Members News Alerts
Friday 29th May,
AS THE ISOLATION RESTRICTIONS ARE SLOWLY EASING
We know that many people are very excited at the thought of being able to get out of the house and be out and about again. Although the Victorian Government have approved opening from June 1 we will be making some modifications to our venues and have not announced a reopening date.
When we re-open our doors it will be for dining only. However your experience upon entering both Bentleigh RSL and Cheltenham RSL may be a bit different to what you are used to. To ensure you can do this comfortably we will introduce a range of new measures to ensure you can be confident that we have our staff and customers health and safety as our highest priority.
In the coming weeks we will share with you the measures in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. We will keep you updated as we work through the steps to reopen but updates will also be posted on facebook.
Thursday 28th May,
IT'S IMPORTANT TO STAY SAFE
Let's work together to stop the spread of COVID-19
Help everyone in your community stay safe by downloading the Government COVID-19 Safe App. Simply visit the App store on your phone or visit covidsafe.gov.au
Friday 8th May,
KEY MESSAGES FOR THE COMMUNITY
Coronavirus updates, Scott Morrison is expected to revise COVID-19 restrictions after the national cabinet meeting, the Australian death toll stands at 97. While restrictions are expected to be eased in many states over the weekend, Mr Andrews reiterated that Victoria's stage three restrictions would not change until the State of Emergency ended on Monday. He declined to comment on what form those changes might take but said more information would be provided on Monday, when Victorians would be given some idea about what restrictions would be in place for the rest of May. Source ABC News
The current directions remain in place and include: staying at home, restrictions on particular activities, detention, restrictions on airports and cruise ships, aged care, hospitals and isolation for people diagnosed with COVID-19. Mr Andrews yesterday revealed that Victoria had reached its target of completing 100,000 coronavirus tests before Monday, when the state's restrictions will be reviewed. He said 106,000 tests had been conducted in the past week and a half. If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
As information is made available of any easing of restrictions we will keep you updated on how any changes may impact us here at Bentleigh RSL and Cheltenham RSL.
Thursday April 30th,
Today we delivered care packages to our veterans, war widows and members.
Many were still in dressing gowns because they all told me, “There’s nothing to get dressed for and we cant go out…so why bother!”
Sylvia Lindsay, Welfare Coordinator
Friday April 24th,
ANZAC DAY 2020
This ANZAC Day, we will not be gathering at the local cenotaph or gathering together to bow our heads in silence and listen to the bugles at dawn. But we will still remember the sacrifice of those who gave so much for us at Gallipoli and on many fronts.
Today Mr Warrick McDonald, President of Bentleigh RSL and Cheltenham RSL paid his respect by laying a wreath of flowers at the Cenotaph and Reflection Pool at Bentleigh RSL as well as at Cheltenham RSL. It's always important for us to reflect and respect.
Lest we forget.
Monday April 20th,
LIGHT UP THE DAWN THIS ANZAC DAY
ANZAC Day 2020 will not look like the ANZAC Day that so many of us are used to participating in. There will be a Dawn Service, wreaths will be laid, the last post will be played, a minute of silence in memory of the fallen will be observed, but the service community and the public will be asked to stay at home.
This does not mean that ANZAC Day is cancelled. It just means that ANZAC Day will be different.
In 2020, on April 25, while you can't go to the Shrine of Remembrance or a local Dawn Service, the RSL is asking that instead you #STANDTO.
As the Last Post is played during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service walk outside, stand in your yard, driveway, or on your balcony and observe a minute of silence in respect of our veterans. Make sure that you snap a quick picture and share it on the Bentleigh RSL or Cheltenham RSL Facebook page using the hashtag #STANDTO.
Right now, our ANZAC spirit is more important than ever. At 6am on ANZAC Day, let's light up the dawn at home to commemorate all those who have served and sacrificed for this nation.
Together, let's amplify our commitment to the ANZAC spirit. Lest We Forget.
Wednesday April 15th,
FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR LOCAL
Buy a Beer Voucher to support your local. We love bringing people together to share a cold one. But during these difficult times, we need your support. Buy a beer voucher today and Carlton & United Breweries will match your support by shouting you another. Pint for pint. Then, when we re-open, head into the RSL with your mates, redeem your beer voucher and spend the afternoon catching up over a few frothies.
Thanks for your continued support and understanding. #fortheloveofyourlocal
Tuesday April 14th,
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR VETERANS
Bentleigh RSL Volunteers are normally selling at shopping centres, on street corners and in the community but this is not the case this year. Our volunteers mean a great deal to us, supporting the RSL twice a year, committing their time selling for the ANZAC Appeal and Poppy Appeal. This is a challenging time for everyone but please remember to support the 2020 ANZAC Appeal so we can continue all the work we do for our veterans and members.
Donate here now to support veterans and their families during a very challenging time. Your gift can help provide veterans with crisis accommodation, emergency financial help, or physical and mental health support. With your help, we will honour the sacrifices they have made for us. With your help, the ANZAC tradition of looking after each other will live on.
Tuesday April 7th,
RSL Victoria will be streaming the special edition of the 2020 ANZAC Day Dawn Service live from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Although this year will only host a small number of invited guests at the Shrine, we call on our RSL Victoria community to #STANDTO for the ANZAC’s and commemorate the service live from your homes! Tune in to our Facebook live from 6am to watch this special service, as we remember all our wonderful men and women who have served our great nation #ANZACSPIRIT
Tuesday April 7th,
Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, RSL Active ‘in person’ activities are currently on hold until further notice.
However, they are currently developing and delivering online programs, an exciting innovation brought about through necessity. Their first online program will be launched to a capacity online attendance tonight with "Online Veterans Yoga"! It's great to see the overwhelming support and involvement of our veterans in embracing this wonderful program! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the next RSL Active online program!
