgoode, Metcalfe, Manotick and Kemptville on a scheduled basis. Schedule will be released shortly. Members of the executive are also selling these tickets.
A $2 donation lets you in on a draw for $1,000 cash. Other cash prizes are available also.
8 - 9 PM
The RCMP are giving us a presentation on Mental Health Awareness with special attention to operational stress injuries (OSIs)
Open to the community
Bingo nights are on Thursday nights all year round starting at 6:30 PM.
Gift certificates are available to treat a family member or friend for a birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day, or a simple "Thank You".
We now have full enrollment. Thanks to all who spread the word about this training.
This will be our 60th anniversary year and this will be a special BBQ for the community too. Tickets will be available soon.
Raffle will be drawn at 9 PM on this date.
August 17th at 5:00 PM
Watch for further announcements.
We are a community-based organization focused on helping veterans of Canada's National Forces and RCMP. With the help of our tireless executive and volunteers, we organize fundraisers, exciting community-building events, and training sessions for our volunteers. We also provide a social atmosphere for the community.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
60th Anniversary of our Legion Branch 589 – by Comrade Ken Pettigrew, Korean War Veteran and RCMP Veteran
Back on March, 19th, 1959, a group of 16 members of Manotick’s Legion Branch #314, who lived in the Osgoode area, voted to form an Osgoode Platoon of the #314 Branch. The first Platoon officers were: Comrade Fred Ingram, who was the Platoon Commander; Comrade Steward Clelland, the Deputy Platoon Commander; Comrade Brian Buckley, Secretary; and Comrade Gordon Yetter, the Sergeant-at-Arms.
The first task was to buy land and a building. In June of that year, the group purchased a former barracks at RCAF Rockcliffe – which was in the process of being demolished. Comrade Steward Clelland sold the property to the Platoon and a local building mover brought the barracks to the site.
So, for a total investment of eleven hundred dollars ($1,100), Osgoode had a Legion. Now that sounds like a small investment of money in today’s dollars, but back then it was a huge amount and we had to arrange for a payment schedule that ran over several years.
Many people contributed their time and energy to bringing new life to the barracks. The first Remembrance Day was held on November 8th, 1959. So just eight months from that initial March vote, a central meeting place for Osgoode veterans and their families was established.
The following year, a new Ladies Auxiliary was formed and its executive were installed in April 1960.
When the Legion received its official Charter on April 5th, 1961, there were 33 Legion members.
The Osgoode Legion has always been a community supporter. In 1959, it hosted polio clinics for local residents. In1960, weekly Bingo games began, and they continue to this day.
In January 1961, the Branch purchased hockey sweaters for the local Pee Wee hockey team, and, 60 years later, we still sponsor the team – the grandchildren (or great grandchildren) of the original team are playing now. This is the kind of legacy that the Legion has built in Osgoode.
Local businesses have always supported the Legion. One example is our Cenotaph. Frank Boyd, one of the Legion’s Charter Members , and maker of the cement blocks that were used in may of the buildings in Osgoode, spent many hours designing and carving the Cenotaph that sits out front. That kind of contribution to the Legion is still seen today.
The new paint and decor that we see here is the result of many people volunteering their time and talents. The mural on the outside of our building was designed by Laurie MacDonald, our Bar Manager, and was painted by her with help from comrades Elsie Hickey and Vicki Mason. George Hickey carved the soldier and the wooden mural on that same side of the building.
The Osgoode Legion has been, and continues to be, a community hub. Before the Community Centre was built, the Legion hosted spelling bees, regular Cub and Scout Troop meetings and showed children’s movies once a month – when travel to Ottawa to see a movie was considered a luxury, and a long drive. Today they sponsor, but not host, the RCACC 2951 Cadet Corps.
The Legion hosts diverse community activities such as the Osgoode Outreach Luncheons, Foot Clinics, Card Tournaments, Dart Nights, annual Steak and Chicken Barbeques, and Osgoode Winter Carnival events.
From donations and fund-raising, the Osgoode Legion gives back to the community that helped establish it. It’s an ongoing cycle of giving. The Legion is a are Gold Sponsor, from their annual summer raffles, for the Citadel Canine’s Boots 4 Pups service dog charity. To move forward into modern times, the Legion now has a Facebook page (rcl589) and a website (www.rcl589.ca ).
Need a place to house an event, anniversary party, retirement party, wedding reception or celebration of life? Osgoode Legion rents out its hall to community residents. Cash bar is available depending on your event.
To enquire about availability, call the Legion after 4 PM from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Q. What is the cost to book an event at the hall?
A. Cost is $200 + tax
Q. How do I book a date?
A. Call the Legion at 613-826-2777 during their opening hours (after 4 PM on Tuesdays to Saturdays). The bartender has the calendar to book you. You'll then need to meet with the Bar Manager to sign a contract.