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Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Website 2022

Sub-Branch phone number: 07 4197 7477
Pensions & Wellbeing number: 07 4184 9496

  

 

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VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC COMMEMORATION SERVICE

14 AUGUST 2022

FREEDOM PARK 

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman led the service of commemoration for Victory in the Pacific Day at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park.

President Brian’s speech noted the millions of Australians that served in WWII, the massive loss of life and included the long campaigns in the region that get overlooked such as Burma, India, Ceylon, Thailand and China.

Rev’d Jeff Jarvis prayer remembered not only all those who served but also included the womenfolk back at home who kept the factories and armaments going for the cause.

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman and Rev’d Jeff Jarvis at the VP Day Commemoration Service, Freedom Park

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Deputy President Brad Gray, Fraser Coast Councillor David Lee, Naval Association Fraser Coast President Danny Meredith and John Holmes wreath laying at the Cenotaph

Cenotaph at Freedom Park

 

WWII Veteran Ken Hayden with his wife, June

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Diggers Lunch – Christmas in July!

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch once again hosted the Christmas in July Diggers Lunch. This year 83 veterans and their carers attended at the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club for an enjoyable luncheon complete with Christmas presents for everyone and some knee slapping entertainment by Just Us Duo.  Thank you to our amazing Wellbeing volunteers and the carers for making this a great occasion.  Big shout out to our guests from Masters Lodge who had the rowdiest table of the day!

 

Sub-Branch Committee Member Vic Jackson with Wellbeing Co-ordinator Chrissy Dimitriou

The Diggers Lunch held in Hervey House

Entertainment by Just Us Duo

All the pressies!

The crew from Masters Lodge really enjoyed the day!

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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Korea War Veterans Day – 27 July 2022

Freedom Park, Hervey Bay 

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch held a service of commemoration for the Korea War veterans at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park.  The small gathering was welcomed before Reverend Jeff Jarvis offered a prayer for those souls who served in what is termed “The Forgotten War”.  The service continued with a short speech from Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman followed by wreath laying.  After the service, the two Korea War Veterans, and the widow of another, were treated to lunch and drinks at the RSL Club.

Korea War Veterans Bernie Devine and Bill Boswell

Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari, Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Deputy President Brad Gray, Korea War Veteran Bernie Devine and representing The Hon. Keith Pitt is Karl Adolfson laying wreaths at the Cenotaph.

Rev’d Jeff Jarvis, Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman, Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins with Hervey Bay RSL Women’s Auxiliary member Jan Marshall, Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari and Sub-Branch Deputy President Brad Gray

 

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Rimau/KRAIT Commemoration Service at Dayman Park 10 July 2022 

   

The Fraser Coast turned on the sunshine for the Rimau/KRAIT Commemoration at Dayman Park. 
Hervey Bay Sub?Branch President Brian Tidyman commenced the service thanking the large crowd for attending and acknowledging the numerous cadets from TS KRAIT, 181ACU, Air League and the Air Force Cadets. 
Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins tolled the bell after each of the 23 names of those who were involved in the raid in Singapore Harbour were read out. 
Thanks to Geoff Harper on the bugle, Kier Welch from the Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band and Rev’d Jeff Jarvis for your participation in this commemoration service.

 

 

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Veterans of Australia – Dunga Derby Car #05

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch has again sponsored the Veterans of Australia Car #05 entry in this year’s Dunga Derby. President, Brian Tidyman accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from the President of Veterans of Australia, Hervey Bay, Kenneth Wayne Craker.  A short presentation was given to this year’s sponsors outlining the excellent teamwork needed to get this far, and the fun and adventure this event brings to all involved.  We wish them well with their fundraising efforts.

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Dennis Jackson turns 100 years old!  

On 6 July 2022, Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Committee Member Simon Morley attended a function to celebrate the centenary of Mr Dennis Jackson (FLGOFF RAF RTD + Fighter Pilot WWII).

Mr Jackson was presented with certificates from RSL Queensland and the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch.

