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Bunbury RSL Newsletter which I edited and took the photographs of and wrote BUNBURY RSL NEWSLETTER JUNE 2009 ANZAC DAY PARADE 25th APRIL 2009 ABOUT 400 people marched in the dawn service the with the Bunbury Band, and the march was led by Lt Tina Maguire of the HMAS ARUNTA, followed by the RSL contingent, followed by 11/28 RWAR, and many fresh faces and old faces wearing their ancestors medals. The dawn service proceeded north along Spencer Street, turned left at the Stirling Street lights, where a strong community of over 2,000 people greeted those who were marching. Lt Maguire, at the age of 27, delivered a high quality speech, referring to the what ANZAC DAY was all about, remembering those who have fought in all wars, especially that of the 1st WW, and the subsequent wars, right through to the current conflicts in which HMAS ARUNTA has have to serve. The Current HMAS ARUNTA is HMAS ARUNTA 2, and Lt Maguire, said that she was very proud that the ship was capable of rescuing a lone French with very short notice the entire crew. Bunbury RSL Members The dawn service proceeded North along Spencer Street, turned left at the Stirling Street lights, where the marches were greeted by a strong community of over 3,000 people who adorned Stirling Street, right up to and past the cenotaph. After laying of the wreaths Lt Maguire, from HMAS ARUNTA at the age of 27, delivered a high quality speech, referring to what ANZAC DAY was all about, remembering those who have fought in all wars, especially those of the 1st WW, and the subsequent wars, right through to the current conflicts in which HMAS ARUNTA has served. The Current HMAS ARUNTA is HMAS ARUNTA 2, and Lt Maguire, said that she was very proud that the ships crew was capable of rescuing a lone French Yachtsman Yann Elies who was participating in round-the World ‘Vendee Globe’ Yacht race with very short notice to the entire crew at Christmas time last year. The crowd lined Stirling Street to observe the dawn service cheered and applauded as those who marched in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to allow the citizens’ of Australia today to enjoy our way of life? The 11’oclock service was led by the Bunbury Stock Horse Association 10th Light Horse Brigade, followed by HMAS ARUNTA, 11/28 RWAR, and the colour party carrying both 11 and 28 Battalions colours, followed by the Bunbury City Band, and then came the Bunbury RSL members, followed by service groups, such as the Bunbury Rangers, Bunbury Police, Bunbury Police Rangers, Bunbury Scouts, and schools. HMAS ARUNTA crew, from left, to right, ABMT Tommy Dowds, Lt Tina Maguire, ABET Jaye Srikantha, and SMNBM Ryan Bowe, who all marched in the dawn service. Lt Maguire, who is single and originally from Cairns, joined the Navy in 2000, as a 17-year-old, after winning a Naval Scholarship. Her current job in the Navy, apart from being the 2IC of HMAS ARUNTA is “Principle Warfare Officer,” (Gunnery) and the ships XO (Executive Officer). Lt Maguire has also served on HMAS WHYALLA, DARWIN, WARRAMUNGA, and PERTH. COLONEL Michael Page’s 13th Brigade ANZAC DAY address verbatim (excluding the salutation): There are over three and half thousand Australian Defence Force personnel currently serving on operations around the world, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, Timor L’East, and the Solomon’s to name but a few. I have no doubt that like us here today they are gathered together celebrating ANZAC DAY, and remembering our fallen comrades from both current and past operations. The 25th of April ANZAC DAY is our national commemorative occasion. As it marks the anniversary of the first significant military action fought by both Australian and New Zealand Forces during WW1 at Gallipoli on this day in 1915. The importance of Anzac Day is twofold, firstly the reflection of the past, and paying homeage to our forefathers, and to those who have paid the ultimate price, for their country, and on that point I would like to quote from the 11th Battalions 1st AIF War Diary. “25th April 1915, landed on the beach 4.30am one mile south of Fishermans Hut Gallipoli, landed under heavy musketry and machine gunfire, and stormed the cliffs 300 feet high. Pushed back the Turks and occupied the position about ¾ of a mile forward of the beach end of the entrenchments. Owing to the disorganised actions upon landing on different parts of the beach and being mixed up with other units it was impossible to get the battalion together, as the men were engaged in small party’s right along the whole line of trenches.” Many of those young men that went up that hill that day would not return. Their sacrifice in the chaos of that morning was the start of our ANZAC DAY legend with the landing of the 11th Battalion 1st AIF 3 Brigade at 4.30am 25th April 1915 in Gallipoli Secondly and just as important ANZAC DAY is one of recognition and affirmation of defence service, not only our current serving members, but also our past members and more importantly or as importantly their families. