The Manjimup RSL has seen a rise in membership in the past year and a peak for the sub-branch, bucking the trend of decreasing memberships and closures seen in other branches recently. Manjimup RSL vice-president Ted Middleton said the Manjimup branch was at a membership peak. “We’ve gotten more members in the last 18 months, we’ve lost some but we gained 15 in the last few months and we now have 59 financial members,” he said. “We lost about seven members and we expected some of the former members to come back, and we gained new ones that we had not anticipated.” He said he hoped the members would become more active in the future and that more would be able to join. “It has had an effect for particular functions, and I would like to see the new members join the meetings too, since you want the members to be active.” He encouraged anyone who was able to join the RSL to do so, including emergency service staff who may not qualify as service members, and notes the closure of some of the branches in the area due to the lack of encouragement for those interested to join. “The RSL is inclusive to anybody, even if there are certain qualifications to join, but most people will probably qualify and nurses, police, the fire brigade are able to join as affiliated members, and we’ve had more women join now that what we had before.” “Some branches have closed down, and some are due to do some active recruiting, and we’re always interested for those who want to join as either affiliate or service members.” Last year, the Waroona-Hamel and Narrogin RSL sub-branches were forced to close due to dwindling membership numbers.