SOUTH West Rocks RSL Women's Auxiliary recently turned 48, and to mark the significant occasion, members from all over the north coast descended on South West Rocks.
The original plan was to celebrate at the South West Rocks Cenotaph; however, some bad weather forced the festivities inside the hall, the venue may have changed, but the overall idea stayed the same.
"It's our 48th birthday, and I thought this would be the perfect time to pay tribute to past and present members," president of the South West Rocks Auxiliaries Alison Mckean said.
"We are heading a new direction as an organisation, but we should never forget our past and present members who have helped make the organisation what it is today."
Joining the ladies were very special guests, acting RSL NSW President Ray James and Pauline James the State President of RSL Auxiliaries. The strong husband and wife team asked for unity and stated the importance of groups like the auxiliaries to the RSL organisation.
"The auxiliaries have always been the fundraising arm of the RSL, and the role they play in the RSL is incredibly valuable," Mr James said.
"Despite the recent upheavals in our organisation, what we do hasn't changed in 103 years of RSL, we need to stop bickering amongst ourselves and move forward together for the future of the RSL.
"That is why, in my role, I feel it is crucial to support and attend as many of these birthdays, fundraisers, and other events as possible."
The day unfolded with a white rose ceremony, some good conversation, lunch, and merry sing-alongs that could be heard from every direction.
Anybody interested in joining the Auxiliary RSL Sub-Branch is encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible, South West Rocks president Alison Mckean is always happy to welcome new members.
"We are always on the lookout for new members; everyone is welcome to join and help us support our returned service personnel and their families," she said.
"Our ladies form very strong friendships, and support networks, while also making a real difference in the community."
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