Our Branch Secretary John KING is to be most heartily and
sincerely congratulated on his superb initiative of approaching the
Tweed Heads Police Commander and requesting that on the occasion of
Retired Police Day would he be prepared to officially present to
those Retired Police Members who were so desirous – their recently
acquired National Police Service Medal. I am reliably informed that
without equivocation. Superintendent Wayne STARLING immediately gave
an undertaking that he would be most delighted to officiate. It was
the view of Secretary King that a more formal presentation of these
medals would be both deserving and more auspicious for the members
concerned. Additionally, he hoped that as a result, far greater
attendance on Retired Police Day might take place than that which
has been experienced in recent years – how right he was.
The occasion was an outstanding success with more members taking
advantage of the situation than could have ever been anticipated; so
much so, that a further date is being set down later so that those
who missed being presented with their medal on this occasion, can
enjoy the formality of being presented with their medals by the
Tweed Heads Commander as did their colleagues. Congratulations are
extended to all those so honoured on this occasion with particular
emphasis on the wonderful initiative of John King and the quite
outstanding execution of the formalities undertaken so
professionally and generously by Superintendent Wayne Starling.
Our senior member Bryan KELAHER was recently admitted to John
Flynn Hospital for the purpose of undergoing surgery for the removal
of a pesky ‘melanoma’ from his leg. Following what has been
described as a successful undertaking, Bryan was resting and
recuperating in hospital when he became aware that his dear wife
Edna – who was supposed to be at home – had suffered some chest pain
with associated respiratory problems and, as a consequence, had been
admitted to the John Flynn Hospital as a patient. Bryan wasn’t alone
after all – whilst he was on the 2nd floor, Edna was upstairs on the
6th floor. Like all good stories this one had a happy outcome with
Bryan and Edna both now back home and well on the road to recovery.
Member John SYMONS – who suffers severe sight impairment – and
his dear wife Ruth recently celebrated their 60th – yes, sixtieth –
Wedding Anniversary which took place on the 1st December last whilst
John was in hospital undergoing major heart surgery and, for a time,
it was touch and go, as John battled very serious and life
threatening complications following his operation.
After 18 days in hospital John’s unique courage and overwhelming
‘will’ to win prevailed, and he is now back home and recouperating.
Congratulations John and Ruth – both on the winning of the battle
together – and in achieving and celebrating your 60 years of
marriage. God Bless you both.
At our recent Christmas Luncheon, Wendy COOLEY – the Secretary/
Organiser of the ‘Ladies Santa Club’ – indicated to those so
gathered, that due to other pressing personal considerations, she
was no longer able to continue in that position and she therefore
formally tendered her resignation. I am able to unequivocally
indicate that throughout many years Wendy, like those ladies who
preceded her, undertook her duties in a most conscientious, thorough
and professional manner. Wendy on behalf of all Branch members,
permit me to extend to you our sincere and heartfelt thanks – you
leave your position, safe in the knowledge that you have contributed
unstintingly to the wonderful humanitarian success of those who seek
to help others in their time of great need. Thank you!
During the course of her address Wendy indicated that it was her
great hope that the ‘Ladies Santa Club’ would continue its great
work and that a new Secretary/Organiser might shortly be found so
that the wonderful work of helping others may be perpetual.
As these words resonated amongst those present a voice in room
was head to say words to the effect, “I would be proud to take the
position on!” That voice belonged to Noreen McMURRAY the wife of our
Vice Chairman Peter and a lady who has some experience in matters
pertaining to the raising of funds to help those in need.
Noreen received a round of applause and was invited to the
podium. She immediately impressed with her knowledge of such matters
and of her clear and unequivocal desire to help those in need. She
was immediately elected to the position by way of raucous
Some many years ago, the ladies commenced their little group
downstairs at the Club when they decided that each month, whenever
they were in attendance, they would made a small financial donation
for the sole purpose of assisting local people in dire need at
Christmas. Every year since, the ladies have been responsible for
a myriad of helpful gestures to those families known to be in
genuine and desperate need. Truly, a most remarkable selfless,
humanitarian gesture, initiated by the ladies – on and of their own
volition – purely in an effort to help people less fortunate than
themselves, at a time of the year when it really counts.
Some twelve or so months ago Wendy effected a name change and the
new title became the ‘Ladies Santa Club’. Their aims and objectives
remain unchanged, as does their remarkable philanthropic ethic. Just
ask our ladies about the absolute joy of ‘giving’ to people in great
need at Christmas – could you not see your way clear to get
involved…. in this glorious quest?
New ladies are needed and are oh, so very welcome – come and
enjoy friendly female interaction, meet new friends and welcome
Noreen McMurray, your newly designated Secretary/Organiser.
On behalf of all
and your wonderful
Welfare Support Team,
may I extend to each
and every member and their respective families, our most sincere
hope and heartfelt wish for a truly wonderful New Year and one in
which many of your hopes and dreams might become realities – but
most significantly, we trust that you and yours enjoy good health,
regularly attended by much happiness throughout 2017.