RSL vice president honoured for 30 years membership

Rosewood Sub Branch president Bernie Mason congratulated Brian on his achievement and presented him with a certificate from RSL Queensland. PHOTOS: ROSEWOOD RSL

Rosewood RSL Sub Branch held a special presentation for a member of 30 years at their annual general meeting on Saturday February 24.

Sub Branch president Bernie Mason presented vice president Brian McLucas with a certificate from RSL Queensland at the meeting.

Mr McLucas followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Sub Branch when he was 21 whilst serving with the Australian Army and said the RSL had become ‘like a second family’.

“I can’t believe it, 30 years is a long time, it means a lot,” Mr McLucas said.

“It means the friendship is still there, the power is still there.”

Mr McLucas has been a loyal and active member over the years and has held the position of vice president for several years.

He regularly leads the Anzac Day Street Parade as the Flag Bearer and has organised Anzac Day Two Up at the Rising Sun Hotel for many years.

Mr McLucas said the friendship, comradery, laughter and stories were what kept him involved.

“It brings the community closer,” he said.

“Without the community you’d have no RSL and without the RSL we’d have no community.”

Mr McLucas was also presented a handmade quilt by Quilts of Valour member Debbie Wadwell.

The quilts are made by volunteers and are awarded to veterans to acknowledge their service and as a sign of appreciation by the Australian public.

Federal member for Blair Shayne Neumann also presented Mr McLucas with a Certificate of Recognition and Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding and Division 4 Councillors Russell Milligan and Kate Kunzelmann offered their congratulations.

Mr McLucas thanked the Sub Branch for making him the person he is today.

“If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be in the RSL and I wouldn’t have lasted this long,” he said.

“I’m never going to leave the RSL, ever.

“They made me grow up a little bit more, because I deal a lot with the public and the community.”

Mr McLucas said anyone could join their local RSL.

“You don’t have to be in the Defence Force to join the RSL, anybody can join the RSL and there are great benefits of joining,” he said.

“You meet a lot of new friends and those friends become stronger friends, and they become friends for life.”