George Town sub-branch members fear club will have to close
THE George Town RSL is meeting on Saturday to discuss its future.
Sub-branch president Lyndon Bolton told attendees of last week's Anzac Day service that the future of the club seemed grim.
He said ageing members, rising costs and tough economic times in the town had left the organisation in a difficult position.
The club boasts about 450 members and is one of the last operating RSL in the state's North-East.
It runs a popular "adopt a veteran" program within the town, which was lauded by South George Town Primary School teacher Ros Jordan on Anzac Day.
"It was very, very emotional for me," Mr Bolton said of the service.
"We, as a committee, have been meeting two, three times a week to get through this minefield."
Mr Bolton said he felt optimistic following the Anzac service.
"I said we're meeting to explain our position and from that there has been an absolutely overwhelming response.
"We need the community of George Town to get behind us.
"I'm feeling very positive we can keep the doors of the RSL open."
The meeting about the future of the George Town RSL is at its sub- branch on Saturday from 10am.
The public is invited to attend.