The first event for the Younger Vets sub-committee was highly successful. About fifty people of all ages bowled together under beautiful weather and enjoyed afternoon tea and drinks in the Member’s Bar. Information was collected regarding preferences for future events and a few people requested RSL membership forms. Our president thanked all for attending and assured them that the RSL was here to support all service men and women. Our next event is a coffee chat at Mr Grubb’s – 10am on Wednesday 27th February.
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The Barwon Heads Remembrance service saw 150 + people who came along to the service to Remember those that served in The Great War of 1914 – 1918.
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Remembrance Day Services Sunday NOVEMBER 11th 2018
Barwon Heads Community Hall, Hitchcock Ave and the service will begin at 10.45 am.
Remembrance Day Service with students from the Barwon Heads Primary School.
Ocean Grove Cenotaph, Ocean Grove Park service will begin at 10.45 am
Remembrance Day Service with Mr Phillip Christian and the Ocean Grove Scout Group.
RSL Active – Warrnambool Young Veterans Residential Weekend
You’re invited to attend Warrnambool Young Veterans inaugural Residential Weekend
When: 23rd – 25th November
Where: Deakin University Airbnb, Warrnambool
Activities: Saturday 24th Horse Riding 10am – 12pm,
BBQ dinner 6pm with all Warrnambool Young Vets invited
Other Activities: Hiking, Beach/river walks & swims, fishing on demand
Costs: Accommodation, Horse Riding and BBQ supplied by RSL Active, other meals and activities at own cost
RSVP: Sunday 4th November
Accommodation and horse riding are limited to 12 people, so it will be the first 12 to RSVP. Unfortunately, with such limited numbers this is an Adult only event for Veterans & their partners. Extended family, kids and friends are welcome to Saturday night BBQ.
Minutes of the General Monthly Meeting held in Function Room 1
Ocean Grove Bowling Club on Mon 15 October 2018.
1. Opening: The Chairman opened the meeting at 1400 hrs.
2. Present: There were 27 members. Apologies: 9 members
3. Silent tribute: observed by all present
4. Previous Minutes: an outline was presented by the Secretary
5. Business arising: an update was provided on the Research program and the Honour Wall.
6. It was noted that Brendan Lloyd had been converted to a Service member.
Moved –W. Gee Seconded – J. Wheal
7. Correspondence: as listed in the Committee Minutes 12 Oct 18
a. Treasurer’s: a copy of the report was provided and the Treasurer pointed out the salient issues. There were no questions.
b. Welfare: Nil report. Welfare Officer an apology
c. Appeals: David Wilkinson provided an update on the stock and status for Remembrance Day appeal. There will be a shortage of the new $30 special poppy. Overall an attractive new array of merchandise with the knitted $10 a standout. The DVA posters for this year are also much improved. Boxes will be commenced this week.
d. Appeal Rosters: Peter Cail was happy to announce that apart from 1 vacancy the rosters were full. He thanked all volunteers and the View Club ladies.
e. Ceremonial: in the absence of the Ceremonial Office, the Secretary provided the outline and timings for Services on Sun 11 Nov at 1045 hrs for both Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
f. PR: no report
g. Pensions: Bob Scott was welcomed back. Kirsten Dillon reported she was halfway thru her Pension course.
9. New Business: the very poor attendance at the VV Day was mentioned. An update on the barefoot bowls day for young veterans on 18 Nov was provided and the President briefed the meeting on the Xmas Luncheon on Fri 7 Dec.
Reports accepted: Moved-M. Barry Seconded – K. Hankin
The raffle was drawn and initially won by Heather Schofflen, who generously asked for a redraw which was won by Kristen Dillon at $53
10. Next Meeting: will be on Mon 19 Nov at 2pm.
11. The meeting was closed at 1430. We had a most entertaining address from Phillip Edwards on hiking across the UK from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.
The sub-branch have finally got the first Newsletter together and out to the members.
If you have news that you think is worthy of putting in the newsletter and RSL related please mail to email@example.com for review.
Below is the link to Read online and/ or Download a copy.
Minutes of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch General Meeting
Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club On 17 September 2018
1. Opening. The Chairman declared the meeting open at 1400hrs.
2. Present. 28 members
3. Apologies. 8 members
4. Previous Minutes. D. Gilroy outlined the major points from the previous minutes.
Moved: Keith Hankin Seconded: Wally Gee
5. Business Arising from the Previous Minutes. Nil.
1. RSL Letter re Australian War Memorial Las Post Ceremony. David advised that OGBH will
donate $250 this year.
2. RSL Email re Marsh Insurance
a. President’s Report. K. Arnott advised Membership stood at 201.
b. Treasurer’s Report. A copy of the Treasurer’s Report for July was provided.
c. Welfare. A copy of the Welfare Report from Better Impact for the period 17 Aug – 13 Sep is
attached. Tony Wheal spoke on behalf of Lola Fisher and advised that the welfare team had
conducted 87 visits to aged care facilities, 35 home visits and 7 hospital visits. Tony also reported that
a wheelchair previously allocated to a veteran had been returned and one walker had been provided to
a veteran. It was also noted that the guest speaker for the October General Meeting would be Phil
d. Appeals. D. Wilkinson reported the order for Remembrance Day Appeal merchandise had been
submitted. David reported there would be a total of 21 tins & boxes provided to cater for the
schools (5), nursing homes (3) and council sites (6). David also advised the Sub-Branch had submitted
paperwork for the temporary hire of three EFTPOS terminals which would be allocated to the
APCO, Woolworths and Pharmacy sites. At this stage it was known that at least one terminal would
be fee free and bank staff were checking on the status of the others. The observation was made on the
amount of donations that were missed during Legacy week as patrons only had cards and therefore
could not make a donation or purchase merchandise.
e. Ceremonial. Approximately 50 people attended the Vietnam Veteran’s Day Service. There was no
clash with the Farmer’s Market being held concurrently.
f. Appeals Roster. P. Cail advised that selling for the Remembrance Day appeal will commence on
Saturday 3 November and continue until 10 November. The Roster Sheets for the Appeal are attached.
