New Welfare Account Limit

Dear Members,

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:                                                                                   

  1. Financial grants for food, necessities and rent / lodging.
  2. Emergency housing.                                                                                     
  3. Urgent support services.                                                                                   
  4. Household equipment and or urgent household maintenance.                              
  5. The payment of urgent accounts such as utilities, vehicle expenses and repairs, medical and dental costs, household repairs and maintenance.
  6. 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.

Sincerely,  

John McCourt JP

Chief Executive Officer

3 August 2018

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