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Posted by on August 16, 2018 in News

 

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES – 16 JULY

Minutes of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch General Meeting
Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on 16 July 2018
The Chairman declared the meeting open at 1400hrs.
Present. 29 Members present (recorded in Attendance Register)
Apologies. 17 Members (recorded in Attendance Register)
Previous Minutes. David Gilroy covered the main points from the previous minutes.
Moved: Graham Fisher Seconded: Bob Scott Carried
Business Arising from the Previous Minutes. Nil
Treasurer’s Report. Nil Report. The Treasurer is travelling interstate and was an apology for this
meeting.
Correspondence.
In. Shrine Activities– next 6 months
Vietnam Vets Geelong – Invitation to President
Geelong Legacy – Sale Times
Member Emails
Out. Secretary Response to Member Emails
Reports.
President. The President advised there were no new members in the past month.
Welfare. Lola noted the Welfare team had seen 14 clients in Aged Care Facilities and conducted 36
home and 2 hospital visits during June.
Appeals and Appeals Roster. The rosters for Remembrance Day have been prepared and will be sent
out in September. The Roster period is 02-10 Nov.
Ceremonial. The Geelong Re-enactment Society has agreed to help out on Remembrance Day at a
cost of $200. More detail to follow.
Membership. The current Sub-Branch membership stands at 201.
Public Relations. John Dickinson advised a documentary had been broadcast on SBS (Insight)
covering the hardships that Veterans were experiencing when leaving the ADF. Well worth watching.
John will send a link to members.
Pensions. Bob advised that all outstanding files were out of the way pending his absence and that
Tony Woolley would still be available to contact at the Surf Coast Veterans Centre. Bob also advised
that Kristen Dillon is understudying as a Pensions Officer and was being mentored by Tony.
Report Acceptance. Acceptance of the reports was moved by M. Barry and seconded by D.
Wilkinson Carried.
New Business
Legacy Week. D. Gilroy advised Legacy were seeking assistance over the period 3 – 9 Sep. Sales
periods would be Mon-Fri from1000 to 1600 and Sat 1000-1200. Interested members to consult with
L. Fisher after the meeting.
Remembrance Day Bowls Tournament. D. Gilroy advised that the Bowling Club had agreed to a
Bowls Tournament on the afternoon of 11 Nov 18. A draft flyer had been prepared.
Honorariums. David provided some background on the payment of Honorariums and advised the
Committee had agreed to pay honorariums of $750 to the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary
Treasurer for FY 17/18 and this amount be set for FY 18/19. Agreement was sought from the general
membership. Moved: D. Gilroy Seconded: R. Lewis Carried.
Hub Meeting. J.Dickinson advised his attendance at the Regional Hub Meeting noting the focus on
younger veterans with reference to both RSL Connect and RSL Active.
RSL State Conference. D. Gilroy provided some background with regard to the attendance of the
Australian and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) at the recent RSL State Conference. He advised
that compliance requirements were being reviewed at State level and these would filter down to the
Sub-Branches. The Minister for Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of the Department of Veteran’s
Affairs provided positive news on where the Department was heading with a focus on the Veteran.
The State Secretary, Brig Mike Annett outlined the 2020 Strategic Plan which would focus on
Regional support particularly to younger veterans.
Friends of the Rail Trail. J. Dickinson asked who was the Point of Contact for the Bellarine Rail
Trail.
Vietnam Veterans Day. A memorial service will be held at the Cenotaph at 1100 on 18 August 2018.
Ed Corless – Recognition as Community Member. Mention was made of Ed Corless’s recent
passing and his valuable contribution as the OGBH RSL Sub-Branch Community Member for over ten
years. He will be sadly missed.
Next Meeting. The next General meeting is scheduled for Monday 20 August 2018 commencing at
1400hrs.
Closure. There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1426hrs.
Guest Speaker Mr Robert Scott then provided a presentation on his experiences in providing Leadership and
Development Training at the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea. The presentation was very well received.
J. Dickinson            R. Lewis
Chairman           Minute Secretary

 
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GENERAL MEETING MINUTES – 18th JUNE

