Greenbank RSL is committed to supporting the wider community through its Club and Sub Branch activities. We have a long standing tradition of supporting many charities, social welfare organisations and sporting groups. Through the strong support of our members, community groups and all patrons who utilise and frequent the Clubs facilities, we will continue to always put the local community and the Veterans community at the forefront of all support.
It is also important to highlight that we, as an RSL Club, have a primary charter to oversee the welfare of our ex-service community as well as the needs of those who are currently serving. There are many Veterans and Service Associations who require our support as well as Cadet Units and issues such as Medical Research which all come under the RSL umbrella.
Greenbank RSL over the past twenty-five years has successfully created a healthy balance between its RSL obligations and it's community expectations. The process at times can be quite challenging but more importantly it is most rewarding to be able to provide real and genuine assistance to those most in need.
From what was the most humbling beginnings, Greenbank RSL particularly in the new millennium has been able to contribute in excess of $6 million in cash donations to both RSL and community based organisations and charities. This figure of course does not allow for complimentary use of the Club's facilities to fundraise directly via our members which would again amount to several million dollars. We provide a considerable amount of human resources to provide support for many and various worthy causes not to mention the many long-term sponsorships and scholarships of students and youth in areas within the club.
The extent of this support has almost become immeasurable as there are now so many groups and organisations that utilise our premise to raise funds. These unselfish volunteers always impress as they give their own time to fundraise with little or no personal reward. Greenbank RSL simply provides the venue and opportunity.
Absolutely none of the aforementioned initiatives would be even more remotely achievable were it not for the kindness and continued generosity of our membership. The contributions and monies involved never cease to amaze and it is most definitely our members who deserve the accolades and congratulations to continue to drive and direct these most worthwhile programs that complement our community.
An important initiative introduced in the late nineties and also wholly member-funded was to allocate a percentage of each individual membership subscription to a nominated charitable category. Clearly with a large membership base, this process has become of significant importance to our community profile. Board and Management at Greenbank RSL continue to explore new and different options as to how we best manage this important process as we take our community responsibilities most seriously.
We appreciate your support and through this support Greenbank RSL will continue to assist in making positive differences to the lives of very deserving people. Our desire is to grow and develop the Club into a fantastic facility that supports our community in every way possible.
Tim Wright ACCM