Revitalised Belmont RSL celebrates centenary


Belmont RSL members and Belmont City councillors at the 100th anniversary gala dinner  with Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson, who was the guest speaker.
Belmont RSL members and Belmont City councillors at the 100th anniversary gala dinner with Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson, who was the guest speaker.

BELMONT RSL sub-branch members celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the organisation at a gala dinner in Perth.

City of Belmont councillors joined with Belmont RSL members to honour the milestone of a century of service to the veterans community.

“The RSL has a proud tradition of serving current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and its allies, and through its Australia-wide network is well-placed to ensure excellence in delivery of service to those who have served their country,” Belmont RSL sub-branch vice president Steve Toon said.

Mr Toon said the Belmont branch was enjoying a resurgence of members and was a lively, happy club.

“I think we had an image of men in three-piece suits sitting in the corner smoking pipes and talking about when they climbed out of the trenches,” he said.

“It’s not like that any more, we are much more family-focused and there are lots of different activities held here.

“The building is humming, and it doesn’t matter what event we are doing, people are coming here and having a good time.”