Minutes of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch General Meeting
Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on 18 June 2018

Opening. The Chairman declared the meeting open at 1400hrs.
Present. 32 Members present (recorded in Attendance Register)
Apologies. 13 Members (recorded in Attendance Register)
Previous Minutes. David Gilroy covered the main points from the previous minutes.
Moved: Graham Fisher Seconded: Brad Clark
 Business Arising from the Previous Minutes. Nil
 Treasurer’s Report.
A copy of the Treasurer’s Report for May is at Annex A.
Moved: David Gilroy Seconded: Keith Hankin
 Correspondence.
 In.
ANAMCara Giving Appeal
Peace Keepers Letter to Senator Burston
Saffron Aid – 75th Commemoration of Thai-Burma Railway
VVAA (Vic Branch) Memorial Service to be held at Shrine of Remembrance on 18 August
2018
RSL (Vic) State Executive Minutes – Patriotic Fund
RSL (Vic) State Executive Minutes – Management
RSL (Vic) State Executive Minutes – General DVA
RSL (Vic) New Membership Badges and Cards
 Out. Membership Badges and Cards to members
Reports.
 President. The Acting President, John Dickinson, advised that membership stood at 204.
He also welcomed the new members.
 Welfare. Lola noted the Welfare team had seen 81 clients in Aged Care Facilities and conducted 45
home and 16 hospital visits during May.
Appeals. Nil Report.
Ceremonial. Brad Clark advised the ceremony for Vietnam Veterans Day on 18 August had been
brought forward to 11 am instead of the usual start of 1542 as it was being held on a Saturday. Brad
also advised that emails had been sent to the Re-enactment Society asking for support on
Remembrance Day noting that it was getting more difficult to get support from Defence.
Public Relations. John Dickinson advised the damage to signage on the Rail Trail had been repaired.
John also met with Council Representatives to discuss future security arrangements with consideration
of a security camera being installed. John also advised that a Newsletter would be published quarterly
and invited input from the membership.
Pensions. Bob Scott iterated that the Quarterly Newsletter would also be a good forum for publishing
DVA information. Bob also advised that the Surf Coast Veterans Centre had moved to Griffiths Road,
Grovedale (behind the church).
Report Acceptance. Acceptance of the reports was moved by T. Wheal and seconded by Graham Fisher.
New Business.
RSL Remembrance Day Bowls. Keith Hankin spoke in support of an RSL Bowls afternoon to be
held in the afternoon of 11 Nov and named the “RSL Remembrance Day Open Event”. This support
would consist of prize money and assistance for catering to the value of $300. OGBC are still to
confirm acceptance of this proposal.

Younger Veterans Sub-Committee. David Gilroy advised that Richard Lewis had volunteered to
head a sub-committee with the intention of making contact with younger veterans on the Bellarine.
Brad Clark had agreed to join the sub-committee. There would be no overt encouragement for them to
join the RSL but at least make them aware of what the RSL can provide.

Honorariums. David Gilroy advised that a change at State Level meant that Honorariums at subbranch
level would need to be recommended by the Committee and approved at a General Meeting.
Sub-branch honorariums had been paid to the Secretary and Treasurer at the rate of $750pa, however,
no honorariums had been paid in the last 18 months. A motion would be put forward at the July
General Meeting.
Guest Speaker. Mr Graham Robin was in attendance and provided a talk on “The Bigger Things in
Life” on closure of the meeting.
Next Meeting. The next General meeting for Monday 16 July 2018 commencing at 1400hrs.
Closure. There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1422hrs.

Chairman                    Minute Secretary
J. Dickinson                        R. Lewis

 
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GENERAL MEETING MINUTES 21st MAY 2018

Minutes of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch General Meeting
Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on 21 May 2018
The Chairman declared the meeting open at 1400hrs.

