Isis RSL sub-branch president Roy Owen is forced to step down for six months after tribunal reaches verdict:
ISIS RSL sub-branch president Roy Owen has been disqualified from holding office in the RSL for the next six months.
The besieged president received his penalty from the RSL late last week, but surprisingly the ban was not for the much-publicised medals issue.
Mr Owen was branded a medals cheat online after he breached RSL state by-law 14.8 four times on Anzac Day this year by wearing his late father’s medals on the wrong side.
The by-law states deceased relatives’ medals must be worn on the right breast.
For those complaints he received only a reprimand, but four other proven complaints saw Mr Owen slapped with a six-month disqualification from holding office in the RSL.
The complaints against Mr Owen were:
the manner in which the general meeting on August 8 was called (two complaints),
overriding a decision made at a general meeting, and
banning several members for a two-week period.
Mr Owen provided context to the tribunal for each of the complaints but accepted he was in the wrong on all four counts.
The decision Mr Owen overrode was in relation to the smoking area at the rear of the building.
According to Mr Owen, the decision to remove the smoking area was made when two of the three board members were absent.
Upon their return they overrode the decision with
Mr Owen is considering an appeal against the ban
the support of the board, but he didn’t follow the process of taking the issue to a general meeting.
All six-month bans will be served concurrently, while the decision to move Mr Owen to the “miscellaneous list” had immediate impact.
His placement on the list disallows Mr Owen from attending any RSL functions, which meant he was a noticeable absentee from the club’s Christmas party last Friday.
Mr Owen is considering an appeal against the ban.
His focus, and the focus of Isis RSL, now moves to the future, where the aim is to help the establishment continue to thrive.
PAYING PRICE: Roy Owen has been disqualified from holding office for six months. Brian Terry will take over the presidency.