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on our parents, our grandparents, our uncles, and aunties, our brothers and sisters service to our nation. For some of us it gives us the opportunity to wear their medals and march with the old blokes, and visit the RSL and share a beer a story and a joke. On a personal note as Trevor has already alluded to it gives me great pleasure to share this service with you here today and come back down here in Bunbury. Having been a Captain down here in my younger days as the 2ic of the local army depot with the 11/28, I have fond memories of my time with exercises and parades in Bunbury. I didn’t just do paperwork. I’m also delighted to see the commanding officer of 11/28 Lt Col Murray Drover, and his men and women of the 11/28 battalion supporting the local Bunbury depot and their service. They carry the heritage of that first AIF 11 Battalion in the colours today. Finally, I would like to ask everyone here today to remember that ANZAC DAY is one of remembrance, celebration, and recognition of those who have returned from conflict, for those who have worn the uniform, and more importantly for those who continue to support their friends and relatives in the service of this country. It is a celebration of the passage of our nation, friendship, mateship, and ultimately being Australian. Thank you very much. (Applause) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WELFARE OFFICERS President: Trevor Kenny Senior Welfare Officer: Ken Parish Vice Pres: Ross Stewart Welfare Officer: Nev McWilliams Secretary: Norbert van HeerWaarden Welfare Officer: Ross Stewart Treasurer: Jeff Smith PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS 4. Presidents Comments: Dear Members, it has been a very busy two months since our last newsletter. ANZAC DAY: The Dawn Service there was more marchers and spectators than ever before. The Main Service at the Bricknell Music Shell was very large with the Navy HMAS ARUNTA and 11/28 RWAR (Royal Western Australian Regiment) joining us. It was the first time that I know of that both the colours of 11/28 were on a Bunbury ANZAC DAY SERVICE and six of our members who were in the 2/11 and 2/28 were at the service to see the colours. On the colours are 42 Battle honours from the Boer War to Borneo. Uncasing the colours PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS Cont: I have sent HMAS ARUNTA and 11/28 RWAR a letter in regards to our appreciation for them attending our ANZAC DAY service. The day went well and I wish to thank all the Volunteers especially members of the committee who help to make the day a success. While I’m on the subject of Volunteers, we wish to compile a list of volunteers who may want to volunteer for any specific job, or other jobs that may arise from time-to-time, please call me at the office or leave your name and details with the office staff on 97 213277. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: 1. Assist in the office; 2. Assist when we sell Mothers Day tickets; 3. Assist with Christmas parking at the Bunbury Forum; 4. Cleaning up in and around the hall when programmed; and 5. Hospital Visits 6. Help on Anzac Days before and after the event; 7. Guest Speakers for schools for their ANZAC DAY SERVICE (See story by Trevor Herbert is this issue of the Newsletter). We give training to all our speakers, so if you want to speak at schools please contact us on 97 213277l MOTHERS DAY RAFFLE I want to thank everyone for buying tickets and assisting in selling them at various locations, however, I also want to personally thank the organisers as without them, we would not be able to sell the tickets: and they are Ross Stewart, Glen Stoddart, Terry Barker, and support from all of our sponsors. Finally, “Our Volunteers are not paid! Not because they are worthless, But because they are PRICELESS!! Anon TREASURERS REPORT April and May have been very busy months for the Bunbury Sub-Branch, on top of the normal workload. We had the lead up to and the execution of six months of ANZAC DAY Plans. Also in the final weeks of solid contribution and commitment of the Mothers Day Raffle, coordinators and weekly sellers. No small tasks in any language. I would like to acknowledge the magnificent effort put in by our volunteers (Sadly, it comes down to only a handful when compared to our Membership of 500! Discounting the older members of course!) Without them, none of the above would have taken place. To single out any of them could run the risk of minimizing some of the other contributions by other people. That is certainly not my intention, on the other hand the huge efforts of Margaret Waddell and Norbert van Heerwaarden in preparation of food and refreshments for ANZAC DAY (I don’t think their ovens at home ever got to cool down for 3 months) and the Mothers day raffle coordinators need a special mention too and they are Terry Barker and Glen Stoddard. To everyone who helped in the success of both of these events, I extend a vote of thanks