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The Lake News    December 1, 2023    3 min read   

Remembrance Day 11 November 

In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Club Members will be selling badges at the RSL Stands at Forest Lake and Richlands Shopping Centres.  

Our sellers are always keen to meet local residents who are up for a chat or the opportunity to browse our sales inventory. 

The club will hold a Remembrance Service commencing at 10:40 am at The Amphitheatre, Forest Lake and finishing with a BBQ at the Club House Nasho Place, Wacol Qld 4076. 

George Churchward’s 100th Birthday

Club members and their partners enjoyed a bus excursion conducted by the Forest Lake & Districts RSL Sub Branch to Bribie Island during October.

The trip was to celebrate George Churchward’s 100th birthday including lunch at the Bribie Island RSL Club.

George is a well-known identity around Forest Lake, particularly through his activities within our sub-branch and RSL Queensland, Southeastern District.

He has always been somewhat of a dynamo within the club. 

George cutting the cake at his 100th Birthday Celebration with the Forest Lake & Districts RSL Sub-Branch.

Following his participation in World War II where he served on the front line in New Guinea, he was demobilised in 1946 and undertook a bricklaying course within the Army Rehabilitation Scheme. This was the beginning of a successful career for him. 

In 1947 he joined the RSL in Victoria, later transferring to Queensland where he joined the Toowong RSL in 1976 and later the Forest Lake Sub Branch in February 2002.

From 2005 until recently, he attended every RSL State Congress at major centres throughout the State.  From 2007 until recently he served as a Delegate for Southeastern District, reporting back to the club with his comprehensive commentary on matters affecting the club and its members. 

He was heavily involved in fundraising during the lead-up to Anzac Day and Remembrance Day as well as providing time to speak with students at district schools on the importance of those special days. 

George is one of the few surviving veterans of World War II and in 2022 was awarded Life Membership to the RSL. 

Our October excursion was devised as a birthday party for George, but he was not told of the details, other than that a few of his friends from the club would take him to lunch at Bribie Island where he has now retired! 

In fact, twenty-five members made the trip and enjoyed an excellent luncheon followed by a ‘birthday cake cutting’ to mark the occasion. 

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