Annual General Meeting
Sunday 30th March 2008
At 9.30 a.m.
At the Sub-Branch
Notice of Motion:
Special Resolution for the amendment of the statement of
purpose and rules of the Waverley RSL Sub-Branch
We encourage members to attend this meeting, to be updated on
important and relevant matters pertaining to your RSL‟s operations,
welfare and activities.
Waverley RSL Sub-Branch Inc.
ABN No. 48 585 860 713
161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150
P.O. Box 324
Telephone: 8558 4700
Waverley RSL Sub-Branch Inc.
EXECUTIVE REPATRIATION & VETERAN AFFAIRS
President: Neil Slaughter Please contact the Oakleigh Branch on 9568 1200
Vice-President: Nigel Linnell
Secretary: Dennis Everitt APPEALS
Treasurer: Bill Malloy Paul Callanan
COMMITTEE COMMUNITY SUPPORT ADVISOR
Paul Callanan, Michael Black, Graeme Burbidge, Mal Carson, Janet Arnold
Geoff Dare, Ron Wells, Bob McIvor, Alan Eacott
President: Liz Oxlade
General Manager: Henk Vandriel Vice-President: Zelma Sinden
Administration Manager: Tricia Jones Secretary/Treasurer: Maureen Quamby
Functions Manager: Eva Szarvasy
It is with regret that we record the passing of the following members since our last Dispatch:
John Furze Raymond Dalziel Patricia Wignall John Farley
William Smillie Robert Maas Fred Williams Ray Jones
Graham Deakin Ray Jones Stan Steele Laurie Gillham
John Funston Anthony Gregory
Lest We Forget
Welcome members to our first newsletter for 2008.
The Waverley RSL Sub-Branch Inc. had a very successful year in 2007, as you will identify from the
reports in this newsletter, and from newsletters send during the 2007 year. We look forward to
reporting in more detail to the membership, at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday 30 th March
Since our last AGM in March 2007, sadly we have again seen the passing of a significant number of
our senior members including Douglas Buscombe, Frank Hall, Don Nairn and Laurie Gillham, all of
whom made a significant contribution to the Waverley RSL. „We will remember them‟
Recently in December 2007 the RSL State Branch launched its first comprehensive booklet entitled:
„The RSL: Your Community Benefits. RSL Licensed Sub Branches‟ Community Support and
Involvement in Victoria.‟ This booklet provides a tremendous insight into the Victorian RSL network,
who benefits in our local communities, how they benefit and what the RSL‟s achievements have been
in recent years. The theme of the publication embraces „The ethos of compassion and service
remains today, the motivating influence of the RSL.‟ I believe a publication of this nature is well
overdue, as it really does contain the evidence and detail of the marvellous work and achievements
that the RSL has undertaken and delivered to Veterans, their dependants and the general community
over the past years. Indeed, its content serves a great educational purpose, in enlightening the
reader as to the contribution to the community that the RSL has achieved across the state of Victoria.
I do commend the booklet to you and limited supplies are available. Therefore, please contact
myself or our Secretary, Mr Dennis Everitt, to obtain a copy.
The Executive and Committee acknowledges the tremendous job and achievements that our
Community Support Group undertake during the year, under the guidance of Janet Arnold. Janet is
assisted by volunteers, Mrs. Margaret Malloy and Mr. Geoff Barnett, who collectively play a
magnificent role in providing much needed welfare and community support on behalf of the Sub-
Branch. Janet, Margaret and Geoff are really at the „coalface‟ in carrying out the core business and
objectives of the RSL and we are very appreciative of the many hours that they contribute to helping
and assisting the needy. We are very proud of the great work that they do.
Our Women‟s Auxiliary have again done a great job in their fundraising, welfare and charity activities
throughout 2007. Outgoing President, Mrs. Lillian Robinson is to be congratulated for her dedication
and hard work to the Women‟s Auxiliary over many years. On behalf of the members and
Management of the Waverley RSL we wish Lillian and George the best of health and happiness in
the future. We also welcome incoming President, Mrs. Elizabeth (Liz) Oxlade, whom I have no doubt
will continue the great work with her dedicated team of ladies in the future.
