NEW WELFARE ACCOUNT LIMIT
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am able to advise you of a decision by the Board to endorse my recommendation to amend the RSLWA Bylaws to allow for an increase in the level of funds retained within individual Sub-Branch Welfare (Amelioration) accounts.
The RSLWA Bylaws provide for the establishment and conduct of a Sub-Branch Welfare Account for the purpose of providing welfare support to members, their spouses, partners or dependants.
Bylaw 10.12 had stipulated that the maximum amount allowed to be retained in a Sub-Branch’s Welfare (Amelioration) account was $10,000, with any excess funds over and above that amount being remitted to RSLWA to be retained in Trust with a provision to recompense a Sub-Branch should that Sub-Branch’s Welfare Account be significantly diminished.
While the intent of the Bylaw was wwell-meaning it was considered by the Board that Bylaw 10.12 had the potential to discourage Sub-Branches (whose Welfare Account was near to or equalled the maximum amount of $10,000) to raise more donations through the Poppy Day Appeal.
As such, the Board of Directors meeting of 2 August 2018 resolved that, effective immediately, Bylaw 10.12 be amended to increase the amount of funds able to be retained in a Sub-Branch Welfare Account from $10,000 to $25,000 before any excess funds above $25,000 being remitted to State Branch.
As a consequence of this amendment State Branch will increase its offer of assistance to Sub-Branches to help improve financial compliance and reporting requirements including the status of Sub-Branch Welfare Accounts.
Sub-Branches, however, are respectfully reminded that any funds expended from their respective Welfare Accounts must be spent as per Bylaw 10.2 that reads:
The Sub-Branch may provide support to a Member and their spouse, partner or dependants or to any other presenting veteran in times of financial hardship. Support may include:
- Financial grants for food, necessities and rent / lodging.
- Emergency housing.
- Urgent support services.
- Household equipment and or urgent household maintenance.
- The payment of urgent accounts such as utilities, vehicle expenses and repairs, medical and dental costs, household repairs and maintenance.
- Such purposes as may be necessary and considered appropriate by the Sub-Branch Committee in furtherance of the welfare of members.
All recipients of financial assistance must provide a receipt for the Sub-Branch records.
If you have any queries on the above, you are welcome to contact the Finance Department at State Branch on 08 9287 3799 or email the accounts department.
I trust you will find this change to the provisions of Sub-Branch Welfare Accounts as a more practical way of providing welfare to members in need while also increasing Sub-Branch incentive to raise valued donations on behalf of Veterans and their families.
John McCourt JP
Chief Executive Officer
3 August 2018