Minutes AGM 14 August 2023

14 August 2023

MEETING OPENED at 17:00 by President John Rolfe.

Ode, Homage and Toast to Absent Friends, as per General Meeting.

President John Rolfe, Vice-President Peter Bowring, Secretary Wayne Koch, Treasurer David King. Wardens Rob Sweet and Les Young.

Apologies 41 – as per register and emailed to Secretary.

Minutes of previous AGM  Minutes of the previous AGM held on the 8th  August 2022 were read.

Moved by Peter Gorddard and Seconded by Peter Hodgson that they be Accepted.  Carried.

President’s Annual Report

I would like to start off with thanking all the current members of the Executive Committee:

Vice President           Peter Bowring               

Secretary                   Wayne Koch

Treasurer                   David King

and the Wardens       Rob Sweet OAM and Les Young

Once again it has been another amazing year for the North Beach RSL Sub-Branch.  At the State Conference on 10th June, North Beach Sub-Branch won the Newdegate Cup for all round performance of Metropolitan Sub-Branches.  We were also successful in being awarded the Mary Cornell Trophy for the most funds raised from the Poppy Appeal, a great result for all who participated and gave their time for this great cause.

The Sub-Branch also continued to attract many new members which is very pleasing.  We are maintaining our numbers and that is a positive sign for the future.

Throughout the last twelve months we have undertaken numerous activities that have been of benefit for the Sub-Branch.  And I would like to thank Paul McGuinness for his tireless work in making these events happen.

Of course, the year would not be complete without our Annual Tour of Duty which this Year was held in Esperance.

The trip was an overwhelming success with the group having a wonderful time over the week, culminating in our visit to the Esperance RSL. The camaraderie that was shown from both parties was one of the highlights of the trip.  The Esperance RSL was overwhelmed by the good will shown by all, so I thank to all the members who made this trip so memorable.

The other event that was of huge significance was our tour of the Stirling Naval Base.  We were fortunate to have been granted access to the Naval Base, as now it is off limits to civilians and Guided Tours. A great day was had by all.

Due to the lifting of Covid restrictions both our Anzac Day and Remembrance Day memorial services were a huge success.  On a personal note, I would like to thank all the members who put these events together.  A special mention to both Peter Bowring and Barry Lloyd who without their input, these events would not have been the success they were.

As I am thanking members for their ongoing efforts in making this Sub -Branch so successful it would be remiss of me to not thank Brian Jennings for his tireless work in putting together all the amazing stories of members and his input to the RSLWA’s The Listening Post and maintaining our Web Site.  Also, I would like to thank Jon McKenzie for his tireless work in keeping us all informed through the North Beach RSL Sub-Branch Facebook Page.

This year has also been a year of sadness as we have lost many of our older Veteran members.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those that have left us. 

Last NameFirst NameService No.Date of Death
AustinMichael Lindsay (Mick) 12th Field Regiment, RAA Vietnam  9 April 1968 to 11 March 1969541163817/07/2022
LangridgeIrwin John (John) RAA 30 year veteran retiring as Major.  AATT Vietnam 16 March 1965 – 27 February1966141012729/07/2022
PetroboniRobert RAAFA5610123/08/2022
Tapley(Dr) Ian 4721201 Royal Australian Armoured Corp Vietnam 19 November 1970  – 26 August 1971472120111/11/2022
ClarkeChristopher David (Chris) Private – 4 RAR Vietnam 4 RAR – 3 March to 1 December 1971571753627/11/2022
LoveRichard Harold (Ric) 20 year veteran 54823 Army  1 RAR Vietnam 1966548232/12/2022
HendersonWilliam (Bill) 7 RAR Vietnam 08 Apr 1967 18 Mar 1968 3rd & 1st SAS Vietnam 24 Sep 1969 – 18 Feb 1971571431619/02/2023
SamiotisAnthony George (Tony) Sapper RAE Vietnam  17th Construction Squadron 28 April 1971 to 11 November 1971571746521/03/2023
StuchburyMark Adrian Private 11/44th Battalion 1954 – 56 and 28th Battalion 1956 – 595/70589324/03/2023
Ruffin OAMMichael John (Mike) WO1 RSM  SAS Regiment He deployed to Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam between 1961 and 1969 and served as: Instructor, Officer Cadet School Portsea 1976-78 CSM, 6 RAR 1978-79, Instructor, School Infantry 1980, RSM, Special Action Forces Directorate 1981, and the SAS Regiment 1982-86  6130907/06/2023
PopeGeoffrey Noel (Geoff) VX94388     2nd/13th Battalion WW2 and 66 Battalion BCOF JapanVX9438824/06/2023

We will Remember Them


I look forward to another successful year ahead and would like to thank all the members for their ongoing support.

Moved by Steve Fletcher and Seconded by Donald ‘Rip’ Couston that the report be accepted. Carried.

Annual Financial Report – Treasurer.

Treasurer David King provided a comprehensive report and extended Balance Sheets of our Annual Financial position.

Nil Business Arising from Annual Treasurers Report after discussion.

Moved by Alex Lennox and Seconded by Greg Young that “the Treasurer’s Report be accepted.


Notices of Motion – Nil.

Election of Office Bearers – 2023/2024.

Previously advertised positions becoming Vacant, namely Secretary and Treasurer.

Wayne Koch re-nominated for the Secretary’s position, and with no further nominations was elected unopposed.

With the retirement of incumbent Treasurer David King and the sole nomination received from David Potter, David Potter duly elected unopposed.

Declared by President John Rolfe that:

Wayne Koch and David Potter have been elected to the positions of Secretary and Treasurer respectively for a period of 3 years. 

Well acknowledged by all present.

Special thanks accorded to David King for his sterling service over many years as Treasurer, and other duties.  Well done.

The Sub-Branch Executive, Officers and Committees is available on our website on:

Meet Our Committee – North Beach RSL Sub-Branch (northbeach-rsl.asn.au)

General Business: Nil.

General Meeting Closed 5:25pm

Next Annual General Meeting 12th August 2024

Our North Beach Memorial

The Memorial Precinct on the Charles Riley Memorial Reserve is owned and maintained by the City of Stirling and administered by the Sub Branch. The area includes the Monument, Wall of Remembrance and the “Lone Pine” tree.  Plaques on The Wall of Remembrance recognise the service of deceased members of the Sub Branch.

John Rolfe is the current Warden, and arranges the unveiling of plaques on Remembrance Day each year. (6 weeks prior notice required before unveiling of plaques)

Our Commemorative Committee

Our Commemorative committee organises ANZAC Day Dawn Services, and planning for the Remembrance Day service.
Funding for the Dawn Service is mainly from Lotterywest and the City of Stirling.

Our Groups

Walkers meet Wednesday and Friday, southside of Hillarys Marina from 08:00-08:45 for a stroll or controlled stagger along the coast.

Our kayakers meet up at 08:00 in the Yacht Club carpark for a paddle and pick up debris from the Boat Harbour.

Our cycling group is also gaining in numbers.

All Members are welcome to join our Coffee and Talk Group that meet on the south side of Hillarys Marina each Wednesdy and Friday from about 09:15 – Look for the sign.

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