For some time now, your Committee has been considering whether a change of venue for our
ANZAC day dawn service would be appropriate. As a number of our elder members are aware, the
Waverley RSL dawn service has, for many years, been conducted at St Stephen‟s Church in High
Street Road, Mount Waverley. Over the years, the church courtyard venue has been an intimate and
fitting place for the small number of members who attend and participate in the Sub-Branch dawn
service. In reviewing the location of our dawn service, we have identified the growing interest and
acknowledgement of the ANZAC day ethos by the broader community, particularly with the younger
generations. Therefore we believe that a change of venue to the Kingsway Memorial in Glen
Waverley for the dawn service would be a more suitable venue in attracting greater attendance and
participation at the service by the broader City of Monash community. Also, its location in relation to
the Waverley RSL would offer significant advantages as far as parking and accessibility are
concerned. Obviously it is our intention to consult with Rev. Fr. Grant Bullen (St Stephens Church) in
relation to the change of venue and we will also be seeking his involvement in the dawn service
ceremony. Also it is our intention to seek the support of the Monash City Council in the promotion
and the relevant logistics involved with holding the ceremony at the Kingsway Cenotaph.
As in the past, the Sub-Branch gunfire breakfast will be served following the dawn service. Overall
we believe that holding our Sub-Branch dawn service at the Kingsway venue will attract a greater
public awareness and attendance at the service, due to its central and accessible location. We also
believe it is fitting to hold the ceremony at a public memorial being located in close proximity to the
Waverley RSL Sub-Branch.
Once again, the Executive and members of the Monash Sub Branch of the National Servicemens‟
Association have provided magnificent support during the 2007 year. Our committee is very grateful
to the “Nashos” for their commitment and dedication to appeals and welfare activities. Our sincere
thanks to President, Bob McIvor, and the „Nasho‟ members for their great contribution.
In our last “Dispatch” (October 2007), I updated members on progress in relation to the further
development of our outdoor café area in providing a more comfortable area for our members who
enjoy a cigarette. Work on the area will commence very soon (it is anticipated well before receipt of
this newsletter), which will involve glass panelling of the perimeter of the outdoor area and
permanently fixed umbrellas and heating for the cooler months. This addition will greatly enhance the
overall visual and functional aspects of the outdoor café area and, at the same time, create a more
comfortable are for our “smokers.”
We are currently designing a new website for the Sub-Branch which, when installed, will provide
fantastic features for members to access and view a vast range of information and activities taking
place at the Sub-Branch. It is our objective to have it completed during the month of March and we
intend making an online presentation to members at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 30th
This is a very exciting project which will deliver to our members, and the local community, a new
dimension in the way we communicate and market the RSL overall and, in particular, the facilities
and activities that we offer at the Waverley RSL Sub-Branch Inc.
Our management and staff had an exceptionally busy year in 2007 and the financial documents for
the year certainly substantiate this fact. Much hard work and dedication by all of our employees has
resulted in a very successful year.
According to member feedbacks and comments by many patrons of our restaurant and function
room, our service levels and the quality of cuisine that we offer have been of the highest standard. In
this regard, on behalf of the Committee, I congratulate our General Manager Henk Vandriel and all
the operations/admin staff that have contributed to an outstanding year in 2007.
We do anticipate that 2008 will be a challenging year due to a number of factors. Including change of
Government, volatile economy, anti-gaming lobbying etc. Therefore our close monitoring of
influences that affect our business will be paramount, in order that we are proactive in adjusting to
the current business climate and trends.
Once again, our gratitude and thanks go to Mr. John Coulson and his committee for the tremendous
effort they put in, in facilitating the annual NASS.
