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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October 10, 2013 meeting

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Our guest speaker will be R&SL Life Member Major Edward Connor, USAF (Rtd).  Edward will describe the WWII Battle of the Bismarck Sea from his viewpoint as a Radio Gunner flying in a North American B25 Mitchell Medium Bomber.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual

RSVP by noon on Wednesday October 9, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

Short Biography:  Edward Conner enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps - the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force--in 1940 at age 18. Unable to qualify for pilot training because he was color blind,  Edward became a radio gunner.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Conner was shipped out to the Pacific on a 26-day boat ride that eventually landed in Brisbane, Australia.  Conner was eventually dispatched to New Guinea, where he was awarded the Silver Star as part of the 13th Bomb Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Conner flew a total of 67 combat missions against the Japanese from New Guinea, including a bombing mission during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea in 1942, for which he received an Air Medal. He then became a communications officer in the U.S. Air Force and flew an additional 16 missions against North Korea during the Korean conflict with the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.
After his 22-year Air Force service, USAF Major Conner joined the Central Intelligence Agency and flew missions in Laos with Air America. Following his missions leading up to the Vietnam War, he continued working for the CIA for a total of 12 years.
He then embarked upon another 15-year career with the Corvus Group, supplying advance communications equipment for U.S. Presidential convoys.
Edward Connor joined the Returned & Services League of Australia on January 1, 1979. He was elected by the National Executive to the class of Life Member for his outstanding service to the league.
The above information was extracted from a wonderful article written by Mr, Greg MacDonald and published in the Washington Times on May 5, 2013.  The article can be found at -  http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20130521/NEWS/130529944/mclean-veteran-has-a-colorful- story-to-share&template=fairfaxTimes

·         World War II veteran Edward Connor tells students at Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, Va., stories about his time with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Papua New Guinea, Guadalcanal and the Bismarck Sea Battle during the school's annual World War II Day, called "The Latest Generation Meets the Greatest Generation," on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 12, 2013 meeting


Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,

Embassy of Australia,

1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Speaker:  Major General Timothy McOwan, AO, DSC, CSM, Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington), and Australian Defence Attache.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual

RSVP by noon on Wednesday September 11, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

Biography: Tim McOwan enlisted into the Army in 1976 and gained his commission from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1980.

Major General McOwan served in regimental appointments with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) and the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). His service with 1 RAR included an attachment to the Rifle Company Butterworth in Malaysia and his service with the SAS included a two-year secondment to the headquarters commanding the British SAS and the Special Boat Service (HQDSAS).

Whilst in SASR he served as a Vehicle Mounted Troop Commander, a Counter Terrorist Troop Commander, an Operations Officer and Adjutant. He also commanded SAS Operations Support Squadron (1990-1991).

In 1992 he attended Army Command and Staff College at Fort Queenscliff following which he served in staff appointments within the Directorate of Operational Support in Army Headquarters. In 1994 he was appointed as Commander Australian Service Contingent Operation MAZURKA with the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt where he served as the Force Assistant Chief of Staff. In 1996 he was posted as the Staff Officer – Plans, Headquarters Special Forces (HQSF) prior to assuming the appointment as the first Chief of Staff in the newly formed Headquarters Special Operations (HQSO).

In 1998 he attended Joint Services Staff College before being deployed to the Arabian Gulf on Operation POLLARD as a member of the US CENTCOM led Coalition Headquarters. Upon return to Australia Major General McOwan served as the Staff Officer Operations (G3) in Army Headquarters.

Major General McOwan assumed command of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in January 1999. During his time as Commanding Officer he commanded Joint Task Force 504 during Operation SPITFIRE, the Special Operations Component of INTERFET during Operation WARDEN and Joint Task Force 643 during Operation GOLD, the ADF Counter Terrorism support to the Sydney Olympics.

In 2001 he was appointed the Chief Staff Officer Plans (J5) in Joint Operations Command. In this capacity he was responsible for operational planning for Australia’s commitment to the War On Terror, OP SLIPPER in Afghanistan and OP FALCONER in Iraq as well as numerous other ADF operations. In 2003 Major General McOwan attended the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.

