The character of Mosgiel Memorial RSA might change, but
despite declining numbers it is here to stay, board of
trustees chairman Noel Graham says.
About 30 years ago the RSA had about 700 returned members and
about 600 service members, he said.
That had dwindled to 143 returned members and 205 service
members, but was bolstered by 833 associate members.
While returned members were once the ''backbone'' of the
association, times had changed and the association had
renamed itself the Mosgiel Memorial RSA and Social Club, he
He felt the service numbers could remain static, as those who
served in conflicts such as Bosnia, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan
and Iraq were expressing interest in the welfare the
association could provide.
The once conservative organisation had also opened its doors
to those from outside the military and services to sustain
itself, he said.
''When the World War 2 guys came home, the World War 1 guys
didn't want them in the place ... it was a conservative
outfit like that,'' he said.
''That's changed ... but everything has bloody well changed.
It's a fact of life that change goes on. I don't know what it
[the future of the Mosgiel Memorial RSA] will look like, but
I'm sure it will still be here.''
The RSA was ''in the throes of doing our premises up'', which
he hoped might attract more members and he believed its
future was ''be strong''.