St Marys RSL
November 2020 sees Australia in the still in the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional Remembrance Day service can not happen. That does not stop us, the video below was created to still commemorate under lockdown.
This video of our Remembrance Day Commemoration Service has been produced in lieu of conducting our live annual Service at St Marys, due to the COVID19 situation and current restrictions on gathering. We hope that you take a few moments to watch and participate remotely on this important occasion. Lest We Forget.
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 Diggers and Band Club, 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 Diggers and Band 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.
Up to and including 2018, our ANZAC Sunday Community March and Service was conducted at Victoria Park, however security concerns associated with the annual march caused a change of venue to the St Marys RSL sub-Branch (Guns) War Memorial in the grounds of the St Marys Diggers and Band Club. It is here that we also conduct our annual ANZAC Dawn Service on 25th April and Vietnam Veterans Day on 18th August. Since 2019 we now conduct our Remembrance Day (on 11th November) in Victoria Park from the WW1 War Memorial Bandstand. 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 Diggers and Band 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 OAM Memorial School Scholarship Program', 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.
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.