Sub Branch meetings
Are held on the
3rd Sunday of each month at 11 am
We are not a registered club and do not have catering or bar facilities.
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The past few months have been extremely busy which is somewhat unusual as it has always been accepted as the quiet period for the committee.
Since October 2016 to date we have provided RSL Tributes for 26 members and also for a number of non-
You may be aware that a hold has been place on all fundraising by RSL Sub-
The Bergin Inquiry into RSL NSW Headquarters activities should be completed and reported on to the NSW Government in February 2018.
The ACNC is also investigating RSL NSW as a whole regarding “Charitable Fundraising” some of which has not met the legal requirements under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991.
After discussion with James Brown,the state president, it has been agreed that HQ will provide us with poppies to give away for Remembrance Day.
To this end it is my plan to have the school children do this. As a consequence there will be no “sitters” to conduct sales for Remembrance Day this year.
Veterans Health Week commences on the 21st October with Albury conducting a River Walk, followed by lunch at the RSL ANZAC House, so it will be good to see as may as possible present for this activity.
An early reminder that the Christmas Party is planned to be held on the Sunday 10th December this year and the office will close from 15th December 2017 until the 16th January 2018.
There will be an emergency phone number left attached to the front door.
Please remember that the monthly meetings are held on the third Sunday of each month excluding December and it is always good to see as many members as possible in attendance.
I would like to thank the committee and volunteers for their support during 2017.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
21 May 2017
It has been a very busy month with ANZAC Day and all of the preparation with a lot of effort put in by both Committee members and volunteers. I particularly want to thank those of you who participated and the old adage of "many hands make light work" certainly applies at these busy times.
Harry hacking was the MC at the Field of Remembrance and represented us and the War Widows in a very professional manner.
The Bunnings BBQ was again a good money raiser and thanks to those who put in the time. All organised by Barry Howard who never ceases to amaze me with his energy.
We laid a wreath at the service for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea which was for me quite moving as my father was on a ship which participated in that battle.
The funeral for Don Dennis was very sad and there was a great number present which he would have been embarrassed about. Graham Docksey and I did the RSL Tribute with Mark Lunnon and Harry Hacking handing out the poppies. The standing joke I had with Don whenever he assisted me with funerals was that he had to pay for any poppies that weren't returned! When I suggested the same to Mark, his response was that he had best bring some money. His response was much more polite than Dons which was "Oh be like the Christmas turkey".
Yesterday the ALTC exercised the "Right of Entry" to the cities of Albury and Wodonga which was conducted in a very professional manner and was the first time for 10 years.
The roof on the older part of the building needs replacing and I am waiting for quotes before putting it formally to a meeting. We have found that there are a number of leaks and one particularly dangerous one which enables water to run down near the power board. We have a quote for a quick fix for $5000 however the committee and the Trustees believe that this would be a waste of money and that we should do the job properly.
Incoming President's Report
19th February 2017
I am pleased to take up the position as your president and look forward to representing you in a number of forums and working with those who are remaining on the committee and the new members over the next couple of years. Everyone as a volunteer offers their time freely to support you, the members.
It would be remiss of me not to say something about the committee from the past few years and I will comment on some of their efforts during their tenure.
Graham has done a fantastic job as our president and whilst he said he didn't want any accolades, I would just like you to look around this building and recognize the changes that have occurred. The seats you are sitting on, the carpets, the paintwork, the new furniture, the overhead screen you see here behind me are just some of the things resulting from his efforts. More recently of course is the kitchen upgrade. The money for all of these projects has come from grants with very little of our RSL funds used. Graham, thank you for everything you have done during your time as president
Mark is one of those quiet achievers who also doesn't like to be placed in the limelight. However he has not only carried out the duties of secretary in a most professional manner but has always been instrumental (with Jenny) in keeping our grounds looking neat and tidy. Mark has had the happy knack of being able to anticipate the needs of the president and vice presidents and more often than not put the letters for signature in front of us advising us on what he has organized or responded to on our behalf. Whilst he is standing down as secretary, he has offered to take care of our garden/lawns etc and also if approved by the new committee take on some of the projects that we may have. Thanks Mark for your support to the RSL.
Noel is standing down from the position of assistant treasurer and moving to badge/token and technical "go to" person and has offered to continue in a technical support role.
Thank you Noel for what you have done over the past few years with the website and all of the other duties that you have willingly taken on.
Harry has not only carried out the duties of vice president but just as importantly if not more so, been a pensions and welfare officer and is going to continue in those roles.
Jan is one of those people who has risen to the challenge of not only the treasures role which she has done admirably but also to any projects that have been passed on to her by Graham and the Committee. The kitchen is her latest project and you only have to look at the outcome to see the diligence she shows to her responsibilities. As a treasurer of course she has ensured that our annual audits are well presented and our audit comments that come back are positive. Thank you Jan for another job well done.
