The Sebastopol RSL serve the veteran community.
They are a traditional Sub Branch and were formed in 1946.
They hold monthly meetings on the first Thursday (2:00pm) of every month, plus two annual dinners every year.
Local Girl Guides are proud to participate in the annual Sebastopol ANZAC Day parade and service.
The RSL was originally formed in June 1916 by troops returning from WWI. The initial purpose was to:
- preserve the spirit of mateship formed during battle
- honour the memory of the fallen
- help each other whenever required
The underlying philosophy of the League is mateship and this is as true now as it was in 1916.
Effectively, the RSL was the first national welfare agency in Australia (and is still a prime function today). In 1916, there was no formal government welfare service for veterans so the RSL committed itself to provide for the sick, wounded and needy for those that had served, as well as their dependants.
The RSL was instrumental in creating:
- A Commonwealth repatriation system
- Service, disability and war widows pensions
- Various employment and retraining programs
- Child health programs
- Vocational guidance services.
The RSL are involved in commemorative and educational activity, and as a community organisation, their support to the local community includes:
- Local sporting groups and clubs
- Educational institutions with grants and scholarships
- Emergency services with equipment and funding
- Health and aged care
- Kindred organisations such as Legacy
- Other mainstream charities doing great work across Victoria.
Proudly sponsoring a local volunteer Girl Guide Leader [2016.2017.2018]