BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
The Guild provides understanding, contact, and friendship with other war widows, as well as a range of benefits and services to its members.
The Guild has achieved significant improvements to the assistance provided to war widows through its advocacy over the years. A wide range of benefits and concessions have been achieved. The Guild advocates on behalf of war widows to the Commonwealth, NSW and local governments and to other organizations. Guild officials also participate in a number of consultative forums on behalf of war widows, which can improve the arrangements for war widows.
The Guild offers friendship to members through:
- Guild and Social clubs throughout Sydney and regional areas
- Friendship Line – member volunteers speak to fellow members in regional areas, or those who are housebound or unwell
- Trips and excursions through the Clubs
- Hospital visiting
- Transport assistance which helps members access Guild activities if they cannot use public transport
- Special Interest Groups
- ANZAC Field of Remembrance
- Annual General Meeting
- War Widows Walk and Picnic
- Guild Annual Christmas Party
- Members Christmas parties
- Healthy Lifestyle: Fun, Food and Friendship Days within Clubs
The Guild also provides to members:
WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF THE GUILD?
Membership is open to DVA designated war widows and defence widows, whose spouses or partners have died as a result of their war, defence or peace-keeping service. War widows recognised as such by other allied countries may also join the Guild.
WHEN DOES MEMBERSHIP CEASE?
A membership ceases when a member resigns her membership, if the member dies, if she ceases to be a war widow or if she does not pay her annual subscription fee.
Members pay an annual membership fee of $30, due on 1 April each year. Life members (who have been a member of the Guild for 50 years or more) and Past State Presidents do not pay a fee.