THAMES & DISTRICTS RETURNED & SERVICES ASSOCIATION 2014
The Thames RSA hold a club night every Thursday. Raffles at 1700 hrs.
As is traditional at RSA's throughout the country, at 1800 hrs we dim the lights and recite the ode in respect to who have given their lives in the service of our country.
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PRESIDENTS NEWSLETTER - November 2017
The past month has been a busy one for The RSA with Armistice Day and their involvement in Steampunk.
This year the parade took place at the WW1 memorial on the hill, and was attended by around 20 members and guests. The Mayor Sandra Goudie gave one of her spirited addresses, as she has genuine interest in The RSA and the memories of all those that served.
This year we had three guests in attendance, men that had all served in Bosnia together. These men, and others like them, man or woman, are the future of our organisation and we must get them involved. It was good to see them back at the RSA afterwards, and all three have become members, and have been in attendance on Thursday nights.
This has become the main thrust of the RSA’s fundraising efforts, and we are eternally grateful for all the work done by Brian Connors in making this the success that it was. A lot of hard work was done by committee members and friends and family to make it succeed. We sold T shirts, with only around 25 left in stock, sold tickets to a movie 20,000 Leagues under the sea which we put on, did security at Danby Field for the Circus, did a shift of props from Waiheke to Thames. The T shirts were sold on 2 days at the market, and by mail order, and at the RSA. Our bank Balance has seen an increase in funds of over $4,000 for our efforts. Next year we will have further involvement and will be looking for additional help from our members.
Our welfare officer, Bob Williams has been doing a magnificent job, and recently we were able to help one of our members to get some assistance from Veterans Affairs. Unfortunately, Bob’s wife Billie is suffering from ill health, and is having ongoing treatment. We wish her a speedy recovery.
This will be held at The Workingmens Club on Sunday 10th December at midday and we would urge as many of you that can come along and support the RSA and bring any ideas for the future that you have.
SIR Keith Park Memorial
You may or not be aware that we decided many months ago to form a trust and start raising funds to have a memorial to Sir Keith Park in Thames. Our idea was a life size statue cast in Bronze to be placed at an agreed location with TCDC. One of our members, Bill Rolfe, who has had a lifetime involvement with aviation in New Zealand was invited to be a trust member. On Tuesday night we were advised by the Chair of the Local Board, Dianne Connors, that the TCDC had received a bequest of $200,000 towards a memorial for Sir Keith, stating that a statue was what the person making the bequest wanted. We will now be in further discussions with TCDC as we originally believed that the project would take around $300-400,000 to make a memorial befitting to the man. We will advise you as further details come to hand.
On behalf of your committee I would like to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year
Thames RSA AGM 10th December 2017
This will be held at The Workingmens Club on Sunday 10th December at midday and we would urge as many of you that can come along and support the RSA and bring any ideas for the future that you have. See the link below to view or print a copy of the 2017 Financial Statement.
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