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State Secretary Newsletter – 23 October 2019

Dear Members,


Congress Next Week

Best wishes to those travelling to Albury over the weekend. For those arriving by Sunday evening there will be a reception to welcome and sign in attendees at the Albury Entertainment Centre between 4pm and 6pm (please note this is at the congress venue itself, unlike last year). More information for attendees is available on the RSL NSW website’s congress page (click here).

For all members not attending congress, proceedings will be streamed live online. You will be able to view them on the RSL NSW YouTube page once they begin (click here).

Thank you to all members who have taken part in the process that has built to this congress—whether submitting motions, offering constitution feedback, or just reading these newsletters. You have earnt a break. There will be no newsletter during congress or the week after, and it will return 13 November. The President will update members on the outcomes of congress next week, with a more detailed summary to come in December’s Reveille.

In the meantime, best of luck for all sub-Branches planning their Remembrance Day services.


Poppy Appeal

Thanks to all the sub-Branches enthusiastically involved in the 2019 Poppy Appeal. There are plenty of ways for individual members to support the appeal:

  • Tell family and friends in towns with a participating sub-Branch, or the Sydney CBD, where they find a poppy. The Sydney CBD locations are:
    Friday, 8 November
    Town Hall and Wynyard stations, Martin Place, and Carrington St bus stop
    Monday, 11 November
    Town Hall and Wynyard stations, and Martin Place
  • Volunteer to help your sub-Branch in the appeal, or register to volunteer in the Sydney CBD.
  • Update your Facebook profile picture to show support for the appeal (click here).



Sub-Branches Honorary Secretaries should be aware that 2020 budgets are due by 30 November 2019.

RSL NSW diaries for 2020 have been selling quickly. Some stock remains and members should contact their sub-Branch to place an order. The sub-Branch order form is available in the Members’ Suite on the RSL NSW website (click here).

Please contact the Support Unit at or 1300 679 775 if you have any questions.


Veteran Card

The Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 was passed by federal parliament on Tuesday. The act establishes the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature and value of military service. It is paired with a rewards program facilitated by the Veteran Card, a redesigned DVA health card which should soon give access to offers from businesses across Australia. You can find out more on the DVA website (click here).


Thank you for reading,

Jeff O’Brien
State Secretary

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