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Our events and Tours that were planned for 2020 were impacted by Covid19. HOWEVER, planning quickly got underway for the remainder of the year, and also for 2021.
When restrictions eased, our Sub-Branch dusted off the cobwebs and participated in activities.a;sp for
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.
Four Wheel Drive Tour
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.
Legacy Camp Busselton – Roger Hardwicke
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 11 November
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.
Opening of ANZAC House Veteran Central
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.
Christmas at Hillarys Yacht Club
On Thursday 26 November our Sub-Branch hosted a Christmas Lunch at the Hillarys Yacht Club. Once again, this year was well attended by members and guests, and a special thanks must go to organiser Peter Edwards, MC Jon McKenzie, and Prize Coordinator Paul McGuinness.
A wide variety of prizes were donated for the raffle which was conducted by our MC, and ably assisted by member Vince Connelly MP.
President John Rolfe presented Wayne Koch with the trophy of Member of the Year for his work “behind the scenes” and assisting with the smooth management of our Sub-Branch.
President John Rolfe took a small group of our WW2 veterans and others to ANZAC House Veteran Central for Lunch, and a good time was had by these young fellows.
Our last meeting of the year was held on Monday 14 December and was attended by nearly 140 members. This was an excellent turnout and was followed by a very good meal of Green Chicken and Vegetable Curry and Rice.
The meeting was a successful wind up to a difficult year, as a result of restrictions caused by Covid 19, and all members should be proud of their support to our Sub-Branch.
As a Sub-Branch we look forward to a better and more active 2021.
2019 was a busy year for special events, and all activities were well organised and attended.
Gallipoli Run Kings Park
Visit to Fremantle Prison
Police Academy Visit
Quiz Night at the North Beach Bowling Club
Long Tan Movie showing
Submarine Tour Fremantle courtesy of Roger Hardwicke
Rottnest Island Luncheon Day Tour
Legacy Camp Clean Up Busselton
Outback 4 Wheel Drive