Buninyong woman to receive RSL award for 54 years of service

JOAN Brusaschi will receive the National RSL Certificate of Merit with Gold Badge as part of the Buninyong Anzac Day commemoration services, the highest honour the RSL can award a non-service member.

Ms Brusaschi is being recognised for dedicating a remarkable 54 years to the Buninyong RSL Auxillary.

“I think it’s the friendships you make and we work together pretty well,” she said.

“It’s pride, really.” 

Ms Brusaschi said Anzac Day was a special time of the year.

“I love meeting everybody, having a chat and remembering the people who gave their lives,” she said. 

Ms Brusaschi moved to the area in 1958 with her late husband, who served in the RAAF during World War II. 

They joined the Buninyong RSL club in the same year.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes. When we came to live there, it was just paddocks. We saw it grow around Mt Clear,” she said. 

“There was a progressive association I joined as well and we used to run dances and serve the Buninyong community.” 

Auxillary secretary Helen Stephens said Ms Brusaschi’s dedication to the club was unmatched.

“It’s in her like it is in us, to do community service, it’s rewarding,” Ms Stephens said.