HIGHLIGHTS of the meeting of the Foster sub-branch of the RSL last Wednesday evening included the presentation of a cheque for $5000 towards the building project of Prom Country Aged Care, which runs Banksia Lodge and Prom View Lodge, and the unveiling of an honour board on the wall of the RSL’s clubrooms in Foster’s main street.
The president of the sub-branch, Les Wilkins, invited local councillor and RSL member Mohya Davies to present the cheque to Prom Country Aged Care CEO Claire Schmierer. Ms Schmierer thanked the RSL for the very generous donation which will go towards the construction of a new 60-bed facility. Work has begun on the new facility, with the first site meeting held recently.
Mr Wilkins then unveiled the new honour board, which was crafted in wood and donated by Allan Smith, who is a member of the RSL, along with his wife Colleen. Debbie Williams did the signwriting on the board, which lists the presidents and secretaries of the sub-branch back to 1954 (as far as existing sub-branch records date back).
An enjoyable evening was capped off by the arrival of two locals who walked through the door at about 9pm and took up membership of Foster RSL. “That takes our membership to 249, just one off our target of 250 which are hoping to achieve by the end of the month,” a delighted Perce Brewer told The Mirror the next day.
On Friday Perce rang with more news – Foster had its 250th member. She is Helen Marshman from Toora’s Royal Standard Hotel. She is the 100th person to take up membership this year. Perce has led a highly successful membership drive in recent years which has made the Foster sub-branch the envy of RSL clubs all over Australia. It has also helped the RSL club give back to the community, which it continues to do very generously.
Is this figure audited? I doubt it. Members have left and passed on, but not removed from membership ;list.