May 19th 2012
Let's help the RSL
Few may know that the Magnetic Island RSL has the largest Citizen's Auxilliary in Queensland with some 90 members. It is clearly a great expression of support for the organisation, which has also proudly maintained itself and activities without resorting to the use of poker machines. But while the RSL is clearly appreciated in the community who have been happy to take up membership in large numbers, sadly, just 5 Auxilliary members are actively participating with hands-on activities.
With the move of the Friday night Market food stalls to the Arcadia Hotel, the RSL's income has been much depleted and it is now almost totally reliant on money generated through bar sales.
President, Pat Trewin, told Magnetic Times, "There are no other funding sources except for grants, membership fees, the raffles and other fundraising events that our wonderful Citizens Auxiliary provide for us.
"We are open from 5pm to 8pm on Friday NIghts - our Trivia Night is back - and Sunday nights for our traditional Sunday Roast. These are our regular bar trading days and we need the community's support to attend the RSL on those nights.
"Sadly, if we do not get this support, in time we will not be able to continue to trade, and soon will not be able to maintain the facility or support our veterans and the community."
In a message to current Auxilliary members, Pat Trewin wrote, "I am asking that you make a special commitment to attend the AGM on Sunday. At that time, it would also be appreciated if you would consider making a further commitment to assist the Citizens Auxiliary in their activities for the RSL - this may be as simple as helping sell raffle tickets once a month - or even take a position on their Committee and help organise future events."
Of course wider members of the community are most welcome to attend the CA meeting, bring their ideas and join up.
So, if you would like to help keep the RSL alive and supporting veterans and the wider community, the Citizen's Auxilliary AGM is this Sunday (tomorrow May 20) at 10am at the RSL Hall in Hayles Avenue, Arcadia.
And if you just want to support the Magnetic Island RSL generally, why not pop in to the Friday night market, have a sip at the bar, or come on Sunday for roast dinner.
Story: George Hirst
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