State Secretary Newsletter – 25 September 2019

Dear Members,


RSL NSW Diaries

The 2020 diary order form is now available in the Members’ Suite on the RSL NSW website (click here). Members should contact their sub-Branch to place an order. This year, deliveries will be made directly from the printer to sub-Branches, and there will be no provision to collect diaries from ANZAC House. As always, for any questions please contact the Support Unit at or 1300 679 775.


Poppy Appeal

A reminder that all sub-Branches and Auxiliaries participating in the 2019 Poppy Appeal must send the following information to no later than Monday, 30 September.

  • the names of two nominated contact people
  • your expected number of volunteers (each will require a fundraising ID card, which we will provide)
  • a street address for delivery of stock (please note we cannot send to a PO Box)


Constitution Corner

I hope many of you have had an opportunity to see the videos recorded at the three District Council forums this year. We have been uploading these interviews to the RSL NSW website and Facebook page weekly to highlight what your representatives see as their key focuses while considering the new constitution and standard operating procedures. Last week Christine Dartnell of Riverina District Council spoke on the future of District Councils (click here). Today Greg Salmon MM, President of Western District Council, shares the impact of the last two years on country sub-Branches (click here). Transcripts are included for those with poor internet connections.


Japanese POWs

The Japanese government is working with the RSL across Australia to foster reconciliation between the Japanese people and the descendants of prisoners of war. RSL NSW has been invited to nominate two people—either children or grandchildren of former POWs—for an eight-day tour of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima in February/March 2020. If any member knows a potential candidate who may be interested, please fill in the application form on the Community Noticeboard (click here) and send it to by 11 October 2019.


Update on Action Against Former State Councillors and Employees

It was outlined in the President Update of 17 October 2018 that then State Council had issued notices to several members who had appeared before the Bergin inquiry. They were asked to show cause as to why their membership should not be terminated. Following some correspondence with the board, one of those members has resigned and another has transferred interstate. The board has now resolved not to take further action against the remaining members in relation to these show cause notices.


Thank you for reading,

Jeff O’Brien
State Secretary

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