As the assistant secretary has been an excellent support and backup for Mark Lunnon and a constant beaver when there is a deadline to be met.
Thanks Pauline, I just know you are going to continue to annoy me until I meet those deadlines.
The three blokes on the desk, Richard, Peter and Barry who ensure that when someone comes through the front door, that person is either given the support required or direct the visitor to someone who can help them.
The three Trustees, Marlene, Barry and John who actually own the building on behalf of the members have a particularly responsible job in ensuring that all financial expenditure is in line with RSL NSW by-
We have a catering committee, Yvonne, Jenny and Kaye who always make sure that we are well catered for at monthly meetings and other special occasions such as Rembrance Day and the annual Christmas party.
Behind each of those mentioned is someone who also gives their support to the RSL.
The volunteers who sell our badges are in my opinion absolute gems.
Thank you all for your support over the past years and please continue to provide that support so that we can do what we are here for and that is provide support to those veterans who need it.
Outgoing president's report
Sunday the 19th of february 2017
Members and guests, today I stand down as your president secure in the knowledge that I leave the sub-
My four years in review:
Upon becoming president I asked the previous secretary ‘was there any asbestos in the building’ and was told that there was none. Not feeling too comfortable about that answer, I arranged for an asbestos inspection, which resulted in asbestos being discovered in several places in the building. The asbestos was subsequently removed and a register was raised.
I also saw several trip hazards, a leaking roof, falling roof tiles, rotting roof timbers and leaking gutters. Simply the building did not fully comply with health and safety requirements. This was a major concern to me as we were allowing members and other community groups to use ANZAC house.
This became my first real challenge as I came to grips with the situation I was now morally responsible for.
I arranged for a full audit of the building and a detailed report was duly provided. A price to rectify these urgent safety matters was also obtained at this time for the committee to consider. The funding for this project came from several sources including kind donations from the Wagga Wagga and Smithfield RSL sub-
When the old carpet was being torn-
I also considered that the layout of the offices was not functional. For example the two vital positions of president and secretary were operating out of separate offices. I applied for another grant for new office and meeting room furniture and moved the secretary and assistant secretary into the same office as the president and vice president. This has been very successful and allowed for the smooth running of the sub-
The treasurer and assistant treasurer were then given the secretary's old office. Then when the new carpet was being laid we refurbished the reception office in a more functional layout.
We have repainted the building both inside and out, put up new signs on the front of the building and next to the front gate. We have re-
We have established new gardens and an outdoor commemoration area. New outdoor furniture will be ordered from money from a grant.
A lot of grant funding has gone into refurbishing the building including, solar panels on the shed, provided power and lighting to the shed that had not been considered when erected, a shade sail for sun protection, ceiling fans in the meeting room, kitchen and outdoor area, an awning over the side door, a cover over the side ramp, the overhead projector and screen, speakers in the ceiling and a new sound system. New kitchen equipment and a new flag pole. We also had new doors and security screens and doors fitted.
What is in progress over the next couple of weeks.
A new awning along the eastern side of the building and covering the BBQ has been ordered.
But, the project that I am most proud of, is the $64k for the long over due refurbishment of the kitchen.
This project was vital to the growing needs of ANZAC house with more community groups using the facility. I have asked if the minister for veterans’ affairs when he is here in may for the rsl state congress could formally open the kitchen after all it was his $64k.
Two years ago and after a lot of procrastination over some ten years, we produced the history of the sub-
Through another grant we have been able to print, publish and distribute an additional newsletter for our members with additional information.
I estimate that over the last four years we have received close to $180k in grants and donations.
I am proud to say that we make sure that we attend far south western district council meetings and the annual state congress to ensure that your voice is heard and we remain up to date with matters as they effect the sub-
Whilst our older members are passing on, we are still attracting new members both service and affiliate, but need to continue to attract younger veterans. This is the challenge i leave for the new committee.
We continue to provide an RSL eulogy at funerals when requested by family members.
Last Wednesday and again on Friday I delivered a eulogy at both funerals.
Through strong lobbying and in conjunction with Albury city council we have managed to attract the state congress to Albury for the next three years.
For several years now, I have been working towards major improvements to the Albury war memorial. As most of you are aware detailed plans have been drawn up and were put out to the community for comment.
The plans were approved last Monday night at the planning and environment committee meeting so now go to the full council meeting on the 27th of this month. As a councillor I will be pushing for council to approve these plans and to cost them into the budget.