and appreciation on behalf of the treasury, of the Bunbury Sub-Branch is well placed financially through your efforts. Last but not least, these past five months have placed quite a strain on the workload in my office and I extend my appreciation of the help, and guidance and friendly companionship of the assistant Treasurer Leon Golding. Leon, I probably would have been instituitonalised by now if it wasn’t for your help and humour. However, you are still banned from carrying the cash bags in the bank though! Seriously though many thanks. Well done everybody Jeff Smith Treasurer WELFARE REPORT A recent media release from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs following the Federal Budget included the increase for single pensioners and war widows up to $32.49 per week ($64.98 per fortnight). In addition, service pensioners paid the couples rate will receive up to an extra $10.14 combined a week ($20.28 per fortnight combined). These are in addition to the normal indexation and will apply from the 20th September 09. A full copy of the Media Release is available from the notice board at the RSL Hall. Ross Stewart Welfare Officer SCHOOL ANZAC SCHOOL MEMORIAL SERVICES By Trevor Herbert Over the last few years, I have been encouraged by Trevor Kenny, Ross Stewart, Norm Eaton, and Don Robertson to give talks at schools for their ANZAC Day services. Initially I was very nervous and apprehensive about standing in front of a school full of students and delivering a speech about ANZAC Day. However we in Bunbury have been privileged and fortunate to have Jo Robertson, who is a very experienced public speaker, volunteer her time and expertise to assist those of us who are willing to have a go in the construction and delivery of a speech. Jo’s patience and turn of phrase has transformed our sometimes-barbaric scripts into works of art. This year I attended Picton Primary School for the third year and Dardanup Primary School for the second year. The interest shown by students, teachers, parents, and grandparents has been one of the reasons why I keep doing these speeches. Each year they have asked me to come back. The students with the help of teachers and staff organise and conduct the services themselves and I am continually impressed by the way they go about it. It is something special to be involved with. As speakers, we are responsible for writing our own speeches. We then try them out in front of Jo and the rest of the participants. We give and take criticism in an effort to improve. I like to start on a serious note by telling the kids about the Gallipoli landing or what our memorials mean. Then tell them some amusing stories about Anzacs and their sense of humour, followed up with events in Europe, WW1, WW2, then more recent events through to what’s happening today. The students are very attentive and can’t wait to hear more stories, especially if they are unusual or humorous. I have used artefacts as part of my speeches and recently had a moment of anxiety as the .303 rifle I had just shown the kids started to slide towards the ground. Desperation borne through previous experience as a “baggy – arsed” rifleman prompted me to throw myself at the falling musket preventing it from touching the ground. I then apologised to the wide-eyed audience and explained that in the army if the rifle hit the deck the Digger was obliged to join it on the tarmac post haste. Anyway, overall I have found that being a representative for the RSL and attending schools as a guest speaker a rewarding experience and not as difficult as I had imagined. After each service, my wife and I found ourselves surrounded by teachers, parents, and students all eager to tell us about their family’s involvement in the defence forces and wars. One young student waited patiently to tell me about her grandfather’s war service and of a photo, she has of him taken during the war. She then became quite emotional, telling me that her grandad had died two years ago and that she would never forget him or the other men who had died. Students and teachers told us how much they appreciated Veterans participating in their parades. So to any of you out there with a story to tell, the kids would love to hear it at their Anzac school services. MOTHERS DAY RAFFLE: 1st Prize Winner: Sonja Cahill of Bunbury, ticket number 06955 2nd Prize Winner: L.R. Farley of Bunbury, ticket number 11670 3rd Prize Winner Fiona Rayner, ticket number 08023 4th Prize winner: Chad Woods, ticket number 05044 Congratulations to all the winners, and there is always next year! Trevor Hastie buys a Mother’s Day Raffle ticket from Ross Stewart at the Paisley Centre FAREWELL JOHN GERLACH We regret the early departure of one of our newly established office workers, who was helping Norbett as an assistant Secretary. John Gerlach, joined us last December, and enthusiastically pitched into the busy end of office duties. John was a Godsend and members meeting him on a daily basis appreciated his computer experience and knowledge and approach to performing