At the RSL State Conference held at Caufield Racecourse held on Wednesday, July 2 Yarrawonga-Mulwala RSL Sub-Branch Life Member Anton (Tony) Nieuwenhout OAM was awarded and presented with the Meritorious Service Medal.July 29, 2014 2:41pm
This award is over and above Life Membership and is the highest award given within the RSL; it is in appreciation of at least 25 years outstanding service to the RSL.
Tony joins fellow Yarrawonga-Mulwala Sub-Branch members Stan Clarke and Brian Cossar with this prestigious award.
The late Ken Duncan and Horrie Prescott MBE have also been recipients of the award.
The award for Tony was held during the opening ceremony of the conference which was packed with delegates and observers from all over Victoria, and he was presented with his award by the RSL National President Rear Admiral Ken Doolan and the Victorian RSL Branch State President Major General David McLachlan .
Tony joined Yarrawonga-Mulwala RSL Sub-Branch in 1967 upon his return from active service in South Vietnam during 1966/67 and quickly became involved with the welfare of veterans who had also seen active service and the issues that they were confronted with upon their return to their homeland.
He served on the Sub-Branch Committee from 1980 until the present time, was Secretary 1996-2000, President 2002-2007, Inaugural Region 9 President, Region 9 representative to Veterans’ Affairs, Welfare & Aged Care Coordinating Committee (VWAAC) 2004-2014 where he still travels to Melbourne regularly for meetings.
Tony is Sub-Branch Welfare Officer for over 14 years and conducts hospital visiting, veterans funerals, a member of the Housing Sub-Committee which looks after the RSL boarding house and accommodation units and tending to the needs of the residents and is the current RSL liaison representative.
He has been a regular supporter and seller of ANZAC and Poppy Appeals since 1988.
Tony has also served on the Veterans’ Affairs and War Service Homes Committee which involved monthly meetings in Melbourne for 10 years, and was the RSL representative on the local Old Peoples Welfare Committee (Warrina Hostel) and was a Meals on Wheels organiser and volunteer.
Tony today is still involved in all RSL matters and is a current committee person along with being Chairman of RSL House.
He continues to give assistance and is always available to the RSL far beyond that which could be expected and is highly regarded by the sub-branch, region and state levels with his RSL involvement.
In 1998 Tony was awarded Life Membership of the RSL and this award was upgraded to Life Membership with Gold Badge in 2008.
Tony was the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2006 for his services to the veteran community.
Congratulations Tony, it is fitting and truly deserved that you receive the highest award given within the RSL.
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