In 2004 he became the Director Strategy and International Engagement in Army Headquarters before assuming the appointment of Deputy Special Operations Commander, Australia (DSOCAUST). In this appointment he supervised all SOCOMD operational activity and led the lodgement of the Special Operations Task Force into Afghanistan in 2005 (Operation SLIPPER).

In January 2006 he was appointed the Chief of Defence Force Liaison Officer to the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, Washington DC. This appointment saw him responsible to the CDF for liaison between the US Defence Force and the Australian Defence Force in the areas of operations, strategic plans and intelligence.

He was appointed Special Operations Commander Australia (SOCAUST) in February 2008.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for command and leadership during Operation WARDEN and the Conspicuous Service Medal for operational service during Operation MAZURKA.

He was awarded the Order of Australia for his  substantial contribution to the capabilities, operational successes and international reputation of Australia’s Special Forces.

Academic achievements include a Bachelor of Arts (Military Studies), a Graduate Diploma in Management, a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies, a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies. His interests include mountaineering, fly-fishing, bush walking, reading and most sports.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August Wall Wash

August 3, 2013- R&SL Washington past president Dave Gudes invites you to join him and other members of VVA chapter 641, as they honor the fallen by washing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.  The group assembles at 6:30 am at the Western end of the Wall, near the statues of the three soldiers. Directions to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall can be found at http://www.nps.gov/vive/planyourvisit/directions.htm .  Parking: Regular participants suggest the best places to park for the Wall Wash are on the streets perpendicular to Constitution Avenue:  23rd, 22nd, and 21st.  Parking is free until 7:30 am.  Photographs taken by Dan Arant at the May wall wash can be found at https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=0af50ddd737da8b9&id=AF50DDD737DA8B9%218497&authkey= !APOzHgMVg2V8t1w

The remaining Wall Washing dates for 2013 are August 3, September 7, October 5, and November 2.

How VVA641 started the Wall washing is outlined at http://www.today.com/id/30884929/ns/today-today_people/t/honor-fallen-comrades-they-wash-w all/#.UW9r1bVvN-Q . Many of the Veterans mentioned in the article (and the accompanying video) are R&SL members.

August 8, 2013 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Speaker and Topic:  USAF pilot and member of the SES Colonel John T. Manclark, will talk about his experiences as a "Red Eagle", test flying Soviet Aircraft.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual

RSVP by noon on August 7 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.
Biography John T. Manclark - Prior to his retirement on March 31, 2012,  John T. Manclark, was a member of the Senior Executive Service, and the Director of Test and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was responsible for all policy, resources and oversight of developmental and operational testing, and was the focal point for foreign materiel acquisition and exploitation.

Mr. Manclark entered the Air Force and was commissioned in 1969 through Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He completed undergraduate pilot training in 1970 and numerous tours in tactical aviation as a flight commander and operations officer. Mr. Manclark later served as Commander of the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron. He completed two staff tours, first as Chief of Aircrew Assignments at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, and later as Chief of the Policy and Programs Division within the Directorate of Test and Evaluation at Air Force headquarters. Mr. Manclark retired from active duty as a colonel in 1994 and entered the Senior Executive Service in 1995.  Additional details can be found at  http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6287

Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 2013 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550
www.rsl-dc.com

Invitation to July 11, 2013 meeting

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Speaker:  Mr. Stephen Harding. As a defense journalist Stephen Harding covered the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and, most recently, Iraq. The author of seven books and some 300 magazine articles, he specializes in military, aviation and maritime topics.*

Topic: - Mr. Harding will discuss his book The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe.

 https://www.facebook.com/LastBattleinEurope

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual

RSVP by noon on July 10 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

*http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Harding/e/B001K8HIY2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 2013 Meeting



Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550

Notice of June 2013 Meeting

When – Thursday June 13, 2013

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

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

Our Speaker is Colonel Eric R. Belcher, US Army; Chief of Staff, Arlington National Cemetery

Topic – Arlington National Cemetery

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual

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

RSVP by noon on June 12 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Baker's Creek Commemoration


