State Secretary Newsletter – 5 June 2019

Dear Members,


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.


Governance Training

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.


President Activity

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.


New Governor

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.


Jeff O’Brien

State Secretary

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