Ipswich RSL Sub Branch.Inc

Upcoming Events

7th March – DCO Welcome to Amberley – Heritage Centre RAAF Base Amberley 3-6pm
10th March – Defence appreciation Day @ Jets
15th March – General Meeting 7pm
Memorial Hall
20th March – Drop in Catch up 9.30
21st March – Soldier On networking event 6-8pm

From the Deputy President Desk

Hello Members, with Rob the president away celebrating his birthday I have been given the task of writing a few lines about what’s happening in the Sub branch. I will try to keep it brief. We had a great turn out for the AGM held in Feb, but there is still plenty of room for more members to attend. We elected a new deputy President and 2 Vice Presidents, thanks go to our outgoing Deputy and Vice Presidents for their efforts in supporting our Sub branch. Financially the S/Branch is going strong and with our investments we should be able to continue meeting the objects of the League. Thanks go to our Woman’s Aux for the lunch put on after the AGM. The Woman’s Aux held their AGM on the 11th Feb and elected a new President and committee. Congrats to those ladies. The Aux have 10 members and are always looking for new members to come onboard. If your partners have some spare time to join their group you can contact them via the office. I would encourage you chat with your partners to help boost the numbers. Our Welfare and Pension group have started back and are very busy supporting our veterans. At the last meeting we voted to donate money to the TVL Flood appeal, Bootstraps, we have reinstated the Funeral Benefit for our membership. This benefit will be paid directly to the funeral directors upon application from the family. The S/Branch is looking to expand our vehicle fleet to include a people mover so we can get out and support our older members or members with mobility issues, we have put aside money for this and are just waiting to find a suitable vehicle. We had a great turn out for our drop-in day which is held monthly on the 3rd Wed of the month, I encourage our members to get behind this event. 9.30am – 11.30am. Anzac Day is looming and again this year we well be having the Dawn Service at 0427am and our Wreath Laying service at 0932ma, these will be followed by a march through town. Again, would love to see as many of our members attend one of the services.
I hope this newsletter finds you all well and please enjoy the read, if you need help or want a chat don’t be shy to contact us here at the Soldiers Memorial Hall.
Michael Blaine – Deputy President
Each year, hardworking Sub Branch volunteers provide many poppy services around Ipswich and surrounds
to honour the contribution of men and women who have passed away.
The poppy service is a deeply moving component of the funeral that offers some solace to grieving family and friends.
We as a Sub Branch have a great sense of pride in being able to assist in this ceremony for our departed comrades.
As part of the ceremony, an RSL representative delivers a eulogy describing the deceased veteran’s service and recites The Ode,
The Last Post and Reveille are played, and Veterans are invited to place a poppy on the casket in recognition of their service.
This is very important information to family and friends of a veteran, you do not need to be a member of the RSL to have this service.
You just let the funeral director know that they are a veteran and they will contact us or family are welcome to call us as well.
 If you can assist with providing poppy services to veterans and members, please let the Secretary know.  
Important Numbers
Office – 3281 4159
Advocate – 3812 3822 – Michael Blaine
Welfare –0437126414
Ross Wadsworth & Greg Owens

Welfare & Community support
Last month donations have been made to Bootstraps $2500
Legacy $1000 (After 5 function)
Rosewood Men’s Shed $150 (Funeral Board)
Bremer State High ($750) Emu Gully
Combat Support Assn $5000 Tvl Flood Relief
Monthly Drop In M/Tea

Memorial Hall (entry via either the front doors, or if they are not open at the time you arrive, come through the park entrance).
Hope you can make it down. Remember 3rd Wed of each month.
Shirley from our Woman's Aux will surprise us with some wonderful home style baking.
Ross and Greg will be there to assist with any info you may need.
Woman’s Auxiliary
 President – Trish Lomas
Secretary – Shirlee Oldham
Treasurer – Pauline Webb
 The Sub Branch wish to thank Mrs Joan Gilbert for support over the last 9 years. We wish Joan all the best for her future endeavours.
Anzac Day Service 2019

Did you know!!!!!

