RSL is open to new mem­bers

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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 co­bram­ba­ 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.

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