He further advised the Better Impact rostering pages would be open in the last week of September and
members without email would receive a hand delivered letter. Names will also be taken at the next
g. Public Relations. Nil to Report.
h. Pensions. Nil to Report – Member absent.
Reports Accepted. Moved: Walter George Seconded: John Dickinson
8. New Business.
a. Memorial Wall. David Gilroy and John Dickinson gave an update on the new memorial wall and the
Honour Roll. John advised on the difficulty and time taken to undertake this research noting the restricted
access to records from World War II onwards.
b. Rosemary Plants. Brendan Lloyd advised that the City of Greater Geelong would have Rosemary
Plants in locations for Remembrance Day.
9. Next Meeting. The next Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday 15 October 2018 commencing
10. Closure. There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1430hrs.
K. Arnott R. Lewis
Chairman Minute Secretary
Minutes of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch General Meeting
Held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club On 20 August 2018
The Chairman declared the meeting open at 1400hrs.
Present 28 members Apologies16 members
Previous Minutes. D. Gilroy outlined the major points from the previous minutes
Business Arising from the Previous Minutes. Nil
Marsh Insurance – Completed.
Card – Re-Appreciation – Ed Corless Family
Thank You ANAM CARA Donation
Invite to Opening of Men’s Shed on 31Aug18
Letter from Minister VA Re Armistrice Grant
Invite to Queenscliff Historical Museum Talk
Better Hearing Aust. –Offer of Talk
Marsh Insurance Payment
Acceptance of Armistice Grant
Accept Legacy Week Invite
Remembrance Day Letters – Invitation to Council, State and Federal MPs
President’s Report. D.Gilroy advised that Membership stood at 201 with one new member.
Treasurer’s Report. A copy of the Treasurer’s Report for July was provided.
A copy of the Welfare Report from Better Impact for the period 13 Jul—17 Aug was tabled by L. Fisher and is attached. There were a total of 184 clients with 5 hospital visits
Legacy Roster. The Legacy Roster is now filled but there are no Reserves. Appeal made for members to volunteer as a Reserve for the Roster period. OGBH Sub-Branch will be manning the stall from Mon 3rd to Thu
Appeals & Rosters. Rosters for Remembrance Day will start to be formulated in the first week of September
Ceremonial:Approximately 50 people attended the Vietnam Veteran’s Day Service. There was no clash with the Farmer’s Market being held concurrently.
Younger Veterans. Richard Lewis provided a list of outcomes from the meeting held by the Younger Veterans Sub-Committee.
Outcome 1 – Sub-Committee agreement to hold a Barefoot Bowls day for Younger Veterans and their families on either 18 or 25 Nov. The Executive agreed in principle but would like a breakdown of expected costs. R. Lewis and S. Payne to meet with the OGBC to ascertain this detail. Additional budget will also be required for advertising.
Outcome 2 – Sub-Committee agreement to employ a paid Part Time Event Coordinator. The Executive agreed in principle but would like further detail on the duties and expected cost (hours and hourly rate). Note: S. Payne has volunteered to take up this paid position.
Outcome 3 – Sub-Committee agreement to use Social Media and local Newspaper to promote the Barefoot Bowls day. J. Dickinson to investigate a Facebook Page for the OGBH Sub-Branch and opportunity to promote the event via an article in the ‘The Voice’. R. Lewis to investigate option of advertising the event on RSL Connect Facebook Page and through the RSL Active Program.
Outcome 4 – Sub-Committee agreement for B. Clancy to investigate holding a Guest Speaker Night for Younger Veterans with the suggested guest speakers being Stephen Wells and Patrick Dangerfield. Executive agreed in principle but noted the event would be a better fit in 2019.
Outcome 5- Sub-Committee agreement to have a way ahead beyond the Barefoot Bowls Day. Suggested activities were: Coffee Mornings, Range Shoot, BBQ, RSL Active Water Based Program and Indoor Bowls. Executive agreed to proceed with the planning of a Coffee Morning(s).
Outcome 6- Sub-Committee agreement to consider holding a Xmas Lunch at Adventure Park or the like for Younger Veterans and their families. Executive noted the short time to Xmas and suggested that any investigation should be based around Xmas 2019.
Outcome 7- Sub-Committee agreement on a donation for the purchase of a Companion Therapy Dog through the Defence Bank Foundation. Expected cost could be as high as $7,500. Lewis and B. Clarke to ascertain total cost. Executive agreed in principle but would like to know the full cost before endorsement. Suggestion that recipient should be located in Area 8a.
Armistice Grant. David Gilroy advised the Armistice Grant had been approved and a total of $13,637 would be provided. This was well below the amount request ($20k). Additional funding would be sought from Council. The funds will be used for a Memorial Wall behind the Cenotaph and will contain the names of those who gave their lives and enlisted from Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
Remembrance Day. Gilroy noted that the State Elections are being held in November and this may impact attendance by local MPs.
Guest Speaker. Mr Ian Rouse was in attendance and provided a talk on ‘Powers of Attorney’ and ‘Wills’ on closure of the meeting
Next Meeting. The next Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday 17 September 2018 commencing at 1400hrs.
There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 1424hrs.
D. Gilroy R. Lewis
Chairman Minute Secretary