Welfare and Hospital Visitation
Sub-Branch Administration (The Sub-Branch Hall and Office is open most Thursdays between 0930 and 1300)
Sub-Branch membership Dues remain at $35 and are due on the 1st January each year and are payable NLT 30th March to remain Financial
Member Social Functions
Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch Pipes & Drums.
RSL/Bunnings BBQ Fundraisers
TBA Bunnings have cancelled all Sausage sizzles until further notice.
SUB-BRANCH MEETINGS WILL RE-COMMENCE AT 1830 HRS ON THE 4TH AUGUST 2020. SUB-BRANCH EXECUTIVE MEMBERS ARE NOW BACK AT THE HALL EVERY THURSDAY BETWEEN 0930 AND 1300 SHOULD MEMBERS AND LOCAL VETERANS WISH TO DROP IN FOR A CHAT AND A COFFEE.
COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
A COVID-19 Safety plan is now in place at the RSL Hall. Seating has been arranged to meet the current social distancing requirements and sanitising equipment is in place at the entrance and throughout the hall. To meet the record keeping requirements, the sign-in sheet has been modified to comply with the Covid 19 compliance instructions. The co-operation of members in complying with these measures is appreciated.
LONG TAN (VIETNAM VETERANS) DAY
Yesterdays Long Tan Day Memorial Service was conducted by Cessnock Sub-Branch President Max Lewis at Veterans Park, Aberdare and considering the COVID restrictions, was well attended with both Cessnock and Kurri Kurri RSL Sub-Branch members participating. Thank you to all who attended and participated. LEST WE FORGET.
New membership cards have arrived and can be collected at the hall on Thursdays between 9.30am and 1pm or at the next Sub-Branch meeting on 1 Sept. Un collected cards will be mailed to member's address.
Our members Dinners for this year are scheduled as follows:
3rd – Wednesday 2nd Dec 20 – Evening at Leagues Club.
Our members dinner on the 15th July was as well attended as could be expected given the current restrictions and an enjoyable afternoon was had by all who attended. (See Picture on Left)
PRESIDENT UPDATE 14th July 20
As I have spoken about previously, the operations of RSL DefenceCare are transferring from RSL NSW to RSL LifeCare from 1 August 2020.
Transferring RSL DefenceCare to RSL LifeCare will allow RSL NSW to return to its original purpose of supporting veterans and their families’ through camaraderie and commemoration activities and by connecting them with support services.
Likewise, RSL LifeCare is well positioned to deliver RSL DefenceCare services as it has been providing welfare and other support services to veterans since 1911.
RSL NSW will continue to work collaboratively with RSL LifeCare following the transition, and I am very excited for the continued development of these services. This transition also allows RSL NSW to focus on the development and implementation of the strategic plan which will guide our organisation into the future as the pre-eminent veterans’ organisation.
For more information about the transition, please read these frequently asked questions.
TO ACCESS THE LATEST RSL NSW BOARD COMMUNIQUE CLICK ON THE ACTION BUTTON,
Lost mobile phone
A mobile phone was recently discovered at the Albury Entertainment Centre and the staff there believe the owner was a delegate from the 2019 Annual State Congress. If you or any of your members lost a phone at congress last year and are interested in retrieving it, please contact the Support Unit so the we can return it to you.
New structure as of 1 July
As members are aware, there has been a significant change to the organisational chart of ANZAC House which will be active as of 1 July. A copy of the new org chart can be found here. This new leaner structure was developed in keeping with the expectation of most members that ANZAC House operate within its means. You will notice that several functions have reduced in team size and some functions are yet to be filled. While this restructure may result in a slightly longer response time to resolve issues, we are still committed to providing sub-Branches and members with the support and guidance they need. As such, it is more important than ever that enquiries into ANZAC House are directed through the Support Unit on 1300 679 775 or email@example.com
Defence Support for ANZAC Day 2021
The RSM Ceremonial has been in contact with us to remind sub-Branches that their requests for ADF support for their 2021 ANZAC Day Services is due by 1 September 2020. A copy of a letter from the RSM to all sub-Branch presidents can be read here and the application form can be found here.
Victory in the Pacific
2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific. As such RSL NSW will be conducting its annual commemoration service at the Cenotaph whilst still complying with all social distancing requirements. RSL NSW will also be collaborating with other State Branches to actively publicly promote the commemoration of Victory in the Pacific on this 75th anniversary. I assume that many sub-Branches are considering acknowledging this day at their own memorials. This website will provide you with the best information on how to manage the COVID-19 restrictions that may impact such events (https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19) . RSL NSW is also seeking further guidance from the NSW Government to specifically assist with the conduct of commemoration services in the lead-up to VP Day, Vietnam Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. I will circulate this information as soon as it is available.
National VP Day Service
DVA have been in contact with RSL NSW to seek interest from any WWII veteran who would be interested in travelling to the Australian War Memorial for the national VP Day Service and a couple of associated events. DVA will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for interested veterans. If any sub-Branch has a WWII member who they feel is fit enough to attend this event over a couple of days, please contact the Support Unit with their details and we will try and facilitate their attendance.
2020 Annual State Congress and AGM
Continuing with the COVID-19 theme and its impact on our events, and what has been conveyed in last month’s Board Communique’, it is likely that there will be restrictions on the number of people who can attend congress in person this year. I know that many delegates and sub-Branches like to organise their movements around congress well in advance, and as such I would recommend that all travel and accommodation bookings be made with the option of free cancellation if possible. As an example, and based on the current social distancing requirements for functions, I would suggest that it is highly unlikely that the venue would be able to accommodate observers at this year’s meeting.
Veteran Sport Australia
From Monday, 29 June, Veteran Sport Australia will be shifting operations from RSL NSW to become part of the Australian International Military Games (AIMG) which is being acquired by RSL National. You can read more about this change on the Veteran Sport Australia website.
Strategic Plan Consultation for ANZAC House Members
Members who are attached to ANZAC House have been invited to a consultation on the draft Strategic Plan. The consultation will take place at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney on Tuesday, 11 August at 2pm. There are now only 20 places remaining so please register your interest by 31 July by emailing StrategicPlan@rslnsw.org.au.
To those who week after week make it this far, thank you very much for reading,
Our Executive Members are committed to assisting returned and service men and women in our local community. Come and join us.
President : Max Lewis
Vice-President: Lindsay Davis
Vice President: Chris
Treasurer: Lindsay Davis
Secretary: David Owens
Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch was first Chartered on the 8th August 1928. At that time its membership consisted of veterans returning from active service in the Boer and First World Wars. The Club received an updated charter on the 30th June 1987 by which time its membership had been expanded to include all those men and women who had served in the Defence Forces of Australia and her Allies.
LEST WE FORGET
Respecting supporting and remembering our veterans and their families