Following information received after the ANZAC Day main parade, regarding a Mr Gary Williamson, further enquiries were made. It appeared that this gentleman had been waiting for around 12 months for further contact from us that had been previously promised to him. Having made contact with him, a visit was arranged to his home in Werribee to discuss his needs and entitlements. We were able to arrange through VANZ for him to receive home care and garden and lawn maintenance, and further entitlements are being followed up for him.
We also followed up on another member that was referred to us by ANZAC House via the Red Cross. When contacted, he informed us that he was just being admitted to Frankston Hospital, have suffered a suspected heart attack and asked if we could contact him again after a few days. When we called again to enquire how he was doing, we were advised that he had signed himself out of hospital against doctor's orders. Further attempts to contact this man by phone and email have, to date, been fruitless.
One of our best loved members' health has been declining and we have been assisting his family with arranging home help. We have referred him on to VANZ and, once we have received the appropriate paperwork, we will be assisting them to complete it and get him the assistance he requires.
We ask all our members - if you know of anyone who is needing assistance, please don't keep it to yourself and let them fall through the cracks. Please contact either myself,Danny Allen, or John Capon - we can't help these ex-pats if we don't know about them.
I would also make mention of the assistance given by Caulfield in our welfare matters - it is greatly appreciated from our Welfare and Committee members - so a big BZ to you.
Results of annual general meeting 2021
The NZ RSL Sub Branch held their 2021 AGM on Saturday 6th March at Caulfield RSL.
The results of the election were:
President - Sonya Boloski
Vice President - James Hohepa-Smith
Treasurer - Danny Allen
Secretary - Lauren Kelly
ANZAC Day 2020
ANZAC Day 2020 was very different this year, with social distancing forcing people to change the way they commemorated ANZAC Day.
New Zealand RSL Preisdent, James Hohepa Smith, lead a dawn service with residents from his suburb in Wyndham Vale.
He later joined Caulfield RSL President Colin Bradley and Club General Manager Cameron Griffiths, in a short wreath laying ceremony at the Club.
NZRSL Raffle Winners
Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets in the recent NZRSL Raffle. Prize winners are listed below.
Phillip Island Nature Partks - 4 Park Pass - ELINOR BOLOSKI
One Hour Massage at Body Synergy Clinic - SYD & LYN HADLEY
2 nights accomodation at The Maze - SIMONE BARTHOLOMEW
$60 Voucher for Cape Kitchen Phillip Island -PETER DAVIES
$50 Voucher for Caulfield RSL - TOM TYRELL
$50 Voucher for Bunnings - JOHN WHITE
NZRL Sub Branch AGM & Committee 2020
The NZ RSL Sub Branch AGM was held on 1st March and the following Committee were elected.
PRESIDENT: James Hohepa Smith (Service)
VICE-PRESIDENT: Sonya Boloski (Service)
TREASURER: Danny Allen (Service)
SECRETARY: Kitty Pene (Affiliate)
Lauren Kelly - NZRSL Rep (Affiliate)
John Capon - Welfare Officer (Service)
Gabe Raukura (Service)
Shot Bro - Confessions of a depressed bullet
Shot Bro is the product of Rob Mokaraka's seven-year journey of healing and self-discovery. It is a powerful, raw, authentic one-man show that exposes shares and discusses the effects of depression. At the core of Shot Bro is Rob's personal journey, one that can help others and alleviate the stigma attached to mental health.
Due to insufficient numbers, the Meet and Greet planned for Saturday November 30th has been cancelled.
Those who had booked tickets will have the money refunded to their credit cards this week.
VANS representatives at the Club
Representatives of Veterans Affairs NZ attended the Club on Sunday 23rd June to discuss assisting New Zealand Veterans based in Australia. The followed up with a second meeting at ANZAC House on Monday 24th June. If you require any information regarding VANZ, see their website.
A great night for the deciding game for the 2019 Bledisloe Cup was held at Caulfield RSL. While not everyone was happy with the result, it was a great night at be at the Club. Well done Kiwis!
AGM Minutes 2019
The Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Sub Branch was held on Sunday 31st March.