Tamworth RSL sub-branch president stepping down

TAMWORTH'S RSL sub-branch is on the hunt for a new president and welcoming new members while it's at it.

President Barry Follington will step down from the position at the organisation's annual general meeting on February 25.

He said he told the RSL more than six months ago he would resign, but no one had come forward to take up the role as yet.

"This is definitely an indication that the RSL needs younger people to join who want to get involved in the branch," he said.

Mr Follington said he thought the younger soldiers who came back from Afghanistan, Timor Leste, the Solomons and other areas Australians were serving believed they were too young to join.

He said no one was too young to join if they were serving personnel or ex- service personnel, whether they'd served overseas or not.

"The RSL is a great movement and it should be kept alive," he said.

The role of the president is a busy one and plenty of responsibility comes with it.

The organisation has general meetings once a month, district council meetings every three months and state and national congresses annually.

The president also helps to organise commemorative services and is responsible for the everyday running of the office.

Mr Follington said, for the first part of the year, the president needed to be in the office most weekdays to organise Anzac Day.

The position, therefore, would suit someone who was retired or not working.

STEPPING DOWN: Barry Follington at last year’s Remembrance Day service. 111112BSC17

STEPPING DOWN: Barry Follington at last year’s Remembrance Day service. 111112BSC17


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