MacDonald Branch 183


Seniors 55+ Literary Competition

May 01, 2021

Meat Draw

Meat Draw and 50/50 will be held every Saturday in the Legion Hall.

February 20, 2021

Re-0pen of Indoor Space

The Legion is closed effective April 2nd, 2021 until further notice.
Stay safe, stay well, we’ll see you when the Legion re-opens!

February 16, 2021

Donation to Kincardine Food Bank

Kincardine Legion presented a cheque for $1000 to the Kincardine Food Bank - Dec. 21/2020
Pictured: Bob Fletcher - Legion Branch President presenting to Nancy Dawson representing the Kincardine Food Bank.
Photo by Judy Fletcher

December 21, 2020

Donation to Kincardine Christmas Hamper Program

The Royal Canadian Legion, MacDonald Br.183 Kincardine today donated $1000.00 from its charitable funds to the Kincardine Christmas Hamper program.
In the picture Branch President - Robert Fletcher presented program coordinator Heather Finnie with the cheque donation.

December 01, 2020

Membership Dues for 2021

At the last executive meeting, we voted to continue with the same dues fees as the last 3 years.

$60/yr for all Affiliate, Associate and Non-military Ordinary members. Military vets dues are still $50/yr.

   In this year of COVID I am expecting more members may wish to renew on-line rather than risk visiting the branch

because they may have underlying health issues that would make it dangerous for them.

In order to renew online, please visit the following web-site and register using your membership number on the front of your red card.

The site only accepts credit card payments. I apologize to our military vets because the website will only allow me to enter the one number and if you renew on-line you will be charged $60 on your card.

The new 2021 "Stickers" for you membership cards are in and will be placed behind the bar this week. I have to do a quick check of these sticker cards, because last year we had many members who had renewed and should have gotten a new sticker but did not. I want to generate a list of names so that hopefully I can bulk order new stickers for those members.

Dave Dechene

1st Vice, Membership/Charity Chair

Branch 183 Kincardine

December 01, 2020

Legion Recycling Bin

Currently accepting donations. R.C. Legion Br.183 Kincardine now has a recycling bin located in the rear of the branch. The bin will accept items which are slightly used such as clothing, housewares, shoes, linens, books and toys. All items must be in a sealed plastic bag. Only items which will go in the bin are accepted. Your support is appreciated.

March 21, 2020

Donation from Branch Poppy Fund

The Royal Canadian Legion Br.183 Kincardine recently donated $2500.00 from the Branch Poppy Fund to representatives of the Kincardine & Community Health Care Foundation to support the purchase of equipment for the hospital labratory, which will benefit members of our community and our veterans.
In the picture L-R: Carol Collins, Dave Carson - Br. 183 Poppy Chairman, Bob Fletcher - Br.183 President, Graham Mahood and Leanne Guppy.


December 01, 2019

Event Calendar

Check out our Event Calendar below for more information on upcoming events at the Kincardine Legion. We have lots of exciting events planned for 2019!

February 07, 2019

Free Fishing for Veterans & Serving Canadian Forces

January 01, 2019

Legion Bursary Program

The Legion has a Bursary grant program for students attending post secondary studies. A grant of up to $750.00 per school year is available to students that meet elegibility requirements. Please see poster below.

September 01, 2018

Social Media

Event Calendar

Hall Rentals

Our spacious banquet hall is ready for your special occasion no matter what it might be. Our fully equipped kitchen is waiting to cater your event too. Our chef will be happy to discuss menu options with you.

For more information, including rates and bookings please call our office Mon-Fri. from 9am to 12 Noon at (519) 396-2372

Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve Veterans, including serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote Remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion serves all Veterans.

The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by Veterans and for Veterans. We advocate for the care and benefits for all who served Canada, regardless of when or where they served. The Legion also provides representation and assistance to Veterans, including currently serving Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families, and access to our services is available to them at no cost, whether or not they are Legion members. The Legion helps thousands of Veterans each year and makes significant positive changes in their lives.

The Legion exists so that Canada never forgets.

The Legion understands the importance of honouring past sacrifices and acknowledging the courage of those who served and still serve today. Through Remembrance Day ceremonies, the Poppy campaign, commemorative activities, youth education programs and more, the Legion helps Canadians to honour and remember.

