Museum Curator Joe McCaffrey is a familiar face for local veterans and the Sub Branch team.
In June the dedicated volunteer was awarded the inaugural RSL House Volunteer Excellence Award for his service to the Maroochy RSL Sub Branch.
Passionate about research, he spends his time identifying different objects in the museum and working to trace artefacts back to their original owners among a range of other duties.
And while he’s certainly seen many hundreds of historical items over the years, Joe said it’s hard to pick just a handful of favourites.
“They’re all interesting really. Photographs from World War I, trench art and different post cards… every item tells a story and reveals a different view of history.”
Maroochy RSL President Michael Liddelow said Joe was a very worthy recipient of the first RSL House Volunteer Excellence Award.
“He represents everything good about the volunteering philosophy of self-sacrifice and dedication and because of that he is inaugural worthy recipient of this award.
If there is a daily operational job or task that needs to be done we can always give it to Joe knowing that it will be done well,” Michael said.
“Joe’s dedication to our Sub Branch is commendable; he’s the man who’s always there when something needs to be done.”
While the award was quite a surprise for Joe, right up until his name was read out, he is thankful for being commended for his time and effort.
“I’m always happy to help out but it is great to be recognised for my contribution,” he said.
On behalf of Maroochy RSL we would like to again congratulate Joe for the tireless commitment he has brought to the Sub Branch.