June 14 –70th Anniversary Ceremony honoring those who died at the Bakers Creek Air Crash, near Mackay, Australia. The US Army will sponsor the 2:00 pm ceremony at the memorial marker which is located on Joint base Myer – Henderson Hall., near Selfridge Gate. After the ceremony there will be a small reception at Spates Center, which is located near the memorial.
Prior to the ceremony at JBM-HH, Ambassador Beazley will sponsor a reception at the Embassy of Australia, between 11:30 am and 1:00pm, for the family, relatives and friends, of those died during the accident. The R&SL has been invited to the reception. Please let Dave Ward know whether you will be attending the reception at the Embassy (call 202-352-8550, or e-mail dmward1973 at gmail dot com).

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 2013 Meeting

Our April meeting has been rescheduled to this Thursday, 18 April at the Embassy at Noon.  Please refer to the previous post about the meeting for details.  Our deepest gratitude to Greg Copley, who was able to adjust his schedule to speak.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ANZAC Day 2013

ANZAC Day 2013 Washington DC

Each year on the 25th
of April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day to recognise the sacrifices that Australian and New Zealand servicemen and servicewomen have made not only in defending their country, but in upholding their nations’ longstanding commitment to peace and security.  To mark this special occasion for 2013, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. 
 
These events include: 
 
Australian Exhibition – 19 April 2013
‘Afghanistan’
The Embassy of Australia in partnership with the Australian War
Memorial will present commissioned works by renowned
Australian artist Shaun Gladwell in the exhibition,
Afghanistan
.
When: From 19 April to 30 May 2013
Time: Daily 10:00am - 2:00pm (Mon-Fri)
Where: Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC
 
In conversation –22 April 2013
‘The Meaning of Home’
 
The Embassy of Australia in partnership with the
Centre for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies will present
Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks in conversation
with Australian Broadcasting Corporation Washington Bureau
Chief, Lisa Millar.
When: Monday, 22 April 2013
Time: 6.00pm registration
Lecture sharp at 6.30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Georgetown University’s International
Cultural Centre Auditorium
37th & O Streets NW
Washington DC
RSVP:
http://canzps-anzac.eventbrite.com/
 
Dawn Service - 25 April 2013 
 
The traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at the
Korean Veterans War Memorial on the National Mall.
When: Thursday, 25 April 2013
Time: 5.45am - 6.15am (Arrive by 5.30am)
Where: Korean Veterans War Memorial
Independence Ave
Washington DC
Military Dress: Ceremonial Service Dress, or equivalent
with medals, no sword. Navy (Service Dress Blues).
RSVP: Not required 
 
‘Gunfire’ Breakfast - 25 April 2013
 
At the conclusion of the Dawn Service a Gunfire Breakfast will
be hosted by the Embassy of Australia. 
 
When: Thursday, 25 April 2013
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am
Where: Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC
Enquiries:  damian.belshaw1 (at) defence dot gov dot au
 
## The breakfast has now reached capacity attendance and we
are no longer accepting registration for this event.##
 
Commemorative Church Service - 25 April 2013 
 
A Commemorative Church Service will be held at the
Washington National Cathedral.
When: Thursday, 25 April 2013
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am (Seated by 10.15am)
Where: Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts/Wisconsin Avenues NW
Washington DC
Military Dress: Ceremonial Service Dress, or equivalent
with medals, no sword. Navy (Service Dress Blues)
RSVP:  Not Required
 
 

PBS NOVA: Australia: First 4 Billion Years

 PBS' NOVA presents a special four-part series,  Australia: The First 4 Billion Years hosted by geologist Dr. Richard Smith, starting this Wednesday April 10 at 9:00pm on WETA.  A preview can be found at the WETA site.

April 2013 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550

April 2013 Newsletter
This newsletter includes details of the April meeting and the March 11 meeting. Details of the events being held to commemorate ANZAC Day will be provided separately.

