2024

A snapshot of the events and milestones in our 2024 calendar

January

January is a month that our Sub-Branch does not have a General Meeting, however our weekly sessions of walking, kayaking, cycling and coffee continue without a break.

February

This month started with a kayak maintenance work-party on 3 February at the Hillarys Yacht Club. The work-party, with great team effort, had the work completed and the Kayaks are now in fine condition to take to the water each Wednesday and Friday.

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And the star of the show, our Secretary, Wayne (I should have worn braces) Koch

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Gordon Douglas 15 March 1933 to 23 February 2024

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DOUGLAS Gordon Sgt

Sgt Royal Australian Corps of Signals

104 Signals Squadron, Vietnam 15 October 1968 to 15 October 1969

March

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The highlight of March for 39 of our members was the Tour of Duty to Tasmania from 15th to 22nd March. Staying at Wrest Point and each day a new location from sailing on the harbour, visiting Scottsdale Army Museum in Tasmania’s north to Port Arthur. It was an action packed week and was the result of 12 months planning by John Rolfe, ably assisted by Paul McGuinness and Brian Jennings.

April

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Kevin Ryan from the North Beach RSL Sub-Branch reached his 100 Birthday on 15 March 2024 and was presented with his Certificate from the National President and Board of RSL Australia recognising this achievement.

This Certificate was presented to him at a General Meeting of the Sub-Branch by Doug Simpson, RSLWA Trustee representing the Board.

ANZAC Appeal, ANZAC Dawn Service and Graham Edwards ANZAC Football Match

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The ANZAC Appeal was most successfully organised by Peter Hodgson and was enthusiastically assisted by our volunteer collectors. Another example of our members working as a team

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Our ANZAC Dawn Service was attended by a broad range of the community, including family groups, ex serving and serving personnel, and local dignitaries. Our membership was well and truly represented. The Dawn Service, followed by the Gunfire breakfast, was “the best to date”. Congratulations go to Peter Bowring and his team for organising this most successful Dawn Service.

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The ANZAC match was played on the afternoon of Saturday April 27 at the home of the North Beach Tigers. An ANZAC Commemorative Service was held prior to the match and was supported by members of North Beach RSL Sub-Branch and the Army Cadets. The National Anthem was sung by Holly Denton and the Last Post and Rouse played by Maneisha Bradley.

May

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Unveiling of Battle of Crete Memorial, Kings Park Saturday 11 May 2024.

Sub-Branch member Jess Welfare was the official photographer of the day. Dignitaries from around Australia, the Greek and Crete communities, Australian Defence Force, and Battle of Crete survivor – 105 year old Arthur Leggett were present.

POLICE MUSEUM HIGHGATE VISIT 31 MAY 2024

On Friday 31 May members visited the Police Museum in Highgate and gained a good understanding of the history of the WA Police Force.

They were given a talk by retired Police Sergeant, Carol Vernon.  She gave a run down of her career, including all the challenges of the early days for a woman in the force.  She also discussed how things were handled from a police perspective.

She advised that her police career was rich in fun and laughter with likeminded colleagues while they attended many varied jobs, operations and served the community.   

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Our members at the Museum – including at least 2 retired “cops” at each end of the photo providing guard.
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Our Vice President Peter Bowing donated some items from his Tour of East Timor and they were on display, along with his own account of the Tour.

You can read Peter’s account of his time in East Timor on Members Stories on our website.

Everyone really enjoyed Carol’s dialogue & looking at all the memorabilia from days gone by.

Following the visit, they all bussed to the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club on the Marmion foreshore for a much-deserved lunch. A well organised event by Helen Burgess and Deb Thatcher.

View more photos in the Slide Show

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