On Tuesday October 9th the sun shone brightly over our Cenotaph as our new bronze statues were installed. They arrived on schedule and in time for our Remembrance day ceremony. This sees stage two of our Cenotaph upgrade and refurbishment program successfully completed. Planning for the third and final stage is well underway and we are hoping that all will be completed by ANZAC Day 2019..
Senator Jim Molan AO, DSC to meet with Central Coast RSL members at Toukley RSL
Senator Molan will be at Toukley RSL on Wednesday 18th April at 2.00pm to conduct an open forum with the ex-service community. Central Coast Sub Branch members have been invited to attend the session which could run up until 4.00pm giving everyone the opportunity to speak with Senator Molan on and individual basis.
Senator Jim Molan AO, DSC
Jim Molan is a highly decorated and now retired Australian Army Major General who served his country for 40 years. Jim has given in so many ways as an infantryman, a helicopter pilot, Commander of army units up to a division of 15,000 soldiers, commander of the Australian Defence Colleges and of the evacuation force from the Solomon Islands. Jim was deployed to Iraq as Coalition’s Chief of Operations, during a period of continuous and intense combat.
Beyond his time in the military, Jim has been called upon as an expert commentator on defence and security issues by the media and in a number of journals and blogs. He is a highly qualified, honourable and humbling expert speaker on “Leadership in Challenging Times”. Jim is able to convey the need for leadership, strategy and calm under pressure, and we could all benefit from a lesson like that.
The old Day Book in Club Toukley that registered the passing on of members of the Toukley RSL Sub Branch has been updated and converted to electronic format – some of you may have seen this in the foyer of the Club. The display now shows a book open to the current day of the year and shows the past members who died on this day. Thanks to George Meier and Keith Bailey for making this happen.
Lots has been happening at the Sub Branch. The AGM was completed and the committee elected. The March 2017 edition of the Toukley RSL Sub Branch Newsletter is now online. Thanks Keith for the continuing great job in keeping the members informed.
Make sure you catch up on all the happenings at the Sub Branch by taking a look at the March Newsletter.
On Friday 25th November 2016, 11am at the Cenotaph there was a Dedication Service for:
- The new plaques for the current 484 deceased Sub Branch members whose ashes are interred in the Cenotaph Memorial Gardens
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaque, and
- Planting of the Lone Pine
The President and his lovely wife Narelle together with our Patron Karen McNamara, having a couple of ales with the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP Pime Minister of Australia at a recent do at Club Toukley.