RSLs new kid on the block

The Alstonville RSL Sub-Branchs popular president Sid The Kid Lewis (left) has handed over the reins to Grahame Gooding, who was recently elected at the groups AGM.

While the Sub-Branch is sad to see Sid go (he wants to spend more time on the home front) the members are looking forward to continuing their good work under the leadership of the man they have dubbed the New Kid on the Block.

Sid will definitely be missed although he intends to continue working with the committee and assisting where and when necessary, said vice-president Coral Donnelly. The sparkle in his eye and his wonderful sense of humour, together with a true sense of mateship and the ability to handle delicate situations, were his greatest attributes to the Sub-Branch. We wish him all the best.

Grahame, who moved to Alstonville from Kyogle two years ago, served in Vietnam with the 6RAR from 1968-69 and he has been an active member in a number of local community organisations including the RSL of Australia and NSW, Legacy and the Kyogle Hospital.

If the RSL is going to continue survive into the future we need younger members, such as those who have served in peace keeping forces in places like Rwanda and East Timor, Coral said. Graham has the enthusiasm and energy to inject new life into our branch.

The RSL Sub-Branchs next meeting is March 11 at the RSL Hall in Alstonville from 9am. For more information about joining phone Coral on 6628 0302.


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