April meeting

When Thursday April 11, 2013

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

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

Speaker – Mr. Gregory Copley, AM, GCHT*, FRCGS, President of the International Strategic Studies Association (biography on page two).
Topic:    UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual
Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.
RSVP by noon on April 10 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 (at)  gmail dot com
NOTE: Valid ID required
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.
2013 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,
Next meeting – Thursday May 9.
2013 Monthly meeting schedule:  10 Jan, 14 Feb, 14 Mar, 11 Apr, 9 May, 13 Jun, 11 Jul, 8 Aug, 12 Sep, 10 Oct, 14 Nov, 12 Dec. Additional events to mark on your calendar: January 26 – Australia Day,  April 25 - ANZAC Day, June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash, August 18  Long Tan Day, November 11 – Remembrance Day
                    

Biography:

Washington, DC-based Gregory Copley, is no stranger to the sub-branch as he has been the guest speaker a number of times.  During his last visit in 2009, Greg spoke about “Such A Full Sea: Australia’s Options in a Changing Indian Region", a unique and timely study of one of the world’s most dynamic regions, and an area of inescapable and rising importance to Australia.  He is the author of  UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos and the earlier highly-successful The Art of Victory.  Greg was born in Perth, Western Australia. He has served as an adviser on strategic issues to a number of governments and leaders in the West, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He has been called “our only conscious grand strategist” by former Director of the House of Representatives Task Force on Terrorism, Yossef Bodansky (the author of the best-selling Bin Laden: the Man Who Declared War on America), and has briefed on Capitol Hill, in the UK Houses of Parliament, the Australian Parliament, and others over the past four decades.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Defense & Foreign Affairs publications, and Director of Intelligence at the Global Information System (GIS), an on-line, encrypted-access, global intelligence service which provides strategic current intelligence to governments. He is President of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), based near Washington, DC, and lectures regularly at US military and civilian institutes of higher learning, and others in Canada, Australia, Europe, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and elsewhere. He has also been a regular commentator on major broadcasting networks in the US and around the world.

Gregory Copley has authored or co-authored more than 30 books, and several thousand articles, papers, and lectures on strategic issues, history, and other topics. His recent books include The Art of Victory (Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions, New York), and others on Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, the Indian Ocean, Australia’s strategic options, and so on. He has edited 18 editions of the comprehensive Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook — which President Reagan’s National Security Advisor, Judge William Clark, said was “indispensible to the running of the White House” — carrying encyclopedic data on 269 countries and territories around the world, now updated daily online.

Copley has received a number of orders and decorations from governments, including, in 2007, being made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the international community in the field of strategic analysis and philosophy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2011 for his work in geopolitics.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March 2013 Meeting

When: Thursday March 14 
Time:    Noon to 2:00 pm
Where –Amenities room
             Embassy of Australia
             1601 Massachusetts Ave
             Washington DC 20036



Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual Photo ID essential for entry

RSVP by noon on February 13 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.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
 Our speaker will be Mike Sforo of  Operation Backbone.   He is a US Navy veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and his biography can be found here.  He will talk about Operation Backbone.

Monday, February 4, 2013

National Geographic Live - Australian Douglas Mawson's 300-mile trek across Antarctic Ice

Dear members and friends of the Washington Sub-Branch,

National Geographic Live's next public event commemorates the 100th anniversary of Australian Douglas Mawson's 300-mile trek across Antarctic Ice.

Tickets are available for purchase from National Geographic.

Author David Roberts will share the gripping account of Mawson’s trek across Antarctic ice after the death of his companions and the loss of most of his provisions - an incredible story made real through images shot by one of Australia’s greatest photographers, Frank Hurley. Battling hunger, insanity and deadly crevasses, Mawson defied the odds and cheated death.

Date:        Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 7:30 pm

Presentation at Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Society to be introduced by Ambassador Kim Beazley

Venue:      National Geographic Society, 1600 M Street NW, Washington DC  


Many thanks to Justine Poe for providing the notice of  'Alone on the Ice,' which is an appropriate subject for those of us who are complaining about the inconvenience of the cold weather.

February 2013 Meeting


When: Thursday February 14 
Time:    Noon to 2:00 pm
Where –Amenities room
             Embassy of Australia
             1601 Massachusetts Ave
             Washington DC 20036



Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

Attire: Business casual Photo ID essential for entry

RSVP by noon on February 13 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.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
 Our speaker will be Colonel Andrea Crunkorn, U.S. Army.  Colonel Crunkhorn will talk about her work with Traumatic Brain Injuries. 

