Minutes General Meeting 14 November 2022

MEETING OPENED at 17:00, President John Rolfe welcomed, once again, 107 members and recited the Ode.


I take a moment to remind us of the significance of November in Australia’s military history

On 1 November 1914 the first Australian and New Zealand contingent sailed from Albany, Western Australia, bound for Egypt.  Only one in three of those who sailed in the first convoy would return physically unscathed at the end of WW1.

On 11 November 1918 Germany signs an armistice ending fighting on the Western Front. 

On 11 November 1941 after 2 years of conflict in the Second World War the Australian War Memorial, built in memory of the dead of the First World War, was opened.

For Australia, the First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties.  From a population of fewer than 5 million, over 416,000 (or over 8% of the population) enlisted, of which 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.  This does not include a significant number of those who survived but suffered during their life from the impact and trauma of that War.


Members toasted absent friends.

APOLOGIES –    Approximately 37 noted by the Secretary by RSVP emails and advised in the register recorded by attending members. Many thanks.


Great contingent of new, near new and returning, brief bio’s provided by our new contingent to those present:

Dianne and Peter Sutton, collectively many years RAAF Service, Dental/Sigs/SASR/Commandoes and more.

Transferring from Bassendean, Stewart Fraser, seen the light and signed on, Army Lad, very sprightly too.

John Thomson, National Serviceman, from the last WA Intake 1971, but sent to Kapooka, then Bonegilla, amongst still hidden ammunitions.

More RAAF’ees: Pauline and John Pickup, 2 great careers extending to Cadets.

Rod May back in the fold, as well as refresher speech from recent signee Peter Wilksch, now accompanied by and somewhat contained by wife Terri.  ALL roundly Welcomed.


Minutes of 10th October, having been available by email, website, and hard copy, considered as read.  

Moved by Bernie Egan and Seconded by Dario Raspa, that “the Minutes of the previous meeting be accepted”.

Noted, All in Favour & Carried.

Secretary again reminds Old & New members that easy access to current and recent minutes, our By-Laws and Annexure are via

our website:

CORRESPONDENCE IN & OUT – Pending/Reciprocal:

  • RSLWA – our $1995 bill for Poppies 2022 purchased.
  • Poppy “History” – Graham Edwards.
  • Updates advised re Members “Optional” Contact list/Subscriptions, and “NOKs” ongoing.
  • Reports/Advice to RSLWA re our Remembrance Day plans and successful event.
  • Kings Park War Memorial – assistance to Poppy Planting, Ruth Raspa, Jess Welfare and Team.
  • DFRB – Update despatched to all members.
  • Members Advocacy enquiries forwarded to Ted Leunig with good feedback.
  • Papas Trailer Quote $6870 received – Comprehensive, made-to-measure, deemed satisfactory.
  • Grants – Stronger Communities $20k/Kayaks & other near completion, ~$3k unspent.
  • NBBC – Discussions re $5k “Saluting Service” Grant, Cabinet/Honour Board installation.
  • RSLWA – re “donation” of Xmas Pudding and $50 Coles Voucher – plus our Hampers TBA.
  • Square-Up Reports, to be reconciled with our records.
  • RSLWA CEO/Members Meeting – 30 to attend, Now: Thursday 15 December, Joondalup RSL, Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club, Boat Harbour Quay, Ocean Reef, 4.30-6.30pm, light refreshments provided.
  • Agenda items included below from our Early Management meeting Friday 28th October.

Refer Committee Reports. – Business Arising from Correspondence – Carried forward as General Business:

Acknowledgement of Correspondence matters, Moved by Steve Fletcher and Seconded by David House.               Carried.


Treasurer David King provided a comprehensive report and Balance Sheet of our monthly finances and provided a copy for each table.  

An explanation of financial transactions and account balances was provided.  

*$15 N.B.B.C. Social Memberships due all annually. Allows us to us these premises with limited overheads. Check with Treasurer and Management Committee.

  • Business Arising from Treasurers Report – Nil.     Moved by Colin Benporath and Seconded by Rob McKie that “the Treasurer’s Report be accepted”.  Carried.  


Welfare – Greg Gough advised re the following under notice: Chris Clarke steadier, Rob Sweet eye surgery with temporary squint, Ray Carol, tough yards but soldiering on, as are Toni Samiotti, Peter Macander and Don McPhail.             

Peer Health Officers and matters.:  Wayne Koch, & Crew.

