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 membership@rslsa.org.au 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.

Editor

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