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
The Embassy of Australia in partnership with the Australian War
Memorial will present commissioned works by renowned
Australian artist Shaun Gladwell in the exhibition,
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
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

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


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.