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Westlakes Macquarie National Servicemen’s Association

Winter 2019 Newsletter

Greetings all

Well this report for the Winter Edition of does not related to quite a lot of what I am reporting on as it occurred in the earlier months.

The combined National Servicemen’s Day at Maitland Park.  The NSCFAA and the NSAA joined for this celebration.  It was attended by Alf Sulman, Brian Smith and myself.  It was a very good Service followed by a barbeque in the Park.

On the 11th April we held our AGM which had the following results:

President…………Gordon Maxwell

Vice President….Brian Smith

Secretary………….Bruce Robberds

Treasurer………….Des Gill

Committee………..Kevin Hargrave

Gordon Gardiner

Alf Sulman

Lyle Constable

Patron…………….John Doig  (Major Retired)

Padre……………..Paul O’Brien

The next AGM will be held on its own day in 2020.

The first Anzac Service for us was held at Lake Macquarie Masonic Lodge on   Saturday 13th April, 2019.  Bruce and committee worked out the arrangements for colour parties from Army, Navy and Air Force (good to see the Navy again) and Catafalque Party. Supper was served after the ceremony.

Ron Mitcherson arranged for cleaning of the park and setting up for the service.  Brian Besley cleaned up the Memorial Stone for us.

The Anzac Dawn Service was a very good service and the 11 O’clock Anzac March was the longest I’ve seen at Toronto, mainly the younger generation from a long list of schools.  It was an excellent service and the Nashos served ice-creams to the children and others at the back of the R S L Sub Branch Building.

31st May, 2019 Bruce arranged for a coffee morning at the Double Take Coffee Shop.  Another coffee day has been organised by Bruce on Friday 28th June, 2019 at the Casa-Nova at the bottom of the Boulevarde.

Brian Jones is organising a movie day at Stockrington again as the last one was very successful, and the venue for the lunch to be decided.

Welfare Report……

Bruce  visited Mick Aukett, he is making progress on his recovery, and he rang Paul O’Brien and John Doig is doing his 4th stay in John Hunter Hospital slowly picking up.

The Reserve Forces Day on the 6th July, 2019 at Civic Park 10.30 a.m.  A shuttle      bus has been arranged to take people back to West’s Newcastle Club (old Worker’s Club).

Don’t forget our meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10.00 a.m.

Gordon Maxwell

President