Well done gentlemen, and we look forward to another successful scholarship presentation event in
Having nearly completed my fourth year as your President, I would once again express my sincere
thanks and appreciation to the professional Executive and Committee team that assist me in the
overall administration of the Sub-Branch. Vice-President Nigel Linnell, Secretary Dennis Everitt,
Treasurer Bill Malloy, (who is back after illness), Michael Black, Malcolm Carson, Paul Callanan,
Graeme Burbidge, Geoff Dare, Ron Wells, Bob McIvor and our newly co-opted committee member,
Mr. Alan Eacott. Thank you all for your great commitment, teamwork and friendship.
Members, I look forward with great pride to serving you in the future.
RSL FAMILY RACE DAY
The Victorian RSL invite you to the Moonee Valley Racing Club
Saturday 29th March 2008
RSL members can enter free of charge on
presentation of their membership card.
This year we have created an exclusive RSL Members Lawn Enclosure.
Tickets for this area must be purchased in advance at a cost of $30 per adult and $12 per child (under 12
years). This package included racecourse entry, one free drink on arrival, gourmet BBQ lunch and access to
the exclusive RSL Members Lawn Enclosure for the entire day.
For tickets, please contact Liz Guthrie at Anzac House on 9655 5540
You will note from Janet Arnold‟s (Community Support Advisor) report, the work continues as does
our commitment to supporting our Veteran community and those less fortunate in the Waverley
community. Janet‟s report on the variety of the assistance provided to the needy in our local schools
and other community groups is evidence of that commitment.
In preparing my report for this year end, I thought it opportune to bring you up to date with some of
our thoughts for the future. Early in 2007, the committee reviewed the Sub-Branch‟s Business Plan
and, while our Goals remain the same, the focus of the discussions during the review process was
looking to and planning for the future.
The RSL name is well respected throughout the community and I believe that the Waverley Sub-
Branch is acknowledged for its commitment to welfare activities in the local community.
The General Manager‟s report and the financial success of the Sub-Branch supports a claim that we
are providing high quality facilities for our members and visitors through the Warramunga Restaurant,
the Sunset Room and the bar areas. These facilities are supported by the first class service of our
staff, which I believe is second to none. However we cannot afford to rest on our laurels, the
environment around us is changing rapidly. The Ibis Hotel opened for business at Christmas and
plans are being developed for an eight storey office complex adjacent to the railway station. The
plans for this development include restaurants and outdoor eating areas. Both of these developments
present challenges and opportunities for the Sub-Branch to expand its business through increased
use of the conference facilities and patronage of the restaurant.
Although these developments are positives for business growth, there is still a basic premise that
cannot be overlooked in continuing the development of the Sub-Branch i.e. increasing the
membership. As I mentioned previously that in our planning discussions, increasing the membership
base was a prerequisite for the Sub-Branch to grow. Therefore, as a first stage, we identified the
community members as an untapped source of potential members. At the end of 2007, we had 2100
community members (gaming members), who pay $5.50 membership, However, there are no
benefits associated, except entry to the Sub-Branch, for this category of membership. To encourage
these members to upgrade to social membership status, we made them an introductory offer of $22
membership fee for the first year and pointed out the benefits of social membership e.g. Loyalty
points, the birthday meal voucher. To date, in excess of 700 have taken up the offer. These initiatives
will continue in the coming years. The affiliate membership category needs a boost, which begs the
question how many social members may not be aware that they are eligible for affiliate membership.
Additionally we have a large body of “Nashos” who attend meetings at the Sub-Branch and as a
group do a fantastic amount of work supporting our welfare and appeals work. However, only 25% of
them are service members. We will have discussions with the executive of the National Servicemens‟
Association to develop incentives for them to join.
We have to acknowledge that within a few short years we will have to rely on our affiliate and social
members to take over the running of the Sub-Branch, therefore we have to engage them in the
activities of the Sub-Branch so that not only do they become active members but they come to
understand the ethos and traditions of the RSL, in particular our welfare and commemorative roles. In
the long term, this is the only way forward for the Waverley Sub-Branch Inc.
