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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

 

 

 

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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WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AND WELCOME OPEN ARMS WHO ARE NOW OPERATING OUT OF THE HERVEY BAY RSL SUB-BRANCH PENSIONS & WELLBEING OFFICES ON TUESDAYS FORTNIGHTLY.

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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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National Day for War Animals       24 February 2022       

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!

 

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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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What a great idea! Bmee are located at 50-52 Torquay Road in Pialba. For further information, call them on 07 4124 2621.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY 11 NOVEMBER 2021

FREEDOM PARK, PIALBA

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch hosted a Remembrance Day service for the first time since 2019.  The crowd of over 800 locals and ex-service personnel were welcomed by Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman before Rev’d Jeff Jarvis’s prayers.  All Hervey Bay schools were invited to the service and lay wreaths. The 5th Light Horse Regiment Hervey Bay Troop acted as Guard Party with their three mounted horses and medic dog accompanied by a WWI nurse.  Bugler Geoff Harper played the Last Post and, after a minute’s silence at 1100hrs, the Reveille.  Thank you to the 9th Battalion Ceremonial Guard for their participation in the commemoration service.

Lest We Forget

 

 

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Start your Christmas celebrations with us on Thursday 2nd December 2021 at the RSL Club!

Come in and see the staff in the ANZAC Sports Bar to book and pay before 26 November 2021.

Have any questions? Speak to Sub-Branch Treasurer Tracy!

We’d love to see you there – the more the merrier!

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Now available from the RSL Club foyer

 

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Congratulations to Sub-Branch member, Bob Larter, on his 100th Birthday.  Wellbeing Support volunteer Alan Harris was pleased to present him with his 100 year Birthday Certificate from RSL Queensland.

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Diggers Lunch at the Hervey Bay RSL Club – 24 October 2021

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BAREFOOT BOWLS

VETERANS HEALTH WEEK OCT 2021

 

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman and Secretary Kevin Collins hosted the Barefoot Bowls event at the Pialba Bowls Club on Friday as part of Veterans Health Week. Even though the turnout was small, the weather was perfect, the beverages were flowing and a great time was had by all.     A big thank you to Mrs Rose Tidyman for providing the nibblies.

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The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch invites you to the Remembrance Day service on Thursday 11 November 2021 at Freedom Park. The service commences at 1045hrs. Wristbands for the members’ function afterwards are now available from the Sub-Branch.

 

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Open Arms Veterans & Families Counselling is coming to the Fraser Coast.

 

The Open Arms Maryborough Satellite will soon be fully operational. The team is headed up by Anthony Agapow, a social worker, and two (2) Veteran Peers, James Overall and Benjamin Smith, 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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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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Australian Peacekeepers Day

14 September 2021 

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President, Brian Tidyman, hosted a commemoration service at the Cenotaph in Freedom for Australian Peacekeepers Day. Locals and Ex-service organisation members in attendance were reminded of the huge contribution Australia has made to the Peacekeeping forces over the last 76 years.  Wreaths were laid after prayers were delivered by Rev’d Jeff Jarvis.  A big thankyou to bugler, Geoff Harper.

Head on over to our Facebook page for more photos!

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Click here to read the September 2021 edition of “The Branch” newsletter

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Introducing Brando, a Military Personal Assist Dog, in training. He’ll be a regular visitor to the Hervey Bay Sub-Branch Pension & Wellbeing office (2nd Floor of the Signature Building) for a while. Here’s Brando in his working rig, and also having a bit of downtime with his favorite toy.

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Click here to read Sit Rep – the official newsletter of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum 

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VP DAY – 15 August 

It was another beautiful day in Hervey Bay when RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman delivered a short service of commemoration for VP Day at the cenotaph in Freedom Park.

Rev’d Jeff Jarvis said prayers for the fallen and many wreaths were laid by local by ex-service organisations.

Pictured at the cenotaph after the service L-R Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari, WWII veterans Stan Hanna and Ken Hayden with Rev’d Jeff Jarvis next to Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard.

