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Well, August and September were certainly well filled in months for the Central Coast Branch. We hope you all survived in the best health possible and are looking forward to future events with a positive outlook and a hope for some refreshing rain At our August meeting we had the following attendees: Neil Ashman, Jim Boland, Keith Bradley, Peter Caddy, Ernie and Bev Carmichael, Barry and Marge Clark, John Clark, Tony Connolly, Bill Connors, John Corkery, Neil Dick, Alan Emery, Bruce Gibson, John Paul Granata, Ray Hartcher, Colin Hobden, Bill Ide, Bede Irvine, Russ Jackson, Kevin Lancett, Merv and Mary Lane, Peter McDonell, Brian McVicar, John and Noelene Nicholas, Hugh and Bernadette Sweeney, Geoff Talbot, Ross Watkins, Garrie Watt, Russ Witcher, Graeme Williams and Serving Member Sergeant John Rutherford. It was also nice to see Lynne Benden back with the girls in the coffee circle.

A welcome was extended to Merv Lane as our visiting guest speaker

Retired Police Day was celebrated at The Entrance Leagues Club on Wednesday, 6 September, 2017, hosted by the Tuggerah Lakes LAC. There was a good attendance with inspiring presentations which included videos of a moving speech by the Commissioner, Michael Fuller, paying tribute to those who had gone before, and an emotional farewell to Superintendent David Swilks, who retired from Wyong in late 2016. And the activities of the doggies in the Dog Squad certainly left their mark on those who attended. We were also provided with an outstanding lunch and our compliments must be extended to Acting Superintendent David Waddell and his team for their organisation. Mr Waddell should certainly be commended for the professional and entertaining manner in which the meeting was conducted. We were also surprised to be presented with lapel pins, marking the occasion, and this was a nice gesture for which we were all grateful.

A great Social Day of friendship and old tales occurred at the sausage sizzle, held at the Valley Tavern, Narara, on Tuesday, 19 September, 2017. As usual, our dedicated cooks, Brian McVicar and Bob Sullivan, excelled themselves in providing gastronomic delights and there was certainly plenty of it. It was indeed a great pleasure to have one retired Police lady attending, former Senior Sergeant Irene Juergens, who was well known to a number of those present. How well she fitted in to the conversation and enjoyment of the occasion and we certainly hope we see her at future such events.

Our much loved and deeply revered senior member, Frank Mills, has recently returned to the Central Coast after two or three years in a nursing home at Bowral, where some of our members undertook the train journey to visit him, and take him out to lunch, on a few occasions. Frank became Police Cadet No. 123 when he joined the Service on 15 September, 1936, (when the current editor was 10 days old), and he is now well on his way to his 99th birthday Temporary Editor

John E. (Ernie) Carmichael

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