Friday April 3rd,
Stay updated with the latest stories from the Prime Minister of Australia's Media Centre, Michael Usher talks to The Prime Minister, Thursday April 2, The Latest - Channel 7
CLICK HERE to watch interviews with The Prime Minister
Friday April 3rd,
It is important that we support one another in any way we can during this time, whilst ensuring we look after our own health and wellbeing. If you are struggling with your mental health, please remember Open Arms provides support and counselling, for all current and former ADF members and their families and can be contacted 24/7 on 1800 011 046.
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell.
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Tuesday March 31,
The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. You can find the latest official medical advice and case numbers here, Australian Government Department of Health
While there is so much we cannot control at the moment, what we can control is how we respect others and care for our Veterans.
It's a simple message, just stay at home, be safe and remember that the hard working staff at Bentleigh RSL and Chelthenham RSL are here to help our Veterans, as always. We may not be at the RSL at the moment but caring for our Veterans is important to the team and our phones have been diverted, so if you are needing some assistance please give us a call.
If you leave us a message one of our friendly staff will give you a call back as soon as they can.
We will always be there for our veterans through even the hardest of times! A big thank you to Nick McCallum and 7NEWS Melbourne for sharing this wonderful story. Bless how beautiful Harold, Bill and Claire are!
Video Courtesy: 7NEWS Melbourne
Thursday 26th March,
Right now, COVID-19 is making the world feel like an uncertain and scary place to be in, and it hard to think about anything else. So we want to take a moment to acknowledge what is happening and talk about it.
At Bentleigh RSL and Cheltenham RSL, our priority has to be protecting the health of our members, community and staff. So, on Monday, March 23 2020, along with all Victorian RSL Sub-Branches we temporarily closed our doors.
Although we are no longer open for public and social activities, we are still here for our veterans and their families. This week our dedicated team have been busy helping as many Veterans that they can. Carolyn from reception was on the phone to as many Veterans that we she could to check in and make sure they are ok, Felipe was busy in the kitchen preparing care packages that kept Tammy and Sophie busy delivering packages to Veterans in the Welfare car. It really was all hands on deck, Sylvia was buzzing around helping everyone and the President dropped in to give a hand.
Over the coming weeks and months, it is important that we, as a veteran network and community, support one another in any way we can, whilst ensuring we look after our own health and wellbeing. We would like to stress the importance to stay emotionally connected to each other, so please pick up the phone and have a chat to loved ones.
You can still connect to the RSL online. Every day we share inspiring stories with the RSL Victoria community on the RSL Victoria Facebook page. Join the conversation and see what RSL Victoria has to offer.
Although Bentleigh RSL is operating with limited staff we are still here to help, if you are needing assistance you can still call and we will do our best to lend a hand.
Monday 23rd March,
In light of the Government's decision to close all non-essential services, unfortunately we will be temporarily closed.
We are currently trying to work through the issues as to what we can and can't do for our Members. So please check our website or facebook for updates. We do not have a re-opening date as yet. To all our valued Members and visitors, please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
It is important that we, as a veteran network and community, support one another in any way we can, whilst ensuring we look after our own health and wellbeing. Stay home if you are unwell, follow medical and government advice and stay emotionally connected with your family and friends. Pick up the phone and have a chat to loved ones.
Friday 20th March,
The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. For more information click here
Both Bentleigh and Cheltemham RSL takes the welfare of their members very seriously, we will be keeping all members informed as events, promotions or programs are postponed or cancelled. As the operator of this venue, we have a responsibility to help minimise the risk of harm to individuals, our staff, other customers, and to the wider community.
The situation is changing rapidly and we advise that you stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread. In this time of COVID-19 uncertainty this venue strongly supports the government’s advice regarding social distancing.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
- Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.
- If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.
What you can do?
We can all help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.
Read protect yourself and others for advice on:
If you are unwell, or experiencing flu like symptoms, please stay home. We are taking every precaution to ensure your visit to our venue is a safe and enjoyable experience.
Promotion, Program or Event postponement notices:
The Management Team at Bentleigh RSL take the welfare of all our members seriously and with this in mind the following promotions or events will be postponed until the Victorian Health authorities deem it appropriate to reinstate non essential gatherings indoors of over 100 people. The Management team will notify all members when programs, events or promotions resume.
- All Members Draws
- Friday Night Raffles
- Morning Melodies
- Ladies Social Group
- Footy Tipping Competition
While the vast majority of people (>80%) are not expected to experience severe illness, there are some members of the community who will be more vulnerable to severe illness. We need to protect them and minimise the burden on the health system. Although work is underway globally, there is currently no available vaccine to prevent COVID-19 nor are there proven standardised antiviral treatments specifically effective against the virus. Trials of antiviral treatments are underway around the world.
The main priority for our RSL in the coming weeks and months is to ensure that we are supporting the veteran community who may be impacted by this event. Over the coming weeks and months, it is important that we, as a veteran network and community, support one another in any way we can, whilst ensuring we look after our own health and wellbeing. Stay home if you are unwell, follow medical and government advice and stay emotionally connected with the RSL, your family and friends. Pick up the phone and have a chat to loved ones.
For details on COVID-19, updates on important news and actions individuals can take, please visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus There is a large amount of misinformation circulating on social media. Seek information from credible sources such as the Department of Health website which provides COVID-19 guidance and related training package. Anyone considering international travel should consult Smartraveller
For veterans requiring assistance our Welfare Coordinator, Sylvia can be contacted via:
Phone: 03 9557 4547
As the situation changes, we will endeavour to keep members up to date.