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Ex-Services Archives 2009-2013

December 2012- January 2013 News

 We celebrated Christmas, the end of 2012 and great camaraderie at our Christmas Lunch on Sunday 9 December at the Taroona Bowls Club.  Over 55 members and their guests attended and thoroughly enjoyed executive chef Paul Martin's beautifully prepared meal.  Roast turkey and roast beef with hot and cold vegetables was followed by a Legacy pudding based desert. The meal, supported by a selection of very drinkable wines was then followed by coffee etc.  President Ron Martin kept everyone entertained and the nine prize raffle ensured just about everyone went home with something.  The success and enjoyment of the day was on everyone's face as they departed.  After the lunch Ron outlined a few different bus excursion locations - a vote was taken and the following received a very strong majority vote.

Planned February Bus Trip

The bus trip, planned for late February, will pick up our guide on its way to New Norfolk.  After morning tea, we then drive down an exclusive road and explore, and have explained, the area behind Mount Wellington - finally coming out through Lachlan and Judbury.  Late lunch at Huonville will round off the trip.  Unfortunately members will have to pay $10 each (as the Club is running out of DVA grant money).  Please make early bookings with one of the following, as this trip is certain to be very popular. Steve Willey (62278217), Ron Martin (62278988) or David Thomson (62244394).  More information will be in the Club's Jan-Feb newsletter. 

Vale John Coulter

In mid December John Clougher, an extremely likeable and valuable member of our Club quietly passed away.  John's presence and contributions to the Club over many years will be sorely lost, and we know Margaret and family will miss John - but his memories will always be treasured.  Ron, at John's family and friends wake, rendered a very moving eulogy. 

First meeting for 2013 on Jan 18

At the Club's first meeting in 2013 (Friday 18 January), Professor Ian Lewis will present a topic titled ‘Adams Rib'.  His witty talk will touch on world and historical females, including comments on Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc and many others.  This is a presentation that should not be missed by our ladies.  A very feminine afternoon tea will be available.  At the February meeting we hope to have Colonel (reserves), Inspector Colin Riley to talk about his ‘Police and Army Experiences'.  Colin has indicated he will also outline some of the police investigations of major local solved crimes.

 February 1 Lunch

On Friday 1 February, an informal lunch is planned to be held at the Derwent Sailing Squadron 12 noon for 12.30 pm.  If you wish to attend please contact David Thomson before Wednesday 30 January. 

Club BBQ

Sunday 24 March is the planned day of our Club's BBQ - at which there will be cold salads and meat along with a BBQ offering.  Please put this date aside.

New Members

Derek Brown, ex British Army, of Taroona has nominated to join our Club.  He will join recent new members: Ted Swinton, and John Mawtheson.  I'm sure they will be pleased to have joined the Club when you meet and welcome them - possibly at the January meeting or the Bus Excursion.

On behalf of President Ron and the Committee - may your 2013 year be as happy as any you have experienced before.  Have a great time with your family.

David Thomson, Secretary 62244394          

December 2012

To celebrate the end of 2012, the Committee has planned a Christmas Lunch at the Taroona Bowls Club – set for Sunday 9 December, 12 noon for 12.30.  Executive chef and fellow Club member, Paul Martin, will prepare a meal befitting Charlie and Camilla – consisting of two spit roast meats with hot and cold vegetables followed by Legacy pudding based deserts. The meal is supported by a selection of very drinkable wines and is followed by coffee etc. At only $30 per head (with major discounts for children) the afternoon will also include drinks throughout the day.  So please organize your friends and family and get your booking in well before 1 December.  Please make your bookings and preferred table partners/seating arrangements be known to one of the following:  President Ron Martin (62278988), David Thomson (62244394), Steve Willey (62278217) or Max Banks (62278615).  It is important for us to know who will definitely be coming as the Club is charged the full price for those who don’t turn up. I know we make this offer quite frequently, but please remember that if you would very much like to attend the Lunch, so as to spend time with old friends, and transport is a problem – please give us a ring – we are sure transport can be arranged.

Vice President Steve Willey is coordinating bus/boat excursions – but he and Fay would very much like to have some input from you in regards your preference for a trip in February/March. So please ring him on 62278217.

