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The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association is a service organisation.  It is one of the largest voluntary welfare organisations in New Zealand and one of the longest established ex-service organisations in the world.  Today, a network of 170 local RSA’s with over 130,000 members throughout New Zealand share a common commitment to the Crown, the Nation and the Community; dedicated to the RSA motto – ‘People Helping People’.

The RSA commitment to welfare is embodied in Poppy Day when red poppies are exchanged for donations to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders to raise funds for veterans’ welfare and to honour the memory of those who have given their lives in times of war.

Poppy Day is usually observed on the Friday before ANZAC Day.  ANZAC Day is observed each year on the 25th April.  RSA’s throughout New Zealand take part in wreath-laying ceremonies of remembrance for fallen comrades.

Membership

RSA Membership

 RSA members belong to a nationwide voluntary welfare organisation committed to the rich tradition of comradeship and community service that characterises the RSA.  All members are welcome to visit and enjoy the recreational facilities of RSA’s and associated clubs throughout the country, take part in social and sporting events (local and national), or simply relax in congenial surroundings close to home.

Who may join?

Membership applications are invited from adults of all ages, who are either citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or any other Commonwealth country.  Membership is divided into four categories – Returned, Service, Associate and Women’s Section – (That’s right, you do not have to have a service background to become an associate member of the Marlborough RSA or any other RSA’s).  Details of the membership categories and their meanings are;

Returned: Servicepersons who have served in any war or peacekeeping or peacekeeping deployment as defined by the RNZRSA.

Service:  Members are either retired or serving members of the ARMED FORCES who do not qualify for Returned membership.  They include those who have served under CMT, the Territorial Forces, Cadet Forces Officers and sworn members of the NZ POLICE.

Associate:  Membership is open to adults, who although having not served in the ARMED FORCES or NZ POLICE, identify with and support the aims and ideals of the RNZRSA.

Women’s Section:  Members are affiliated to local RSA’s.  Members often have family links to the local RSA and many are themselves members of the local RSA.  Membership is open to all ladies with an interest in the community work of the RSA sections.

Membership of the Marlborough RSA brings a range of benefitsFull membership of Clubs of Marlborough, full access to and use of Clubs of Marlborough facilities, camaraderie and friendship, social and sporting opportunities; member’s only promotions; and entitlement to receive the RSA Review.  You will also have easy access to welfare and pensions advice.  Marlborough RSA can also provide mobility scooters, wheelchairs and assistance with the like of gardening, lawn mowing and even a simple visit.

 If you need our help, contact reception at Clubs of Marlborough and you will be directed to our welfare people.

THE MARLBOROUGH RSA

–‘People Helping People’

Application for membership – Click here to download  and print a copy of the membership application.

MRSA Executive Committee

Front row, left to right – Amanda Wilson-Davis – Administrator , Rod Shoemark – Treasurer, Terry Grant – Vice President, Chris Bamber – President, John Cragg – Vice President, John Capill – Executive & District Support Advisor, Mary Yemm – Women’s Section President.

Back row,  left to right  – Peter Rhind – Executive, Peter Slape – Executive, Jim Findlay – Executive, Les Barrow – Renwick RSA  Representative, Chris Boyce – Executive, Dave Shoemark – Executive, Michael McCann – Executive, Barry Rolton – Executive, Jon Armstrong – Executive, Peter Clark – Executive.

Ross Cooke (Immediate Past President)

Welfare

Membership of the Marlborough RSA brings a range of benefits, one of which is easy access to welfare and pensions advice. Besides the current and sound advice, we have provided mobility scooters, wheelchairs and assistance with the likes of gardening, lawn mowing and a simple visit.

If you need our help, contact reception at Clubs of Marlborough and you will be directed to our welfare people.

The Marlborough RSA commitment to welfare is embodied in Poppy Day when red poppies are exchanged for donations to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders to raise funds for veterans’ welfare and to honour the memory of those who have given their lives in times of war. Poppy Day is usually observed on the Friday before ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is observed each year on the 25th April when RSA’s throughout New Zealand take part in wreath-laying ceremonies of remembrance for fallen comrades.

Our Memorial Olive Grove at Burleigh produces some on Marlborough’s finest oil. Sold under the “Three Services” label, our oil is sold in 750, 500, 350 and 300 ML wine bottles for $20, $15 and $10 respectively per bottle and is available at reception. Bulk orders of ten litres or more will be considered on request.The olive grove is tended by a few hardy volunteers who mow, prune, fertilise and water the 1400 odd trees all year round. In Late May or early June, volunteers are called for to pick the fruit which is then pressed and then stored in our dark store room in the club. It is then bottled to produce a sought after golden oil with all proceeds going into the MRSA Welfare Trust Fund.

Three Services Website

Memorabilia Trust

The MRSA has the MRSA Memorabilia Trust which administers ALL memorabilia gifted, donated, long term loan, temporary loans or for display only to the MRSA. The trust consists of the following appointments or their deputies; The Senior Officer at RNZAF Base Woodbourne, the Police Area Commander, the Mayor of Marlborough, the President and two Vice President’s MRSA and the MRSA Treasurer. If you have memorabilia you wish to donate or loan or are passed memorabilia by others, it is to be passed to one of the memorabilia committee members or direct to the receptionist in Clubs of Marlborough. All loans and donations are lodged, recorded, insured and acknowledged

Roll of Honour

The MRSA has a Roll of Honour in movie format that contains many names and photographs of the total number of 890 Marlborough men and women who did not return from the wars in South Africa, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam and this is continuously played in the RSA Lounge display area during opening hours.

Every effort has been made to obtain and record the names and photographs of those who did not return from active service, however, not all of these are readily available. Should you have details of a relative who did return, or any photographs of those with none, the MRSA would gladly accept any contributions to update the Roll of Honour.

The Roll of Honour can be viewed here and enquires can be made to Clubs of Marlborough reception.

The MRSA acknowledges and appreciates the efforts of Flight Sergeant Phil Beattie RNZAF in the compilation and research of this Roll of Honour.

Lest We Forget.

Links

ROYAL NZ RSA – http://www.rsa.org.nz/
NZ DEFENCE FORCE – http://www.nzdf.mil.nz
AIR FORCE – http://www.airforce.mil.nz/
NZ ARMY – http://www.army.mil.nz/
NAVY – http://www.navy.mil.nz/
NZ POLICE – http://www.police.govt.nz/

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