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2021

March

General Meeting 8 March

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our first meeting for the year was not held until Monday 8 March  2021.  We had a large crowd with over 80 staying for a meal of Cottage Pie and Vegetables.  

The meeting opened with a Homage focussed on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Air Force.  A busy agenda included congratulations to Rob Sweet on him being award an OAM for his service and commitment to the RSL.

It was most pleasing to see the meeting well attended by our valuable WW2 Veterans.

During the Meeting
Our WW2 Members
More Gravy Please

Aviation Heritage Museum 12 March.

R.A.A.F. Association

On Friday 12 March, our members paid a visit to the Aviation Heritage Museum at the Air Force Memorial Estate in Bullcreek.  A couple of hours were spent inspecting the collection with Guides provided by the R.A.A.F. Association.  The tour was followed by Lunch (at our members expense), and although Paul McGuinness, our Social Activities Coordinator, eventually received his Chicken Pie, all agreed that it was a resounding success.

A highly recommended visit and lunch

Catalina
The Getting of Wisdom
Pointy end of Lancaster
Lancaster
Spitfire guns pointing at Gunner King
Chow Time

ANZAC HOUSE Lunch Friday 26 March

On Friday 26 March a group went to ANZAC House for Lunch and a Tour of the building.

The lunch was Roast Pork with a Pint of Beer or drink of choice.  Some opted for an alternative choice, but overall was an excellent meal and venue.  It is highly recommended.  

Following the meal we were given a tour of the building venues, all having great views over Government House Garden.

We also had a glimpse of the services suites – consisting of medical, treatment and vital support services .  Very impressive and when fully functional will be able to provide much needed support and services to our veterans.

Well Done That RSLWA

Smile for the Camera
Treatment Room
Support Services
Treatment Rooms

April

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day this year involved significant organisation by Barry Lloyd and his whole team, due to the uncertaintly and restrictions as a result of Covid-19.  However, the Sub-Branch had come through and was prepared for a most successful Dawn Service and Gunfire Breakfast.

The City of Stirling  published a video on Youtube advertising this important event, and can be seen on this LINK

ANZAC Day 2021 was cancelled due to a Covid-19 Lockdown over the ANZAC weekend.  All those Members who dedicated their time in the  organisation for this day of commemoration deserve the highest praise from our Sub-Branch.

City of Stirling making its Video
The stars of the Video

The Stirling Times published a two page spread on 22nd April involving Geoff Pope, Wayne Koch and Peta Connolly, representing three generations of Veterans from our Sub-Branch.   This can be read on this Link

Reporter Lucy Jarvis and Photographer David Bayliss did a great job and were true professionals in getting their story and photographs.

These Copyright photos have been supplied courtesy of The West Australian Newspapers, and may not be reproduced.  The generosity of The West in providing these photos is very much appreciated.  Our thanks to Syndication Administrator Melissa  Hayward.

Peta Connolly, Geoff Pope, Brian Jennings, Wayne Koch

 

Dawn 25 April 2021

The North Beach War Memorial with Flags at Half Mast and Wreaths.  It was a stiring sight as the sun rose.

A small group of 6 Police Officers were there, paying their silent tribute in the early morning light, along with some community members.

Lest We Forget

May

Rob Sweet

Our esteemed Member Rob Sweet receiving his Certificate from Dawn Palm and Ross Daniels of Karrinyup Rotary recognising his nomination for the Michael Chin Humanitarian Award.  Rob was nominated for his outstanding contribution to the North Beach RSL, Veterans and their families over a number of years.  Although Rob did not win the Award, our Congratulations to him for his ongoing contribution.

Perth Mint 14 May

On a fine chill in the air day 27 intrepid Members bussed to the Perth Mint for a tour.

A guided tour of this historic building proved to be well worth while.  It was made most interesting listening to the history of the building, gold development in Western Australia, and seeing a gold pour. 

All members came away empty handed, but were more than happy after a top class Lunch at the Grosvenor.

Another great day thanks to SAC Paul McGuinness.

