2000 – 2014
Early in 2000, the Sub Branch had a major change, as the predominate group changed from the World War 2 participants to the Vietnam era, this younger group of veterans were asked to take on the leadership of the Sub Branch.
Work continued on the Memorial grounds during the early 2000s.In 2010, plans were announced to upgrade the entire Charles Riley Reserve, with the Memorial to be relocated away from the road.The Sub Branch has been reassured that works will be completed by 2015.
Remembrance Day Services
Recommenced 2009 with 6 or 7 members gathering at the memorial at the 11th hour of the 11th day with the Chaplain “saying a few words”The following year some 30 children also attended. By 2011 approx. 300 local children attended.
ANZAC Dawn Services
Have been conducted each year with crowds increasing in size on every occasion, now requiring a stage and a professional sound system.
Images for 2000 – 2014
Walking Group 2008 – enjoying a coffee.
Example of Newsletter
Remembrance Day 2009
new memorial construction
The Memorial concept drawing
Northbeach Memorial 2011
Walking Group 2008 – enjoying a coffee.
Creation of Walking Group
Acquisition of Kayaks
Kayak paddlersFollowing the success of the Walking Group, the Sub-Branch acquired six kayaks in early 2009 on a trailer; members usually paddle on Friday mornings while the kayaks are available for loan to members at other times. Legacy Children’s Camp at Busselton and Beverley were loaned, two double kayaks that eventually donated to the Legacy Camp at Busselton to be used by visiting children and recuperating veterans in 2013 by the North Beach RSL Member.
In 2005 the Sub Branch acquired it was own Laptop and printer with a grant from the DVA, for use by the Secretary. All Sub Branch records, minutes and correspondence transferred and backed up to an external hard drive.The advent of this computer enabled a newsletter to be produced quarterly from 2005, which is sent electronically to members and printed out for delivery to members, not on email.Members are encouraged to deliver by hand the newsletter to members who can’t get to monthly meetings, knock on the door, “say G’day” and ensure that everything is ok.The Welfare group also acquired a laptop computer in 2012 to enable records to be kept of Welfare publications, forms, and cases under review.
This year our Sub-Branch grew significantly, with membership reaching 250 made up of 243 Service members and 7 Affiliates.Attendances at meetings averaging 80.The ANZAC Day Dawn Service attracted a crowd of 4 to 5000, the provision of a bigger stage to accommodate the choir, a big projection screen, and professional sound system was made possible by a grant from Lotterywest.The year also saw the redevelopment of the Charles Riley Memorial Reserve which involved repositioning of the Memorial and the Lone Pine and the addition of a Memorial Wall.
2016 Started with the first of the President Paul McGuinness led “Tour of Duty” visiting significant military sites, the trip to Albany was enjoyed by 20 members.
Gallipoli Fun Run
Participated in the Gallipoli Fun Run April 2016, Sponsored by Bankwest and Athletics West. Alex Lennox, and Peta Connelly joined 32 North Beach Members and the ANZAC House Staff for the fun run.
ANZAC DAY 2016
President Paul McGuinness, led the 2016 ANZAC Dawn Service.
Vietnam Veterans Day 2016 – The Fiftieth Anniversary.
North Beach Sub Branch was asked to conduct the Northern Suburbs 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, Chris Rampant led a team who organised a very well attended service which was led by the Governor and representatives of Federal and State Parliaments
Remembrance Day 2016
Was commemorated at the Memorial with another Unveiling of Plaques, for our absent friends. Poppy Day collection also went ahead at various locations in the City of Stirling.
2016 Christmas Lunch
Christmas Lunch was again held at Hillarys Yacht Club. Paul McGuinness presented the Club Person of the Year Award to Chris Rampant.ANZAC House closed late 2016 and the State Office moved to 66 St Georges Terrace while the demolition of the old building continues before the new ANZAC House rises from the rubble.
2016 in Images
Alex Lennox, Peta Connelly and 32 North Beach members joined ANZAC House Staff at 2016 Gallipoli Fun Run
Committee members for 2016
50th Anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Day Service
Forming Up for march on at service
Vietnam Veterans Day 50th Anniversary Service
Wreath Laying Dawn Service
At the Gunfire Breakfast, the grins had something to do with the Rum Bosun’s efforts.
Remembrance Day 2016 at the Northbeach Memorial
Chris Rampant was “gobsmacked” on receiving the President’s Award for 2016.
