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State Secretary Newsletter – 18 April 2019

Dear Members,


This is an incredibly busy time of year in sub-Branches right across the League. I hope each of you gets to spend the Easter weekend with your families and friends, and that your commemorations next week go smoothly. ANZAC Day is an excellent opportunity for the veteran community–including families, parents and partners–to connect and reach out to each other. When you see veterans at services in your community who are not members, don’t feel the need to sign them up, but reach out and let them know you’re there.


ANZAC Appeal

The ANZAC Appeal was officially launched last Thursday at the Anzac Memorial in Sydney – you can see photos here, and a video of veterans Damien Thomlinson and Rachel Kerrigan here. All funds raised this year will be helping veterans and their families in need across the state through RSL DefenceCare. Best of luck to those participating, and please remember to send photos and stories of your sub-Branches in the community to so that we can spread the word about the work RSL NSW is doing.


Sub-Branch Compliance Reports

Your District Councils now have the sub-Branch compliance reports they were shown during the forum of District Council representatives at ANZAC House on 1-2 April. These reports were compiled from the data provided in the 2016 and 2017 SBA’s as well as the 2017 fundraising survey. They will help us to begin working together to move towards restoring fundraising. After ANZAC Day, you should get in touch with your District Councils who can help you to understand your sub-Branch’s report, and identify any errors where they exist.

There will be no newsletter next week, but I will be back in touch the week after.

Again, I wish you all the best for your services and marches this ANZAC Day. We are the custodians of these traditions handed down from those who served before us. The solemn work you are all undertaking is our tribute to our mates and our family who served before us or alongside us, especially those who did not return.

Lest we forget.


Jeff O’Brien

State Secretary

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