Viet­nam vets branch folds

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The West Gipp­s­land sub-branch of the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans’ Association has folded.

Twenty-two mem­bers made the de­ci­sion at a spe­cial meet­ing re­cently to draw the cur­tain on the sub-branch formed 21 years ago.

The in­abil­ity to form a com­mit­tee for the cur­rent year sparked the de­ci­sion.

Most Viet­nam vet­er­ans are in their 70s or close to that age.

In a re­port to the district’s for­mer de­fence force mem­bers that served in Viet­nam Mike La­timer, president for the past two years, said ter­mi­nat­ing the sub-branch was never on his agenda dur­ing his pres­i­dency but pointed out that other sub-branches were go­ing through the same process.

De­spite the clo­sure of the sub-branch many spe­cific lo­cal ser­vices and events for exViet­nam ser­vice peo­ple will con­tinue.

These in­clude the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Wel­fare Cen­tre in Drouin, fam­ily fun days at Glen Cromie and annual din­ner at the War­ragul RSL clu­b­rooms.

A six-per­son sub-com­mit­tee was formed to over­see dis­per­sal of the sub-branch’s as­sets.

Mem­bers of the for­mer West Gipp­s­land group can main­tain mem­ber­ship of the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Association by join­ing one of a num­ber of sub-branches still re­main­ing in Gipp­s­land or outer east­ern ar­eas of Mel­bourne.

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