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Returned and Services League sub-branch presidents from SA, NT and Broken Hill will meet in Adelaide tomorrow to discuss a contentious leadership election, weeks after three state councilors resigned over board management and culture issues.

Two new board members have been appointed following resignations on August 21 as the South Australian state branch grapples with the current election process.

A source also confirmed a complaint had been made to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission about the South Australian state board, which represents more than 8,500 RSL members in SA, the Northern Territory and Broken Hill.

However, SA and NT RSL chief executive David Grenvold said Daily “The details of the complaint to the State Council were not given.”

Tomorrow’s meeting at the Torrens Parade Memorial Hall is dedicated to board elections, which were scrapped at the annual sub-branch meeting in June after concerns were raised about the current constitution.

Board president Cheryl Cates has since informed members via the RSL SA and NT newsletter that “the state board believes that the provisions of the current constitution for the election of (Annual Sub-Branch Conference) state branch officers are both impractical and undemocratic.” . .

The Board of Directors expressed hope that the constitutional changes to be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting will resolve some issues by correcting “a number of errors and deficiencies in the existing constitution.”

The bulletin is one of a series of updates sent to members recently, one of which refers to media attention in early October and says the board is disappointed by the “leaking of confidential emails to the media” and notes that the board “denies any allegations”. fierce battle between the board”.

The bulletin sent to members further states that “the current board members believe they have met all their obligations to the South Australian Corporate Affairs Commissioner, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and RSL Australia and have not been contacted by any. organizations expressing concern”.

Two new board members appointed at the state board meeting on September 20 include Ian Smith, chair of the Anzac Day Committee and co-chair of Aboriginal Veterans SA. for notice sent to members.

Meredith Burgess, Magill RSL Sub Branch President, now fills the previously vacant appointed position until the 2023 Annual Sub Branch Conference.

After former board members Dr Paula Dabovich, Melody Earl and Jo-Anne Hanrahan resigned on August 21, they issued a joint statement to the national RSL board expressing a number of concerns with state leadership.

Among the complaints was a loss of confidence in the South Australian state board.

“It is clear to me that the board’s good management and culture is different from mine,” said Dabovich, an assistant senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide who completed a doctorate studying the adaptation of wounded, injured and ill soldiers through rehabilitation and transition.

Earl, who has extensive defence, communications and project management experience, including communications and signage management at the Naval Shipbuilding College in SA, said in his resignation letter: “It has become clear that I do not share the perspective of the current board leadership definition. healthy board culture and good governance”.

Hanrahan, a former adviser to the assistant secretary of defense who has also worked in defense management and human resources, said, “After considerable thought and reflection for some time now, I have come to the conclusion that my ability to influence and contribute has led the board on its way.”

Hanrahan said Daily he also had concerns about trying to fill two vacancies on the board, in addition to the role of president currently held by Cates.

A newsletter sent to members by the RSL SA Board in October said the state board welcomed the investigation and would “continue to support current and former ADF personnel through advocacy, employment and welfare programmes”.

“The RSL SA state board will not comment on the views of individual board members, past or present, but will continue to focus on the league’s facilities and maintain sound governance practices,” he said.

CEO David Grenvold said the main purpose of tomorrow’s forum is to “update the presidents following the Annual Sub-Division Conference in July. At the July meeting, it was determined that there is a conflict between the constitution and the law on nomination/election, which makes the process difficult to implement.”

He said the state board is “proposing a tool that needs to be approved by the sub-departments. Nominations for the two vacant elected positions on the board may be announced this year, but this will be determined by the special Sub-Divisional Conference in December.”

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