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The Australian War Widows NSW State President is nominated by members and appointed by the Board. She is also a Director of the organisation. Since 1998, the maximum term of office for a State President is three years. The role of the State President is to undertake representational, ceremonial and symbolic activities for AWWNSW.

Current State President

Rhondda Vanzella OAM, NSW State President

An AWWNSW member since 2014, Rhondda began her term as State President in 2016. Rhondda is also a member of the Remembrance Driveway Committee, an Ambassador on the NSW Government Centenary of ANZAC Council, member of the RSL Ladies Auxiliary, an affiliate member of RSL Bundanoon sub-branch and President of the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir.

Previously, Rhondda was Vice President of the Kangaroo Re-enactment March from Wagga Wagga to Sydney and spent 15 years as Electorate Chief of Staff and confidant to Dr Brendan Nelson AO.

Past State Presidents


  • Mrs Meg Green (2015–2016)
  • Mrs Wendy Thompson (2012–2015)
  • Mrs Anne Bonner (2009-2012)
  • Mrs Diana Bland (2006–2009)
  • Mrs Audrey Blood OAM (2003-2006)
  • Mrs Marie Beach (2002-2003)
  • Mrs Jan Hackett (2001-2002)
  • Mrs Beryl Page (1998–2001)
  • Mrs Betty Morrison (1996–1998)
  • Mrs Myrtle Shepherd (1994–1996)
  • Mrs Anne Haines OAM (1991–1994)
  • Mrs Billie Cutler AM (1982–1991)
  • Mrs Ethel Lane AM MBE (1977–1982)
  • Mrs Stella Connelly (1975–1977)
  • Mrs Joan Maher (1973–1975)
  • Mrs Aileen Watkins OBE (1952–1973)
  • Mrs Jean Cunningham (1950–1952)
  • Mrs Aileen Watkins (July 1949–1950)
  • Major Joyce Snelling OBE (April–June 1949)
  • Mrs Anne Assheton (1947–1949)
  • Mrs Florence R O’Neill (Co-President in 1946 with Mrs Jessie Willis, President WVS) (1946 – 1947)

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