The Mission Statement of the Victorian RSL
To promote the well being and betterment of our members, serving and ex-serving men and women of the ADF and Allies and their dependants, with the provision of welfare and commemorative services, comradeship and where appropriate contribute to worthy objectives within the broader community.
The RSL was formed in 1916 by soldiers returning from Gallopoli; to preserve the spirit of mateship formed amidst the carnage and horror of battle; to honour the memory of the fallen; and to help each other. The underlying philosophy of the League is mateship and this is as true now as when the league was first formed.
In 1916 the was no welfare services such as we know today, so the League committed itself to provide for the sick, wounded and needy among those who had served and their dependants including pensions, medical attention, homes and suitable employment. As a result, the RSL was instrumental in the creation of the medical repatriation system and the introduction of various employment and retraining programs and for many years operated its own employment bureau, child health program and vocational services.
The Flemington Kensington RSL joined this role in 1932. When our first president Mr. Wally Crichton, led fundraising efforts through dinner dances and smoking nights for our first club rooms
In recent years the Flemington Kensington RSL has had resurgence with younger members and renewed effort to the mission statement, the welfare of our veterans and families.