COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland RSL Sub-Branch
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—One month ago Maitland RSL Sub-Branch celebrated its 101st anniversary of the first Annual General Meeting of the West Maitland Sub-Branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League, as it was known. Today the Maitland RSL Sub-Branch has over 120 members and is one of the few Sub-Branches in the state to provide a Monday to Friday service to members.
The Sub-Branch hosts many of the city's commemorative services for veterans but was challenged by COVID-19 this year, and the Korean War Memorial Commemoration Service last Monday week was cancelled due to an east coast low. Despite COVID adversity the group continues to support our troops and the Veteran community. It donates to "Pens for Troops", which sends deployed Australian Defence Force members a memento of their service, and the Auxiliary continues to send care packages to those deployed overseas.
Chaplain and President Eric Bell and the welfare and visitation officers Richard Kidd, Jeff Dunn and Peter Huber have been an amazing support to many veterans and their families. Thank you to the executive including Fred Goode OAM, Deborah Howe, Graham Solomons and Henry Meskauskas for your service to our community and veterans.