Dunedin RSA 2012 Annual Accounts & Presidents Report - 21st Mar 2013

Dunedin RSA AGM - 20th March 2012

Elected Positions

President: Jenepher Glover
SVP: Lox Kellas
JVP : S Hall

Committee: F Daniel, J Hesketh, B Proctor, B Rooney, S Grant.

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20 MARCH 2013

It has been a year when we watched closely, the sale of the United Services & Community Club, a year where we had to consolidate and watch every penny whilst at the same time trying to re-build and plan for the coming year.

What I have realised after talking with executive and members from other RSA’s is that our situation is not unique, and in saying that, we are much better off than a lot of other associations. A good thing to come of this is that we are being contacted by other Associations, wanting to discuss what we have been through, this is beneficial to both to them and to us and it is good to be able to offer them some moral support and get some in return.

We have been using the Garrison Club as an RSA social facility for some time now. I realise that this does not suit everyone, and recently had a chat with a member, who I am thankful to for coming forward, to say that some of our membership would like somewhere that they can go at lunch time. The Executive hear this and understand and will make it a priority to try and find an alternative place to meet earlier in the day. The logical place is a bowling club and I will personally be approaching several in the South Dunedin area. I would encourage you though, to use the facilities at the Garrison Club. The young soldiers love seeing the RSA members and I am sure that you would enjoy them. The stairs are a problem but if we could be assured that the Garrison Club would be used, then we would apply for funding and speak to the Army about an elevator.

We are planning speakers once monthly at the Garrison Club and are hoping to get funding to provide savouries and sandwiches. This would be an ideal opportunity to get together.

John Hesketh, whom you will all know, is currently talking to local businesses to secure discounts on presentation of your RSA membership card. John has already secured discounts at The Mill liquor outlet and Brocklebanks Dry Cleaners. Brocklebanks have kindly offered a 25% discount. He will be approaching Mitre 10 and Nicholls Garden Centre, in addition to several other businesses.

Queenstown, Arrowtown and Waikouaiti RSAs are no longer sub-branches, having gone out on their own. This is not a negative, but a sign of progress. Due to their large and prosperous Associations they are ready to become independent. We wish them well and will continue to maintain a close relationship with them. Palmerston have decided to join the North Otago RSA, and again, we wish them well.

I attend District Meetings regularly throughout the year, and I would like to welcome John Longman, our District President. The District Meetings are a great opportunity to hear first hand, what has occurred at the National Executive Meeting in Wellington, to raise any concerns, or to just bounce ideas off other RSAs. I find them very valuable.

Anzac Day commemorations are getting bigger every year. 10,000 people attended the Dawn Service last year. And it is no wonder because the Dunedin RSA and their supporters do this particularly well. Every year we have significant military personnel, in addition to other dignitaries, as Anzac guests. Dunedin is a special place and the military recognise this.

Planning is currently underway for the 1914-1918 commemorations, and again we would like to hear from you with suggestions.

On behalf of all the Dunedin RSA and their sub-branches, I would like to wish Lieutenant Commander Ian Marshall well for his deployment to South Korea, and to thank him for all his support over the years that he has been Resident Naval Officer.

I would like to end by saying that although we have been through some upheaval, some changes, our spirit is still strong.

Please contact us with any suggestions or comments. Without hearing from you we don’t know how you feel. And… we would also very much like your support.

Best wishes to all.

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