The Club’s Remembrance Day Service was very well attended – with over 50 adults and 5 children.  Unfortunately President Ron Martin was still recovering from major knee surgery so Vice President Greg Rawnsley ran a very successful Service supported by Club member Chaplain David Lewis and bugler Will Maher.  Club member and federal independent Andrew Wilkie laid a wreath as did Isabella Kerr on behalf of the Taroona Scouts, Cubs and Joeys.  Other tributes were laid by Alan Barnes from the Taroona Bowls Club, Taroona High School, Kingborough Council and Jill Hickey on behalf of the Taroona Community Association.  It was great to see independent floral tributes presented by Beryl Dodds, Jill O’Reilly (for dad Eric Canning) and Leigh Lovegrove.

Unfortunately at the Club meeting on Friday 16 November, Colonel (and police inspector) Colin Riley was unable to address our members as he was involved/investigating a crime that had just occurred.  So at very short notice, Club stalwart and past president, Ken Graham stepped in and kept the audience enthralled with a very entertaining talk about his war year travels – thank you Ken.  Colin has indicated he will talk at the next Club meeting on Friday 18 January – and besides presenting the topic “The Australian Army Today” Colin has indicated he will also outline some of the police investigations of major local solved crimes.

New members to the Club are Ted Swinton, ex Army of Taroona and John Mawtheson, ex British Army of Taroona.  I’m sure they will be pleased to have joined the Club when you meet and welcome them – possibly at the Christmas Lunch.

If we don’t see you on 9 December at the Christmas Lunch – on behalf of President Ron and the Committee - may you have an enjoyable Christmas and a great time with your family.                                  

November 2012 Newsletter

Some sad news to start our newsletter.  Richard Stops, a friend and a valued and important member of our Club passed away on 15 October.  To Maree, Cameron, Sarah and other family members; on behalf of our President Ron Martin, the committee and members of the Taroona Ex-Services' Club; I pass on our condolences and deepest regrets on your loss of such a great family member.  Richard was a past Vice President and current Public Officer of our Club and we will sorely miss his advice and professional help.

Another great gift to the Club has been made by Martin Potter.  Martin has donated a portable Public Address system that the Club dearly needed.  Thank you sincerely Martin - it will be used at the Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 11 November.  After the enormous roll up at this year's Club ANZAC Day Service we are now expecting a large group to be present at 10.30 am. on 11 November.

The Club's bus excursion to Cygnet and other places was well supported on 5 October.  Everyone enjoyed the great weather, the camaraderie and the selection of locations that organizer Steve Willey had put together.  To those who didn't go - you missed a great day.  Thank you Steve.  Although we were hoping for another bus/boat trip before Christmas, it is more likely that won't occur and that plans for a trip in January or February will be announced at the Christmas Lunch on Sunday 9 December

At the October monthly meeting, Richard Hurn addressed the meeting on his personal recollections of being a WW2 fighter pilot.  Richard's real life story of his experiences in ferrying aircraft was extremely down to earth and painted a dangerous and terrifying occupation.  Richard, although only qualified on 5 different aircraft, ended up in over 25 different bombers, fighters and transport craft, including Meteor and Vampire jet aircraft after the war.  With ailerons, rudders, elevators or something else often malfunctioning and being in a war zone he was continually under threat.  The last presenter for this year at our Club meeting on Friday 16 November will be Colonel Colin Riley who will talk about ‘The Australian Army Today'.

The Club Christmas Lunch, to be held at the Taroona Bowls Club, will be on Sunday 9 December starting at noon for 12.30 pm. Please make your bookings for you and your friends as early as possible.  Bookings to Ron (62278988), or David (62244394), or Steve (62278217) or Max (62278615)

David Thomson (Secretary 62244394)

 

October 2012 NEWSLETTER

It is hard to believe that we are in the last half of the year already, seems no time at all since Christmas and then the annual General Meeting.  Winter has meant that many of us have found it hard to leave our warm homes, but attendances at our meetings and outings have for the most part been excellent. 

Activities

The extremely interesting series of presentations and activities that President Ron has developed will, I am sure, keep the Club as an attractive organization to the local returned service personnel and their kin. 

