INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACTIVATION RMA ONLINE ACCOUNT
Step 1. Login as a 'member'
First of all, you need to activate your online account. You should have received an email about this previously. If not, please follow these steps:
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I am delighted to announce that the Royal Marines Association and The Royal Marines Charity have merged today. The legal name of the Charity will be ‘Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity’, with a routine working name of ‘RMA – The Royal Marines Charity’. This has been a long but important journey for both charities, which has seen us going from a competitive relationship through co-existence to cooperation, to coordination, to convergence and finally merger. We are now one charity, whose primary purpose is ‘to be the instinctive first port of call for support for the whole Corps Family’, whether that be to celebrate ‘bootneckness’ through RMA membership and participation in membership events, to finding help in a moment of need via the very broad welfare service that we provide, and on to those who wish to give a bit back by raising funds for the ‘RMA - The Royal Marines Charity’.
This merger has been seen by other charities as genuinely trail-breaking, as it has sought to implement guidance from the government and the Charity Commission, whilst finding a way to deliver a more effective service to the whole Corps in a more efficient manner (saving money on back-office bureaucracy to spend on beneficiaries). The merger has also enabled some bold decisions, like stopping membership subscriptions, which has allowed access to our regimental association for all members of our Corps Family regardless of their personal financial means. The merger has proved to be legally and financially complex, but (with your support) we have found solutions that were suitable for both sides.
With the merger comes a revitalised brand and logo. The new logo seeks to ensure prominence of the Globe and Laurel, which unites the two charities and the Corps, whilst also representing the centrality of the RMA within the merged charity, the importance of our charitable endeavours and the inextricably interlinked nature of the two entities. The use of the ‘Old Gold’ colour for the RMA letters represents the enduring value of the membership function in all that we do.
This merger has been vital to ensuring that we deliver the most effective and efficient support to our members and the wider Corps Family, now and into the future. I believe that we now have a sector-leading Association that truly embodies our determination to become the instinctive first port of call for comradeship and for giving a lifetime of support to the Royal Marines Family.
What does it mean for you? One important change is that RMA Ltd, will now become a shell company. This means that your Membership of RMA Ltd (from a Companies Act perspective) is terminated in accordance with paragraph 9.3.1 of the Bye-Laws of RMA Ltd. However, please be assured that you remain a valued member of RMA – The Royal Marines Charity.
As previously reported, the whole of the RMA Membership Team is now based at the Commando Training Centre, the home of the Royal Marines. Richard Spencer will now become Director General – Membership, and will work closely with Richie Puttock and Phil Gilby to ensure that support, advice and friendship continues to be delivered to all Members and Branches. The Welfare and Finance functions of the RMA remain in Portsmouth.
We are delighted to welcome our new Membership Secretaries, Jane and Sheridan, whose job share provides full-time support to members and branch officials from their new office in CTCRM.
Dear RMA Branch Secretary,
You are probably aware that on 25 May 2018, new Data Protection legislation comes into force in the UK. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) build on the existing Data Protection legislation to help ensure your data, and that of your Branch members, is handled according to the individual’s wishes.
Contrary to what you have probably been experiencing in the last fortnight or so, the Royal Marines Association is not seeking members’ consent to contact them or to continue using their data because the Association only uses it for the legitimate purpose of providing them with information in respect of their membership, forthcoming events and other matters relating to RMA activities and offers. In other words, an individual’s consent to be communicated with about RMA business is implied & inferred by belonging to a membership organisation, and because all those who use computers can change their communication preferences themselves on the RMA’s website; those not online can ask Central Office to do it for them. As a Branch Secretary, the same assumption applies to your use of your members’ data. You can continue to use your members’ data as before, but you must keep that data secure and should not pass it to a third party unless legally obliged to do so, or the member has given his/her express permission for this to be done. Please note that If you extract membership data from the RMA website, you will need to password protect/encrypt the file and/or delete it as soon as you are finished with it.
The following statements describe how the RMA uses members’ data and some of the statutory rights in this regard:
1. RMA Central Office uses data to record individuals’ involvement with the Association, and to manage their membership. Since your Branch members all belong to the RMA, their data is used to communicate with them regarding Branch activities that may be of interest to you.
2. Branch Members have the right to know what data is held about them, and how it is used.
3. Branch members have the right to ask the Branch Secretary to update and/or delete all personal data without undue delay in certain circumstances.
4. Members have the right to opt-out from information about RMA communications and can do this though the RMA website. Those not online can telephone RMA Central Office and ask the Membership Secretary to assist them with this statutory right.
5. RMA Central Office will keep the GDPR requirements under regular review to ensure the Association and its Branches comply with the necessary regulations and legislation.
A Letter of Commendation from Maj Gen Charlie Stickland CBE - CGRM
North Devon Branch Royal Marines Association
As Commandant General and as President The Royal Marines Charity, am writing to thank you and all the members o' the North Devon Branch of the Royal Marines Association for your continued fantastic support to The Royal Marines Charity. I have been told that your latest donation of £6,549, raised at your annual Sainsbury's Cyclathon. has brought the total raised through this initiative since 2011 10 a magnificent E76.OOO — this makes North the most generous geographical Branch donor to the Charity.
The Branch continues to set a high bar for the Association, and is the epitorny of what an Association Branch should be, drawing togelher serving and retired Royal Marines, not least through your co-location with the Commando Logistics Regiment. and friends ta celebrate a common passion and
comradeship and to support those members of our Corps Family who are in need. This is a magnificent achievement of which you should all rightly be proud.
Though fundraising is not the prime purpose for the Branch's existence. it is making a real difference ta the Charity. Last year. the Charity's direct grants to wounded and sick serving Royal Marines totalled over £120.000, with £30,000 to the bereaved: while £320,000 was distributed to veterans in need, a further £t20,000 was donated to ensure the Royal Marines Association's Support Network provided appropriate signposting and assistance to veterans, and £100,000 was provided to support a service responding to those battling post-traumatic stress, many of whom are tempted to commit suicide. This was part of a total £l .9M distributed throughout the year.
One recent example of the help given is the purchase three new prosthetic arms for one of our triple amputees, Jon White, who was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. These arms, one for general purposes. one for rowing and one for lifting weights, were made and fitted in the united Stales tor $13,750. We simply do not have a large enough number of complex amputees in the United Kingdom for development of the necessary skills to make and properly fit the high-quality sockets end prosthetics required - hence we cannot access NHS facilities or funding, and choose instead to send our Marines to the United States. Your gilt has reimbursed us tor this grant, allowing us to support others.
In return, Jon often speaks on our behalf and raises funds, whilst studying Clinical Psychology, so he can help others who have been physically or mentally scarred. Jon epitomises the Commando Mindset, to understand, respond and adapt to challenges whatever they are, and overcome them. To be able to achieve support like this through the generosity of supporters like yourselves is wonderful, and it is always heartening for that support to come from other Bootnecks. Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to all your members.