Colonel Andrea Crunkorn is the Chief of the Prevention, Rehabilitation and Reintergration Program in the Office of the Surgeon General, Army , and provides staff direction in the areas of Traumatic Brain Injury, Pain management and Musculoskeletal disorders and transplants. Her recent postings have included Command Surgeon, NATO Trsaining Mission Afghanistan; Deployment with 21st Combat Support Hospital to Iraq; Commander Munson Health Center, Ft Leavenworth and Commander US Army MEDDAC Japan. She is a graduate of the US Army CGSC and the USAF War College and holds Masters degrees in Stategic Studies, Physical Therapy and Interantional Relations. She is married to a nice Aussie boy, sub-branch member Ross Crunkhorn. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

November 2012 Wall Wash

Reuters has published photographs of the November 2012 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Wash.  Several sub-branch members are in the pictures:

http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/11/08/feeling-the-names-of-the-fallen/

http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR3A6HE#a=23

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Australia Day 2013

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
 
Figure 1The Founding of Australia, Jan. 26th 1788, by Capt. Arthur Phillip R.N. Sydney Cove. Original oil sketch [1937] by Algernon Talmadge R.A. ML 1222*

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.”**
**http://www.australia-day.com/http://www.australia-day.com/
*http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/terra_australis/firstfleet.html
http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/terra_australis/firstfleet.html

January 2013 Meeting


UNCLASSIFIED

Dear members and friends,

I hope you are well.

Join us for a free lunch (for financial members) on January 10, and help us get an early start celebrating Australia Day, our equivalent of Independence Day. The Annual General Meeting takes the place of a guest speaker and includes the installation of the 2013 Board of Governors.

Thought about becoming a member and wish to take advantage of the free lunch? Come to lunch with a completed copy of the attached application (including supporting documentation) and $30.00 to cover the 2013 annual dues.

The January newsletter is included below and also attached in MSWord format. Also attached are some of the photographs I took at the December lunch. The newsletter contains a link to the more professional photographs taken by Sarah Connor.

Australian Vietnam Veteran Allan Woods and his wife Barbara visited Washington in November to take part in the Veterans Day events at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Attached is an article Allan wrote about the visit.

I look forward to seeing you at lunch on the 10th.
Sincerely,

Dave

David Ward
Honorary Secretary
Washington Sub-branch
Returned & Services League of Australia

P. 202-352-8550
E. dmward1973 (at) gmail dot com


 
Lest We Forget
Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

January 2013 Newsletter

January Lunch and Annual General Meeting

When: Thursday January 10
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 (See below).

Lunch (including sodas) is free for members who pay their 2013 dues ($30). Others and guests $15.00, including sodas.

Alcoholic beverages, Still $2.00 each.

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

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday January 9, 2013, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmward1973@gmail.com 

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

2013 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

Next meeting – Thursday February 14.

2013 Monthly meeting schedule:  10 Jan, 14 Feb, 14 Mar, 11 Apr, 9 May, 13 Jun, 11 Jul, 8 Aug, 12 Sep, 10 Oct, 14 Nov, 12 Dec. Additional events to mark on your calendar: January 26 – Australia Day,  April 25 - ANZAC Day, June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash, August 18  Long Tan Day, November 11 – Remembrance Day

2013 Selection Committee Chair Edward Connor has submitted the following nominations for consideration:
President: Col. Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President, Walt Dow, 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: Harry McAlpine, Vivian McKay, Matt Prisutti, Pat van Rooyen,                                      

December meeting - Many thanks to Sarah Connor for taking photos at the December meeting. The photos can be found at https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=cf48019db966d8e2&id=CF48019DB966D8E2%21958&Bsrc=Sky Mail&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos

2012 Board of Governors and Office Holders:
President: Col. Jeff. M. Quirk, CSC and Bar,
Vice President: Col Dr. 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
Board Members: Walt Dow, Dave Gudes,
Al Hickling, Harry McAlpine, Vivian McKay, Matt Prisutti, Pat van Rooyen.
2011 President – Dave Gudes