Congratulations Dennis on your 100th Birthday.

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STABLE MINDS EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY

Ian “Jock” Lindsay from Stable Minds Equine Assisted Therapy (“SMEAT”) invited the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch committee and wellbeing team to visit his property and meet the horses Tiger, Ringer and Mac, and the donkeys Quavo and Diego.

The Sub-Branch is a proud sponsor of SMEAT and spent the morning mingling with the horses and donkeys and exploring the property.

Thank you to our host Jock, and his team, for showing us around and providing an overview of the good work SMEAT does with veterans and the community in general.

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Click here to read the June 2022 edition of “The Branch” newsletter

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Wall of Remembrance  –  Bayside Gardens

Don’t forget when putting your affairs in order to book your niche in the Wall of Remembrance.

Niches are $50.00 and are available to all ex-service personnel and their partners.

Spaces are limited.

Call in to the Sub-Branch between 9:00am and 12:30pm to discuss your requirements.

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Open Arms Veterans & Families Counselling is on the Fraser Coast.

The Open Arms Maryborough Satellite is now fully operational. The team is headed up by Anthony Agapow, a social worker, and Veteran Peers, who will draw on their lived experiences in the ADF and transition to assist our veterans living in the Fraser Coast District (incl. Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough).

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Call in to the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch and get your beautiful hand made ceramic poppy. 

 

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Treasurer Tracy is on the ball planning the Sub-Branch Christmas Party already!

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Click here to read the March 2022 edition of “The Branch” newsletter

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By popular demand, here is a copy of the prayer by Reverend Jeff Jarvis read out at the National Day for War Animals Commemoration Service in Hervey Bay on 24 February 2022.

 

 

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The President of the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club advised, at our AGM on 26 February 2022, that membership to the RSL & Services Memorial Club for Sub-Branch members will be free of charge from now on.  All Sub-Branch membership processes will remain in place.  New members will still need to complete the RSL Club Membership Application forms and renew their RSL Club Membership Cards when needed.

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NATIONAL DAY FOR WAR ANIMALS

FREEDOM PARK – 24 FEBRUARY 2022

 

The WWB QMI 5th LHR Hervey Bay Troop and Gympie Troop

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor George Seymour speaking at the Commemoration Service before unveiling the War Animal Plaque

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch held the inaugural National Day for War Animals Commemoration Service at Freedom Park on 24 February 2022.  Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman welcomed the National President of the Australian Light Horse Association and founding member of the Australian War Animals Memorial Association, Mr Lawrence Watts along with the 5th Light Horse Hervey Bay and Gympie Troops.  Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor George Seymour made a speech and unveiled a plaque remembering the animals who served in war.  Over 100 Hervey Bay locals attended along with eight horses, three dogs and three donkeys.  Wreaths of purple poppies were laid after a solemn prayer by Reverend Jeff Jarvis. 

War Animal Plaque

Some of the wreaths laid at the Light Horse War Memorial in Freedom Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here to visit the Purple Poppies website

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“Thank You Luncheon”

Each January the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch hosts a ‘Thank You Luncheon’ for the volunteers who have assisted the Sub-Branch over the past 12 months. President Brian Tidyman hosted the function for 38 people which was held on “The Deck” at the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club.  President Brian acknowledged the enormous contribution the volunteers give to our members. A great time was had by all and praise lauded on the RSL Club catering and service staff for yet another excellent luncheon.

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DIGGERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH 

Our Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Wellbeing Team together with the RSL Club put on a delicious Christmas luncheon for our Diggers and their carers.  Wellbeing Team Co-ordinator, Chrissy Dimitriou, organised a “Christmas Instagram Wall” and everyone got their photo taken and their pictures sent out to them with their Christmas Cards. The Sandy Strait State School choir provided entertainment to the delight of all present and the students enjoyed mingling with everyone afterwards.  A great day was had by all!