Kayaks & Grant Update – general update relating to the $20k Stronger Communities Grant, and $5k Cabinet/Honour Board moving forward.

  • $3.2k Grant funds uncommitted and being considered by Management Committee.
  • Kayaks batch of new stickers/stencils/Christening – available for ID. Tradie/Social Day for completion
  • Satellite Phone, secure with Colin Benporath, for reimbursement fees to use/retain our active number.
  • Reminder, walkers gather at ~8.45am Sorrento Quay for orderly takeoff and later coffee rendezvous with Kayakers/Cyclists et al.
  • If unsure, Contact Wayne Koch, 0407 478 963.

Remembrance Day 2022/Anzac Day 2023 Update – Barry Lloyd and Peter Bowring and John Rolfe.

BL & PB – Remembrance Day/Order of Service, Results – Financial and Logistics – EFTPOS Squares, best ever, with full report by next meeting.

Thanked strong volunteer force of 83 that headed into Remembrance Day, 11 venues serviced including 3-day stint at Bunning Balcatta Friday, Sat, Sun 4th, 5th, 6th Nov.  Extended times at our usual Shopping Centres, and their co-operation outstanding.  Rosters organised, Thanks to All volunteers, but to be mentioned in Minutes, Ros Whitney for the EFTPOS “Square” training, with expertise considered to be trialed on our monthly meeting gate. Dougie Mann was thanked for his conspicuous service for working on Poppy Collection for the 3 Day stint.  Well done Dougie.

Website & Related Matters.

Brian Jennings happy with increased awareness and use of the website.

Social Activities PM/JR.

  • Paul McGuinness Scheduling/Member notifications in order. e.g.:  Pre Christmas Lunch 23 Nov $70pp.  Table Captain’s Action as required.  Sensible Beverage restrictions to 4pm.  At Hillarys Yacht Club from 11.30 am.,
  • 2023 Tour of Duty Esperance – Wed 22 March to Monday 27th, 40 seat Bus Capacity, costings underway. See Paul to book.  0417 181 025.  $200 deposit instalment now due.  Wait List available. Payment Reminder:  Payments by Cash or cheque, or by EFT Account Details available from Brian Jennings on 0413 605 612
  • Day trip to Jarrahdale – JR: Great outcome and lunch.  Excellent alternative for a self-managed “Veterans Health Week”.

More details re all activities on our North Beach RSL Sub-Branch website.

  • Fremantle HMAS PERTH Memorial: Great update from Dave Hartley, now completed and recommended “inspection” located at Freo Riverside Drive. 


President JR. reminded All, that Friday Coffee special attendee will be RSLWA President Duncan Anderson for informal chat and discussion.  Great opportunity, if wet, then meet in our alternate spot, near the Chocolate Café of excellence.

  • The photos from our Remembrance Service were quickly on our Facebook and the Website, thanks to Jon McKenzie, Ros Whitney, Jess Welfare and Brian Jennings.  Overall thanks to Barry Lloyd and his team, Peter Bowring, and Bernie Egan for organising refreshments following the Service.  Well Done All.
  • Facebook Editor Jon McKenzie advised the meeting that copies of our photos are easily available by Right Clicking on the image of interest and choosing how you want to copy or save the image.  The same method can also be used from the images on Galleries in the website,
  • Others happy with comments from and to the chair, Ronnie White, Bernie Egan, and Peter Edwards.  Chair appreciates the interaction.

MEETING CLOSED – 1800 hrs.

NEXT MEETING – Monday 12th December 2022 at 17.00

Yes, 107 attended meeting with 74 members paying for meal. (And WW2 Veterans who courtesy of our Sub-Branch do not pay for their meals).  Thanks to Gate Keepers Bill Kynaston and Eric Aitkins.

Dinner Arrangements – Ladies and Older Veterans were given the usual courtesy of “First Serve” of our Caterer Kenny’s now famous, Bangers and Mash with Peas and Gravy, with the ever-pampered selection of buttered breads.

Thanks go to the “young” Trolley Guns, Lez Young and Stuart Young, and serving and clean up members Gorddard, Brown, Edwick, Dwyer, Healy, Willock, McGrath.

Also well served were the Raffle Winners, Snook, McKie and “Goughie.”

Well played.

Note from Secretary, 0407 478 963: Members are advised that details of the Joondalup Hub are on our website, along with other providers of Advocacy support.

Joondalup Hub is contactable 24/7 on 0437 378 498.

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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