On Saturday, the RSA Franklin opened it’s doors to the public with a early roast dinner that attracted over 80 diners throughout the evening.

With the meals prepared by Eddie and Wendy Neal from Affordable Catering and the apple crumble made by Cafe Kaos, veterans  along with their families enjoyed Manuka Smoked Ham, Bacon & Chicken, mint sauce, gravy, kumara, peas and carrots dishes.

Speaking to the new executive committee, they were happy that this day had come and that Franklin finally had the RSA back.

They are Maurice Lovegrove (President), Shelly Boyes & Teresa Cousins (Vice Presidents), Mac MacDonald (Secretary), Thelma Sinton, Sue Fiddles, Garry Cousins.

Although it had 100’s of members when it closed two years ago, many were not involved with club activities and many others were just growing old.

Support to the younger veterans from the Korean and Vietnam Wars to modern day East Timor and Afghanistan returning soldiers have been made a priority.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction to experiencing or witnessing a significantly stressful, traumatic or shocking event.

Our young men and women need support from our community and the newly named ‘RSA Franklin‘ needs your attention so they can help these brave soldiers on their return from overseas tours. Currently around 50 veterans are being helped through the RSA Franklin Welfare Trust.

RSA Franklin next major event is ARMISTICE DAY.

The First World War finally came to a close with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers on 11 November 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns famously fell silent.

The service is on a Friday 11th of November at 11am outside the War Memorial Town Hall, Pukekohe.

On Saturday November 12th, there will be a march from the Pukekohe Town Square, along King Street, on to Edinburgh Street to the commemorative service at the War Memorial Town Hall cenotaph.

Then back to the RSA Franklin  rooms with a gold donation at the door until 5pm, proceeds to the RSA Franklin Welfare Trust – refreshment together with bar open. The complex fits approximately 350 standing.

The documentary ‘Afghanistan: The Soldier’s Story will be viewed with introduction by cameraman Cpl. Aaron Horrell.

Following will be an evening dinner; 5:15pm – 8pm – with band.

The community can support the RSA Franklin by getting a subscription for 2016-2017.

The fees are are –

$20.00 – Veterans (at least 80 years of age);

$40.00 – Other returned, Services and Women’s section;

$50.00 – Associate (Everybody else).

Payable at the RSA Franklin office on Tuesday; encourage your friends to join our progressive RSA today.


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Click here for the RSA Franklin  Facebook page.