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Westlakes Macquarie National Servicemen’s Association

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Greetings all

It has been a very quiet three months.

Our meetings at Toronto Diggers seem to be going okay with most members

staying for lunch afterwards.  At the September meeting it was decided to finish barbeques at Bunnings as it was beginning to be a major chore for most members. It was decided to sell unwanted equipment and the trailer was bought by a member, Brian Jones.

A special meeting in December had Thirty Five in attendance which was excellent for the current conditions (COVID-19 19).

Following the passing of our Padre, Paul O’Brien we were left without a person for this position. Patron, John Doig Major (Retd) moved a motion that Major Rev. (Retd) Tony Lang OAM be asked if he would accept the position; 2nd by Gordon Gardiner, Rev. Lang accepted. We are very fortunate to have him aboard as he is very experienced in the Services.

Our sick list is not good. Lots of member’s wives are having troubles, Noeline Smith has been in Hospital for a while and spending Christmas in there. Our Patron John Doig is regularly in and out of hospital and is showing a slight improvement. John Sterland and Fred Fear both have sick wives at home;

David Laidlaw has been in hospital for four months on and off however, he’s home now.  Dave Herbert’s wife is now in a nursing home.  We are becoming a sorry lot.

On a happier note our Secretary, Bruce Robberds looks like joining the Newcastle District Vintage and Classic Car Club, member Lyall Constable is the President of the Car Club. They have had recent trips to the Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae, Down to Chain Valley Bay and a barbeque at Chichester Dam.

We also enjoyed a Luncheon and refreshments after the December RSL Sub branch meeting held at Toronto Diggers.

We are at present discussing next year’s outing of morning teas and lunches.

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Wishing all members a healthier 2021


Gordon Maxwell  ~  President