the tasks in a friendly manner. John is his short period of assistance; John will be notably missed as he was making a marked improvement to the effectiveness of the office. John is returning to Hong Kong to attend to his family business. We hope that some time in the future we will see him again. Thank you for your tireless efforts given to our club! Good Luck John! • Thank you Function: Sponsors to Mothers Day Raffle, and supporters to ANZAC DAY Sunday 19th July at RSL Hall commencing at • A Proposal by the Division of General Practice Presentation (morning tea, currently pencilled in for 30 June 09 for members with the aim of providing information on self-medication to reduce the incorrect doses of prescriptions may be postponed, until either July or August TBA • State Congress 27th and 28th June 09. As discussed at the May General Meeting the Agenda items for congress this year are on display on the notice board for members to peruse and make comment to the next meeting. • AGM 19th August 09. Members wishing to nominate for any committee position are requested to do so prior to COB on Monday the 17th of August 09. Any desire to amend or change the Social Club Rules must be done in accordance with the time frame stipulated in the rules of RSL Social Commitee • “Pit Stop” Health Check. For those inspiring members who like to maintain the Body Mass Index (BMI) to a reasonable standard, the annual “Pit Stop” is again expected to occur in mid August 09 at the Bunning’s Warehouse. Members wishing to help run the checking stations will be advised closer to the event. Details will be published in the local paper in august. • ANZAC DAY VENUE FEEDBACK: The ANZAC DAY planning committee held a debrief after ANZAC DAY, mainly to report on the overall result and feedback from the main service at the Bricknell Music Shell. I’m sure members will agree on the degree of success was outstanding. The Bunbury Branch of the RSL want to thank key members of the planning committee for their efforts and all of those that helped in some way to make ANZAC DAY such a success in Bunbury for 2009. • Life Membership: Recently we received the news of Nev McWilliams being honoured with Life membership. This is a great and most deserving recognition for a member who has exhausted many hours I performing dual roles as Secretary and Welfare Officer since 1990. Well done, congratulations Nev! Nev will be presented with his Life Membership Certificate at the Congress Opening on 27th June 09. Ross Stewart Vice President TRUE STORY (Well Not Really) Maude and John, both 81, lived in The Villages, in Florida. They met at the singles club meeting and discovered over time that they enjoyed each other’s company. After several weeks of meeting for coffee, John asked Maude out for dinner and, much to his delight, she accepted. They had a lovely evening. They dined at the most romantic restaurant in town. Despite his age, they ended up at his place for an after-dinner drink. Things continued along a natural course and age being no inhibitor, Maude soon joined John for the most enjoyable roll in the sack. As they were basking in the glow of the magic moments they’d shared, each was lost for a time in their own thoughts….. John was thinking: ‘If I known she was still a virgin, I’d have been gentler.’ Maude was thinking: ‘If I’d known he could still do it, I would have taken off my pantyhose.’ ANOTHER TRUE STORY (Well Not Really) A circus owner runs an ad for a lion tamer and two people show up. One is a good looking; older retired golfer in his late sixties and the other is a gorgeous blonde-haired woman in her mid-twenties. The circus owner tells them, "I'm not going to sugar coat it. This is one ferocious lion. He ate my last tamer so you two had better be good or you're history. Here's your equipment -- chair, whip and a gun. Who wants to try out first?" The girl says, "I'll go first." She walks past the chair, with the whip and the gun and steps right into the lion's cage. The lion starts to snarl and pant and begins to charge her. About halfway there, she throws open her coat revealing her beautiful naked body. The lion stops dead in his tracks, sheepishly crawls up to her and starts licking her feet and ankles. He continues to lick and kiss her entire body for several minutes and then rests his head at her feet. The circus owner's jaw is on the floor He says, "I've never seen a display like that in my life." He then turns to the retired golfer and asks, "Can you top that?" The tough old golfer replies, "No problem, just get that lion out of the way." Forced Sale – Owner Going Overseas Unexpectedly 2006 Mitsubishi 380 Series 2 ES 60,000 Km (just completed 60,000 Km service) – Immaculate throughout with standard accessories MITSUBISHI 380, 2006, auto, red, excellent condition, 7 months rego, 60,000kms, service just completed, $15,000 ono. Phone John Gerlach on 0424-648-685 FREE: Working keyboard and computer monitor to give away! Phone Dennis on 042212510
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