St Marys RSL
The St Marys Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League is a vibrant and active group which is deeply involved in a variety of community activities in the St Marys district, in addition to providing the usual highly skilled welfare and advocacy (pension claims, etc.) assistance to Defence Force and ex-service men and women.
The Sub Branch meets at the St Marys RSL Club Ltd, cnr. Mamre Rd and Hall St. St Marys, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except January) at 1830hrs.
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Welfare activity on behalf of the Sub Branch is carried out by qualified Welfare Officers from the Vietnam Veterans Association, St Marys Outpost, with whom the Sub Branch maintains a close relationship. This service is available to any Defence Service or ex-Service person, whether they served in Australia or were involved in any conflict, in either the Regular or Reserve Forces.
Advocacy and pension claim activity on behalf of the Sub Branch is also carried out by qualified Pension and Advocacy Officers from the Vietnam Veterans Association, St Marys Outpost. This assistance is available to any Defence Service or ex-Service person, whether they served in Australia or were involved in any conflict, in either the Regular or Reserve Forces. Pension Officers are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8am till noon) in the ‘station building’ at the Train in the grounds of St Marys RSL Club.
Currently, the Executive of the Sub Branch comprises:
Details of past Executive of the Sub Branch can be viewed here.
Each year, St Marys RSL Sub Branch is proud to conduct a number of Commemorative Services. These include Anzac Day in April, Boer War Day in May, Vietnam Veterans Day in August and Remembrance Day in November. Further details can be located here.
Latest information on matters associated with the Sub Branch is contained in the Western Outpost News, a publication that issues in three times a year.
From time to time, important information becomes available – information of a health & well-being nature, that may be useful in particular to our Sub Branch members. These details can be located here (click).
In 2013, the Sub-Branch developed its 'Corridor of Honour' within the St Marys RSL Club to provide further education and information relating to the history of Australia’s involvement in conflicts across the world and to provide a specific focus on local identities and related facilities such as the St Marys Munitions Factory. The Corridor also houses a comprehensive display of military memorabilia. Items, slideshows and wall photos on display throughout the Corridor are changed regularly.
St Marys RSL Sub Branch is very much involved with and supportive of a range of associated organisations. These include:
Other Community Activities and Proud Achievements:
St Marys RSL Sub Branch is proud to offer a two-year educational scholarship each year to three qualifying Year 10 students in each of a number of High Schools in the St Marys district. Titled, ‘Colin Shepherd School Scholarships’, participating schools conduct a competition based around military-related topics agreed with the Sub Branch. The scholarship winners receive a financial award to assist them with their subsequent educational needs, usually into Years 11 and 12.
Each year, St Marys RSL Sub Branch has been making a financial donation to every school within the geographic boundary of the one-time St Marys Council district. The donation is provided to assist purchase books for the school libraries.
St Marys RSL will try to satisfy requests from schools for speakers to address school forums at Anzac and Remembrance Commemoration periods each year.
An important event for the Sub Branch that took place in 2010, was the investiture of ‘Life Member of the RSL’ on Lee Ann Taylor as a reward for the extensive contribution she gave the St Marys RSL Sub Branch and its members. And again, in 2015, we were very pleased to see our Treasurer, Ted Fish, awarded Life Membership for his outstanding contributions to members, the Sub-Branch and the RSL as a whole.