Silent Tribute. In accordance with tradition, the Chairman asked that all those present to stand for the Ode and a minute’s silence in honour of those who had fallen in the service of their country or who had passed away since.
25 Members present (recorded in Attendance Register).
13 Members (recorded in Attendance Register).
Previous Minutes. David Gilroy summarized the Minutes of the previous General meeting. Acceptance of the Minutes was carried on a motion by P. Cail, seconded by M. Barry.
Business Arising from the Previous Minutes. Nil
Treasurer’s Report.
The Treasurer’s report was accepted on a motion by G Fisher and seconded by K. Hankin. Carried.
Correspondance
In.
Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail letter reporting vandalism to signage.
Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail letter of thanks for donation.
RSL ANZAC Appeal Stocktake.
Draft RSL Policy – “Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality”
RSL Circular 16/18 – 2018 State Election Reminder.
RSL Minutes State Trustee 22 Mar 18.
RSL Minutes State Committee of Management
RSL Minutes State Trustee Patriotic Funds.
RSL Certificates of Appreciation for Appeals Volunteers.
State Executive Ballot Papers.

Out.
Letter of Thanks to CEO Transport Accident Commission.
Letter of Thanks to Ocean Grove ANZAC Day Ceremony Guest Speaker.
Letter of Thanks to National View General Manager.
Letter of Thanks to View President.
Reply to Marsh Advantage Insurance.
Return of State Executive Ballot Papers.

Reports.
Welfare
In the Welfare Officer’s absence, P. Cail advised the welfare team had conducted 76 visits to aged care facilities, 35 visits to homes and 7 visits to hospitalised patients. During April, Welfare volunteers had assisted a veteran to arrange respite care for his wife and had donated an electric wheelchair and motorised scooter to Geelong RSL who were in need of this equipment. They had also provided a wheelchair to a Clifton Springs veteran
Appeals
David Wilkinson reported the ANZAC Appeal sales had gone well with a total of $22,607.65 raised to be remitted to ANZAC House.
The post ANZAC Day stocktake had been completed and returned to ANZAC House. He anticipated a list of stock to be returned to the warehouse for refurbishment would be released soon
Appeals Roster
Peter Cail advised that from his point of view the appeals roster had worked well. This was perhaps because more volunteers were getting familiar with Better Impact. He stated the total hours registered on Better Impact during April was 736.25 hours, 44% of which was attributable to the ANZAC Day Appeal.
Ceremonial
Brad Clark advised both the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads ANZAC Day appeared to have gone well. He also stated that since Vietnam Veterans’ Day (18 August) falls on a Saturday the decision had been taken to commence the service at 1100hrs.
The Secretary advised that guest speakers were required for both Viet Nam Veterans day and Remembrance Day. If possible, the Viet Nam Veterans Day speaker would be an ex-service person who had taken part in the Battle of Coral/Balmoral since this year is the 50th anniversary of that battle.
Public Relations. Dickinson reported on the damage to the Rail Trail signage which had apparently occurred on ANZAC Day. The Committee agreed to repair the damage and to explore means of making the area less likely to be vandalised.
Pensions  Nil report.
Report Acceptance. Acceptance of the reports was moved by G. Fisher and seconded by D. Gilroy. Carried.

New Business.
Christmas Lunch Organiser
David Gilroy advised that Denise Milich, who had organised the Christmas function for the Sub-Branch for some years, has decided to resign. A replacement for Denise would be sought from amongst the membership. The meeting expressed its sincere thanks to Denise for her fine work over the last few years.
The raffle takings totalled $100 and $50 was won by L. Rose-Harmer.

Next Meeting.
The next General meeting for Monday 18 June 2018 commencing at 1400hrs.

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1432hrs.

Kel Arnott                                                                                                              Tony. Wheal
Chairman                                                                                                         A/Minute Secretary

 
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ANZAC Day OCEAN GROVE 2018

Thank you to all who attended to make the day a truly memorable one.
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ANZAC Day BARWON HEADS 2018

Thank you to all who attended to make the day a truly memorable one.
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General Meeting minutes – April 16 2018

Minutes of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch General Meeting
Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on 16 April 2018

The Chairman declared the meeting open at 1400hrs.
Silent Tribute. In accordance with tradition, the Chairman asked that all those present to stand for the Ode and a minute’s silence in honour of those who had fallen in the service of their country or who had passed away since
43 Members present (recorded in Attendance Register).
10 Members (recorded in Absent Register).
Previous Minutes. David Gilroy summarised the Minutes of the previous General meeting.
Business Arising from the Previous Minutes. Nil
Treasurer’s Report.
The Treasurer’s report was accepted on a motion by D. Gilroy and seconded by W. Gee. Carried.

