State Secretary Newsletter – 5 June 2019
No Newsletter Next Week
As next week is a short week due to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, the State Secretary Newsletter will not be issued. However, you should keep a close eye out for some important announcements we will be making.
Flow of Information to sub-Branches
A reminder that, in line with the consensus of District Council leaders at the Forum in early April, District Councils should be a sub-Branch’s first point of contact for information and answers to questions, rather than ANZAC House. Since that forum, there has already been a shift back towards this model of communication. My thanks to those District Councils who have been making a great effort to stay informed, and helping to spread information across the League more effectively than State Branch can on its own.
The first round of governance training for sub-Branch executives began this week, with metropolitan sub-Branches attending sessions at Hyde Park Inn. Attendees are participating in a three-hour workshop run by Justice Connect, a charity providing legal help to community organisations. I have been encouraged by highly positive feedback so far, and look forward to more sub-Branches having an opportunity to take part over coming weeks.
Most sub-Branches will now have received an email invitation to attend their designated training sessions. The remainder should receive theirs soon, once venue bookings have been finalised. Sub-Branch executives should be sure to check the junk folder of their official RSL NSW sub-Branch email address on case it has not been delivered to the Inbox.
Service Member Listing
A further reminder that the Service Member Listings that were distributed to all sub-Branches last month are due back by 10 June 2019. Thanks to those sub-Branches that have already done so – this is a big help in ensuring your members will be able to vote at the next congressional election.
The President has been busy across the sub-Branch network in the past week. He visited East Maitland over the weekend to present three 50-year certificates to sub-Branch members and attend an RSL Auxiliary Councillor Information Day. This week he met the executive team of the Grafton sub-Branch, before attending the Ulmarra sub-Branch’s centenary event on Tuesday.
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, the newly sworn-in Governor of New South Wales, attended her first official event last Friday. She gave a moving address to the 13th annual Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony which included the Second World War poem The Coloured Digger.