The Largest Coin
Gold Pour
"Now, what will I buy"
A few Coins
WW1 Mint Employees
Mine Host of the Grosvenor Richard Moody

June

Darwin

After nearly two years of planning and the 2020 Tour being cancelled because of Covid, 40 Members took off for their Tour of Duty of  Darwin from 4th to 11th  June 2021.  This well planned and executed tour focussed on Darwin and surrounds and its  military related history from WW2 to present day.  Areas toured included Adelaide River, WW2 Airfields, Humpty Doo, Litchfield National Park, Darwin Aviation Museum, WW2 Storage Tunnels, Robertson Barracks and many more.

Nearly There
We're Here
Priority is Food
Darwin Aviation Museum. B52
Always ready to pose
Darwin Aviation Museum

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

Alex Lennox OAM for services to veterans and their families.  Read Alex’s Award Profile on This Link

Greg Young OAM for services to veterans.  Read Greg’s Award Profile on This Link

Other Awards

Rob Sweet was presented with Life membership

Wayne Koch was presented with his 50 Year Certificate

Des Pryce was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate

Don Ranford was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate

Lindsay Williams was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate.

July

A Plaque for Bertie Beaumont was unveiled on The Wall of Remembrance on Friday 23 July, followed by a farewell at the North Beach Bowling Club

August

On 9th August 2021 our General Meeting and Annual General Meeting was attended by over 120 Members.  See About Us on This Link for our Executive and Committee Members 

Army Museum of Western Australia

40 Members visited the Army Museum of Westsern Australian on Friday 12th August, followed by a feed of Fish and Chips at Ciccerello’s overlooking The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

WW 2 POW Display
WW 1 Display
WW 1 Trench Display
Drury Heath's Taxi Service, Vietnam

North Beach Tigers 

The Sub Branch were welcomed by the North Beach Tigers Football Club to join them in a belated Anzac Day Match Ceremony which was cancelled due to covid restriction earlier in the year.  A very successful day. Not only because of the Tigers’ victory, but the mutual respect between the Sub Branch and the Football Club.

Vice President Peter Bowring and President John Rolfe
Medallion to be presented to the Fairest and Best NBFC Player/s
Graham Edwards addresses and thanks the players and the Club

September

September General Meeting

The September General Meeting was well attended as usual, and the additional guests made it an action packed event.  We had:

  • Royce Spencer and Doug Simson from RSLWA delivering an update on ANZAC House / Veterans Central, as well as the Jarrahdale property.
  • Attendance of Karen Caddy from City of Stirling & Tony Krsticevic
  • Presentation from Life Live it, Occupational Therapy with Linda, Hannah, Ariel & Abi running through their services and available products to make life much easier. (Suite 101, 112 Scarborough Beach road, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016  9201 0705 www.lifeliveit.net.au)
Royce and Doug at the meeting
The Team from Life Live it Occupational Therapy
President John with Karen Caddy and Tony Krsticevic

The Irish Scene

Volume 23 Issue 5 published September 2021 thanks to Bob O’Connor.  A really good write up about our Sub-Branch.  Link

Bush Bash 2021

Organised by Rip Couston, 15 Members of the 4×4 group with 8 vehicles set off on the 26th September 2021 for this year’s bash.  The trip was planned to take 12 to 14 days to conquer the David Carnegie Track just out of Tjukayirla Roadhouse on the Great Central Rd, then the Gunbarrel Hwy down to Wiluna with bush camping along the way, including a stop at Karalee Rock, a site out of Laverton.  Well done Rip.

October

October General Meeting

Di Hornby of the Fremantle Army Museum presenting the Sub-Branch, on behalf of herself and husband Allan Hornby, with a rare Photo of Western Australian raised 12 Battalion.  The photo was taken prior to the Battalion’s deployment to Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Popular retiring Counsellor Karen Caddy from the City of Stirling with Peter Edwards.  

President John Rolfe, Jimmie Muscat and the Team from REVIVE PHYSIOTHERAPY.  Revive specialise in Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy

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