In closing, I would like to thank the following for their help during the year, Janet our Welfare Advisor
for driving our welfare and activities programs, Margaret and Geoff for their support to Janet, the
welfare sub-committee in Paul, Tommy and June. Also Bob, our Day Club coordinator, Ted the OMNI
group coordinator, the Hydrotherapy life guards Colin and Jan and the ever reliable bus drivers Rob,
Barry, David and Peter. A special thanks to Henk, Tricia and Penny for their tolerance and help
through another year.
Membership Status by category:
13th March 2007 25th February 2008
Service 936 909
Affiliate 200 217
Social 782 1484
Community 1967 1453
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
2007 is over and what a year that was for our Club. All operational areas have experienced a
significant growth in revenue in comparison to the previous years. A record operational profit
combined with control of costs has seen us exceed the $300,000.00 profit margin for the first time
Our Function Room and Restaurant especially performed above expectations with a sharp increase
in revenue from those two areas alone which in turn flowed on to the Bar.
Gaming remained steady throughout the year and at least we did not experience a down turn in that
area as was expected due to poor publicity from the media.
The results are a credit to the Committee who had the foresight years ago to tackle the renovations in
order to improve your Club, the results of which are now beginning to show and which has made
Management‟s job easier. I wish to thank them for that and all their continued support.
I am constantly receiving compliments on our staff who are the driving force behind the friendly and
efficient service which have given the Club such an enviable reputation and were instrumental in the
Club achieving such an excellent result. For that I thank them for all their commitment during the
past year. Their efforts in setting up and breaking down two, or sometimes three, functions, meetings
and/or meal settings per day in order to cater for all demands has been terrific and many times over
and above the call of duty.
I do anticipate a much tougher 2008 due to the economic climate predicted ahead for the year but
assure you that we will do our utmost to control costs whilst still delivering an excellent product and
service to you, our Members and all our Clientele.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT ADVISOR’S REPORT
We are looking forward to an exciting year for our members here at the sub-branch. As has been
the custom from previous years, here is a brief up date on some of our activities, day trips, expenses
etc. for 2007.
We have continued to support our local community within the City of Monash. Secondary and
Primary schools were assisted with the payment of books, uniforms, fees, school camps etc. – total
$12,917.00. For the first time last Xmas we purchased gifts for children in emergency care within the
City of Monash this totalled $1,484.97. Donations were made to local Community Groups. Some of
these were the Mazenod Panthers Disabled Football Group, Waverley Private Hospital, Power
Neighbourhood House and Waverley Community Learning Centre - these totalled $2,046.00.
Expenses towards Morning Melodies entertainment for the year totalled $1,800.00. Subsidised
meals for local Aged Care Facilities continued throughout the year. The program of installing key
safes in the homes of veterans and widows who suffer ill health – totalled $2,200.00.
During 2007, with the assistance of a number of volunteers, we had some lovely day trips in our mini
bus. Places visited were the Vietnam Veterans‟ Museum at Phillip Island; Sportsman‟s Club at
Tooradin; The Shrine; Steeples Restaurant at the Mornington Racecourse; trip to the Garfield Berry
Farm and lunch at the Warragul Golf Club; trip to Santa‟s Place then onto the Frankston RSL for
lunch; a drive to Altona and lunch at the Williamstown RSL; lunch and a tour of the Essendon
Football Club; a trip to the Coldstream Cheese Factory followed by lunch at the Healesville RSL. If
anyone is interested in attending similar outings in 2008 or has any suggestions on places of interest,
please ring us here at the RSL and give us your ideas.
We will be continuing with our monthly outings in our community bus this year but, as we can only fit
12 members on at a time, we have decided that, to be fair to everyone, we will be rotating names to
make sure everyone gets to participate in our trips. Please keep an eye on the noticeboard outside
the Community Support Advisor‟s office for upcoming trips.
The dates for our Morning Melodies this year are:
Tuesday 6th May – Marcia Rae;
Tuesday 8th July – Brendan Scott;
Tuesday 2nd September – Marcia Rae;
Tuesday 18th November – Brendan Scott.
This entertainment is free so why not come along and join us for a sing-a-long and perhaps stay on
and have a meal in the restaurant. Members are advised if staying for a meal you will need to book
prior to the day.
