Minutes of General Meeting 14 Sep 2020

North Beach RSL Sub-Branch

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MEETING OPENED at 16:00, President John Rolfe welcomed 119 members and recited the Ode. 

HOMAGE to Australia’s first Great War Casualties that occurred on 11 September 1914 at Pita Paka, New Guinea, resulting in seven of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force being killed and five wounded.

Meeting was advised that long serving member of the Naval Reserve and our Sub-Branch, Len Vernon passed away on 11 September 2020

Members toasted absent friends.


33 apologies were recorded.


Representatives of Active Life Rehab and Revive Physiotherapy, HBF Arena Gym, Joondalup.


John Chilby introduced himself, 20 years RAAF, 1958 – 1978.


Minutes were read. 

Moved by Rob SWEET and Seconded by Helen Burgess, that “the Minutes of the previous meeting be accepted”.



Correspondence In

1. RSLWA asked for advice on Remembrance Day Ceremonies by 25 September.

2. RSLWA sent State Congress Programme & enclosures.

3. Terry Healy is to receive a Certificate for 50 years of membership at State Congress.

4. Stirling City are hosting a Community Citizen of the Year award – seeking nominations.

Correspondence Out.

1. North Beach submitted nominations for State Congress.

2. The first of quarterly newsletter was issued.

Business arising from Correspondence:

A suggestion from Colin Benporath that we submit an application for a City of Stirling Citizenship Award for our long term advocate, Greg Young.  The matter was endorsed by acclaim with our Secretary, also young, but McEntyre by name, to carry out formalities.


Treasurer David King provided a full and detailed report and explanation of financial transactions and account balances.  A copy of the report was provided at each table of the Members, for information.

Moved by Cyril Robinson-Goodwin and Seconded by Peter Edwards that “the Treasurer’s Report be accepted”




David House advised that Greg Gough is ill and unable to attend, however had advised details of recently passed member Len Vernon – apart from RSL activities he was a long serving Naval Reservist, active also with the Warwick Junior Football Club and the MAAC Club.

Korean Veteran Ted Burgess is now located with his wife at Lady McCusker Village getting good care for his leg problems.

Memorial Warden

D. House advised re Plague annual presentations, and maintenance:

  • Prior to this 11 Nov, limestone soiling and other Plaque maintenance will be attended to – self-funded.
  • 4 new plaques to be unveiled with family involvement on the day.  At the conclusion of the Remembrance Service, a timelier movement to the dedication area is needed.

Legacy Camp Busselton

Roger Hardwicke again confirmed that this year’s Busy Bee at Legacy Camp Busselton will be held 1st to 6th November.  Timing is locked in despite clash with unusual timing of Poppy Day collection on 6 November.

Those planning to arrive Sunday the 1st to advise Roger, 04190 42553, so appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Volunteer level is good but more welcome, with the ladies being encouraged.
  • Treasure has been advised that $1000.00 has again been budgeted for the meals, subject to the usual receipting and reimbursement.

Men’s Peer Health Co-Ordinator

Alex Lennox reported that the Red Cross CPR Refresher Courses held at HYC Wednesday 9 September were successful, but next year All will be back to the full day requalification.

  • Veterans’ Health Week, in November, details of timing and events will be advised, e.g., fishing and other activities.

Remembrance Day 2020 – ANZAC Day 2021

Barry Lloyd reported that the lead into both of the above important dates on the RSL calendar is well in hand, submissions prepared sent/ready to be sent, viz; City of Stirling, Transport, Ambo’s and Red Caps, Funding, Electrical Plan, Site plan with overflow to adjacent oval & 3rd screen for Anzac Day.

  • Bugler David Cusworth is the first choice
  • Member Vince Connolly MP or Peta Connolly to be approached as the Sub-Branch wreath layer.

Poppy Day

Steve Fletcher our “fresh” Poppy man all good in his role as shanghaied Poppy Co-ordinator, all contacts being made prior to his transportation to Rotto.  All shopping centre contacts, and collection venues have been made, plus:

  • Existing knitted poppies to be made available.
  • Staffing of venues is ok, despite overlap with Busselton.
  • Apple pay by Card facility @ $56 each being pursued.

Social Activities Coordinator (SAC)

Paul McGuinness clarified date of new RSL HQ Lunch being Friday 16 October, 11-2.00 PM.  Must be seated by 12 for lunch @ $20 which includes a roast and large thimble of beer.

5 tables nearly fully booked, includes 1 for WWII Crew who will be assisted with transport.

SAC reminded members of the rescheduling of social and tour events to 2021.  Darwin planning is well underway and other events proposed next year will include visit to the Perth Mint, OPTUS Stadium, RAAF and Army Museums. Paul always available on 0417 181 025.

Xmas Lunch

Peter Edwards: (0417 952 660) advised that the lunch is still HYC Thursday 26 November from 11.30.  He requested the return of Booking Sheets and Cash Payments, plus prizes are still being sought.




  1. JR advised our delegates attendance on the 26th September State Congress, as well as tour of the facility pre-opening.  JR also recommended the same tour for those attending the luncheon, FRIDAY 16th OCTOBER.
  2. Bosun Rob Sweet reminded and encouraged our Service Members to fully utilise our Associate Membership at the Hillarys Yacht Club, subject to:You must bring and show your current RSL Membership Card, and, pre-booking required for meals, 9246 2833.
  3. Helen Burgess provided information relating to a project by Working Spirit, in producing a photography series called ‘A Salute to Service’.  The portrait series will be showcased in Perth to coincide with Anzac Day 2021 and is open to all veterans of all ages who have served.  To be part of this service, register interest with saluteyourservice@gmail.com providing Name, Rank, Service, Role, Enlistment Date, Discharge date, Deployment.  The photo shoot series takes place from 20 October 2020 to21 February 2021.
  4. Jeff Edwick displayed a box of free Electrical leads and unknown products for foraging. Devoured!!
  5. Raffle winners were given the usual unanimous acclaim.
  6. Speakers, Sean, James, and Tyler from Active Life Rehab- Ph. 6406 1622, were brief but concise in explaining their services and facilities, PLUS, donated $200 towards our Peer Health expenses, roundly acknowledged by ALL.
  7. President John Rolfe reminded members who have paid for a meal to allow our ladies and older veterans to be the first serves at the canteen.

Meeting Closed at 17:00

Next Meeting, 12th of October 2020 at 16:00

Following the meeting, our caterer presented a meal of a very hearty Bangers and Mash, peas and gravy.  Thanks to those who assisted to serve and clean up, including but not restricted to “Recruits”- McGrath, M Healy, also earlier the Beverage trolley crew, Dale, Davies & S Young – (sounds like a Law Firm?)


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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