New blood boosts dwindling RSL Boyne-Tannum sub branch
THE Returned Service League of the Gladstone and Boyne Tannum regions are energetic in their pursuit of new members - both young and old.
"We have been involved in a lot of conflict over the past 20 years," Boyne-Tannum Sub-branch member Gail Lamping said.
"The purpose of the RSL is to provide support to all returned servicemen, not just veterans of World War I and II."
The sub-branch's future was in jeopardy 12 months ago due to dwindling numbers of active members.
Since then, nine new members and new leadership has breathed life back into the group.
President Jeff Tickner said an RSL stall at a recent BAM event had given information to the public about welfare and assistance for ex-service people.
"Already the presence of three or four younger people has caused our sub-branch to begin taking a greater part in the community," he said.
"Also, membership and attendance at sub-branch meetings can provide an opportunity to meet others with similar service and the chance to socialise as ex-servicemen and women."
Preparations are already underway for the 2015 Anzac Day celebrations.
Ms Lamping said the 100-year anniversary was significant for younger generations.
"Students in Years 11 and 12 are the age our diggers were when they went to war," she said.
"Preparations have begun and we are liaising with our local schools for 2015."
The Boyne-Tannum sub-branch meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Boyne-Tannum Bowls Club.
Phone Jeff on 49739363 for an application form.