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ANOTHER RSL CHIPS IN

RSL Sub Branches play a very important part in establishing and maintaining contact with veterans of all services.  This is very apparent in the case of the Nairne RSL situated in the Adelaide Hills.  The club is trying very hard to remain relevant in a space which has seen the RSL Brand suffer impact to its fine reputation as the premier ESO in the state. This has been detrimental to engaging with veterans at sub branch level.  To that end the club invited Moose Dunlop OAM along to address the club members and other club representatives on the benefits gained from attending a Trojan’s Trek.  A gathering of more than 20 including the local member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie MP attended. Moose reported he was fortunate in having a past trekker, Paul Wilton on hand to give his very personal comments on what trek attendance meant to him and his family.

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4 RAR ASSOCIATION SA CONTRIBUTE

Moose and Chris Pepper the SA President at the hand-over.

This is not the first time the members of the SA Association have contributed financially to the Trojan’s Trek program. Of interest, most of those who seek help by attending the programs are ex-Royal Australian Regiment members.  So it is appropriate and well-targeted as this money goes directly to those members and families in need.  A number of the other battalion associations have also contributed over time, and although the amounts may not seem significant to some, the gestures of support for those who replace us is most welcome.

NOTE:  Since the above report was written the SA 4 RAR Association committee met as part of their normal schedule.  Among the agenda items discussed was donations to veteran organisations. In the words of president Chris, “the committee decided that it would provide on-going support to the Trojan’s Trek Foundation because of its low profile and very good outcomes.”

Thanks very much to the committee. The benefits are manifold and benefit veterans and families.

Moose Dunlop OAM

BOARD WORKSHOP

Over the weekend 22 to 23 Jun, the Trojan’s Trek Board met in Brisbane to discuss the way forward for the Foundation. This is the third occasion in the last 4 years the board has gathered for the purpose of future strategy and direction and the first under the new Chairman Paul Keady. The meeting was also utilised to conduct the bi-monthly board meeting which is usually conducted with half of the board 2,000 km away.

The forum was facilitated by Peter Keith, one of the foundation facilitators.  Topics discussed included; review of purpose, finance, clients, partnerships, trends over time, marketing and growth.

In summary, the time spent resulted in the sharing of experience and opinion while not overlooking the Foundation purpose. The time was well spent and will result in building closer professional relationships among the board members.

Thanks to Mates4mates for the use of their splendid facilities.

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EX-TIGER KICKS THE CAN

It is not the first time that Brian Budden, ex-5 RAR first tour 1966/67 has shown his altruistic side to the benefit of the Trojan’s Trek Foundation. But this time the donation was awarded on a day to signify a memory he wishes to commemorate.  The donation marks the day John Sweetnam 8 Pl C Coy was KIA on operations in SVN.  The envelope handed to the Foundation Chair Moose Dunlop OAM on 23 Jun carries the message.  Present on the occasion was the then Section Commander Dogs Kearney OAM, now resident in Adelaide.  Moose reported that the reminiscences between the two were entertaining and thought provoking.

 

The sincere thanks from the foundation were extended to Brian for his most generous gift devoted to the welfare of our successors.