My one regret is that I was not able to complete the project of awarding certificates of appreciation to members that have provided outstanding service to the sub-
In conclusion, I thank you all for your loyalty and support over my four years as your president and to those that have supported the annual badge and-
I take this final opportunity to thank my committee members. I will not name you all one by one but each of you know just how hard you have worked for not only me but for the sub-
I leave the position of president in the full knowledge that the sub-
I wish the new committee the very best as the sub-
My final words of wisdom are simply that the new committee must work together as we exist for the veteran community and not ourselves.
Graham Docksey, OAM, JP
Out going President
Greetings and a warm welcome to the warmer and longer days as we move quickly into summer and the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors lifestyle.
Your Committee through small is dedicated to work very hard for you to make the Sub-
At present we have two Work-
Applications for grants are applied for and if successful further works will continue to be undertaken.
Monthly meetings are still being very well attended and many members are staying for the luncheon and the fellowship afterwards. Every second meeting there is a Guest Speaker.
Speaking of volunteering, we need additional volunteers:
This is not time consuming, it is therapeutic. It will give you a purpose and a reason to get out of the house.
Become part of the solution and become involved in the functioning of your Sub-
Our Pensions Officer is also available for interviews at ANZAC House. Just give Harry a call.
Please remember that your committee is here to assist you.
PRESIDENTS CORNER – WINTER 2016
Welcome to the winter edition. Thank you Jan for your work in pulling together the newsletter.
All executive positions will be declared vacant at the AGM in February with known vacancies being for President, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. Appointments are for three years. If you are you thinking of nominating seek details from present executive members. This is your Sub-
I am pleased to say that the Sub-
ANZAC Day 2016 was very well attended with one of the largest crowds turning out to watch the March. Both the Dawn and 10am Services were also very well attended and drew many very positive complements.
Planning is already underway for the 2016 Remembrance Day Service to be held in St Matthew’s Church Albury. Monthly meetings continue to be very well attended and most productive with many members remaining for the luncheon afterwards and a friendly chat. So come along you are most welcome.
On a final point, the Hyde Park Inn in Elizabeth Street Sydney is half price for Sub-
Best wishes to you all.
Graham, May 2016
PRESIDENTS CORNER -
Executive positions remain unchanged as appointments are for three years. The present total membership is 240.
I am pleased to say that the Sub-
Pension claims and reviews have remained steady throughout 2015. Welfare, Hospital and Nursing Home visits have continued to increase in line with our aging membership. Let me at this time thank Peter Jansen, Harry Hacking and Barry Howard for their commitment and hard work with regards welfare, pensions and visits throughout the year. We now have a new member to our welfare team Isaac Adams, a young veteran fully qualified in welfare.
The year 2015 was busy with maintenance work at ANZAC House continuing as outside grants become available.
A new Memorial Garden at the rear of ANZAC House for the conduct of smaller services has been established through the hard work and foresight of your committee.
ANZAC Day 2015 was very well attended with one of the largest crowds turning out to watch the parade. I thank Vice President Mark Dando for coordinating the ANZAC Day activities whilst I was absent in Turkey for the Centenary Services at Gallipoli.
The 2015 Remembrance Day Service was held in St Matthew’s Church Albury for the third year and was standing room only with some 300 attending. Many of the local schools attended the service. This was again an outstanding success and the service will continue to be held in the church into the future. The advantage clearly being that the Sub-
Monthly meetings continue to be very well attended and most productive with many members remaining for the luncheon afterwards and a friendly chat. Many meetings have a guest speaker to provide information to members on topics such as: hearing, vision, Police and safety, DVA, to name but a few topics.
The Christmas function was very well attended with a great spread being provided for members and guests.
In conjunction with VVCS, the Sub-
On a final point, the Hyde Park Inn in Elizabeth Street Sydney is half price for Sub-
Best wishes for a great 2016.
Graham, February 2016
PRESIDENTS CORNER -
Welcome to the autumn 2015 Newsletter of the City of Albury RSL Sub-
Executive positions remain unchanged as appointments are for three years. Present Membership: Life Members 3, Life Subscribers 2, Ordinary 202, and Affiliates 33 with the total membership being 260.
I am pleased to say that the Sub-
The past period has been busy with repairs and upgrade work at ANZAC House continuing as outside funds become available. The Sub-
ANZAC Day 2014 was very well attended with one of the largest crowds turning out to watch the parade.
During the year we were audited by a team from State Headquarters which resulted in a sound report.
The 2014 Remembrance Day Service was held in St Matthew’s Church Albury for the second year and was standing room only. The Guest Speaker was a Navy Captain from Navy Headquarters in Canberra. All local schools participated. This was again an outstanding success and the service will continue to be held in the church into the future. The advantage clearly being that the Sub-
Monthly meetings continue to be very well attended and most productive with many members remaining for the luncheon afterwards and a chat. Most meetings have a guest speaker to provide information to members on topics such as: hearing, vision, Police and safety, DVA, research to name but a few topics.
