Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : November 14 2017 Contents PAGE 26 - THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
THE Returned and Services League (RSL) of
Victoria is bringing in a new program to look
after young ex-service men and women.
One of the faces of the RSL Active program,
Sergeant Harry Moffitt, is keen to see RSLs
make the shift towards a social setting, such
as a café.
Harry is a serving soldier from the Special Air
Service Regiment with 25 years of service, in-
cluding 11 overseas operational tours.
He was in South Gippsland last week to pro -
mote awareness of RSL Active for the estimated
270 to 300 young ex-service members living
between the Latrobe Valley and Phillip Island.
He says young ex-service men and women
don’t want to gamble on poker machines and
instead want somewhere to chat to one another.
While some RSLs have moved with the times
in order to remain financially viable, Sgt Mof-
fitt supports entrepreneurs and in most cases
where the RSL owns the building, he says there
are minimal overheads to turn them into great
He admits it will be a gradual shift and
jokes it’s been a challenge to get some RSLs
Sgt Moffit’s not sure what a “typical” RSL
will look like in 10 years, so he’s looking at the
younger generations to help guide their local
RSL on a place they want to visit.
“Lots of young veterans don’t want to sit at a
pub and drink,” he said.
“Some are busy and aren’t ready to engage
with an RSL.
“But they’ve got a story to tell and it doesn’t
have to be about blood and gore. There are a lot
of funny stories.”
The RSL Active program has also been sup-
porting initiatives for young ex-service men and
women, including surfing clinics, walking and
cycling groups, and rock climbing activities.
“The young ones start it, we see what’s going
on, and we offer a little help and these sorts of
activities have really been bringing communi-
ties together,” he said.
“We’ve seen initiatives in Geelong and some
have grown, some of have fallen.”
He said there is a big generational gap be-
tween the Vietnam War which ended in 1975
and the War on Terror, launched in 2001 after
the 9/11 attacks.
“I think veterans can do well by leaning for-
ward and talking about their experiences, and
starting a conversation with the community
that we’re not all battling PTSD and the major-
ity of us are doing well.
“With RSL Active, I think it’s a clear and pres-
ent opportunity for the RSL to re-position, re-
invigorate and re-invest itself.”
Sgt Moffitt also said the partners of ex-service
members have a crucial role to play in RSL Active.
On Friday night, the Wonthaggi RSL hosted a
dinner to promote the RSL Active program, fol-
lowed by activities across Gippsland on the Sat-
urday, including in Leongatha where Sgt Moffitt
hosted a Forum on Young Ex-Service Members’
Simon van der Craats was one ex-servicemen
of 22 years’ experience who said the qualifica-
tions he had when entering the army had ex-
pired by the time he had left.
He said he’s now doing six different jobs, in-
cluding running Crossfit Korumburra, just to
pay the bills.
Sgt Moffitt said the RSL’s Veterans Business
Hub in Leongatha, which hosted the forum,
was an ideal venue for the RSL to provide the
training to help ex-service members the qualifi-
cations they need.
The forum also highlighted the services avail-
able to those who need them, including men-
tal health support through Latrobe Regional
Health, and Veterans and Veterans Families
Counselling Service (VVCS).
Earlier in the day, personal training sessions
were held in both Wonthaggi and Leongatha.
THE 13th Annual Phillip Island Jazz Festival
will be conducted from November 17 to 19 in
the Bass Room at Ramada Resort.
Juliarna & The Heartjazz Band will be the
highlight on Opening Night.
Juliarna has a wonderful personality that en-
gages the audience from the first note.
Back for their eighth appearance, Shirazz is
a highly entertaining group whose repertoire
continues to expand much to the enjoyment of
‘The Simontologists’ is the world music
brainchild of Australian multi-instrumentalist
Simon Ross, and reflects his eclectic musical
journey over the past 20 years. Simon plays
electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo,
piano accordion and harmonica.
Hot B Hines are back; hot by name, hot by
performance, this traditional jazz group has
stood the test of time playing all the hot tunes
of the 20s and 30s.
The Royal Garden Jazz Band has been
around for 32 years and they still love making
hot jazz as much as they ever did. The band
was the brainchild premier Australian banjoist
Peter Hooper. The group is a who’s who of local
and interstate talent.
Melbourne-based Steve Waddell’s Creole
Bells Revival Band plays an exciting style of
music inspired by the happy and carefree jazz
of the West Coast era.
Georgia Brooks Quintet features Georgia
Brooks who in 2012 made the foray into the
world of swing and jazz singing and discovered
a natural flair for interpreting many of the well-
known (and some lesser-known) works of the
early 20th century, adding her own touch of fun
Beverley Sheehan will guest with Creole Bells
Revival Band and head the Gospel Hour on
The Blue Two Few are led by Melbourne pia-
nist Fionn O’Sullivan and trumpeter Sean Nihill.
Formed in 2011 they’ve evolved into an exciting
New Orleans inspired five-piece trad ensemble
featuring some of Melbourne’s finest musicians.
Bruce Gourlay is a most accomplished pia-
nist in all forms of jazz. Bruce has been coming
to Phillip Island since 2009. At ease as a solo-
ist or as a member of a group he continues to
bring a smile to the faces in the audience.
Haven’t got your ticket yet? Then get in con-
tact with Jill on 0417 416 300 or Robin on
0432 814 407.
The Hot B Hines are always a fan favourite at the Jazz Festival.
Top line-up for 13th jazz festival
Rethinking RSLs for next generation
At the forum on Young Ex-Service members issues at the Veteran’s Business Hub in Leongatha on Saturday, from left, local ex-servicemen Simon van der Craats and Mark James, Le-
ongatha RSL secretary Anne Davies and RSL Active’s Sgt Harry Moffitt. N054617
RSL volunteers Marion Cook and Faye Laing with WWII veteran Tom Parsons after the
Remembrance Day service in Leongatha. N044617
Links Archive November 7 2017 November 21 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page