Greenbank RSL Sub-Branch Members Thankful For It’s Service by Paul Jackson
I caught up with Greenbank RSL Sub-Branch members Pat Curtis (Navy), Gary Aldridge (Navy), Brad Willis (Army) and Ashley Willis (Airforce), to find out more about their community and what it does.
Gary joined the Greenbank Sub-Branch in 1997 and is a regular at their Drop In Centre located behind the Services Club building. “The Greenbank RSL Sub-branch is about giving back to the serving and ex-serving members of the ADF, and the broader community”, he said. “It helps defence families stay connected while their family member is serving overseas by providing family days and welfare programs.”
RSL members are all volunteers and are involved in a huge range of activities in the community. You’ll regularly find them running sausage sizzles at Bunnings to raise awareness for their programs. Their volunteers visit schools and clubs giving talks and displays on military history and sharing what it’s like to be part of the Australian Defence Force.
Ninety-Five year old veteran, Pat Curtis, served in the Australian Navy during WWII. He moved to Logan West in 1967 and has been part of the Greenbank RSL Sub-Branch for some time. The group sponsored his application to be one of six veterans chosen from across Australia to be part of a special commemorative trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Oboe Landings in Borneo.
RAAF Medic, Ashley Willis, and her husband Brad (Army – Engineering Officer) started getting involved in the Greenbank RSL Sub-Branch in 2018. Now in their thirties, the couple are among the youngest active members at Greenbank. “It’s been a great social outlet for me as a young mum of three”, Ashley reflected. “The older veterans have embraced us and made us feel very welcome. There’s always something to do to help out around the community.”