The Christmas function was well attended with a great feed being provided for members and guests.
In conjunction with VVCS, the Sub-
On a final point, the Hyde Park Inn in Sydney is half price for Sub-
Best wishes for a great 2015.
Graham Docksey, OAM, JP President
3 March 2015
CITY OF ALBURY RSL SUB-
The City of Albury Sub-
Present Membership: Life Subscribers 24, Ordinary 223, and Affiliates 31 with the total membership being 278 which is an increase of 12 since the last report.
Pension claims and reviews have been steady. Welfare, Hospital and Nursing Home visits have been increasing in line with our aging membership.
The year has been busy with restoration works at ANZAC House being undertaken following the approval of several grant applications. New and additional workstations have been installed along with new carpet, electrical wiring upgrade and new data terminals for the new workstations. A painting project is presently planned subject to further grants. Of concern was the discovery of asbestos and white ant damage in the building. Repairs to the leaking roof have now been completed along with the replacement of the two cement access ramps at the front of the building. The removal of the asbestos material and the white ant damage to the floor is now complete.
The President is a member of the Centenary of World War One Committee and is also a member for the Federal Members Grants Committee. The Sub-
Remembrance Day was held for the first time in St Matthew’s Church due to inclement weather. This was an outstanding success and the service will continue to be held in the church into the future. The advantage being that the Sub-
ANZAC Day was very well supported including the addition of 650 serving Army Members in uniform participating in the parade. The Dawn Service attracted a large number of attendees and was a perfect start for the day. The street parade attracted one of the largest crowds seen in recent years.
Monthly meetings have been very well attended and most productive with many remaining for the luncheon and a chat.
The State Congress was again extremely informative and productive and was this year attended by the President, Vice President and Secretary.
On the 24th of June VVCS held a one day Safe Talk course at ANZAC House. Another similar two day course is planned for next year.
If all Sub-
Graham Docksey, OAM, JP
City of Albury RSL Sub-
To the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday the 16th of February 2014.
It is with much pleasure that I provide the President's report for the year past. A year that has seen many changes within the Sub-
$25,000 from the NSW Government for new and replacement office furniture, projector screen and audio equipment, and $6,000 from the NSW Government for upgrading the landscaping and new paths at the Albury War Memorial on Monument Hill.
Other sources of funding have included:
$10,000 donation towards to refurbishment of ANZAC House from the Joss Group,
$10,000 donation towards the refurbishment of ANZAC House from the Smithfield RSL Sub-
I have sent letters to several other well-
I will continue to pursue every opportunity for grants rather than asking to use Sub-
Presently there is an application with DVA for another $6,000 grant for work in the garden here at ANZAC House.
There is also another grant application about to be submitted to the Farrer Electorate Centenary of World War One Committee for a figure of around $11,000 for further work at the Albury War Memorial.
Throughout the year I have been the Guest Speaker at many functions, and have been invited to attend many others. Being President is a privilege I very much enjoy.
As an important part of the operation of the Sub-
ANZAC Day 2013 saw a number of changes tried mainly because of previous complaints and discussions. Not all were widely accepted and these will be reviewed in the lead-
In May Mark Dando and I attended the RSL State Congress in Coffs Harbour. This was an excellent opportunity to meet with, and mix with the staff from State Headquarters, the National President and the NSW Deputy Commissioner for DVA.
In October we held a Younger Veteran's Forum which proved to be most successful and as a direct result of this success we plan to hold another forum later this year.
The 2013 Remembrance Day Service for the first time was held in St Matthew's Church due to the wet weather. This proved to be a most fitting venue and was overwhelmingly applauded by those attending. Not one complaint was heard or received. The Sub-
There is a continuing plan for the refurbishment of ANZAC House for this year as there are still a number of concerns that must be addressed to make the house safe, attractive and welcoming.
I continue to ask the membership for your assistance with a number of projects across the operation of the Sub-
On Sunday the 2nd of February, accompanied by Mark Dando, Mark Lunnon and Marlene Sullivan attended the Far South West District Council meeting in Holbrook. This meeting draws some 14 Sub-
I remain most grateful for the support freely provided by the committee and also the ladies that readily assist in the kitchen.
I congratulate you all for your attendance at the monthly meetings. We reintroduced the January meeting with some 50 turning up and around 45 staying for lunch. This all goes well for the Sub-
Too few are doing too much. So please put your hand up and get involved, it is your Sub-
In summary, a very busy year, but a very fruitful year for the Sub-
I submit my report for your kind consideration.