Our best wishes are with members who are ill or in hospital. As our group of volunteers expands we
are endeavouring to visit our sick veterans who are in hospital or isolated in their homes. Please let
us know when a member is in Hospital or if you know of anyone who would like the occasional visit.
Community Support Advisor
On Wednesday 12th December, 28 Members attended our 57th Annual General Meeting. A
presentation and thanks were given to our outgoing President, Lilian Robinson, who has given 6
years dedication to the position. We then welcomed our new President, Liz Oxlade, who I am sure
will do a great job in 2008. After the meeting we all went into the Bistro for an excellent Christmas
Lunch and were well looked after by all the Staff. From December to February is our quiet time, but
we are now back in the swing of things. Our social (fun) carpet bowls re-commenced on Tuesday 5th
Feb, and our first meeting will be at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday 13th February where anyone wishing to
join us would be made most welcome. We hope to continue our monthly bus trips to have lunch at
various venues, including other RSL Clubs. Liz Oxlade is also our Bus trip Co-ordinator and has
organised a 12 day tour to the Sunshine Coast commencing 28th July. Our trips are very reasonably
priced and all have been very successful and enjoyed by everyone (see the notice board or contact
Liz for further information). Our 3 day Cup trip in November was enjoyed by all and I am sure
everybody is looking forward to this year‟s Cup trip. Our Christmas raffle was very successful
(thanks to all who purchased tickets) enabling us to donate to several charities. Now tickets are on
sale for our Easter egg raffle so please support us again. Our biggest aim this year is to increase our
membership as sadly we have lost several stalwarts over the past couple of years. PLEASE, if you
have even just a couple of spare hours we offer friendship and fun and would like to add to more
Good health and good wishes to all
During 2007, for the Anzac Appeal we raised $33,562.75 and then during the Poppy Appeal, we
raised $23,835.35. Both these totals were an increase on the 2006 totals which was a very gratifying
result all round.
Our volunteers also collected over $3000 for the “Weary” Dunlop Research Foundation, and then
backed up by collecting over $10,000 for the Legacy Appeal.
A very big thankyou to all our volunteer collectors which includes The Monash N.S.A.A, The Toorak/
South Eastern Anglers, The South African Vets, my usual band of Waverley RSL helpers, and all the
members and public who supported us by buying badges. Your support and generosity of these
appeals never ceases to amaze me.
GLENMOUNT DAY CLUB
Glenmount Day Club has been holding our Thursday morning meetings for over five years at
Waverley RSL. We are enjoying good attendances and lots of good friendship and fellowship
between members. The ladies on the committee, assisted by Monash NSA members, have joined
together to make our Day Club so enjoyable for our members.
Mrs. Pat D‟Elton, our assistant co-ordinator, has retired due to health reasons. On behalf of all
members thank you Pat for all your support. To President Neil, Henk, Janet, Eva and staff, thank you
for your wonderful support.
THE NORMAN A. SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2007
The scholarship committee warmly welcomed were conducted in July at the Waverley RSL
school principal Richard Bennetts in early Club by a panel comprising John Coulson,
2007 joining John Coulson, Geoff Dare, Geoff Richard Bennetts and Garrie Kirby. The panel
Tilley, Gordon Lowing and Garrie Kirby. also considered school reports and personal
The committee was concerned with the
relatively low level of participation in 2006 and A presentation night was held in August
determined to devote more time and energy to presided over by the estimable Mal Carson
contacting schools in 2007. All secondary with former Norman A. Smith Scholars in
schools in the City of Monash were attendance. The five finalists and families were
approached as well as other schools such as also present. Club President Neil Slaughter
Melbourne Boys High School that had also welcomed guests including the Minister for
supported the competition – a total of 35 Veterans Affairs, the Hon Allan Griffin MP and
schools. Electronic communication by email the Mayor of the City of Monash, Tom
supplemented numerous telephone calls and Morrissey.