The Legion serves our communities and our country.

Legion Branches are the cornerstone of communities across Canada, and provide one of the largest volunteer bases in the country. With more than 1,400 Branches from coast to coast to coast, our members provide local services and supports to build a stronger Canada. Whether helping local Veterans, supporting seniors, providing youth sports programs, raising funds, volunteering to help those in need, or simply offering a place to gather for fun and celebration, Legionnaires provide essential services in their communities.


Current Branch Officers and Executive - June 1st, 2019 to May 31st, 2021

President/House/Ways & Means - Robert (Bob) Fletcher
1st.Vice Pres./Membership/Charity -Dave Dechene
2nd.Vice Pres.- Vacant
Past President/Leadership Development/Bar - Jim McDonald
Secretary/ Nevada/ Web-site/Facebook /Bursary  (appointed) - Robert Grey
Treasurer (appointed) - Larry Belanger
Sgt.-At-Arms (appointed) - Kirk Rutledge
Chaplain  (appointed) - Rev. Eric Williams  

Executive Committee

Youth Education  - Murray Woodman
Sports - Cathy Alcombrack
Public Relations - Stephanie Rutledge
Veterans Services -(appointed) Peggy Griffin Paetzold
Seniors/Sunshine/Bingo - Nelson Boals
Honours & Awards (appointed) - Maureen Couture
Poppy -(appointed) Dave Carson
Property-(appointed) Allan Bowers
Track & Field - Vacant


Joining the Royal Canadian Legion

The membership eligibility requirements, purposes and objectives of our organization and the personal declaration requirements for initiation into the Legion are as follows: Further information is available from the Dominion Command website:

Membership Renewal

The early bird period for paying 2021 dues has now started as of September 1st, 2020 to November 30th, 2020. Plese take advantage of the program which saves you $5 off your regular dues. Membership dues for 2021 are payable by cash or cheque at the local branch. On-line renewal is now possible at, using your membership number and following the instructions.

Joining Branch 183 Kincardine

Joining the branch requires 3 steps:
  1. Obtain an application at the branch, request an application via email or follow the LINK below with your email and/or phone number to allows us to contact you.
  2. Submit application to the branch including a copy of supporting documentation for Ordinary and Associate membership. New applications are reviewed monthly by the Legion Executive. You will receive confirmation of that approval.
  3. New members must then be formally inducted into Branch 183 at a general membership meeting, usually on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Membership Dues for 2021

  • Ordinary membership for military vets & active service-$50
  • All other Ordinary, Associate or Associate Voting Members-$60, during the early bird only $55 from 1Sep20 to 30Nov20.

Branch 183 Membership office & Contact Info

Membership Chairperson:
David Dechene



Currently all sporting events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Youth Education

Poster and Literary Contest
Remembrance Contestants are challenged to exercise their creativity and submit a poster on the theme of Remembrance in either colour or black and white. This is a contest to select the most suitable posters submitted by students in the Canadian school system. The posters will be judged at the local Branch and then at Zone, District and the Provincial level. The Provincial winners in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories will then be submitted to Ottawa for judging at the National level. A plaque will be awarded to the 1st place winner in each category, and to the 1st place winners’ schools. Prizes will be awarded on the recommendation of the judges, whose decision will be final.
Contestants are challenged to exercise their creativity and write an essay and/or poem on the theme of Remembrance. This is a contest to select the most suitable essays and poems submitted by students in the Canadian school system. The essays and poems will be judged at the local Legion Branch, Zone, District and then at the Provincial level. The Provincial winners in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories will then be submitted to Ottawa for judging at the National level. A plaque will be awarded to the 1st place winner in each category, and to the 1st place winners’ schools. Prizes will be awarded on the recommendation of the judges, whose decision will be final.

