WARRNAMBOOL Returned Services League president John Miles credits the new Veteran's Support Centre in helping grow membership by 15 per cent.
The city's RSL, located in an enviable position at the top of Liebig Street with sweeping ocean and Lake Pertobe views, is enjoying a boost in members.
Mr Miles said the club had been an awarded a certificate of achievement for recording the highest percentage increase in membership in the category of the 251 to 500 country group in 2018.
"All clubs are in different categories," he said.
"We had the highest increase with abut 150 new members."
Mr Miles said all together there were about 2500 members at Warrnambool, including social members.
"There are about 400 service members," he said.
He said he believed the growth in membership came from the Veteran's Support Centre, which opened last year at the refurbished RSL.
"We have a lot of younger veterans coming in," he said.
"The membership is mainly made up of people from Warrnambool. We are region 8C - we stretch from Camperdown to Portland and up to Balmoral.
"We have 12 sub-branches in our club."
Mr Miles said the Veteran Support Centre was available to any service personnel in the region.
It was opened by Her Excellency The Honorable Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria.
"We have two advocates looking after people - whether that may be pension assistance or any ongoing problems veterans may have," he said.
"All money we raise at our annual campaigns - including November's Remembrance Day poppy appeal - go back into Warrnambool's support centre.
"The money stays local."
Mr Miles said there were three types of memberships available - a service membership, an affiliate membership for families of service personnel or emergency service workers who had worked for more than six months in their chosen field or social memberships.
"Service or affiliate members can sign up for $25 a year and then they get a birthday voucher to spend," he said.
"You can sign up for three years for $60. Social memberships are only $10 and you also receive a birthday voucher."
He thanked members for their support.
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