 

Sandy Strait State School Choir

” Hervey Bay RSL Hervey House”

 

Sandy Strait State School Choir

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Veterans Christmas party 2 December 2021

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch held a Veterans Christmas Party in the ANZAC Sports Bar at the RSL Club on 2 December 2021.  There were over 50 guests, including members and friends, and all enjoyed the abundance of food, drinks, raffles and entertainment.  There was a huge array of Christmas prizes and everyone received a Christmas gift, generously donated by local businesses, the Sub-Branch and the RSL Club. 

A terrific time was had by all!

 

This defibrillator has just been added to our Pension and Wellbeing Office in the Signature Building. Hopefully it’s not needed but gives peace of mind knowing it’s there. Huge thanks to Fraser Coast Regional Council for the grant funding to get the defibrillator.

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Now available from the RSL Club foyer

 

 

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Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Bar Runners available now!

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch bar runners are now in stock and ready for Remembrance Day.

These quality bar mats will also make a great gift idea for Christmas!

Get yours for $40 from the RSL Club reception.

 

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 Click here to get to the APOD Home Page

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All financial Sub-Branch Members (together with their spouses/partners) are welcome to make an appointment with Chris Thompson, Solicitor/Director to have their Wills, EPOAs and/or Advance Health Directives drawn up FOR FREE.

Call Law Essentials  on 07 4197 5600 –  79 Torquay Road, Hervey Bay

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Wall of Remembrance  –  Bayside Gardens

Don’t forget when putting your affairs in order to book your niche in the Wall of Remembrance.

Niches are $50.00 and are available to all ex-service personnel and their partners.

Spaces are limited.

Call in to the Sub-Branch between 9:00am and 12:30pm to discuss your requirements.

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Purchase a Copy Now:   There are only 1915 copies being printed.

anzacbook  LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE BOOK Only 1915. One of these limited edition books commemorating the stirring centennial story of the birth of our brave ANZACs can now be yours. Invest in this beautiful and rare collector’s item that follows in the spirited, footsteps of our Light Horsemen, and Hervey Bay’s unique bronze memorial, that marks their selfless fight to preserve our times freedom. BUY YOUR COPY TODAY – Now at a reduced price of only a gold coin donation Call or visit the HERVEY BAY RSL SUB-BRANCH (07) 4197 7477

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The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is here to provide Welfare, Pension and Advocacy services not only to its members but also to serving and ex-service persons and their dependents, especially those in need of assistance. We have a committed Support Group who regularly visit veterans in hospital, nursing homes or their own residences. We remember and commemorate those who have served our Country. This is achieved through the organisation of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services, Operation RIMAU, and assisting in services remembering Korea, Vietnam, VP Day and RSL funeral services for departed comrades. Hervey Bay has a large RSL Community Link program within local schools and the community who march as a unit under their own banner at ANZAC Day parades. The Sub-Branch sponsors a Legacy Scholarship for wards of Legacy to assist with education costs and the Hervey Bay RSL Community Service Award wherein community service organizations, viz. Volunteer Marine Rescue, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Life Savers, Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue, are invited to nominate a member for their outstanding service to the community, not just their own organisation. We encourage fellowship and mateship and, as a national group, we can effectively lobby the Government. The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch provides effective and efficient management of the Sub-Branch’s assets and resources for the benefit of its members and of the serving members of the Australian Defence Force. We are able to offer contact details for the many affiliated ex-service organisations in the Hervey Bay area, amongst others the Australian Veterans Group Post 1975. On 17 May 1929 the first official meeting of the Pialba Sub Branch of the Returned Sailors’ & Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia was held in the Pialba Shire Hall. The Hervey Bay Sub Branch of the Returned Sailors’ & Soldiers’ and Airmens’ Imperial League of Australia was Granted it’s charter on the 1st of January 1948. An Anniversary Dinner is held on the Saturday closest to 17th of May for the Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch, Members And invited Guests. Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch 11 Torquay Road, Pialba Hervey Bay, 4655 (07) 4197 7477 Open from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Monday to Friday