ROSEDALE RSL has been successful in its bid to reform its sub-branch, saving its hall as a result.
A public meeting was held in September to explore the possibility of re-establishing the Rosedale RSL.
The local community battled to keep the sub-branch open some years ago but with declining members, the state body had decided to move it under the umbrella of Traralgon RSL.
Several Rosedale based members of the Traralgon-Rosedale RSL had said it was becoming more difficult for them to travel to Traralgon, especially at night.
About 14 potential service and affiliate members had been found prior to the meeting, but RSL state executive Ian Caines advised the sub branch would need at least 30, perhaps as many as 50, to satisfy Anzac House.
Maffra RSL president Lindsay Morton, who played an active role in supporting Rosedale’s cause, said approval to establish the sub-branch came through last week after more than 50 service and affiliate members were found.
A meeting will be held on December 10 to determine a date for the first annual general meeting, likely to be late January 2015, where the charter will be issued with presentations from state directors.
“The idea was at least 35 members (were needed), and we finished up with about 50, with more coming,” Mr Morton said.
“It’s a great result for the community of Rosedale.
“It’s just the third RSL opened in Victoria in the past five years, so it’s not easy to do.
“Molly Anderson, who is 92, and Marg Lobley have done great work to get it up and going.”
It had been feared the state body, which currently holds the title to the Rosedale RSL hall, would sell it if a sub-branch could not be formed.