IT was his involvement in the army as a National Serviceman from 1970, where he toured Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Battalion in 1971, that was the core reason new RSL President, Bob Wilkie became involved with the RSL 10 years ago, and plans on continuing his passion for ensuring that local veterans are taken care of, going forward.
Growing up in Kyabram, his role with National Australia Bank (NAB) saw him relocate many times to areas including Melbourne, Tasmania, Broadford, Bendigo and Sale before he settled in Shepparton in 2000 with his wife, Wendy and four children, Paul, Julia, Lee and Courtney.
During his 38 years with the NAB, Bob held many positions before retiring in 2005. It was then that Bob decided to take up a position on the executive committee at the RSL where he gained a solid understanding of the workings of the RSL.
As well as his interest in the RSL, Bob closely follows his football, keeping a watchful eye on the Western Bulldogs and enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren.
Bob said, “I took on the role as president because I saw it as a bit of a challenge and I have an interest in the operational side of the RSL as well as the welfare of our veterans. Having the experience behind me made it an easy decision.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the long term viability of the club and at ensuring that all of our veterans are looked after.”