RSL’s res­o­lu­tion

Isis RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Roy Owen is forced to step down for six months after tri­bunal reaches ver­dict:

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PAY­ING PRICE: Roy Owen has been dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing of­fice for six months. Brian Terry will take over the pres­i­dency.

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