Our events and Tours that were planned for 2020 were impacted by Covid19. HOWEVER, planning is underway for the remainder of the year, and 2021.
When restrictions eased, our Sub-Branch dusted off the cobwebs and participated in activities.
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At our Annual General Meeting Trevor McEntyre took over the reigns from Rob Sweet as Secretary.
Bill Fielding – WW2 Veteran
Bill receiving his Medallion from Vince Connelly MP
At our August meeting, a much deserved award was presented to well respected member Bill Fielding, WW2 veteran aged a young 96. Bill served on early Radar Stations in New Guinea. Vince Connelly MP, Federal Member for Stirling and Member of our Sub Branch, presented Bill with an Australia Remembers 1939 – 1945 Medallion on behalf of the Federal Government and a Grateful Nation.
Rob Sweet – Certificate of Appreciation from RSLWA
Rob receiving Certificate from President John Rolfe
After many years as Secretary Rob was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for the years he has dedicated to the Sub-Branch. The Certificate read; “Your years of dedication and outstanding service to the North Beach Sub-Branch. Your continuous service to your Sub-Branch is in the finest tradition of the RSL”
On 9 September, the First Aid Course and Requalification was held at Hillarys Yacht Club for all our First Aiders.
19 Members in 11 4×4 Vehicles set off on the 27th Sept for a 10 day camping tour to the gold fields taking in Paynes Find, Sandstone, Lake Mason Homestead, then cutting back along the Barlee – Youanmi Rd to Karalee Rock – finishing at the Nungarin Military Museum before heading home. The camaraderie of this Sub-Branch is “Alive and Well” in the Bush, as it is in the City.
At our monthly meeting of 12 October, Terry Healy received his Certificate from President John Rolfe, on behalf of RSLWA, for his achievement of 50 years of Membership. Well done that man.
Roger Hardwicke’s Legacy Camp Maintenance Tour of Duty was held from 2 November to 6 November, and once again our Members who made their time available made a valuable effort in maintaining this Legacy gem. Our Sub Branch’s contribution to Legacy by maintaining its Busselton Camp is a most worthy and satisfying cause.
Remembrance Day was well attended by Members of our Sub-Branch, members of the community, and local school children. Following the Service Wreaths were laid and Plaques in our Wall of Remembrance were unveiled for Louis Warner, Abel Seaman HMAS Kanimbla; Peter Woodward, L/Cpl. RAASC; Arthur Cressall and Robert Bowers, both LAC’s RAAF. We Will Rember Them.
Our President John Rolfe and Rob Sweet attended the opening of the new ANZAC House Veteran Central. Our President was in demand for photo opportunities.