Public Speaking
Ontario Command Public Speaking Contest, part of the Legion's Youth and Education program, is meant to give young people an opportunity to speak in public. The individual chooses their own subject matter for the address. When is the contest held? The contest date is set by each Branch, and is normally in early January or February of the year. The contest progresses through Zone, District and Area levels, concluding at the Provincial level in May of each year. Dates for the contests at Branch, Zone, and District level should be established by the respective chairmen in September of each year, with careful selection being given to ensure that the contests at the various levels are not held on holiday weekends, school breaks, etc. The deadline date for the area contests will be at least two weeks prior to the Provincial Contest which is held on the 1st Saturday in May.

Track and Field
The Royal Canadian Legion’s Track and Field Program allows athletes, ages 17 and under (Youth & Midget) to compete in Track & Field events at little or no cost. The Track Meets consist of Zone, District, Provincial and at National Levels. Some Zone’s and Districts request meet entry fee’s to assist in the expense of the event. However, if selected to attend the Provincial or National meet the Legion covers all cost including travel and accommodation. With the National Meet, athletes spend a week with the selected team learning from experts and each other, building teamwork skills and making new friends, as well as getting to compete in their chosen events.

Bursary Program
The Bursary Program is designed to assist students entering or pursuing their post-secondary education, including courses and programs of a technical and vocational nature, outside of and beyond secondary school. Approved bursary assistance is not based upon scholastic standing but rather on the successful completion of the current year of study and recommendation by the District Bursary Committee.

Students applying for assistance may be granted a Bursary based on documented need in the amount of $750.00 per scholastic year (September to August) as determined by the District Bursary Committee. Students entering a diploma or certificate course, usually of a shorter duration with reduced tuition, may be granted assistance at a rate to be determined by the District Bursary Chairman. Indentured apprentices may apply for assistance for the purchase of tools and instruments.

(1) Ex-Service personnel or currently serving members of The Canadian Forces (Regular, Reserve, and Merchant Navy) and their children and grandchildren. Commonwealth war veterans and their children and grandchildren.
(2) Ordinary and Life members of The Royal Canadian Legion and their children and grandchildren.
(3) Associate members of The Royal Canadian Legion and their children only.
(4) Ladies’ Auxiliary members and their children and grandchildren.
(5) Step children and step grandchildren may be considered where applicable.

Poppy & Remembrance

History of the Poppy

Each November, Poppies bloom on the lapels and collars of millions of Canadians. The significance of the Poppy can be traced back to the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. Records from that time indicate how thick Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. Fields that had been barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. During the tremendous bombardments of the war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing the “popaver rhoeas” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

The person who first introduced the Poppy to Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of Guelph, Ontario, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War. John McCrae penned the Poem “In Flanders Fields” on a scrap of paper in May, 1915 on the day following the death of a fellow soldier. Little did he know then that those 13 lines would become enshrined in the hearts and minds of all who would wear them. McCrae’s poem was published in Punch Magazine in December of that same year, and the poem later served as inspiration three years later for Moina Michael, an American teacher. Moina Michael made a pledge to always wear a Poppy as a sign of Remembrance.

During a visit to the United States in 1920, a French woman named Madame Guerin learned of the custom. Madame Guerin decided to make and sell poppies to raise money for children in war-torn areas of France. The Great War Veteran’s Association in Canada (our predecessor) officially adopted the poppy as its Flower of Remembrance on July 5, 1921.

Today, the Poppy is worn each year during the Remembrance period to honour Canada's Fallen. The Legion also encourages the wearing of a Poppy for the funeral of a Veteran and for any commemorative event honouring Fallen Veterans. It is not inappropriate to wear a Poppy during other times to commemorate Fallen Veterans and it is an individual choice to do so, as long as it’s worn appropriately.

Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red flower has never died, and the memories of those who fell in battle remain strong.

How to Wear a Poppy

Throughout the Remembrance period, we see Poppies worn with pride in every corner of our lives to honour our Veterans. The Royal Canadian Legion provides a Poppy Protocol to guide Canadians on appropriate and respectful wearing of the lapel Poppy. However, wearing a Poppy is a personal expression of Remembrance, and how someone chooses to wear a Poppy is always an individual choice. 

How to Wear a Poppy
The Poppy should be worn with respect on the left side, over the heart. The Legion’s lapel Poppy is a sacred symbol of Remembrance and should not be affixed with any pin that obstructs the Poppy. While some have chosen to secure their Poppy with a pin, most Legion Branches provide poppy keepers, clear plastic ends that can be attached to the back of the pin so as not to obscure the Poppy yet still keep it secure.

