Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Do You have an Inspiring Story to Share?

---- We open most Fridays from 5 pm. Everyone is welcome ---- 
This request from RSLSA/NT is something you might like to consider and perhaps respond to. I know there are many stories out there lying in wait.

"Dear Sub Branches

At the State Branch, we take immense pride in our work supporting veterans and their families. We believe in the power of community and the importance of sharing our stories, events, and contributions with a broader audience. Together, we can highlight the significant impact of our efforts and the vital role the RSL plays in supporting veterans. 

To spread the word about the incredible work of the RSL sub-branches in South Australia, we are excited to announce several new initiatives: 
  1. Launching an e-newsletter, reminiscent of the classic Signal, to keep everyone informed and connected. 
  2. Providing more targeted content that speaks directly to our community's needs and interests.
  3. Ensuring our efforts remain relevant and impactful. 
However, for these initiatives to truly succeed, we need your support and your stories. Here are some examples of what we’d love to hear about: 
  1. An RSL member recognised at the Volunteering SA awards for their outstanding contributions.
  2. Securing a grant to fund vital projects supporting veterans. 
  3. A successful ANZAC Day commemoration, complete with photos capturing the event.
  4. Celebrating our member Joan Bloggs’ 99th birthday. 
  5. Hosting a fundraising night to help Joe Bloggs compete in an overseas sporting event. 
  6. A special visit from a dignitary to officially unveil a new memorial. 
Your stories are powerful and can inspire others within our network. Our goal is to feature them as engaging social media pieces or include them in our newsletter, ensuring you receive the recognition you deserve.

Send your stories and photos to or tag RSL Facebook"

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Conserving Letters from the Front

---- We open most Fridays from 5 pm. Everyone is welcome ----Our sub-branch has a large quantity of letters that were sent from the front by a soldier to a friend in Angaston during WWII.

A few of these were sent on "Letter Cards" that anyone old enough will recall were also available from the Postmaster General's Offices (now Australia Post). 

You would pay a standard price for a letter card that opened to a full Quarto size. You'd write your letter, fold it up to look like the letter card at left, lick and stick a tab at the back and post it. They were very convenient and I recall sending some to my parents when I was at boarding school in Charters Towers and my home was at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory that seemed so far, far away.

The letter card at left is one from our collection of Letters from the Front of which we have possibly a couple of hundred in varying states of legibility.

We want to find an efficient way to store them and make them available for our members and anyone else who would like to read them. With that in mind, I contacted the History Unit of the Barossa Council Library and gained some valuable insight from a very helpful staff member, Allison.

Allison advised me about several ways the letters could best be preserved while stored and how they could be made available for perusal. Probably the preferred option is to digitize the legible letters and make them available online or on a screen reader. Digitized versions will be easier to read and may be zoomed to the size specific readers require. 

This is still a work in progress and once President David and I have decided which option to implement, we intend to apply for a Department of Veterans Affairs grant to have the work done.


PS: If you have expertise in a field that might help us with the task above, please comment below.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Dinner at Eudunda RSL

---- We have 58 male and female members both ex-service and affiliates - consider joining us ----Our sub-branch was fortunate enough to be invited to attend Eudunda RSL's Annual Dinner.

Fifteen of us bussed to Eudunda where we met the RSL SA/NT State President, enjoyed an excellent roast lamb meal, and had a couple of hours to chat with RSL Eudunda and RSL Gawler members, the latter also having been invited.

It's always interesting to visit different sub-branches because although we share a lot in common, we also manage to have a large number of different artifacts and memorabilia in a range of inventive display methodologies. You can see some of the artifacts inside the RSL rooms below.


Thursday, May 16, 2024

Management Committee Feedback

---- Our email system is now back to normal and attended to at least once daily ----
Our meeting for Monday 13 May was rescheduled for 9 May and I'm pleased to give you an overview of the main points of discussion.


All reports indicated that ANZAC Day activities were a success with a large number of attendees. Several issues were discussed that we believe will help improve commemorations in 2025 and President David said he will call a special meeting to discuss those issues shortly.

Tasks for Volunteers

We needed to discuss the various duties that need to be attended to and which Committee members would do them. For example, organising meals is a big task that also requires table setting, cleaning up afterwards, and ensuring food is not wasted. 

The Hut needs to be cleaned after our Friday Happy Hours and cans and bottles need to be disposed of. There's much more and we rely heavily on individuals to help with these activities.

We're drawing up a list that will be available to everyone shortly so we know who does what, when and why.

Food Handlers Course

Some of us have already completed the mandatory Food Handlers Course but we have decided to do it again to ensure we are up to date and clear about hygiene requirements of the Department of Health.

Grant from Barossa Cooperative

We were delighted to receive a $100 grant from Barossa Cooperative that we can use to buy some of our foodstuffs, perhaps for one of our sausage sizzles or evening dinners. 

Our local community is very generous in supporting us with gifts of wine and these type of grants for which we are always grateful. As a self-funded organisation we wouldn't be able to operate without the revenue obtained from generous organisations and individuals.

Advocacy Training

For several years we haven't been able to provide an in-house Advocacy Service, however, we're pleased to advise that our member Dr Jack Urlwin (whom many locals will know) has agreed to undertake an Advocates Training Program and become our Advocate. 

Poppy Project

We were invited to be involved in a Poppy Project which is about producing a variety of poppy objects including wooden poppy signage to display on Remembrance Day outside our Hut. The Committee agreed it would be a worthwhile project for us and Vice President Patsy Biscoe has taken charge of it.

The next meeting is scheduled for 17 June 24.