Veterans Dinner 06 November 2022

Veterans Dinner 06 November 2022
Comrade Jack Magilton and President Peggy Sunstrum at the hockey game.  Comrade Jack dropped the puck during opening ceremonies on November 4th. 

Canada Day 2022

Canada Day 2022

This beautiful rendition of the HMCS Napanee now hangs in our Perrin Hall.

Flower-class corvettes like Napanee serving with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War were different from earlier and more traditional sail-driven corvettes. The “corvette” designation was created by the French for classes of small warships; the Royal Navy borrowed the term for a period but discontinued its use in 1877. During the hurried preparations for war in the late 1930s, Winston Churchill reactivated the corvette class, needing a name for smaller ships used in an escort capacity, in this case based on a whaling ship design. The generic name “flower” was used to designate the class of these ships, which – in the Royal Navy – were named after flowering plants.

Corvettes commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War were named after communities for the most part, to better represent the people who took part in building them. This idea was put forth by Admiral Percy W. Nelles. Sponsors were commonly associated with the community for which the ship was named. Royal Navy corvettes were designed as open sea escorts, while Canadian corvettes were developed for coastal auxiliary roles which was exemplified by their minesweeping gear. Eventually the Canadian corvettes would be modified to allow them to perform better on the open seas.

After a retrofit in 1942, the Napanee was charged with the escort of the damaged HMCS Assiniboine to safety. Later that August, during an escort of convoy ONS-154, the convoy was attacked by U-boats, but managed to repel the attackers and sink submarine U-356.


Recently, we donated a cheque to the Salvation Army with an amount of $724.50 from our weekly Catch the Ace draw.

Thank you to everyone for participating.


Video compilation of local WWI Veterans

Published November 7, 2017

Branch 137 was honoured to be part of a video compilation of local WWI Veterans who died at Vimy Ridge.

William McCumber

Frank Davern

Private Harold William McAfee

The One Hundred Years Loss

Historian Al Lloyd

100th Anniversary of Passchendaele

Published November 1, 2017

This Remembrance Week marks 100 years since this important battle (26 October – 10 November 1917), the Vimy Foundation would like to ensure Remembrance events include a special mention of Passchendaele.

The two links below are a very interesting read on Passchendaele  and a note on Passchendaele 100 Years later.

Passchendaele Fact Sheet Sample Social Media 

Posts 2017 Vimy NP Ad WWI (Passchendaele)

Remembrance and History

Published October 21, 2017

Members of our Branch were involved in a Remembrance and History Project. We know that there were eight Veterans of the Great War (WWI) from the Napanee area who were killed in action and who have their names on our towns Cenotaph. This project was led by John Suart from the Family and Children’s Services for Kingston, Lennox and Addington. This project has been going on for a couple of years. Previous videos of earlier videos honouring other Veterans of WWI can be found on this link. We honoured three of the eight veterans at this time. They were Frank Davern MM, Harold McAfee, and William McCumber. We also had some family members join us at this event. We were video taped at the town’s Cenotaph. A great web site put together by Al Lloyd has more information on many of the veteran’s from our area. You can find that site here.


Published June 12, 2017

Comrade Jack Magilton received his MSM – Meritorious Service Medal at Branch 137’s Honours and Awards and the picture can be viewed here

Remembrance Project

Published May 8, 2017

Our Branch was honoured to be included in a Remembrance Project in reference to World War I veterans who died giving the total sacrifice for our country. You can find the videos produced here 

Their web site states: Every year, Family and Children’s Services remembers a soldier from our community on Remembrance Day who fought and died for Canada. Our current project, Soldier of the Great War, commemorates soldiers who fought in the First World War. Please take a moment to remember these soldiers on November 11th. We encourage you to share this online so that the memory of who they were can live on.


Published August 18, 2016


Giving Back

Published January 11, 2013

We have just received a letter noting our donations to Lennox and Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

The dates and amounts follow:

Dec 28, 2012 – $2682.00

Oct 03, 2011 – $1500.00

Oct 14, 2010 – $2500.00

Oct 21, 2009 – $2000.00

Aug 6, 2009 – $1000.00

Sep 26, 2008 – $1500.00

Dec 31, 2007 – $918.00

Jul 16, 2007 – $4250.00

Apr 29, 2004 – $1761.00

Nov 30, 1998 – $25.00

Jan 21, 1998 – $2693.00

Feb 10, 1997 – $75.00

Apr 30, 1994 – $3000.00

Jul 4, 1990 – $1000.00

Nov 12, 1986 – $6000.00

Dec 20, 1985 – $4891.00

Nov 14, 1985 – $1000.00

Nov 13, 1985 – $6000.00

Nov 13, 1984 – $6000.00

Nov 21, 1983 – $6000.00

Nov 12, 1982 – $6000.00

May 8, 1980 – $1285.05

Jun 6, 1963 – $1000.00

Total donations – $63,153.05

Branch 137 Donates to L&A Hospital

Published December 28, 2012

Patients at L & A Hospital to benefit from a new Cardiac Holter Monitor thanks to the $2,682 donation made by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 137 Napanee Poppy Fund.   The RCL 137 has a long history of donating to the Hospital as local veterans and their families use their community hospital for their health care needs.  To date, it has donated over $63,000 to improve health care in the community.  From the 175 collection boxes located in businesses and establishments, near $20,000 was raised from the 2012 poppy drive. Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation is grateful for public support of the Legion’s Poppy Fund Campaign to fund medical at the hospital.

(Left to Right) Peggy Rice (Hospital Board Chair), Gloria Siegner (RCL Sick & Visiting), Larry Meisner (RCL Poppy Chairman), Jim Gardner (RCL President), Amy Dickson (Hospital Staff), Robert Paul (Hospital Foundation Chair), Tim Smith (RCL First Vice President)