Correspondence In:
Robinvale RSL Sub-Branch Commemoration of Villers-Bretonneux
Yarraville RSL Sub-Branch Invitation to AZNAC Day.
“Masters of War – AIF in 1918” Conference.
ANZAC Day Church Service 2018.
RSL State Executive Minutes – Feb 2018.
Confirmation of Security for ANZAC Day.
Conformation of Medical Service for ANZAC Day
Confirmation of Audio Service for ANZAC Day.
Conformation of Attendance at Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads ANZAC Services – Cr. S. Asher.
Department of Justice – Police Checks.
RSL Appeals April Update.
RSL Vic VA,W&AC Committee Minutes.
War Heritage Roadshow
Winter Escape to Philip Island.
Service of HMAS Brisbane 1967-2001.
Research Project Grant Application – Final.

In the absence of the Welfare Officer the Welfare report was presented by P. Cail who noted that the total hours expended by the welfare team during April was 102.7hrs. Additionally, the welfare team had conducted 36 visits to aged care facilities, 18 visits to homes and 4 hospital visits.
D. Wilkinson reported that all the ANZAC Day appeal five major selling points boxes had been stocked and were ready for distribution. Cash floats for these were also available. L. Woller advised that volunteers selling from the TAC site would have access to free parking in the TAC building underground carpark.
Appeals Roster. Peter Cail advised that the ANZAC Day had all been filled. He requested that he be advised by e-mail of any changes to the rosters as they arose because of “no-shows” or replacement. This would ensure accurate recording of hours on Better Impact. He added that a total of 174 volunteers were registered on Better Impact but not all of these were involved in the ANZAC Day Appeal. His report concluded with a request that volunteers to fill short notice roster vacancies should see him after the meeting.

The Secretary advised that the timings for the various ANZAC Day services:
Ocean Grove Dawn Service: Assembly 0600hrs, commence 0615hrs.
Barwon Heads ANZAC Day Service: Assembly 0845hrs, march to commence at 0900hrs.
Ocean Grove ANZAC Day Service: Assembly 0945hrs, march to commence at 1000hrs.
Public Relations. Nil report
Report Acceptance. Acceptance of the reports was moved by D. Wilkinson and seconded by L. Woller. Carried.
New Business.
Book “Best We Forget” by B. Clancy. Gilroy advised that Bernard Clancy’s had donated several copies of his book “Best We Forget” for distribution to the membership. The books had been signed by the author. Once a book had been read it should be returned to the Secretary for distribution to another interested member.

Kokoda Youth Program. Gilroy announce that permission had been received from the State Branch Chief Finance Officer to pay the $6,000 for the Kokoda Youth Program from welfare funds providing the Sub-Branch was satisfied the recipient was related to a veteran.
Replacement ANZAC Appeal Stocks. Wilkinson asked that requests for additional ANZAC Day Appeal stocks be referred to himself or K. Arnott who would arrange their distribution. He also mentioned that stocks of some items such as wristbands and luggage tags were being discontinued and would therefore not be available. Some of the new lapel badges such as the $50 Nurses badge and $30 Battle of Beersheba badge were in short supply and may not be available. However, previous years stocks were being substituted.
The raffle takins totalled $154 and $77 was won by R. Smith.

Next Meeting. The next General meeting for Monday 21 May 2018 commencing at 1400hrs.
There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1428hrs.