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Hervey Bay RSL Women’s Auxiliary 92nd birthday celebrations

The Hervey Bay RSL Women’s Auxiliary celebrating their 92nd birthday

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman with RSL Women’s Auxiliary Vice President Janice Chick

 

 

 

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Diggers Lunch

Christmas in July 

A record number of veterans attended the Christmas in July themed Diggers Lunch at the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club.  The veterans and their carers’ were entertained by the Country Blue band and Christmas gifts were given to everyone.  The two course lunch consisted of baked ham and a warm Christmas pudding.  A fabulous time was had by all.  Thank you to all our hard working volunteers and Club function/catering staff for making the day a success!

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The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is pleased to sponsor the “Veterans of Australia Hervey Bay” Dunga Derby Car 05 entry in this years “Rally for a Cause” event.

This sponsorship is intended to assist the young veteran community in Hervey Bay. 

Have fun and good luck with your fundraising!

Dunga Derby Car 05

Sub Branch committee members President Brian Tidyman and Secretary Kevin Collins with Veterans of Australia Hervey Bay Vice President Simon Jasperse

 

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KOREA WAR VETERANS COMMEMORATION SERVICE 

Tuesday 27 July 2021

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman led the service of commemoration for the Korea War veterans at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park on yet another beautiful sunny day in Hervey Bay. Reverend Jeff Jarvis opened the commemoration with a prayer and bugler Geoff Harper wound the service down with The Last Post and Rouse.  The three Korea War Veterans that attended were treated to a luncheon at the RSL Club after the service.

Rev’d Jeff Jarvis with Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman, John Holmes and Peter McDermott Front: Korea War Veteran Vic Fay and Jan Neilsen from the Old Salts

Korea War Veteran Bernie Devine flanked by his wife Margaret and son George at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park

The Cenotaph at Freedom Park after the Korea War Veteran Commemoration Service

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RIMAU Commemoration

Sunday 4 July 2021

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman conducted a service of commemoration at the KRAIT Memorial in Dayman Park, Hervey Bay. 

There was a long and solemn moment when a bell was rung for each of the members of “Operation Rimau” as their names were read out.  Wreaths were laid while a lone piper played the lament.
Well over 100 people attended including many ex-service organisations and cadet groups as well as Hervey Bay locals.  The TS KRAIT cadets did a great job acting as catafalque party.
At the conclusion of the service President Brian Tidyman was pleased when asked to present three of the naval cadets with their certificates of promotion.

 

 

 

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Our Military Library has had some new additions! Click here to see all our titles or come in to the Sub-Branch and browse our comprehensive collection. 

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 CONGRATULATIONS SHORTY AND THANKYOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY TO THE RETURNED & SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA 

Donald “Shorty” Shaw receives his 50 year RSL Membership Certificate presented by Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman (June 2021)

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The Sub-Branch is looking for volunteer drivers that hold an LR licence (minimum) and Industry Authority to drive our 22 seater Toyota Coaster bus on an ‘as needed’ basis.  Various Ex-Service Organisations and community groups use our bus for daily outings and sometimes overnight stays.   Our drivers enjoy the outings as well, and most times there is room on the bus to take your partner.  Drivers are looked after by the group organiser and provided with morning tea/lunches while on duty.  

If this interests you please contact the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch on 4197 7477 Monday to Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm.

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ANZAC Day 2021

 

Our ANZAC Day Commemoration services were conducted with a much larger crowd of onlookers and veterans than anticipated. The locals turned out in their thousands for both services and lined the streets for the marching veterans. Conservative estimates for the main service was about five thousand people.  It demonstrated that Anzac Day is a very important and patriotic day for all Australians.

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman hosted the Dawn and Main Services at Freedom Park and Reverend Jeff Jarvis led prayers.

We were honoured to have RAAF Group Captain Graeme Davies taking the parade Salute and he also presented a moving speech to all at the service.

After both services the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club hosted a Gunfire Breakfast and Luncheon for Sub-Branch members and their guest/carer.  The functions were a huge success and our thanks go to the RSL Club for the fantastic catering and service.

Two-up and Crown & Anchor were popular events after 1:00pm. 

The ANZAC spirit in Hervey Bay is definitively alive and treasured by our local community

 

 

 

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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