CEO Message 6/10/17

Dear Member,

The past few weeks have been busy but very productive. Last week I was honoured to join the Renmark RSL along with Bill Denny and Cheryl Cates at their monthly meeting. It was great to hear about the initiative of the Renmark Sub-Branch and their relocation after selling their building and land to the local bowls club. The Sub-Branch will be moving into the Renmark Institute, also known as the Soldiers Memorial Hall while holding their functions and monthly meetings at the Renmark Hotel.

We are happy to report that the Linden Park property has been settled ensuring a secure future as the home of the RAR Association and the payment of entitlements for our former employees. The former employees should have now received a “Proof of Debt” form to receive their entitlements. We hope to see a fast turnaround for employee entitlements.

The Board and I have also been working hard to ensure better governance through reviewing our internal policies and procedures. We have created a new Procurement Policy that will ensure tighter restrictions on spending and a fair process for engaging service providers. In the coming weeks we will be forming a number of committees that will aid with this process. If you feel that you can assist in any way please contact me at the State Branch and we can talk about how you can help.

The Veterans Centres held their bi-monthly meeting at the Largs Bay Veterans Centre on 3 October with a great amount of Advocates and Welfare Officers in attendance. Thank you to Mal Victory for hosting the meeting and to Scott Jeffery for putting together the minutes of the meeting. Copies of the minutes will be added to the RSL-SA Website for all to view. Please visit http://rslsa.org.au/advocacywelfare/ to download a copy of the minutes. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Advocate or Welfare Officer, please contact the Advocacy & Welfare cell and discuss how you can help on 08 8100 7300.

The RSL Active Veterans Easel met again on Wednesday, 8 October and this week the theme was Poppies. Please head over the Veterans Easel Facebook page and see the results. We were also glad to see a few more people join the group. If you are interested in art and want to be part of an excellent art community, please come to Torrens Parade Ground every Wednesday fortnight. Find out more about dates and times by visiting the Veterans Easel Facebook page.

Today I was delighted to attend the RSL Virtual War Memorial “Don’t Forget Me Cobber” Lunch at Adelaide Oval. While there, I was lucky enough to meet Mark Donaldson VC and discuss the future of the RSL in SA/NT and how we are collaborating with other ESOs. The Lunch was coordinated by Sharyn Roberts who did an excellent job at pulling the event together. The RSL Virtual War Memorial is an excellent resource that commemorates all that have served and suffered on operations be it peacekeeping or warlike. If you have not seen the RSL Virtual War Memorial please head to https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au/ I am sure that you will be impressed by the work that the RSL Virtual War Memorial has done to put this great resource together.

That is all from me for this week. I will try and keep you updated each fortnight. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

Corey Starkey

Chief Executive Officer