The attached The Royal Artillery Charities newsletter was forwarded through SSGT Ernie Paddon. http://artilleryvic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1222-Pres-Fwd-Newsletter-December-2020-2.pdf
On 6th Dec we held the 2020 RAA Association (Vic) Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Due to COVID restrictions the AGM was held as a hybrid event – most of the committee was in attendance at the Chapel St. Depot, and others attended via Zoom.
Congratulations to the new committee members: LBDR Stjepan Bosnjak being appointed to the Treasurer position and MAJ Garry Rolfe being appointed to the committee. Thanks to SGT James Overell (outgoing Treasurer), LT Sandra Hodgson (committee) and SSGT Reg Morrell (long term committee member and Museum manager).
Congratulation to MAJ Neil Hamer for his Honorary Lifetime Membership.
For those that missed the AGM, we have recorded it and you can view it at https://youtu.be/IGkWszl3LOw. The minutes for the meeting can be found here: http://artilleryvic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/20201206-43rd-AGM-Minutes.pdf.
There’s been a lot of communiques arriving this week for the planned 150th Anniversary activities. As per the attached flyer there are two major events planned; Sun 1 Aug in Canberra and Sat 6 Nov (weekend after Cup Day) in Sydney.
In addition the old Queens Banner will be laid up at the School of Artillery (Pucka) between 7-14 Nov. There are also local commemorations planned as well as commemorative items and books.
The Association hasn’t planned any activities yet. I expect the events will be discussed at the AGM and future committee meetings. Personally I can see a motorcycle trip to Cbr and maybe Sydney for events. I’m sure there are some members who would be interested.
We have received the following email from BRIG Perry regarding supporting Legacy in 2020 given the current restrictions.
Good afternoon all
As many of you may know, I am a Legatee, having been dragooned into service with Mornington Peninsula Legacy some 22 years ago, where I have been Treasurer, President and Secretary.
It seemed to me to be an appropriate extension of my service to community after 33 years with the Army Reserve.
When I commenced we had 3400 Widows and dependents and now we are down to just on 1000. Whilst this may appear that we are on the “home stretch” nothing is further from reality. We have a steady inflow from SVN and the number of disabled dependents remains quite high. In addition the demographic has also changed and our volunteer workforce has also altered significantly.
Legacy is somewhat unique in that we only conduct one formal fund raising event per year, in the first week of September, where our traditional mode of attack has been the sale of badges in the street and particularly in shopping malls and other places where there is a good traffic of shoppers.
The lockdown of Covid-19 has swept away our area of operations and we need to replenish our working fund by Click & Collect.
The aim for the Mornington Peninsula is $50,000 and that works out to about $1000 per Legatee
The bank details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org (I’d rather not make the details publicly available).
If you require a receipt and/or a badge to display on your already decorated chest please email the secretary who will put you in contact with BRIG Perry.
If you still have job or you are a self-funded retiree, try starting @$20 otherwise $10
P.S. I realise that some of you are already involved with Legacy and may be able to contribute elsewhere, however I would prefer you gave to my lot.
Keep safe and be generous
Please support this initiative.
I have uploaded a scanned document from Paul Heron. It is the programme for the Presentation of the Queens and Regimental Colours from Jun 1968.
VJ Day – 75th Anniversary
The Master Gunner St James’ Park has prepared a video-message in which he addresses the 75th Anniversary of VJ-Day; the end of WW2 and the part played by the Commonwealth family of Gunners.
The MGStJP has asked that the video be widely distributed across the serving and retired members of all Commonwealth Artillery Regiments before Saturday 15th August 2020.
Use link below:
The latest (July 2020) Association newsletter has been added to the http://artilleryvic.org.au/index.php/cascabel/ page. It’s a bumper issue with a number of articles of interest to Victorian gunners.
We have added a new Communiques from the Regiment (RAA, RA) page for the letters and notifications we get from our Head of Regiment (RAA), The Master Gunner St. James’s Park (RA) and other notices (such as from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, RCA).
The page can also be found under the Information and Newsletters menu item on top of this page.