The last couple of weeks have been busy for us at the RSL State Office. I will attempt to keep you updated on what we are doing at State Branch at least fortnightly during my tenor. I have only been in the job since breakfast and am still trying to get my head around everything RSL.
If you correspond or call me, please forgive me if it takes a little time before I respond. As you may be aware, I work full time in my own business and have three young children, not an excuse just the reality of the situation. If you have been sending emails to my work email, I would ask that you start corresponding with me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I want to make a clear separation between my private work and my role as the Interim President of the RSL SA / NT.
Over the last three weeks I have had the opportunity to visit with five regional Sub-Branches. I had a great time sharing a beer with the members at the RSL Sub-Branch at Ardrossan on my way to my beach shack at PT Julia. The following day I visited the Secretary and Vice President of the Auburn Clare and Burra Sub-Branch. I was graciously invited to their home whereby my kids tore around the garden and ate all the chocolate biscuits they could sneak.
This week I met with members from Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Goolwa with State Vice President Bill Denny. The pasties provided for lunch by the Victor Harbor President were to die for. I look forward to visiting with as many of the Sub-Branches as I can over the year.
The information gained from these Sub-Branch visits is vital for me in the conduct of my role. A common theme was the need for more information, transparency and stakeholder engagement when stepping off on a major project or purchase i.e. the Avoca Hotel. I took that on board and will attempt to engage as much as possible of the next 12 months.
We are hoping to sign the DOCAs mentioned in my last letter within the fortnight and begin trading and serving the veteran community. I will let you know when this occurs as a matter of urgency.
I have been in contact with three of the NT Sub Branches and look forward to meeting them in person in the coming weeks. The tyranny of distance is no excuse not to engage with the NT Sub Branches in the future.
Lastly, we will be putting together a one day Presidents forum in the middle of September. It will be a small affair as we are watching our pennies moving forward, but it will be a great opportunity to get your thoughts on the future of the RSL SA.
Have a good weekend and kind regards,