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Our 229th Branch Meeting took place last month at the fabulous Currumbin RSL Club. We were most fortunate to have in attendance the Reverend Ron LAW, Police Chaplain for the Tweed Heads and surrounding northern areas of New South Wales.

The following members were in attendance: Colin Edward POWER, John SMART, Robert WILSON, Kay DAWSON, George SARRIS, Robert COOLEY, Leslie ZAHN, James MATTHEWS, John GRIMLEY, Donald COATES, Graham BISHOP, Ian WHITEHALL, Ronald ELGAR Gregory GREEN,Keiran KENNEDY, John KING, Peter McMURRAY, LEEMBRUGGEN,Bob LUTHERBORROW, Jim LUTHERBORROW, Liz PHILLIPS, Raymond BUSH, Mervyn CHESTER, Geoffrey BELL. John MEAKINGS, Thomas PAINE Christopher,MCMURRAY, Noreen COOLEY, Wendy SWINBOURNE, Elaine KENNEDY,Veronica WILSON, Irene ROSS Graeme ROSS, Lynn HUGHES, Garry COX.

Apologies from HANLON Gary, KELAHER Bryan, LANDON Brian, GIBSON Robert, ROBB Ian,ANDERSON Colin,KENNEDY Barry, PRIESTLY Geoffrey, GODDEN Robert, GEIST Louis,BRONSVELD John,SHEEHAN Paul,VELMIN Colin,RUMBEL Roger, COMINO Paul, COOPER Alexander, CAVANAUGH Jim, SYMONS John, NOBLE James, HARCOMBE Shane, MATTHEWS Gary, KELLY Martin, ELLIOTT Arthur, ROBINSON Gregory, WHEATLEY John, GREEN Jim, FOWLER Jeffery,WILSON (Jumbo) Bob, McLACHLAN Noel,LACEY Patrick,RIDLEY Bob, HOLLAND Dutchy, MAGICK Donald,HAZELL Garry,BRAZENALL Errol, JENKINS Kenneth, CRAWFORD Ross, PEARCE Frank, BEACHAM John, POPE Kerry.

It was with greatest of pleasure that I welcomed the Reverend Ron Law – a Chaplain with the NSW Police Force – who graciously attended our meeting for the first time last month. Member Gregory ROBINSON “As someone who suffers from Chronic PTSD, I felt somewhat overwhelmed when I walked into the Expo. For many years I have felt judged and a need to justify my condition to peers, family, the Police hierarchy, lawyers and countless medical professionals. However, those fears soon dissipated as the nature of the day become clearer.” “It was a day to honour and recognize both former and serving Officers who suffer from mental health problems and related issues – mainly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” “There were 55 exhibitors on the day, all there to assist in their individual fields. These groups included the Backup For Life people, Beyond Blue, Black Dog Rides, Alcoholics Anonymous, Police Post Trauma Support Group, St John of God Hospitals, legal representatives, finance managers, and a number of new career path advisors”. “I spoke with some in the ‘Backup For Life’ group and was able to share some of my story. They are either serving or former Police, or relatives thereof. They have a 24 hour help-line and a number of Mentors who can help with the wellbeing of those that are in need.”

Dorne LANDON (wife of Foundation Member Brian) has – of her own volition – commenced to prepare a list of the widows of former members with a view to inviting them to join with the ladies who attend the club each month and meet downstairs, whilst our branch meeting takes place upstairs. I have spoken with Dorne of this most meaningful initiative and requested that she – on behalf of the Executive – contact the ladies on her list and invite them to attend the Christmas Luncheon as our special guests. Dorne has very kindly undertaken to attend to this matter – thank you Dorne.

Malcolm Cox

 

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