Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 2015 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Invitation to March 12, 2015 meeting
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker:
Award-Winning Author William Connery will speak
to the Returned and Services League of Australia, Washington DC Branch, on Thursday March 12 at Noon at the Australian Embassy on the topic

In 2015 we commemorate the end of the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. For the general public, General Lee’s surrender to General Grant at Appomattox Court House in April 1865 ended the War. Others say that the War never ended!

In reality, the last shot of the Civil War was fired, not on an obscure battlefield, but in the iceberg-bound Bering Sea nearly three months after Robert E. Lee’s surrender. And the Last Confederate Flag was not lowered until November 1865 in Liverpool, England.

William S. Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, considered ‘neutral territory’ in the Civil War. As a young boy, his family visited the battlefields of Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry and other local historical sites. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland–College Park. Since 1989, Mr. Connery has lived in Fairfax County. He has been contributing to the Civil War Courier, the Washington Times Civil War page and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal, from the Fairfax Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, for his History Press book Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. His other book, Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia, deals with the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy, and his amazing life before, during, and after the War! Mr. Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table. He is a frequently requested speaker on the Civil War and other American history topics in the Washington, DC, metro region. Since April 2013 he has been the docent at the Mosby Museum in Warrenton.
NOTE: Valid photo ID required.  Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on Wednesday March 11, 2015 , to David Ward
202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 (at) gmail dot 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.
2015 monthly meetings - 8 Jan, 12 Feb, 12 Mar, 9 Apr, 14 May, 11 Jun, 9 Jul, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov, 10 Dec.
2015 membership.  The membership year for the RSL is from 1 Jan to 31 December.  The annual subscription for the sub-branch is at present $30.00 (AUD 25.00 capitation fee is paid to the ACT RSL). If your name is not on the attached list it means we have no record of receiving your membership dues. Please contact Dave Ward with payment details, or alternatively send us a check for $30.00 (Made out to R&SL) to R&SL, C/O Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA 20191.  
2015 Office Holder and Board of Governors:  President: Colonel Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President   Mr. Aurelio Azpiazu, Treasurer: Mr. Ross Crunkhorn, Honorary Secretary: Mr. Dave Ward, Program Chair: Mr. Mario Mirarchi, Legal Advisor:  Mr. William (Bill) Bennett, Selection Committee Chair:  Mr. Edward Connor.  Australian Defence Representative:   Vacant.  Members:  Mr. Walt Dow, Mr. David Gudes, Mr. Harrison (Harry) McAlpine, Mr. Allan Hickling, Mr. Bill Strandberg.

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