Friday, May 21, 2010

Passing of R&SL Member Bill Barlow and funeral service details

Fellow members,

Washington Sub-Branch member William (Bill) Francis Barlow died on Saturday morning May 15, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Friends are invited to express their condolences at Money and King Funeral Home located at 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180 on Saturday, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery. The R&SL will be represented at both events (See below for Burial ritual).

Bill was proud of his service as a Marine in World War II, when he served the entire duration of the war in the Pacific theater fighting in the battles of Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Peleliu and a number of other strategic fronts. He was wounded several times in combat, convalesced in Australia and returned to service each time with his unit - not wanting to let his comrades down. He earned both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for meritorious service in action.

Bill never lost his love of Australia and New Zealand and he and his wife Blanche visited both countries over the years. Bill felt a special bond with the people of Ballarat, Victoria, where he was billeted while recovering from war wounds. Their most recent trip to Australia was a short one to Ballarat to visit with old friends.

Bereavement Notice

On Saturday, May 22nd, Blanche Raff’s husband William F. Barlow passed away after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Friends are invited to express their condolences at Money and King Funeral Home located at 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180 on Saturday, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to one of the following organizations:

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

825 College Blvd.

Ste 102

PMB 609

Oceanside, CA 92057

Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

111 Rockville Pike

Ste 420

Rockville, MD 20850

The Obituary can be found

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ANZAC Day 2010 Wreath Laying

Brig. Rod West CSC, President of the R&SL's Washington Sub-Branch, presents the League's Floral Tribute at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC.

If anyone has any photos or videos of the ANZAC Day events and would like them posted please e-mail them to me at mmirarchi at juno dot com.

The Rising Spirit of ANZAC -A photographic journey

The Rising Spirit of ANZAC -A photographic journey - The great ANZAC tradition grew out of the personal qualities of ordinary men and women who served and sacrificed in the Great War. ANZAC defines what it is to be Australian. Every April 25, generations of Australians pause to honor and remember the sacrifices made by others. The Rising Spirit of ANZAC exhibition by Sharyn Meade records the personal stories of Australian veterans, in words and images, through successive generations.

When: From 15 April 2010
Time: 10 am - 2 pm Mon - Fri
Where: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

May 2010 Newsletter

This news letter contains details of both the Monthly Meeting on May 13, 2010, and a photography exhibition at the Embassy of Australia, together with the dates of future meetings.

Monthly Meeting-Thursday May 13, 2010
Time: Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities room
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave
Washington DC 20036

Speaker: Dr. Paul Scully-Power, CEO of MIKOH Corporation Limited, and Australia’s first astronaut.

Topic: Reflections on Space and Life.

Biography: Dr Paul Scully-Power is the Chief Executive Officer of MIKPH Corporation Limited.

Dr Paul Scully-Power has extensive international experience and proven success in commercial and government organizations throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

He is an acknowledged leader in applied technology, an innovator and corporate strategist, and is Australia’s first astronaut having flown aboard Challenger on the 13th mission of the Space Shuttle.

Dr Scully-Power has significant expertise in defense, security & intelligence, aviation & aerospace, systems analysis & ICT, sensor & communication systems, and in corporate management. He has served with the Royal Australian Navy, the U.S. Navy, NASA, the Pentagon, the White House, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and the Tenix Group worldwide, and was a Director of the Australian Trade Commission for five years.

He is a Doctor of Science in Applied Mathematics, a Liveryman of the City of London, and a Member of the Order f Australia.
*We have changed the format of the meeting. The lunch buffet now opens at noon, so after you sign in you select your lunch and sit at a dinner table. With this change, we hope you will be able have lunch and listen to our guest speaker, all within a normal lunch hour.*

Lunch: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday May 12, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmpward at wwdb dot org

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association at a cost of $15.00 for two hours.

2010 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191.