Supporting our Vets and our Community
The Woodburn Evans Head RSL community is strong and our Vets support each other where ever they can by staying in touch with each other through the Club or support groups.
We welcome anyone to our 'Mess' (Remembrance Room) on Friday afternoons at 4.30pm to get together, down a few schooners of Guinness or other beverages of choice.
We also welcome all comers to our Monday morning Day Club at 10am run by the Women's Auxiliary and the Wednesday morning Coffee Club also at 10am which is an Ex-Servies Get Together.
Many of our members are also strong supporters of the Evans Head Men's Shed, so don't be shy - come along!
Woodburn Evans Head RSL Sub-branch Welfare
The Woodburn Evans Head RSL Sub-branch Welfare provides access to a range of services for the well-being, care and compensation of serving and ex-serving Defence Force personnel and their dependants. It also promotes camaraderie and social connection for veterans and their families
There is no requirement for a veteran to be a member of the RSL to avail themselves of these services. They are available to all entitled veterans, members and ex-members of the Defence Forces, and their dependants.
Welfare support includes:
Providing an initial contact point for welfare matters, assessing veterans’ needs and assistance in contacting relevant service-providers;
Accessing advocacy services through the North Coast Veterans Advocacy Centre in dealing with pension and compensation claims through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA);
Referring veterans and their families to appropriate community organisations or specialist services;
Offering advice and support in relation to bereavement and funeral assistance;
Providing transport assistance to enable veterans to attend appointments;
Undertaking hospital or home visits to support veterans and their families;
Providing on-line access to DVA Fact Sheets and Forms and other veterans’ information;
Supporting the Women's Auxiliary and Evans Head Day Club.
Anzac Day 2020 - There will be a laying wreaths ONLY at 5.20am 25th April at the Evans Head Cenotaph. Anyone who wishes to lay a wreath is welcome to do so. There will be no service, just private moments to remember our fallen. This is not a public event. Please remember the social distancing rule especially around our elderly diggers if you come to lay a wreath.
The RSL branches in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia have made the decision more than a month out to cancel Anzac Day Marches and Services. "But in 2020, on April 25, when you can't go to a local dawn service, the RSL is asking that instead you tune in via radio, social media or television and take a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans and those who are still serving today." A selection of dawn services will be held across the country but the public will be asked not to attend. Any marches or midday services will be cancelled. "Do it at home and just have a few friends over, provided the advice doesn't change," he said. "Pick up the phone and actually call your veteran friends. Maybe somebody you haven't spoken to in a while and let them know you're thinking of them." RSL Queensland president Tony Ferris said the move was designed to protect "our older veterans" who are particularly at risk, and said he was looking into alternative ways for people to commemorate the day. "Regardless of the form this year's Anzac Day commemorations take, we will always remember the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of our Defence forces, past and present," Mr Ferris said. Robert Dick, state president of RSL Tasmania, said he was hoping the public could empathise with the decision. "Yes, we cop a lot of public flak over the issue, but we ask them to consider everybody else, not just themselves," he said.
RSL Services & Clubs Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge 2019
As part of the criteria for applicants of The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is the following paragraph: 'The opportunity to participate in a trek across the Kokoda Trail is a privilege akin to a $6,500+ Scholarship. Participants should therefore understand that it is not a prize, or a gift or a right - it is a privileged opportunity to develop personal leadership skills based on the values our Kokoda Veterans held dearly - these include personal discipline, mutual respect, trust, mateship, courage and self-sacrifice.'
The 2 candidates that Club Evans RSL and Woodburn Evans Head RSL Sub Branch chose, Stephen Kennedy and Brodie Forsyth have shown that they are worthy candidates.
Both lads were subjected to a full interview with the Board of Directors. The interviews placed the Board in a dilemma as both lads presented with the same passion and moral stamina to be worthy candidates.
President John Fredricksen took the decision-pending to the Sub Branch at their weekly Wednesday Coffee Club Meeting. The Sub Branch said it was a no-brainer and that they would put up the money, one way or another, so that both boys would be able to participate.
A massive thanks to the RSL Sub Branch and all the old boys that threw in their own cash so that two of our young Evans Head men instead of one could make this challenge. We are so incredibly proud of our diggers, who through their own challenges already meet any criteria you care to apply.
Woodburn Evans Head RSL trading as Club Evans RSL - proud winners of the
Highly Commended Spirit of ANZAC Award 2018
President John Frederiksen and CEO Michael Jones accepting the award
We also submitted 2 nominations for the second part of the Awards which were for 'Outstanding Community Member Award'.
Pam Voltz and Rod Hatcher were on the short list, just missing out on being finalists. We are incredibly proud of our Sub Branch and it's members and for a small Club we have shown we sure can pack a punch!
The Ode played nightly at 5.30pm at the Woodburn Evans Head RSL Club.
We request that all activity cease and you stand in remembrance, honour and pay respect to all those
brave men and woman that have served for our Country, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Our thanks to Mike Little for compiling this Ode.
OUR ANZAC ANGEL JOY FLIES HOME TO EVANS HEAD
- by Halden Boyd
One of the last members of the Women's Australian Air Force has again made her annual pilgrimage to attend Anzac Memorial Services at Evans Head which she still called "home".
Dorothy Joy Connell, aged 92, served with the WAAAF at RAAF Station Evans Head between 1943 and 1945 after enlisting when she was 18 years old.
Joy, who now lives on the Gold Coast, says her time at Evans Head were the best days of her life.
"Even though there was a World War raging at the time we made so many friendships at Evans Head", Joy told The Evans Head News.
"What was overwhelming was while we were serving and training here it was such a contrast because Evans Head was such a tranquil, beautiful and peaceful place to be".
Joy led Anzac Marches at Evans Head and Woodburn.
"I have never felt so proud in my life, and the local people and the children smiling and being so nice is something that I will deeply remember forever".
"I am so much looking forward to coming home to Evans Head again next year", Joy said.
ANZAC ceremony held at the Evans Head War Cemetery of RAAF personnel killed during WWII
Mess Happy Hour - in the Remembrance Room
Remembrance Room set up for
Anzac Day Lunch
The Patriots lead out the Anzac
The posted support groups are just a few available for not only our Vets and first responders but also anyone in the community who may be suffering from PTSD or depression
Never underestimate how important or valued you are and make that call.
The Patriots Australia Breastplate : Our Breastplate is to denote our love of the three services and those who died fighting for our country. The logo on the Breastplate depicts the three services in our own particular style; the anchor for the Navy, the crossed swords for the Army, the wings for the Air Force and the skull is for the members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The colour red denotes the blood spilt by members defending our country and its flag. The black beret is a common theme for each service and the colour of mourning for those members who have died. White is for the peace that members have fought for, and won.
The Patriots will be the guests of the WEH RSL Sub Branch on Friday 17th February - Sunday 19th February.
There is a meet and greet on the Friday in the mess starting at 4.30pm - all welcome.
The Sub Branch will also be hosting a Sunday morning BBQ before they leave. Please see Radar for more details.
Making no apologies for not being politically correct - We are here to help Vets with PTSD. We are here to listen to you, to help & support you to help yourself and find where professional help is available.
Go to our facebook page - Aussie Vets PTSD Group