Epping RSL sub-Branch President’s Message August-September 2019
This month, on 30th July, we commemorated the centenary of the founding of the Epping RSL sub-Branch. This event was celebrated at a luncheon held at the Epping Club Ballroom on Sunday 7th July at which some 200 members, with their family and community leaders attended.
The 100 year period since the founding meeting by a small group of WW1 Veterans has seen an intense change world-wide and throughout the Epping district together with the change in demographics of the population of Epping.
From the few returning World War 1 soldiers who formed a small group which they called The Returned Soldiers Club there has evolved a RSL sub-Branch that has been an active participant in the welfare of veterans as well as being a leader in the Epping community and its citizens.
Proud though we are of the sub-Branch’s history and the heritage of good leadership of past veterans that we have inherited, our sub-Branch must be an active participant in the future of the RSL as it organises its administration to account for the new world of the 21st Century.
The RSL has always been a grass roots organisation driven by the enthusiasm of its volunteers and tomorrow will be no change. Without the veterans applying themselves in the operation and success of the league, there will be no league.
The challenges for our sub-branch are to continue its assistance to veterans and its leadership in our community particularly in the remembrance of those who have paid the supreme sacrifice to preserve the peace which is ours to enjoy.
Lest We Forget
John K Curdie OAM