Minutes of General Meeting 9 November 2020

MEETING OPENED at 16:00, President John Rolfe welcomed 125 members and recited the Ode. 


On 23 November 2007 in Afghanistan, 4 RAR Commando Regiment lost Private Luke WORSLEY and 1 year later Lieutenant Michael FUSSEL.

November 1941 was most grievous for RAN when it lost HMAS Sydney with all 645 crew off Carnarvon and one week later, HMAS Parramatta with 138, perished in the Mediterranean Sea.

Members toasted absent friends.


21 apologies were recorded. (Namely: Fred G’feller, Jim Muscat, Owen Vladich, Paul Risinger, Graham Edwards, Bill Henderson, Alex Lennox, George Nichols, Arthur Greaves, Kingsley McGuire, Russell Morgan, Geoff Thomas, Jack Panossian, Huw Owen, Ron Agar, Helen Burgess, D’Arne Prosser, Alan Hillman, Chris Rampant, Barry Nielson, Don Martin.)    


Nil advised.


  • Roy Stubbs, Army Sigs Vietnam Veteran 1970 – 1971
  • Ian Garthwaite, Infantry 7 RAR
  • and another cameo from last meeting, John Petrie, SAS, Vietnam Veteran.

All were warmly welcomed, and advised to report to Jon McKenzie for their Photo Gallery opportunity.


Minutes of meeting 12 October were read. 

Moved by Frank McGrath and Seconded by Peter Gorddard, that “the Minutes of the previous meeting be accepted”.


Secretary reminded members:

  • That easy access to current and recent minutes is via our website:


  • Additionally, there will be hard copies at the front of the Hall at meetings to facilitate a request from Ron White.
  • Members unable to attend meetings and who may be inconvenienced by computer access are Posted our comprehensive Quarterly Newsletter.
  • “Zoom” Social Media Meeting Format was suggested later by Greg Young, who will provide details to the Executive for discussion.



  • ATDP: Advice on Joondalup Veterans Support Centre; Pamphlet is now on the Information Board.  (also links on our website under Welfare and Advocacy)
  • ATDP: Advocates Professional Development.
  • Veteran Affairs: Advocates Questionnaire to be sent.
  • RSLWA: Advice on Official Opening of Anzac House 12 November.
  • RSLWA: Advice on $23,000.00 for Anzac Day Dawn Service.


  • Letters, Insurance Certificates, etc. for Poppy Day

Business arising from Correspondence:


Acknowledgement of Correspondence matters, Moved by Eric Atkins, and Seconded by David House. Carried.


President JohnRolfe provided a report on behalf of our Treasurer David King, though in attendance, was in recuperation mode from Pneumonia. An explanation of financial transactions and account balances was provided.  A copy of the Treasurers report was provided to “most” tables of the Members as required from the Exec Table.

Business Arising from Treasurers Report

Ample hard copies will always be available on this basis “In House”, and not contained in email advices, nor our web site due to privacy concerns. 

Moved by Greg Young and Seconded by Jeff Fogarty that “the Treasurer’s Report be accepted”       




Greg Gough advised that Chis Rampant was recovery well from his triple by-pass Heart Surgery.  He also thanked his Greenwood Poppy Crew and with no other reports, David House was invited to the “stage” for an update on the conditions of Arthur and Jacquie Greaves.

Arthur has had various matters attended to, mainly Hip, Ribs and Shoulder in RPH.   He has started a steady recovery from a  vehicle accident.  Jacquie is back home being well nursed with a broken arm and hand injuries.  They are most appreciative of the assistance and concern from members, and direct contact should be monitored through David House.

David also advised that Alan Hillman is temporarily down with a not funny dose of Tinea.  

  • Pleasing to note attendance of “our” Korean Vet Ted Burgess, out of rehab and racing around on his “Walking Frame”, well looked after by “Goughy”.

Memorial Warden

David House advised re Plaque annual presentations, which will follow our Service this Wednesday:

  • 4 new plaques to be unveiled with family involvement on the day.  At the conclusion of the Remembrance Service, a timely movement to the dedication area is needed.
  • This years Dedications are in memory of passed members: Louis Warner, Abel Seaman – HMAS Kanimbla; Peter Woodward, L/Cpl. RAASC; Arthur Cressall and Robert Bowers, both LAC’s RAAF.

Legacy Camp Busselton

Roger Hardwicke provided a report indicating a top effort once again from our aging but still (mainly) vigorous group of “Busy Bees”.  Windows, Kitchen, Grounds, Gutters and Surrounds.  PLUS, the mammoth cleaning and resurrection of Aladdin’s Shed was attended too.