Chairman K Arnott   A/Minute Secretary J. Wheal

 

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Meeting Minutes

 

ANZAC DAY SERVICES Wednesday 25th April 2018

ANZAC DAY SERVICES Wednesday 25th April 2018

OCEAN GROVE SERVICES
 Ocean Grove Park Cenotaph

DAWN Service:
Assembly:               6.00am
Piper Call to Arms: 6.15am

MARCH:    Assemble in Main St in Front of Coles
Step Off:         9.45am
MAIN Service:    10.00m

BARWON HEADS SERVICE
Barwon Heads Community Hall

MARCH:    Assemble at South End of Hitchcock Ave
Step Off :  8.45am
MAIN Service:  9.00am

“ALL WELCOME”

 
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General Meeting Minutes – March 2018

Minutes of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch General Meeting
Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on 19 March 2018
The Chairman declared the meeting open at 1400hrs
31 Members present (recorded in Attendance Register)
9 Member Apology’s(recorded in Attendance Register)
Previous Minutes. Richard Lewis read from a copy of the previous minutes.
Business Arising from the Previous Minutes. Nil

Treasurer’s Report.
February Financial Report. A copy of the Treasurer’s Report for February is at Annex A. The Treasurer noted the high expenditure for Welfare Office Expenses during February and explained that most of the $2,864 consisted of $1,760 audit fee, $527 AGM refreshments, $312 AGM postage and $200 Gallipoli Youth Cup support.

Kel Arnott welcomed two new members; Sue Arnott and Sylvia English.  Kel also reported that much of the unwanted undergrowth along the Rail Trail Avenue of Honour had been removed and the area was much tidier and presentable as a result.

Welfare:Nil Report

Appeals: David Wilkinson reported ANZAC Day stock had arrived and he expected the distribution of it to the various selling points to be completed early in April. He tabled the posters available to advertise the ANZAC Appeal as well as a Certificate of Appreciation for volunteers who manned the selling points.

He further reported on his attendance at an ANZAC Day Appeal meeting held in ANZAC House. At the meeting he formed the opinion that many sub-branches lacked a cohesive organisation to administer appeals and did not have access to adequate storage facilities for stock associated with the appeals.
Appeals Roster.
Peter Cail advised that the ANZAC Day rosters are available on the web site for volunteers to populate. He reported that the Sub-Branch has 163 volunteers registered on Better Impact including 25 View Ladies. Of the 110 positions available for ANZAC Badge sales 50% were already filled.

Kel advised the membership that a band and bugler were still to be confirmed for ANZAC Day.  A potential bugler has been identified but is still being negotiated.  Kel also advised that an offer had been made for a fly past of three aircraft as a lead in to the march on ANZAC Day.

Public Relations.
Nil report
Ceremonial: Nil Report

Memorial Project. John Dickinson outlined the difficulties the research project were having in locating the names of locals from Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Connewarre for WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He also advised the criteria for identifying locals for the memorial would be the same criteria listed in the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour.  To assist with the costs associated with adding the names to the memorial, an application for a grant of $25,000 has been submitted.
Report Acceptance. Acceptance of the reports was moved by T. Wheal and seconded by M.Klabbers. Carried.
New Business. Nil
Next Meeting. The next General meeting for Monday 16 April 2018 commencing at 1400hrs.
There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1423hrs.
K Arnott                                                                                                                  R. Lewis
Chairman                                                                                                          Minute Secretary

 
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2018 Meeting Dates & Times

RSL COMMITTEE AND REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING DATES 2018.
COMMITTEE                                       GENERAL MONTHLY MEETING

      Nil                                                                                Nil
Fri 16 Feb                                                                   Mon 19 Feb   AGM
Fri 16 Mar                                                                   Mon 19 Mar
Fri 13 Apr                                                                   Mon 16 Apr
Fri 18 May                                                                  Mon 21 May
Fri 15Jun                                                                    Mon 18 Jun
Fri 13 Jul                                                                    Mon 16 Jul
Fri 17 Aug                                                                  Mon 20 Aug
Fri 14 Sep                                                                   Mon 17 Sep
Fri 12 Oct                                                                   Mon 15 Oct
Fri 16 Nov                                                                  Mon 19 Nov
Fri 14 Dec                                                                        Nil
Boardroom at 12.30 pm.                                 Function Room 1 at 2.00 pm                    

                   ANZAC Day Wednesday April 25th
 Vietnam Veterans Service (Long Tan Parade) Sat 18 August
 Remembrance Day Parade Sun November 11th
 Annual Christmas Luncheon Fri 7th December at 1230 hrs.

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2018 COMMITTEE AND REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING DATES

 
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