Military uniforms mixed with senior citizens in “civvies” at the 100th birthday celebrations of the Returned Services League in Port Pirie on Sunday.
The relaxed atmosphere belied the serious nature of the organisation – to provide support for those returning from war.
The president of the Whyalla RSL sub-branch and the president and secretary of the Wallaroo group attended. Wallaroo will celebrate its centenary of RSL next year.
Mayor John Rohde and Independent Frome MP and Cabinet Minister Geoff Brock also attended the open day.
The 10/27 Royal South Australian Regiment Band performed on stage opposite the clubrooms, on The Terrace.
Sub-branch president Malcolm Bond said a donation was given to the band and a gold-coin collection was taken up. “The event was open to everyone – come one and all,” he said.
He said it was impossible to count how many returned servicemen had been looked after by the sub-branch.
“Now for the next 100 years – we want the next generation of servicemen and women to come into the club,” he said.
“Those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere have got to stand up and make it their club. They are the leaders of tomorrow.”
Outstanding service has been given by:
Life Member – Jock Balfour, four years Vice-President
Life Member- Dean Ryder OAM, 10 years President, one year Vice-President, five years Secretary, seven years Treasurer
Haydn Madigan OAM – Nine years President.