RSL is open to new members
What does your family history have in common with the RSL?
Has your research into your family discovered someone who wore the uniform of the Australian Defence Force or one of its allies?
If you answered ‘yes’ to this question then you could honour that military service by becoming an affiliate member of the Returned and Services League (RSL).
And of course, anyone who pulled on a military uniform in the ADF, or the forces of our allies, is eligible for membership.
Or do you want to check if someone in your family had service in the ADF?
‘‘The membership officer of the Cobram Barooga RSL Sub-branch can assist you to research details of service in the ADF,’’ branch secretary Glenda Mann said.
‘‘Members of the police force, SES, fire or ambulance services with six months or more service are also eligible to become affiliate members,’’ she said.
‘‘As a member of the RSL you will have the opportunity to volunteer and help the RSL provide support for veterans (past and present) and their families.’’
Support for eligible veterans and their dependants includes, but is not limited to:
● Relief from financial hardship.
● Household repairs and maintenance.
● Assistance with DVA pensions and advocacy. ● Crisis accommodation. ● Access to employment pathways and transition to civilian life.
● Combating social isolation through veteran engagement programs.
The Cobram Barooga RSL Subbranch is preparing to join with members of the community as they commemorate the centenary of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, which heralded the end of hostilities on land, sea and air in World War I.
The annual RSL Poppy Appeal will provide a chance for members to help raise essential funds through the sale of poppies and the collection of donations.
But before that, the Cobram Barooga RSL hopes to welcome new members.
The sub-branch is holding a meeting on Monday, October 8 which has been designated as a new members’ night.
The meeting will begin at 7.30 pm in the new and recently refurbished RSL meeting room at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club.
Guest speaker will be Cobram Secondary College principal Kimberley Tempest.
For more information, phone Glenda Mann on 0407 040 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook (Cobram Barooga R&SL sub-branch).
Family trees: Liz Baldwin with membership officer Glenn Murphy. The Cobram Barooga RSL Sub-branch is helping locals discover if someone in their family wore the uniform of the Australian Defence Force or one of its allies.