CEO Message

22 September 2017
Dear Member,
I am proud to say that I have signed on to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Returned & Services League of Australia (South Australia Branch). Through my role as the CEO I will be working hard to improve the advocacy and welfare services in South Australia and Northern Territory while driving membership and supporting commemorative activities.

As many of you are aware, it has been a difficult year for the State Branch with us entering into Voluntary Administration and the investigation by the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission. It is my feeling that the worst is behind us, however, we do still have a way to go before we are out of the weeds. I ask all of you to please be patient as we work through the issues and restructure of the business. The Administrators are working to ensure that our assets are realised in order to pay our creditors. The contract for Linden Park has been executed by the RAR Association and are hoping for a quick settlement. This sale will enable the Administrators to pay outstanding entitlements to former staff.

We are also working hard to ensure that our programs are also alive and well. The OpK9 Program partnership is still going strong thanks to the great work and support provided by RSB. We have had a number of cheques come through over the past few months that will be used to train more much needed Assistance Dogs for Veterans suffering from PTSD.

Our Advocates and Welfare Officers have also been working together to improve services at Veteran’s Centres located at Plympton Glenelg, Payneham and Largs Bay. The team is building policies and processes that can be used in any Veteran’s Centre and will, provide a more collaborative approach to services both internal and external to the RSL. 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.

RSL Active is once again gaining momentum. The RSL Active Art Group has joined forces with the Veterans Easel to become the RSL Active Veteran’s Easel. The RSL Active Veteran’s Easel can be found on Facebook. Please “like” the page or join the group on Facebook to get updates on events and competitions.

We also have a number of bikes and kayaks that are available for RSL members to use. Please contact the front office on 08 8100 7300 to find out more about how you can sign out RSL Active equipment. We are also in talks to get the equipment utilised for RSL Active family activities, please watch our Facebook page for updates.

If you come down to Torrens you may notice a few new faces in our volunteer team. You may already know Deirdre Owen and Ken Brown who have been providing some much needed assistance to our admin team. We also welcome Kane Hall, Peter Hancock and Warren Melling who have been assisting to fill a number of other gaps in the State Branch. So if you are in the area, please drop in and make them feel welcome. There are a great deal of people to thank for the wonderful effort and support that has been provided to the State Branch through this difficult time.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the member, for your ongoing support to the RSL and to the Veteran Community. Without our members, the RSL would not exist and nothing would be achieved without the countless amount of volunteer hours that many of you put in to your community.
Yours sincerely,
Corey Starkey
Chief Executive Officer