When to wear a Poppy
The poppy should be worn during the Remembrance period, from the last Friday in October until November 11. The Legion encourages the wearing of Poppies at funerals of Veterans, and for any commemorative event such as a memorial service, or the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. As well, it is not inappropriate to wear a Poppy during other times to commemorate Fallen Veterans and it is an individual choice to do so.

How to remove a Poppy

Poppies may be worn throughout the Remembrance period, including in the evening after Remembrance Day Ceremony. Some choose to remove their Poppy at the end of the day on November 11. Some choose to remove their Poppy at the conclusion of the ceremony and place their Poppy on the cenotaph or on a wreath as a sign of respect. This has become a poignant tradition each year at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa as thousands of Poppies are placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

When a Poppy is removed, it should be stored appropriately or it may be disposed of respectfully. We encourage anyone who finds a Poppy that has fallen to the ground to pick it up and brush it off so that it can be kept or disposed of respectfully. 

While Poppies are always free, The Royal Canadian Legion gratefully accepts donations to the Poppy Fund, which directly supports Canada’s Veterans and their families in need. 

Canadians outside of the country can get a Poppy from Royal Canadian Legion Branches in the U.S., Mexico, Germany and the Netherlands, or through their Canadian Embassy or Consulate.

We invite everyone across the country to honour and remember Canada’s Veterans by proudly wearing this symbol of Remembrance and taking a moment to reflect.

In Memoriam

December 31, 1969

"And with the sun going down, we shall remember them"

Click here to view the Last Post

Bruce Battalion

On December 2, 1916, Lt. Col. Adam Weir, former commander of the 32nd Bruce Regiment, was instructed to form a Battalion made up entirely of Bruce County citizens. Four companies were mobilized: A Company from Walkerton, Cargill, Paisley, Port Elgin and Southampton; B Company from Chesley, Tara, Hepworth and Teeswater; C Company from Wiarton, Lion’s Head, Tobermory, Cape Chin and the First Nations; and D Company from Kincardine, Lucknow, Ripley and Tiverton. The Military Band was mobilized mostly of men from the Chesley Citizen’s Band. Men from each of the districts were relied upon to encourage others to join and recruitment rallies were held across the County.

The 160th (Bruce) Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

Based in Walkerton, Ontario, the unit began recruiting in late 1915 in Bruce County. After sailing to England in October 1916, the battalion was absorbed into the 4th Reserve Battalion on February 15, 1918.

The 160th (Bruce) Battalion, CEF had three Officers Commanding: Lieut-Col. A. Weir (October 17, 1916—May 6, 1917), Lieut-Col. D. M. Sutherland (May 6, 1917—December 1, 1917), and Major A. M. Moffatt (December 1, 1917—February 23, 1918).

Key Leaders

Colonel Donald M Sutherland
Lieutenant-Colonel Adam Weir
Lieutenant John Harry Zinn
Lieutenant Donald Wilfred Stewart
Lieutenant Percy T. Seibert

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Volunteers - The Legion's lifeblood

Our Legion cannot begin to fulfil its mission to veterans, seniors, local children and the community without the dedicated support provided by our volunteers, both members and non-members.
We can only provide these services by raising the necessary funds at various legion events and the rental of our banquet hall.
You can support your local Legion and its mission by volunteering. You do not need to be a member to volunteer, and although we would like you to consider it, it is not necessary.
If you are interested in volunteering or wish more information about volunteering, please reply through the link below. Let us know what type of volunteering you would be interested in. Some of the tasks might be kitchen help, table setting or serving, assisting at bingo or yard work. Please be sure to provide us with your contact info.  including phone and email so that we may discuss how you might become involved.


Do you have comments or questions on our organization? Or would you like to become a member of our Branch? Please get in touch! For Information on Membership in the Royal Canadian Legion, please visit the Dominion Command web site membership section at: Membership applications are available at the Branch or contact Membership Chairman - Dave Dechene at


219 Lambton St
Kincardine, Ontario
N2Z 2Y1

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