April 2019 Newsletter

April 1, 2019

Anzac Dawn Parade, Auckland Domain

Dear Members,

A reminder that we have Housie at Ploughman’s Restaurant tomorrow the 11th of April at 2pm!

Come down for a game and bring your friends! The more the merrier (no membership required to play).

Our social evening starts around 5pm, if you would like to catch up with other members you haven’t seen for a while, pop down.

We get a 15% discount on food & drink upon presentation of your 2019 RSA membership card.

Poppy Day

12th April 2019 is our annual Poppy Day appeal, if you would like to be a collector for us please contact the office ASAP.

Why a Poppy for Poppy Day

Poppies were the first flowers to grow in Flanders’ Field after WW1, appearing from amongst the graves of fallen soldiers. The vibrant red flowers have since become internationally recognised symbols of remembrance, sacrifice, hope and new beginnings.

Madame Anna Guerin, also known as “the Poppy lady ”, brought this idea to life. She supported war widows and their children by employing them to manufacture silk poppies, providing an income to those who needed it, while also raising funds for injured soldiers as they returned home.

The initiative spread to New Zealand, and the first order placed by the NZ RSA was for over 360,000 poppies. Poppy Day was originally supposed to take place on Armistice Day on 11 November 1921; but the ship delivering our poppies was delayed, so they were first used on ANZAC Day 1922. Nearly a century later, New Zealand still commemorates and remembers service and sacrifice with poppies in the month of April and on Anzac Day.

This year the Poppy Day Appeal is on the 12th April.

This year the RSA Poppy Appeal theme is “We are all family”.

Poppy Day Funds in Taupo

In Taupo, we find that most of the Poppy Fund welfare requests come from friends and family who are concerned about their family members or good friends who are needing help.

All funds raised/collected, during the Poppy Day Appeal, within the Taupo community, are only used in our local area of Taupo. The monies collected go into a Poppy Fund Trust Fund which is distributed by the Taupo RSA Welfare Committee. The Taupo Poppy Fund isn’t used for the benefit of the Taupo RSA Club or any other organization, it is only used for the welfare benefit of Returned and Service people and their dependent families.

Requests for welfare assistance are commenced with the completion of an application form, the need of the intended beneficiary is then determined and then the appropriate funds given out.

If you would like to help with the Poppy Day Collection, we would very much appreciate your assistance. Please give the Taupo RSA office a ring on (07) 378 7476 or call in and see Tristan at the old Club rooms at 67 Horomatangi Street.

Remember, help our Returned and Service people, give generously on Poppy Day – 12 April 2019.

ANZAC Dawn Parade – Thursday 25 April 2019

Veterans will assemble outside the Great Lake Centre (Story Place) by 0545 hrs to fall-in at 0550 hrs.

Medals & decorations are to be worn.

Any veteran requiring transport please contact the RSA office on 378-7476.

Breakfast will be served inside the Great Lake Centre following the service.

Members of the public are cordially invited to join the veterans for breakfast.

Tickets may be purchased from the RSA office at 67 Horomatangi Street prior to Anzac Day.

Tickets:

  • Returned & Service, and invited guests free.
  • $15 per adult.
  • Children under 16 free (up to 2 children with a paying adult)
  • Please note: Limited tickets are available

The RSA Cemetery Service will be conducted at the RSA Cemetery at 0900 hrs

The RSA invites the public to attend all Services and breakfast.