The 2007 Norman A. Smith Scholar is Callum
Wesley College has continued to support the Foat from Salesian College.
competition by providing examination facilities
The scholarship committee thanks Neil and the
and the committee is grateful for its support.
club for its support and encouragement and
Twenty seven students expressed interest in particularly thanks staff members Trish, Penny
the scholarship but unfortunately only fifteen and Eva for their invaluable assistance.
turned up for the examination in June. From
this group, five were selected for interview
based on their examination scores. Interviews Chairman
WAVERLEY RSL GOLF
Did you know that Waverley RSL has an active golf club that plays monthly at various courses
around the South Eastern suburbs?
Why not join your RSL friends for a friendly social game of golf. We are always keen to see new
members and visitors and you will be made most welcome. You don‟t have to be Tiger Woods to
take part as the club caters for players of varying abilities. We run our own handicapping system.
We compete against East Malvern RSL each year for the Bourke/Badham perpetual trophy, which
has been the focus of friendly rivalry between the two clubs for over 40 years. We are the current
holder of this trophy.
The golf club organises an annual golfing weekend away to country Victoria, which is eagerly
anticipated by players and non-playing partners alike.
For more details, please contact any of the following officials:
President – Helen Rossiter 0408 370 577
Captain – George Grant 0419 305 684
Asst. Captain – Gary Taylor 9560 9352
WAVERLEY RSL LAWN BOWLS
Results of RSL Lawn Bowls Tournaments are as follows:
State Fours: Won by a team from Sunshine RSL skipped by Andy Callander.
Runner-up was a team from Waverley RSL comprising Brian Dwyer, Ern Beer, John
McKercher and David Lamble.
Diggers Day: Won by a team from Box Hill RSL skipped by Noel McMahen.
Runner-up was a team from Clayton RSL skipped by Doug.O‟Connell.
This annual event was played at two (2) City venues and one (1) Country venue.
Members are reminded that entry forms are now available for the 2008 “Australia Still Remembers”
Bowls Tournament to be held on Friday 14th March 2008 at Glen Waverley Bowls Club. Please
arrange your teams now and submit your entries asap to:
Secretary George Robinson
36 Romoly Drive
Forest Hill Vic 3131
Phone 9802 6924.
The Duke of Edinburgh Shield competition is scheduled for Sat-Sun 12th – 13th of April 2008 and
Secretary George Robinson is awaiting advice from Players as to their availability for this event.
Please return the completed notice document to the Secretary promptly.
Bucket hats for Lawn Bowlers are now available in various sizes from George Robinson or Peter
Claridge. Cost is $10 each including the logo badge. These are good quality hats at a very generous
As we enter 2008 our Monash Sub-Branch of the NSA is going along well at Waverley R.S.L with
around 207 members and with 80 to 95 attending our monthly meetings. We have enjoyed good
guest speakers and lots of good friendship and fellowship between our members. We are assisting
the veteran community by running the Day Club, Mens Club, with appeals, visiting veterans and
helping out when needed. Our national appeal for our memorial stands at $485,000. We are well on
the way to building the memorial in 2010. To Waverley RSL President Neil Slaughter, Committee,
Henk, Eva and staff, thank you for your great support for the Monash Nasho‟s.
It is time to think about Indoor Bowls again. Some of us have been playing Summer Pennant at
Huntingtower and enjoying it We have 3 weeks before the finals, then a break. Winter Pennant starts
on the 29th and 30th of April.
If you are interested in joining the RSL Indoor Bowls, we are always looking for new members. The
season is from April to August.
Wishing you all good health and good bowling.
Neil Joseph Anne Stuart
9802 4054 9560 8868
For Good Health
What are the benefits?
Maintains / restores strength
Strengthens bones GROUP STARTING
Ease of daily activities
HERE AT THE RSL
Improves flexibility INTERESTED
Who will benefit?
Older people, especially if you have To register your interest as
ceased exercise or have a sedentary places are limited.
DVA Card Holders—no
Non DVA card holders—
Older people who have ceased $10.00
participation in activities due to low
confidence, fear of falls or health