Heritage Centre RAAF Base Amberley
Public opens days – 3rd Sun of month 9am – 3pm. Access via the One Mile back gate.
Funeral Notice Board
Thanks goes out to the Rosewood Men’s shed for making this for our Sub Branch.
This is on the wall near the office. Pictured: VP Paul Rogers presenting a cheque for great work.

Timor Leste - 20th Anniversary Service

This year the Ipswich RSL Sub Branch will be hosting a Service to commemorate the 20th year Anniversary of Timor.
This will be held on Sat 21st Sept 2019 at Memorial Hall.
Planning is well underway and more info will be posted soon.
The International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) was a multinational peacekeeping taskforce,
mandated by the United Nations to address the humanitarian and security crisis which took place in
East Timor from 1999 - 2000 until the arrival of United Nations peacekeepers.
The International Force for East Timor was commanded by Major-General Peter Cosgrove of the Australian Army.
The INTERFET coalition forces began deploying to East Timor on 20 September 1999
Can you help!!!!!

Looking for relatives of
Henry Thomas Trensen
Enlisted Rockhampton QLD
Nok- Gladys Trensen
We have had medals handed into the Sub Branch. (You must be able to prove your connection to above Soldier)
Please msg the fb page all call the office 32814159 (8.30am-12.30pm m-f)

LiveLife Personal Alarms

Moreton District Board have approved the formation of the LiveLife Personal Alarm Program.
The program is available to the Moreton District Veteran Community (definition: a person or persons
who resides in the Moreton District Branch Inc. area, who has served but not currently serving in the
ADF including Full Time Reserve.) and their current Partners, Widows and War Widows who are not
entitled through DVA to access any form of Personal Mobile Alarm. With this program District will
support the cost of a personal alarm system from LiveLife for the sum of $395 for the unit and $45,
the cost per year for the Pre-Paid Sim card operation.
Applications will be submitted to the S/Branch.
Pop in to the office or secretary can email application to you.

Dental Subsidy

District also have a program for dental subsidy. This program will also support the Veteran Community
(same criteria as above). District Office will subsidize the cost for dental treatment up to $1000 per year.
Applications are held at the office.

Nothing tastes better than a traditional Anzac biscuit.
In under 40 minutes you could be serving these delicious treats to your friends and family.

1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
125g butter
2 tablespoon golden syrup
 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Step 1
Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
Place the flour, coconut, rolled oats and combined sugar in a large bowl
and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Step 2
Place the butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat and cook,
stirring occasionally, for 3 mins or until butter is melted. Set aside for 5 mins to cool slightly.
Step 3
Combine 1 1/2 tbs boiling water and the bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl.
Add to the oat mixture along with the butter mixture. Stir until well combined.
Step 4
Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the lined trays, allowing space for spreading.
Gently press each ball to flatten slightly. Bake for 15 mins for crisp biscuits.
Set aside on the trays to cool completely. The biscuits will harden as they cool.

Calling all bright sparks!

Ergon Energy and Energex are looking for veterans ready to take on a new challenge.
Four-year electrical apprenticeships for Overhead Distribution Linesperson roles are on offer.
Ergon Energy and Energex are Equal Opportunities Employers and both male and
female veterans are encouraged to apply.
RSL Queensland and Ergon and Energex will be holding Information and Preparation Sessions
for the apprenticeships in Townsville and Brisbane on 13 March.
To register your interest please email employmentprogram@rslqld.org with the subject line:
Ergon Energy and Energex Apprenticeships
The QLD Department of Communities, Disabilities Services and Seniors seeks to collect feedback
from veterans and their families to inform ongoing development of the portal and its services.
So, we want to know what works, what doesn’t and what veterans want to access –
and to be inclusive to a range of needs.

To do this, they are holding a feedback event here in Ipswich, at Memorial Hall and invite all veterans
and their families to join us on the evening of 5th March for an introduction to the portal and to answer
any questions and give feedback on the portal.

