Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
Originally formed by soldiers returned from armed conflict. The Sub Branch of Bribie Island RSL is still run by veterans for veterans. Our members are young and old, female and male. They have served overseas and at home, in armed conflict, peacekeeping missions and disaster recovery. What they have in common is service.
Our President: George Franklin
Proudly a retired Veteran with a passion for RSL Brisbie Island Sub Branch leadership and always looking out for the best of the members.
Vice President - Doug Marsden
Vice President & Memberships
Vice President -Vacant
Vice President -Vacant
Community Link Officer
Commercial Director | Head of Technology & Digital Strategy
Dave Pasfield AM
Commercial Director | Commitee Member
Frequently Asked Questions
When I join the Sub Branch why DON’T I receive a Social Membership to the Club like most others?
The Bribie Island RSL Sub Branch do not run the club and only marginally benefit from the profits of the club. Last year out of the 22.5 Million turn over from the club the sub branch only received a minor amount to support 800+ members. The Sub Branch own the land and premises and have rented out the commercial property to an interdependent entity not associated with the sub branch.
However, given the above, Life Memberships are paid by the Sub Branch to the main club out of our yearly budget.
What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is the act of making represenatations on behalf of another to ensure that they recieve a fair hearing of their case or an outcome which they seek. In the context of the RSL this means providing support to veterans who are seeking entitlements, based on their service, from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
What is Transition support?
RSL Bribie Island Sub Branch has access to professional staff and trained volunteers who provide practical support for Discharging members and their families, in particular those Discharged on medical grounds.
What is Community Link?
Commemoration of our Fallen has always been a significant part of the RSL’s role, with members joining with the wider community for over 100 years to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. But a program developed over 20 years ago by a small Sub Branch took the commemoration a step further, and today hundreds of school students around the state join the RSL Community Link program to honour the Fallen.
Founded at Bribie Island RSL Sub Branch in 1995, the RSL Community Link commemorative program was born to engage youth through research and remembrance of the lives of the people who have served Australia throughout military conflicts. The brainchild of Sub Branch committee member and World War Two veteran Walter Scott (‘Scotty’) Barrett, the program’s aim was to create a social partnership between the RSL, the wider community and the next generation, to enrich the local community with understanding and pride for their local servicemen and women.
What are Funeral Services ?
Losing a member of our military family hits us all very hard and we consider it our obligation to ensure that sacrifices are remembered, that those who have served are farewelled with respect, and that their service is appropriately recognised. As well as assisting with funeral arrangements; for families in need, RSL also will assist with funeral expenses.
For those who have no known relatives, we arrange a dignified funeral service, attended by RSL representatives, to ensure that no digger is laid to rest alone.
We also actively seek out and give recognition to unmarked graves in which veterans are interred, ensuring descendants have the opportunity to properly lay them to rest.
What is Crisis Funding?
Our staff and Sub Branches can provide small amounts of financial assistance to meet the immediate needs of current and former ADF personnel and their families. This may include buying groceries and basic necessities, providing subsidies (e.g. rent subsidies) and vouchers, and assistance with transport arrangements.
For those who need more substantial help, we assess individual situations and circumstances and determine how best we can support your needs. This may include:
- Emergency crisis funding
- Emergency accommodation and respite care
- Medical, health and nursing expenses
- Disability/health services medical aids and equipment
- Special transportation needs
- Home modifications for disability or health reasons.