Photo by Roslyn Whitney
Gallipoli Fun Run
As a result of our participation in the Perth Mint Gallipoli Fun Run/Walk, Athletics West donated $7500 to North Beach Sub Branch. We intend to use part of these proceeds to assist Karrinyup Rotary with their Hammond Youth Development Initiative, which sponsors young people 18-30 to visit areas of significant military history. Young veterans, children or grandchildren of veterans will be invited to apply.
Tour of Duty – Rottnest Island
President Paul McGuinness led a team to visit Military sites on Rottnest.Participants were: Greg Gough, Chris Rampant, Alex McKinnon, Glenn Curtis, Bob O’connorRoger Hardwicke, Alan Gronow, Rob Sweet, Dick Hawley, Stewart Davies, Drury Heath, Bob Lyons, Peta Connelly, Ray Alexander, Ron Brown, David King, Ken Braidwood, Jim Molloy, Brad HarrisonArthur Greaves, Frank McGrath, Paul McGuiness, John Rolfe, Trevor McEntyre, Peter Gorddard, Colin BenporathJon McKenzie, Wayne Koch
ANZAC Day 2017
North Beach Sub Branch conducted their first ANZAC Appeal in 2017 at Karrinyup, Carine and Gwelup Shopping Centres.The appeal was to assist with the costs of ANZAC Day commemorations, we had received contributions from the City of Stirling and our major sponsor Lotterywest.The Sub Branch also receive donations from members, in particular Affiliate Members Bill and Penny Stewart
Quiz Night – July 2017
A very successful Quiz Night was held in July 2017Arthur Whitney, Graham Connor, Geoff Thomas, Glenn Curtis, Jeff Fogarty, Kerryn Connor, Ros Whitney at the winning table.
After some discussions with North Beach Bowling Club in August 2017, our display areas were confirmed.
Busselton Legacy Camp Busy Bee – September 2017
The annual Busselton Legacy Camp Busy Bee was held 18th-24th September.Roger Hardwicke led a group of 28 North Beach members to the Annual Legacy Camp Working Bee at Busselton
Kayak and Walking Groups continue
The Kayak and Walking Groups are going strong. Following the morning walk the paddlers joined up for a warm up coffee, 32 members at Hillarys Boat Harbour.
2017 – The year that was
Membership has increased again this year with over 320 members with an average of 115 attending the monthly meetings.We now have 4 father and son combinations with Tom and Justin May, Rob and Rod Sweet, Glenn and Dave Moore, John and Sean Skeffington.
The Perth Mint sponsored the Gallipoli Walk/Run, some 60 members and families turned out for the event prior to ANZAC Day.
ANZAC Day Dawn Service
The Dawn Service was once again well attended by Members and the Community, this year the Sub Branch wreath was laid by our serving member Justin May, with the ANZAC Day address presented by Rod Sweet.
State Congress was held in July in the Governor’s Residence,President Paul McGuinness was presented with the Newdegate Cup awarded to the Sub Branch for their overall efficiency throughout the year.Paul also received the Life Membership certificate awarded to Chris Rampant
Our Annual Quiz night was very successful and well attended.
In conjunction with Karrinyup Rotary, North Beach Sub Branch supported two young people to trek the Kokoda Track, our member David Singer and a members son, Drew Sweet fitted Rotarys requirements for sponsorship, the lads gave a fine presentation to the host club on their return.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM saw a change in leadership with John Rolfe elected President with Brad Harrison as Vice President.Paul McGuinness last presentation was the award of Life Membership of the League to Chris Rampant. Doug Mann received the coveted Presidents Award, presented to the Club Person of the year
Walking, Kayaking and Cycling
Our ever increasing Walking, Kayaking groups have been joined by the Cyclists, who perform on Fridays.The Walkers and Paddlers join up after their tasks for coffee.The groups meet at Hillarys Boat Harbour on Wednesday and Fridays at 0900
Veterans’ Health Week
Sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, this year the theme was nutrition, Alex Lennox organised a “Cook and Catch” event. Two fishing boats were hired, to allow 20 members to catch fish and later BBQ the catch, the fishermen were joined by fellow Sub Branch members and received a talk on nutrition from the DVA’s Nutritionist.
Centenary of Armistice
Graham Edwards joined Alex Lennox organising this year’s Centenary of Armistice commemorative service to be held on Remembrance Day.