State Secretary Newsletter – 21 March 2019
While we try to stay in touch more often, we’re deliberately remaining in listening mode – I appreciated your feedback on last week’s newsletter and encourage you to share your thoughts on any aspect of what we do, and how we are moving forwards. As always, this newsletter will be published on our website and Facebook page to ensure all members can access it with the fewest barriers possible.
Christchurch Mass Shooting
The President has sent a letter of condolence to the President of Christchurch Memorial RSA following the horrific shooting last Friday. Our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand at this time, particularly the families of the victims – some of whom had experienced and escaped brutal wars in their home countries.
2019 State Congress
I can now confirm that the Congress for this year will be in Albury and will open late afternoon on Sunday 27 October, closing around lunchtime on Wednesday 30 October, 2019. We anticipate the format will roughly match that of the 2018 Congress: registrations and a welcome event will take place on the Sunday evening (we anticipate this will begin around 4pm, although specific timings will take some time to set in stone). We are aware that some sub-Branches have already cancelled their bookings for May. This is unnecessary – we recommend instead transferring any existing travel and accommodation bookings to suit the above dates. More information will be available closer to the date.
Support and Assistance Fund
I sent the second Circular for 2019 to all District Councils, sub-Branches and members yesterday. It explains the resumption of the Support & Assistance Fund for supporting smaller sub-Branches across the League. I would encourage all members to read through and consider contributing as a sub-Branch.
Sub-Branch ANZAC Day Services
As we have done in the past, we are preparing a list and map of ANZAC Day services around the state to help members of the public pay their respects. If your sub-Branch is hosting a service and/or march on ANZAC Day and would like to list it on the RSL NSW website, please complete the form on the ‘ANZAC Day 2019 – Updates and information’ page in the website secure zone (or click here). Please keep all addresses as formal as possible, and additional information brief and to-the-point to assist people attending for the first time. If you have any questions about the form, please contact the Support Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 679 775.
This year RSL DefenceCare has partnered with BridgeClimb Sydney to run an ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This service has been held in the past, but profits have gone out of the state. This year all proceeds from the climb will go directly to RSL DefenceCare to support Australian veterans and their families in need as part of the ANZAC Appeal. You can purchase tickets at www.bridgeclimb.com/climbs/anzac.
Finally, I’d like to draw the attention of members across the League to an initiative gathering steam in the Nambucca Valley on the Mid North Coast. Jim Cameron OAM of Bowraville sub-Branch and Wayne Mason of Stuarts Point sub-Branch have been working on a program to showcase their region to ADF members transitioning out of Defence. It involves an information pack backed by guaranteed job interviews for vacancies advertised by local businesses, and has received support from the Local Council and State Government. Jim and Wayne were at the Defence Community Organisation’s ADF Member and Family Transition Seminar in Newcastle on 6 March and in Sydney yesterday, where they had more interested Defence personnel than they had time to speak with. You can read more about their work here.