THE Muswellbrook RSL Club can be well-pleased with its efforts.
At the RSL and Services Association Spirit of Anzac Awards, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday night, the local organisation received the Highly Commended Spirit of Anzac plaudit for its valuable contribution towards the sub-Branch and veterans in the area.
"We're honoured by the recognition," CEO Daryl Egan said.
"But, we were proud just to be a finalist, too.
"The Muswellbrook RSL Club, in partnership with the Muswellbrook RSL sub-Branch supports Anzac Day, Vietnam Veterans Day and Remembrance Day.
"We also provide breakfast on Anzac Day, as well as a lot of other support to the local branch and its members.
"The club got behind the Farmers Night [charity] fundraiser, last September, too.
"That event raised more than $47,000 for those impacted by the drought."
Mr Egan said the award also acknowledged the RSL Club's partnership with Team Rubicon Australia (TRA), who based its command and training centre at the Muswellbrook facility.
He picked up the glass trophy alongside TRA CEO Geoff Evans.
"Team Rubicon is a group of veterans who volunteer their services to aid and assist in disasters and times of need," he explained.
"They stayed at the Muswellbrook RSL Club during their visit to the farming community of the Upper Hunter earlier this year.
"And, they did a fantastic job."
In his speech to Parliament on June 20, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen also praised the Muswellbrook RSL Club for its assistance to TRA and the township.