Grumpy G. Connor received 1 day HDA filling in as relief Cook, and much to the relief of all, being promptly returned to full duty as “Kitchen Lives Matters” Officer.

A previously stored Legacy Torch Plaque was re-hung under the dinner bell, Busy Bees signing the reverse.

Gold Rivet Award to David King for a conspicuous but well needed chair nod-off, fending off a later revealed bout of Pneumonia.

  • Roger Hardwicke reinforced our personal responsibilities in advising such matters, e.g. Diabetes, so that organisers can be prepared with sufficient “Risk Assessment Data”.

Men’s Peer Health Co-Ordinator

“Assistant”- Wayne Koch advised members to avail themselves of the “Peer Health Magazine” circulated by Eric Atkins, containing good information and contact details for the majority of Wellness matters in addition to our “in house” personnel – mates included.

Also, our Hillarys “North Ladder Walker” date and format is being negotiated between Alex Lennox, the Social Activities Coordinator and the Executive.  Weather conditions to be considered.

 Remembrance Day 2020 – ANZAC Day 2021

Barry Lloyd reported all is in readiness for Wednesdays Service – No March On – assemble 10.45 for 10.50 commencement.

We have arranged for 40 Chairs, un-named for dignitaries but seated at the front, plus chairs for Partners of Veterans and others as advised by David House: Maud Bown, Margaret Allen, Vivian Nathan and the Cressall family.

Anzac Day

All contingencies and timely application submissions are in hand, allowing for Covid or Non-Covid and other eventualities, save the date All – SUNDAY, 25 April 2021. 

Poppy Day

Steve Fletcher advised whilst monies still coming in and added to the count the final count may be down, due in part to poor allocation by RSLWA of Greenwood Station (No Poppy Sellers by allocated Sub-Branch), and low take up of Card facility.

Great thanks to all who attended irrespective of the tally, awareness maintained, and humble display of medals acknowledged, point mentioned later by Jeff Fogarty as well as increased participation from us, all around.

Social Activities Coordinator (SAC)

Paul McGuinness advised that the ANZAC House Lunch is planned for Friday February 12.  ANZAC House is now open if you wish to attend any time soon, suggest call RSLWA direct for booking arrangements, 9287 3799.

However, Paul can assist with an earlier time for our WWII Crew who will be again assisted with transport.

Paul always available on 0417 181 025

The 50 already booked are ok for $20 refund if scratched, will be waiting list replaced.

SAC again reminded members of the rescheduling of social and tour events to 2021. 

  • Friday Feb 12th Anzac House, WWII talk with the Lunch,
  • Fri 12 March RAAF Museum,
  • May- the visit to the Perth Mint & Grosvenor Lunch,
  • 4-12 June Darwin,
  • August Army Museum returning for Lunch at Hillarys, Sept 4WD,
  • Oct Optus Stadium & Camfield Lunch

Firm dates TBA but members are advised to note in their calenders..

 Xmas Lunch

Peter Edwards: (0417 952 660) advised that numbers now good at 138, Monies from 28 due who will be harangued as appropriate.

Prizes obtained, all good. Date is Thursday 26 November, Hillarys Yacht Club with its magnificent Dining facilities.  Arrive from 11.30, for 12:00 sit down after pre fraternisation.

MENU and all details on our website. 





(Some matters raised in this period have been incorporated in relevant sections above.)

  1. President John Rolfe reiterated thanks to the Poppy and Busselton Volunteers, and confirmed the benefits to individuals participating in activities and events.  This includes our Wednesday and Friday weekly groups of Walkers, Bikers Kayakers and Coffee and conversation.
  2. Mal Dwyer thanked our President for his recent open house garden display.  John responded that it assisted Raise $3000 for the Partners of Veterans Association.  Well acknowledged by all.
  3. Brian Jennings our Website and News Editor encouraged regular viewing of our website for the photo Gallery, Event updates, information and links to support services.  Of interest will be the Remembrance and Symbolism stories.
  4. Raffle Winner #38 – Rick Love!!
  5. President John Rolfe again 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 17:15


14th December 2020 at 16:00 –

Menu:    Chicken Green Curry and Rice!!

Following the meeting, our caterer Kenny presented a scrumptious meal of Shepherds Pie, Mixed Vegetables, Gravy and our usual “sides” .  

Thanks once again to those who assisted to serve and clean up, usual suspects, but positions available – Ron Brown, F McGrath, M Healy, Andy Robinson and Brian Jennings.  Also the Beverage Trolley crew, Dale, Davies & S Young, soon to form a folk/rock group?!

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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