Light refreshments will be provided

For more information about the QLD Veterans Portal follow this link https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/veterans

 Pension/Entitlements and Welfare

Our Advocates are a dedicated group of volunteers who support veterans and our community.
We have 2 welfare officers who visit the aged care facilities, hospitals and home visits to support
those people as part of our role as an RSL Sub branch. Sometimes giving their time to
provide Poppy Service to Veterans.
We also have a qualified Pensions/Entitlements Advocate with many years’ experience,
who is available to provide support in submitting claims through the Dept Of Veterans Affairs.
Our volunteers are available at Soldiers Memorial Hall (63 Nicholas St):
Michael Blaine
Pensions Tues and Thurs 9am -12.30pm - 38123822
Appt necessary
Ross Wadsworth
Greg Owens
Welfare Tues - Thurs 9am - 12.30pm - 0437126414
In an emergency please call our welfare officer
Ross 0418 985698
Welfare are doing their ring arounds and Christine Young well be calling, so don’t be alarm.

Museum News
Museum volunteers were back on deck Jan 16th. The usual clean-up of display areas was undertaken. We had our first open day for 2019 (Sun 27th Jan) It was a very quiet day with only 9 visitors for the day. Museum staff had a planning meeting 2 weeks ago and is eager to make some subtle changes to some of our displays. Watch this space.  We are gradually going through all the audit outcomes from QLD Museum and Galleries. This also is a never-ending task. It is more policy/procedure at this time. It is worth the time and effort that we put into it. We have various research projects on the go. We are currently researching Boer war personnel (12 form the Ipswich area), Defence Industries (Ipswich Area) from the Boer war to present day. This is proving to be a big task. Debbie & I are continuing researching all or our WW1 Diggers born/enlisted/Associated with the Ipswich area. This project is growing in size daily, but we will get there. These is a lot of cross reference happening. This task is being undertaken by 2 people and takes a lot of time. I dl have a personal interest in this project as well (sucked in again!!!!) 19th Feb we had some members from the Karana downs Scout group come and visit the Memorial Hall. Great bunch of young adults who were quite knowledgeable about quite a few of our display items. Sun 24th Feb was our last open day. We had 3 volunteers for the day and 3 visitors. We were flat strap all day. A big thanks to Mick and Fozzie for their help. We do need more help on these days, so any amount of time you can spare would be greatly appreciated.
That’s all from me
Paul Rogers – Vice President                          Museum Curator
Q & A for State President
Our State President, Tony Ferris, is launching a Facebook Q & A video series.
Get you questions in by emailing to info@rslqld.org with the subject line; President Q & A

Soldiers Memorial Hall
Cnr of Nicholas and Limestone Street Ipswich
3281 4159
Online Service Newspapers
Other info websites
Honours and awards
Researching family members
National Archives of Australia
Bootraps – For those who have laced up boots in service to our country. – Sam - 0405044205

BOOTSTRAPS - a place for veterans of all ages to come together and create leather goods and
reconnect with family and community. We are a place where people want to come to,
but more importantly want to come BACK to.

Know your Committee Members
President: Rob H. Wadley
Deputy President: Michael Blaine
Vice Presidents: Paul Rogers, Paul Andrews
Secretary: Debbie Wadwell
Treasurer: Owen (Oggy) Smith
Sub-Branch Committee Members: Wayne Gibbens, Paul Ninnes, Greg Owens and Ross Wadsworth
Club Service Ipswich Board: Peter Felton Jnr (Treasurer), Paul Ninnes, Greg Owens, Derek Owen & Ross McLeary
9 Mar - Coffee Catch Up, 10am Breakfast at Stephanies
10 Mar - Ipswich Jets Rugby League Defence Appreciation Round, 1pm,
North Ipswich Reserve (Free Tickets are available, inquire via yvipswich@outlook.com)
16 Mar - Revive Yoga, 230pm Revive Yoga & Wellness Centre at Springfield Orion.
Cost $5 with all equipment supplied.
24 Mar - Young Veterans Ipswich Family Day, 1130am Lobley Park Churchill
(See FB event in comments for more information)
7 Apr - Horse Riding at Fordsdale Horse Adventures (TBC)