Minutes of General Meeting 9 August 2021

North Beach RSL Sub-Branch

9 August 2021

A Mandatory Contact Register was completed for all attendees in accordance with the requirements of Covid SafeWA.

MEETING OPENED at 16:00, President welcomed 122 members and recited the Ode


The Australian Air Force that was founded on 31 March 1921 and on 13 August 1921 the use of the prefix “Royal” came into effect.  So to all our RAAF people, congratulations on being 100.

I take a moment to remind us of the significance of the 18th of August during the Vietnam War.

On 18 August 1966

The Battle of Long Tan took place in a rubber plantation near Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Province.  The action was fought amid a tropical downpour between more than 2000 Viet Cong and the People’s Army of Vietnam, and 108 diggers of D Company 6 RAR.  They were supported by artillery, a timely resupply by the RAAF and the arrival of APC’s carrying reinforcements.

Seventeen young Australians were killed, one died of wounds, and 24 were wounded.


On 18 August 1971

The Australian Government announced that the 1st Australian Task Force would be withdrawn before Christmas 1971, and the logistic support force shortly thereafter.

From the time of the arrival of the first ADF Team in 1962 almost 60,000 Australians, including Army, Air Force and Navy personnel, served in Vietnam.

521 died as a result, and over 3000 wounded.

We Remember all those who served in Vietnam.


The passing of our member Geoff Chandler was acknowledged.


Members toasted absent friends.


Rowe, F. Pierucci, B. Egan, T. Beekwilder, S. Davies, D. House, G. Bourne, R. Alexander, N. Woodberry, M. Dwyer, D. Mallet, J. Woodward, D. Thatcher, A. Grieves, B. Gilson, A. Gronow, R. Weston, V. Connelly, F. Martino, P. Gorddard, R. Carrol, R. Johnson


Visitors included:  I. Cullen from Bassendean Sub Branch and Trav Ingleby, a serving member of the RAR.


There were no new members present.


Minutes of meeting 12 July were read.

Moved by J. Ryle. Seconded by P. Edwards that “the Minutes of the previous meeting be accepted”.


Secretary reminded members that easy access to current and recent minutes and the Newsletter is via our website:




RSLWA – Listening Post

RSLWA – Membership Procedure revision

RSLWA – Anzac Club activity

RSLWA – Advice on Presidents Forum

RSLWA – Sub Branch Logo.

RSLWA – Afghanistan National Day of Commemoration.

David House – Advised of his resignation from Sub-Branch Wellbeing Support Officer.


  • NIL

Business Arising from Correspondence:

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Acknowledgement of Correspondence matters, Moved by T. May and Seconded by R. Edwards



Treasurer David King provided a comprehensive report and Balance Sheet of our finances and provided a copy for each table.  An explanation of financial transactions and account balances was provided. 

Business Arising from Treasurers Report.


Moved by A. Hatch and Seconded by P. Bowring that “the Treasurer’s Report be accepted”



Office Bearers & AGM. John Rolfe advised the AGM will be held immediately after this Monthly Meeting & voting for nominations for the positions of President, Vice President & Warden will be made. 

Web Site AdminBrian Jennings reported: July Listening Post has an article on the Darwin trip.  VWMA, Virtual War Memorial now has stories of 4 of our members & photos & details of local memorials.  

The president thanked B. Jennings for his good work

Welfare. Greg Gough advised:

Gronow now has a crook heart.

Pierucci Is now to have screws & plates fitted

Prior has returned to his home today

Carrol has returned home but remains on restricted duties

Jack Meyer has had a fall and is in “Charlies” recovering and receiving physio.

Peer Health.  Alex Lennox advised:

Peer Health Week – 7 Oct to 14 November.  Excursions to the Bibbulmun Track (5 November) & Araluen (22 October) are planned.  Details to follow.  Funding has been approved to help with transport.  All members (service, affiliate & social) are welcome and encouraged to attend all outings & functions.

Social Activities Coordinator  Paul McGuinness reported:

Army Museum 13 August. Cost $20, bus leaves Hillarys at 0945.

Tour of Duty 2022 is planned for Kalgoorlie in March. Details to follow.

Xmas Lunch 24 November.  The target is 15 tables of 10 people per table.  Cost is $65pp.  PM is wanting a person to be “Table Captain” to organize their attendees & collect monies.

4 Wheel Drive Trip. R. Couston advised the trip is leaving 26 Sep for 10 days.  9 Vehicles are going & there is room for another.


North Beach Football Club.  NBFC are holding their postponed Anzac Day match this Saturday. Members are asked to attend from 1345 hrs wearing medals.

Darwin Contact.  J. Panosian advised that veterans visiting Darwin would be welcomed by veteran John Anictomatis who is also the Greek High Commissioner.


Note from Secretary:

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 04370 378 498.

 109 members stayed for meals (plus WW2 and Korean Veterans who courtesy of our Sub-Branch don’t pay for their meal).  Dinner Arrangements – Ladies and Older Veterans to be given the usual courtesy of “First Serve” of our Caterer Kenny’s Thai chicken curry & rice.

Thanks go to Trolley Guns, Young, Dale and Egan; and serving and clean up members McGrath, Brown, Healy, McGuinness, Rowles and Braidwood.

Raffle Winners:  Smiling Faces noted of S. Fletcher, B. O’Connor, & R. Parker, D. Couston


NEXT MEETING – Monday 13 September 2021at 16:00

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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