The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association is a service organisation. It is one of the largest voluntary welfare organisations in New Zealand and one of the longest established ex-service organisations in the world. Today, a network of 170 local RSA’s with over 130,000 members throughout New Zealand share a common commitment to the Crown, the Nation and the Community; dedicated to the RSA motto – ‘People Helping People’.
The RSA commitment to welfare is embodied in Poppy Day when red poppies are exchanged for donations to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders to raise funds for veterans’ welfare and to honour the memory of those who have given their lives in times of war.
Poppy Day is usually observed on the Friday before ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is observed each year on the 25th April. RSA’s throughout New Zealand take part in wreath-laying ceremonies of remembrance for fallen comrades.
RSA members belong to a nationwide voluntary welfare organisation committed to the rich tradition of comradeship and community service that characterises the RSA. All members are welcome to visit and enjoy the recreational facilities of RSA’s and associated clubs throughout the country, take part in social and sporting events (local and national), or simply relax in congenial surroundings close to home.
Who may join?
Membership applications are invited from adults of all ages, who are either citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or any other Commonwealth country. Membership is divided into four categories – Returned, Service, Associate and Women’s Section – (That’s right, you do not have to have a service background to become an associate member of the Marlborough RSA or any other RSA’s). Details of the membership categories and their meanings are;
Returned: Servicepersons who have served in any war or peacekeeping or peacekeeping deployment as defined by the RNZRSA.
Service: Members are either retired or serving members of the ARMED FORCES who do not qualify for Returned membership. They include those who have served under CMT, the Territorial Forces, Cadet Forces Officers and sworn members of the NZ POLICE.
Associate: Membership is open to adults, who although having not served in the ARMED FORCES or NZ POLICE, identify with and support the aims and ideals of the RNZRSA.
Women’s Section: Members are affiliated to local RSA’s. Members often have family links to the local RSA and many are themselves members of the local RSA. Membership is open to all ladies with an interest in the community work of the RSA sections.
Membership of the Marlborough RSA brings a range of benefits: Full membership of Clubs of Marlborough, full access to and use of Clubs of Marlborough facilities, camaraderie and friendship, social and sporting opportunities; member’s only promotions; and entitlement to receive the RSA Review. You will also have easy access to welfare and pensions advice. Marlborough RSA can also provide mobility scooters, wheelchairs and assistance with the like of gardening, lawn mowing and even a simple visit.
If you need our help, contact reception at Clubs of Marlborough and you will be directed to our welfare people.
THE MARLBOROUGH RSA –‘PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE’
Click below to download and print a copy of the membership application.