Re­vi­talised RSL cel­e­brates cen­te­nary

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

BEL­MONT RSL sub-branch mem­bers cel­e­brated the 100th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the or­gan­i­sa­tion at a gala din­ner in Perth.

City of Bel­mont coun­cil­lors joined with Bel­mont RSL mem­bers to hon­our the mile­stone of a cen­tury of ser­vice to the vet­er­ans com­mu­nity.

“The RSL has a proud tra­di­tion of serv­ing cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force and its al­lies, and through its Aus­tralia-wide net­work is wellplaced to en­sure ex­cel­lence in de­liv­ery of ser­vice to those who have served their coun­try,” Bel­mont RSL sub­branch vice pres­i­dent Steve Toon said.

Mr Toon said the Bel­mont branch was en­joy­ing a resur­gence of mem­bers and was a lively, happy club.

“I think we had an im­age of men in three-piece suits sit­ting in the cor­ner smok­ing pipes and talk­ing about when they climbed out of the trenches,” he said.

“It’s not like that any more, we are much more fam­ily-fo­cused and there are lots of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties held here.

“The build­ing is hum­ming, and it doesn’t mat­ter what event we are do­ing, peo­ple are com­ing here and hav­ing a good time.”

Bel­mont RSL mem­bers and Bel­mont City coun­cil­lors at the 100th an­niver­sary gala din­ner with Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial di­rec­tor Bren­dan Nel­son, who was the guest speaker.

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