Monday, January 16, 2012

January 2012 Newsletter

Lest We Forget

Returned & Services League of Australia

Washington Sub-Branch

1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

January 2012 Newsletter

This newsletter includes details of the January meeting on Wednesday, January 18, and the Australia American Association's Australia Day Reception on January 21.

January Lunch and

Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 18

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia

1601 Massachusetts Ave

Washington DC 20036

The AGM takes the place of the speaker and includes the election of the Board of Governors.

Bring a guest and join us as we get an early start celebrating Australia Day.

Lunch: Free for members who have paid their 2012 dues or who pay their 2012 dues at the meeting. Others and guests $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 Tuesday January 17, 2012, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmward1973 at gmail dot com.

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass Ave NW.

2012 Membership dues of $30.00 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.

*The $5.00 increase reflects the ACT Branch Congress’s decision to increase capitation fees.

Australia Day Reception: The Australia American Association Invites RSL members to attend the Australia Day Champagne Reception on Saturday, January 21 at the Embassy of Australia. The invitation is attached (The cost is the AAA rate, indicate that you are with the RSL).

2012 Selection Committee Chair Edward Connor has submitted the following nominations for consideration:

President: Col. Jeff. M. Quirk, CSC and Bar,

Vice President: Richard Southby,

Treasurer: Kurt Lee,

Secretary: Dave Ward,

Program Chairman: Mario Mirarchi*

Legal Advisor: Bill Bennett,

Selection Committee Chairman:

Edward Connor.

Australian Defence Representative:

WGCDR Steven Rampant, RAAF

Board Members:

Steve Ching,

Walt Dow,

Harry McAlpine,

Vivian McKay,

Matt Prisutti,

Pat van Rooyen,

Simon Willis.

2012 Monthly meeting schedule: January 18, February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.

Additional events to mark on your calendar:

January 26 – Australia Day

April 25 - ANZAC Day

June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash

November 11 – Remembrance Day

2011 Board of Governors and Office Holders:

President –David Gudes,

Vice President: Col. Jeff. M. Quirk, CSC and Bar,

Secretary: Dave Ward,

Treasurer: Kurt Lee,

Program Chairman: Mario Mirarchi*

Legal Advisor: Bill Bennett,

Selection Committee Chairman:

Edward Connor. Board Members: Steve Ching, Bob Cutler, Walt Dow, Harry McAlpine, Vivian McKay, Matt Prisutti, Richard Southby, Jack Szalasny, Pat van Rooyen, Simon Willis.

Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788 (to read a comprehensive history of the evolution of Australia Day,

Though 26 January marks this specific event, today Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia: our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. It also is an opportunity to reflect on our nation's history, and to consider how we can make Australia an even better place in future.

On Australia Day, over half of the nation’s population of 21 million attend either an organized community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends.

Yet Australia Day is much more than barbeques and fireworks. It is more than another public holiday. It is more than the pride and excitement of new citizens who call themselves Australian for the first time on 26 January after being conferred citizenship.

At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city – unified by the celebration of what’s great about Australia and being Australian – are the foundation of its ongoing success.”


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