Bus trip October 5: One of the current activities being organized by Vice President Steve Willey, is the bus trip into the channel area on Friday 5 October. Leaving the Club house at 9.30 am on that Friday with arranged pickups at Kingston (and other locations?) we  travel via Woodbridge to its first stop at the Hartzview Vineyard. Here we will visit the heritage pickers hut village (no charge), have morning tea and possibly purchase some of the Hartzview apple and honey meads and other wines, ports and liqueurs. Then onto Cygnet to visit the Living History Museum (gold coin entrance).  A fixed lunch has not been arranged at a specific location in Cygnet, so that you can visit your own preferred venue for a more a la carte selection (eg Red Velvet Lounge, Bottom Hotel etc). Then on the way home, via the Channel Highway, we will stop at the new Channel Heritage Museum in Margate.  If time allows Brookfield Vineyard at Margate and/or the Tudor Court Model Village/ German Model Train are possible other stops.  Steve has designed this great trip for you and your friends and I am sure it will be very popular.  Bookings as quickly as possible through one of the following contacts: Steve (62278217), David (62244394), Max (62278615) or Ron (62278988).

Have you any ideas for future trips?

Interesting meetings

I mentioned in the last newsletter that Senior Constable Steve Denholm spoke to over 20 of our members on the subject of ballistics and bombs - Steve also offered to conduct a tour of the Hobart Police Ballistics Section.  So on Wednesday evening 5 September about a dozen of us started with a hearty $10 counter meal at the Ocean Child Inn (corner of Melville and Argyle Street). With about a dozen or more choices we ate in a very warm and friendly area, and I would definitely recommend another visit there.  We then entered into the depth of the police forensics section.  What a great and memorable tour - we saw the Martin Bryant arsenal, bullet microscope identification, the thousand or so rifle and hand gun museum, bullet loading machinery, the gun restoration/repair work area and many other interesting areas.

At our Club meeting on 21 September, Judy Hunter presented an extremely interesting brief on her father's exploits as he escaped across Crete and fought in Greece.  Her father, Frank, was an extremely tall man and only 18 when he enlisted in the 2/1st Australian Machine Gun Battalion.  Judy had, in researching her father's life, gathered some amazing memorabilia, including awards, post cards, letters and beautiful poetry her father had created. In civy life he sailed in a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht races.  The audience of 25 was also graced with the presence of Judy's mother and sister.  What an interesting presentation and great day.

At our meeting on Friday 19 October, Richard Hurn will present his ‘Recollections of being a WW2 fighter pilot'.  This, I am sure, will be very pertinent to many members. 

Don't forget the informal lunch on Friday 26 October. It will be at the Derwent Sailing Squadron 12 for 12.30 pm. Bookings with David Thomson on 62244394.

In closing I want to convey the Club members' sympathy to those of you who have lost loved ones and to all our members with health issues at the moment - we wish you all the best.

David Thomson, Secretary 62244394   

JULY-AUGUST 2012 NEWSLETTER

October outing

Vice President Steve Willey, the coordinator of Club bus/boat excursions, has designed a bus trip into the channel area. Leaving the Club house at 9.30 am on Friday 5 October, after pickups in Kingston (and other locations?) the bus will travel via Woodbridge to its first stop at the Hartzview Vineyard. Here we can visit the heritage pickers hut village (no charge), have morning tea and possibly purchase some of the Hartzview apple and honey meads and other wines, ports and liqueurs.

Then onto Cygnet to visit the Living History Museum (gold coin entrance). A fixed lunch has not been arranged at a specific location in Cygnet - thinking was that you would like to visit your own preferred venue for a more a la carte selection (eg Red Velvet Lounge, Bottom Hotel etc).

Then on the way home, via the Channel Highway, we would stop at the new Channel Heritage Museum at Margate. If time allows Brookfield Vineyard at Margate and/or the Tudor Court Model Village/ German Model Train are possible other stops. Steve has designed this great trip for you and your friends and I am sure it will be very popular.

Bookings as quickly as possible through one of the following contacts: Steve (62278217), David (62244394), Max (62278615) or Ron (62278988). Any ideas of future excursions?

I know we make this offer quite frequently, but please remember that if there is a function which you would very much like to attend and transport is a problem - please give us a ring - we are sure transport can be arranged.

Subscriptions

If your subscription has not yet been paid, please see treasurer Lance (62279743).

August lunch report

The informal lunch on Friday 3 August at the RYCT was well attended and every one had an enjoyable time. I would very much like to hear your opinion on a different day and a different venue. Please give me a ring on 62244394.

August meeting report

At our meeting on Friday 17 August, Senior Constable Steve Denholm spoke to over 20 of our members on the subject "Bombs, Bullets and Ducks". Having been to specialist bombs/forensic science courses in Thailand, Hong Kong and Canberra, Steve spoke with an intimate knowledge of his subject and touched lightly on some real life scenarios. His demonstration models of many hand guns was of deep interest to our members. Steve has offered to bring a vehicle Duck to the next ANZAC Day Service.

