Stawell RSL reflects on a busy year

Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services were part of another busy year for the Stawell Returned and Services League sub branch year.

Robert Lackman and Geoff Reading clean up following a working bee at the RSL.

Robert Lackman and Geoff Reading clean up following a working bee at the RSL.

Stawell RSL sub branch president, Geoff Reading said to coincide with the two services a total of $12,935 was raised as a result of the annual appeals for both days.

The Remembrance Day appeal raised a total of $5445 and the Anzac Day appeal $7490.

Mr Reading said this appeal money would be used to allow the sub branch to keep welfare at a premium and to assist with the upkeep of the 'Oban' headquarters.

He said over the year sub branch finances had increased largely due to the continued support of the Department of Human Resources, Stawell Gold Mine, Stawell Country and Western Music Club, Field and Game Club and other businesses who made use of the sub branch building on a regular basis.

He said during the year the sub branch had received financial assistance, machinery, labour and general assistance from the estate of J Chatfield, Stawell Tennis Club, Gary West, Peter Baker, Deb Clarke, Phillip Willcock, Waack's Bakery, Bakers Brew, Rob McIntosh, Stawell Fire Brigade, Stawell RSL Ladies, Fisher's IGA, Stawell Police, card players, Stawell Laurel Club, Friday Happy Hour crew, Ron Mills and the committed members and volunteers who sell poppies and badges on appeal days.

Mr Reading said in the second half of the year the sub branch had obtained two grants from the Federal Government.

The first was a $6171 grant for the provision of World War I uniforms for the Stawell Cadet Unit to wear on special occasions, in particular on Anzac Day 2015 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

A $29,093 grant was received to allow the sub branch to refurbish 'Oban' with the replacement of broken windows, replacement of all guttering and down pipes and repair roof edges on the entire building and garage.

Mr Reading said during the year a new movement security alarm system had been installed at 'Oban', made possible through the sub branch welfare accounts with permission gained from Anzac House.

He said the sub branch once again thanks all, both young and old, for their continued support.

"We are hoping that the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015, is one that we will all remember for many years into the future," Mr Reading said.

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