Kangaroo Island RSL sub-branch calls for new members

THE COMMITTEE: The Kangaroo Island sub-branch of the Returned & Services League president Wayne Loechel, Lynlee Heinrich, Ivy Wooten, Shirley Gillespie, Nola Johnson and Peter Denholm.
THE COMMITTEE: The Kangaroo Island sub-branch of the Returned & Services League president Wayne Loechel, Lynlee Heinrich, Ivy Wooten, Shirley Gillespie, Nola Johnson and Peter Denholm.

The Kangaroo Island sub-branch of the Returned & Services League needs some new, younger members.

The committee held its March meeting at the Kingscote Town Hall, which was actually built with RSL funds, and is already planning for ANZAC Day on April 25.

Committee member Peter Denholm said the it was decided that the committee would meet at the hall following the official ceremony at the War Memorial and lunch at the Aurora Ozone Hotel.

It is hoped that some of the returned soldiers on the Island who participate in the ANZAC Day march would come along and volunteer for the committee.

ANZAC Day in Kingscote would again see a march down the main street, followed by a service at the War Memorial and then the traditional lunch at the Aurora Ozone Hotel.

There will be dawn services at Kingscote and American River and also mid-morning services at Penneshaw and Parndana.

Committee member Ivy Wooten said the Town Hall was actually built by the local council using funds set aside for the RSL to build its own hall.

It was agreed back then that the RSL would have priority when it wanted to meet in the hall, which is now home to all the honour boards and memorabilia. 

The hall is also the location for the Gunfire Breakfast each ANZAC Day, the rum for which was supplied by Joe Purbrick and more recently the Ingram family. 

The Islander meanwhile is looking for your ANZAC stories, so if you have a story, prose or photos which depicts the spirit of the ANZACs, we want to hear from you.

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