The Hampton Ladies Auxiliary was established in April 1946. As you would expect, there has been many changes and developments over 70 years, but it is hard to imagine that until ladies were permitted to enter an RSL Club in 1966, the ladies of Hampton RSL conducted their meetings on the front porch of the clubhouse.
The Ladies Auxiliary is an integral part of the club, despite dwindling numbers. From catering for a variety of functions to distributing parcels to veterans and widows throughout each year, our ladies are a dedicated group and are much appreciated by all the members as they work behind the scenes supporting the Club in many other ways.
LADIES AUXILIARY COMMITTEE
President Raelene Trounson /June Duggan
Secretary Elaine Bencraft
Treasurer Coral Midwinter
Committee Glenice McDonald, Lorraine Reid, Selma Varga
The Ladies Auxiliary would welcome new members to be able to boost their support to the Hampton RSL. If you would like to join and impressive group of compassionate and dedicated ladies, please call June Duggan on on 9584 8108
Established in 1945 in Victoria by Mrs Jessie Mary Vasey, widow of Major General George Vasey, from the small beginnings of a craft guild which taught weaving and other handicrafts to members so that they could augment their inadequate pensions, the War Widows’ Guild of Australia is a group which promotes and provides companionship, counselling and support for its members.
As Guilds were established in all States, the organisation became a powerful lobby group which was consulted by Governments on all matters concerning War Widows. Each State made its own arrangements to cater for their members’ needs, but all made housing a priority. By 1954, the Guild was in a position to take advantage of the Aged Persons Homes Act and go on to make provisions for housing for their members.
From humble beginnings, its membership grew, and in 1985 had a membership of 65,000. Today there are approximately 12,000 members of the Guild across Australia.
Every second year in October, the Guild holds a National Conference where Ordinary members of the Guild Branches can attend and listen to debates on issues which affect them and their dependants.
If you would like more information on our local group, please contact Kath Bunn on 9555 2104.