Future meeting program

Here are some of the very interesting presentations and other events that have been arranged by President Ron:

  • 21 September - Club meeting followed by Judy Hunter (a friend of Margaret and John Clougher) who will talk about her father's escape across Crete and then on to Egypt - including some interesting memorabilia.
  • 5 October - Bus excursion into the Channel area.
  • 19 October - Club Meeting followed by Richard Hurn and his own "Recollections of a WW2 fighter pilot".
  • 26 October - Informal lunch.
  • 11 November - Sunday: Remembrance Day Service.
  • 16 November - Club Meeting followed by a presentation by Col. Colin Riley on the subject "The Australian Army Today".
  • 24 November - Possible Bus or Boat excursion - any ideas?
  • 9 December - Sunday Christmas Lunch at the Taroona Bowls Club.
  • 14 December - Informal Lunch - venue to be decided.

 

Thank you

Some well deserved public recognition of donations to our Club is due to some of our members. Our assistant treasurer, Bronwyn, has donated a hot water urn and a new ANZAC Day money box, Senior Vice President Greg Rawnsley has donated a magnificent trellis table for committee meetings, treasurer Lance Burns has donated a movie viewing screen and tripod, whilst ex secretary Max Banks has given us a heater and other items. On behalf of our President and you, the Club sincerely thank these members for their generosity.

Greg Rawnsley is in the process of creating a Club Web site; its address is 'TaroonaExServicesClub' (capitals not required!). If you have any news or an item for the web page I can supply Greg's email address.

Cancer support group

Tony Cope is hoping for some help in forming a Steering Committee for a new Kingston based Cancer Support Group. The group, headed by a retired CSIRO scientist, will plan to investigate the improvement of support given to cancer victims. Tony said there will be a item regarding this group in the Kingston Chronicle coming out on Tuesday 21 August.

 

Anzac Day 2009

Our Anzac Day Dawn Service is followed by breakfast provided by Taroona Apex for members and Taroona residents who take part. This year a record 150 people enjoyed this special and moving ceremony. 

 

At breakfast after the 2009 Dawn Service
 
Breakfast after the Dawn Service in the community hall  
 
Report - July 2009

We welcome Anthony Bester who joined on Anzac Day, as a new member to the club. 

Meanwhile, it is with great regret and a sense of loss, that we mourn the passing of Arthur Wallace in January 2009.  Arthur enlisted in the 2nd/8th Field Artillery, AIF, was wounded in April 1941 and subsequently during the Battle of El Alamein was evacuated with severe illness, which resulted in his discharge in Australia in August 1943.  He joined the club in 1983 and was a keen and active member.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to Dorothy.

Our condolences also go to Jenny Parrott and family on the sad death of Ken Parrott in May 2009.  Ken was called up for national service in the British Army and as a sapper in the Royal Engineers served on the Suez Canal where amongst other tasks he guarded working parties of German POW's awaiting repatriation to their homeland.  He joined the club in 2003 and with increasing illness had to resign in August 2007.

Anzac Day was commemorated with a Dawn Service at the Taroona War Memorial.  This was an especially memorable event for several reasons.  We welcomed some 150 people who attended.  Among wreaths laid, were those by Senator Abetz; Alderman Fiona Buchan; Mrs Long, representing the Taroona Community Association; Taroona High School and Taroona Cubs. Ex-Service men and women appreciated that the Taroona Cubs took part in the march prior to the service, and that they, and Taroona High School students read prayers during the Dawn Service.  The involvement of youth in maintaining the spirit of ANZAC was exemplified by this cooperation. We are grateful to Reverend Erma Briggs, who, in the absence of club member Reverend David Lewis, conducted a dignified service.

By the provision after Dawn Service of hot breakfasts to all who attended, Taroona Apex demonstrated their spirit of generosity and service towards the local community.  Well done! 

Our next function is the club's mid-winter luncheon on Sunday, 28 June 2009, to be reported on in the next Community Newsletter.

Finally, at our May 2009 annual general meeting the following were elected:

President: Denis Suckling

Senior Vice President: David Thomson

Junior Vice President: Steve Willey (co-opted)

Secretary: Max Banks

Treasurer: Lance Burns

Committee: Reg Edwards, Ken Graham, John McMahon, John Kerr, Bob Ellis and Martin Potter

Public Officer: Richard Stops