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State Secretary Newsletter – 11 September 2019

Dear Members,



You will be aware of the severe bushfires spread across north-east New South Wales and south-east Queensland. Thoughts from across the League are with any members affected, particularly those in and around Tenterfield, Bonalbo, Dorrigo, Yamba and Maclean. Of course, times of crisis are a good opportunity to check on our fellow members, veterans and their families.

My thanks to all sub-Branches that have donated to RSL DefenceCare, which distributed over $200,000 in drought assistance to veterans across the state last financial year, much of it in the New England region where dry conditions have worsened the blazes. If you know of any veteran or family member in need of emergency support, they can contact RSL DefenceCare by calling 8088 0388 and selecting option 1.


Constitution Corner

All District Council and sub-Branch Honorary Secretaries next week should be receiving a hard copy of the new constitution with minor corrections drawn from the forum of District Council representatives (held at ANZAC House on 3 September). This document will be the version voted on at congress in October. It will be accompanied by a table itemising these final corrections, as well as the Notice of Meeting for congress (which will include all motions to be voted on). Please note that the outcomes of motions from our 2018 congress are available in the Members’ Suite of the RSL NSW website.

Members should also be aware that the second tranche of draft standard operating procedures (SOPs) is now available for review on Constitution 2019 page of the RSL NSW website, along with all feedback received so far on these drafts. The new SOPs are:

  • Charitable Activities, Donations and Charitable Purpose Contribution
  • Membership
  • Roles, Responsibilities, Powers and Duties of Office Holders (for unincorporated sub-Branches)

Additional feedback should continue to be sent to your District Councils, who are collating thoughts and suggestions from their sub-Branches for forwarding to ANZAC House.

At the District Council Forum mentioned above, your representatives once again gave their views on the new constitution, the standard operating procedures, and the process that has led us here. We will be releasing more of these views as videos in coming weeks. You will find them on the RSL NSW Facebook page (click here, then click ‘Videos’) and our website’s news page (along with transcripts for those with poor internet connections; click here). Yesterday the President released a ‘call to congress’ video which you can now watch.


Poppy Appeal

Today sub-Branches will have received an email from the RSL Fundraising Team regarding the upcoming Poppy Appeal. This year will see changes to the way token orders are managed to simplify the process and allow for new tokens to be introduced more frequently. Those organising their sub-Branch’s appeal efforts should refer to that email. Supporting information will also be available in the Members’ Suite on the RSL NSW website soon.

Today of course marks 18 years since the September 11 attacks that sparked Australia’s involvement in our two major wars of this century. It is fitting to begin thinking about the Poppy Appeal as we remember our comrades who have served in the Middle East in the past two decades. I encourage all sub-Branches to sign up for the appeal by emailing the Support Unit at by Monday, 30 September.


ADF Support for Commemoration

A reminder for sub-Branches interested in ADF support for commemorative services in 2020 that requests for ANZAC Day 2020 must be made no later than 20 September 2019. To make a request, fill in the form (available by clicking here) and email it to


Youth and Day Clubs

Members and sub-Branches should be aware that Youth Clubs and Day Clubs continue to operate as usual. Their place in the overall structure of RSL NSW is not being considered in 2019. While it may be reviewed in 2020, notice will be given of any considered changes.


New Website Survey

Thanks to those members who have already offered feedback on our new website. These have helped us to make many small improvements. To help paint the best picture of how well the site is working for our members, it would be helpful for as many as possible to fill in a very short survey—available by clicking here.


Thank you for reading,


Jeff O’Brien
State Secretary

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