our community

The Wagga RSL Club and the Commercial Club Wagga believes in achieving success in a way that honours our society’s values.

Our aim is to work together with the community to achieve worthwhile benefits for those who need it most.

Enormous emphasis is placed on the spirit of social responsibility, giving back to the very community that has helped make us the success that we are today.

Over $450,000 was donated to either sporting, community activities, counseling services, aged, disability or youth services, education, club facilities and in-kind donations over the last twelve months. A large proportion of this amount has been donated through Club Grants, over $360,000. The Club Grants scheme is designed to ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services and projects within their local communities.

relay for life

What a great 24 hours was had by all at the 2017 Relay for Life. It was a sea of purple and the Wagga RSL & Commercial Club team was an energetic group of 32 walkers including staff, friends and children. We tallied up 758 laps, totalling 341km’s and raised almost $1000. Yet again the Wagga RSL & Commercial Club was very proud to be the major sponsor of this event for the fourth consecutive year now contributing over $50,000 towards the event. We get enormous satisfaction out of supporting this community event and loved sharing in the stories and memories from many with much laughter and tears.

In 2017 over $185,000 was raised by the Wagga community, congratulations to all involved!

Relay for life

donations

community welfare and social services

Wagga Womens Health Centre

$25,000

Learning Links Cash Housie

$15,000

Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge

$14,577

The Cancer Council NSW

$12,500

Willans Hill School

$13,500

Linden Place Child and Adolescent

$6,000

Wagga Base Hospital Children's Ward

$3,225

RSL Defence Care and Welfare

$3,000

Shine for Kids

$1,000

community

Wagga Wagga City Council

$10,000

Wagga Wagga Jazz Inc

$10,000

Rotary Club of Wagga Cycle Challenge

$3,181

Wagga School of Arts

$1810

Allison Music

$1,544

Bidgee Theatre Productions

$1,500

Wagga RSL Sub Branch

$1,337

Riverina Conservatorium of Music

$1,200

Diggers Day Bowls

$700

Lions Club of Wagga

$500

Rotary Food and Wine Festival

$500

Riverina School of Strings

$500

Pillars of Strength

$495

Wagga Scout Group

$250

donations

sport

Wagga RSL Club Annual Fours Bowling

$6,500

Southern Sports Academy

$6,000

Wagga RSL Cricket Club

$4,772

Wagga Kangaroos Football Club

$2,500

Wagga Cycling Club

$2,272

Wagga Basketball Association

$1,818

Murrumbidgee Turf Club

$1,650

Wagga Wagga Lake to Lagoon

$1,500

Collingullie Football Club

$500

Saints Softball Club

$454

Wagga Tennis Association

$500

Wagga Harness Racing

$400

East Wagga Football/Netball Club

$250

education

Ladysmith Public School

$200

health

Prostrate Cancer Foundation

$818

MS Australia

$200

Wagga Slimmers

$100

club facilities

Wagga RSL Bowling Club

$187,555

Wagga RSL Courtesy Bus

$25,785

Wagga RSL Children’s Creche

$25,865

Free room hire for many community organisations

$58,693

national commemoration

RSL clubs and licensed sub-branches join forces with the Australian War Memorial for national commemoration.

RSL and services clubs in New South Wales and RSL Victoria Aust War Memorial 2014 branch have joined forces with the Australian War Memorial to ”live stream” the Last Post Ceremony into RSL clubs, sub-branches and homes around the country. Corporal William Boon 2014.

The signed partnership agreement with the RSL & Services Clubs Association of NSW and RSLVictoria branch allows club and sub-branch members, veterans, and the greater Australian community right across Australia to share in the Last Post Ceremony. The live stream can also be seen on the Memorial’s website courtesy of this partnership, supported by the clubs and licensed sub-branches in both states, including Wagga RSL Club.

Chief Executive Officer of the RSL & Services Clubs Association, Mr Graeme Carroll, said the live coverage of the ceremony allowed members and guests at the various RSL clubs and licensed sub-branches to experience this poignant commemorative ceremony.

“The stories of these servicemen and servicewomen are part of Australia’s history and national identity. This agreement with the Memorial gives people around the country the opportunity to share in these commemorative ceremonies in their own clubs and licensed sub-branches, particularly on special commemorative days,” said Mr Carroll.

The Last Post Ceremony is conducted daily at the Memorial. Each ceremony shares the story of one of the more than 102,000 Australians whose names are recorded on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour.

The Memorial’s Director, Dr Brendan Nelson, welcomed the partnership and said the live coverage of the Last Post Ceremony allowed Australians to remember and honour the service and sacrifices of our servicemen and servicewomen.

“This ceremony is a symbol of the commitment of Charles Bean, Australia’s First World War official historian, to never forget their sacrifice,” said Dr Nelson.

The ceremony is held in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area every day at 4.55 pm, beginning with the singing of the National Anthem, followed by the strains of a piper’s Lament. During the Lament visitors lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection.

A short account of the life and circumstances of one of the Australians recorded on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour is read by a uniformed member of the Australian Defence Force. The reading is followed by the Ode. The ceremony closes with a bugler’s performance of the Last Post before the doors to the Memorial’s Hall of Memory.