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Westlakes Macquarie National Servicemen’s Association

Winter 2022 Newsletter

Once again, we came to our busiest part of the year.

 The first event was the Anzac Commemorative Service undertaken at the Masonic Lodge Lake Macquarie.  The Director of Ceremony was Alan Crowe following the program set up by Bruce Robberds.  There were 60 people in attendance including Captain Yvonne Fuller 217 Army Cadets, Lt. Steve Dunn of the TS Tobruk Cadets, Catafalque Party, Sergeant John Woodward, The NSAA State Vice President George Sachse, Bugler Kye Jefferies, Piper Malcolm Newbiggen and Organist Don Smith.

Our colour party was John Taylor, Howard Trevethan, Kevin Hargrave and Lyle Constable.

It was a very successful night, which was followed by a supper, raffle and a few short speeches.  All in attendance enjoyed the night and look forward to next year.

Our AGM was next on our Agenda as it had been delayed due to the Covid Pandemic.

Returning Officer ~ Lyle Constable.  Resulting in the same committee as previous being voted in:-

President ~ Gordon Maxwell

Vice President ~ Brian Smith 

Secretary ~ Bruce Robberds

Treasurer ~  Des Gill  

Committee:   Kevin Hargrave ~ John Taylor  ~ Lyle Constable ~ Gordon Gardiner

Patron:- John Doig (Major Ret.)   Padre Rev. Tony Lang (Major Ret.)

 

The Toronto RSL sub-Branch held the Anzac Day Service’s at Toronto Goffet Park.

The Dawn Service was conducted by President Bill Noble BEM,  assisted by Hon Secretary Ron Micherson.

The Eleven o’clock Service had a Parade which started from out the front of the Toronto Diggers Club with a lot of school children in the march along with a variety of others and on this occasion only one Senior School was called on to do a reading during the program.

We assisted with the Flag duties ~ via ~ Alf Sulman, Howard Trevethan and Lyle Constable.                           

President Bill Noble BEM introduced Kahi Puru NZ MC for the Maori Program, which includes songs, ‘Po Atarau’ (English – Now is the Hour) then ‘E Kiwi E’ (As their troops left home for War) Then the New Zealand National Anthem in Maori and English’ followed by the Haka.  The Haka and War Dance was well performed and enjoyed.

Our next project was our National Servicemen’s Memorial Stone for maintenance and repair.  The little garden has two new Pine trees planted with red woodchip.  The Memorial Stone was cleaned and the gold lettering repaired.

Our bi-monthly outing was lunch at Toronto Workers Club.  It was good to see Allie Miller (wife of deceased member Henry) at the luncheon .  We had an attendance of 20 members at the lunch and on the whole, meals were very good.

The June meeting was cancelled due to Toronto Diggers Club doing alterations.

There is still a lot of sickness with members and their wives, I wish everybody well and hope a lot of improvement occurs.

 Best wishes for now.

 Gordon Maxwell