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The Sydney Branch welcomes the following who have joined the RPA since the start of 2017 and chosen to be attached to our Branch or as members, decided to transfer to our Branch: Frances Keating, Peter Hamer, Vince Coluccio, John Kemeny, Daryl Irvin, Carmela Ohmenzetter, Glenn Kolomeitz, Cath Allen, Robyn Allman, Peter Ryan, Paul Walter and Denise Behringer.

At the February meeting of the Sydney Branch, Chairman Kent Vild presented a Veteran’s Certificate to member Eddie Czerkesow, who had turned 80 years of age on 3 February 2017. Eddie responded with a gracious speech extolling the virtues of RPA membership. He related to the meeting, in an extremely poignant manner, that due to the disruptions in his childhood caused by the impact of World War 2, he now spoke three foreign languages; Russian, Polish and German. He then paid a very moving and heartfelt tribute to the love and support he had gained since marrying his wife, Geraldine, in the early 1960’s.

Kent Vild reported that his former work colleague, Charlie Warry, who had attended the Christmas party in December, had since broken not one, but BOTH elbows, even though he claims he was sober at the time! Since then, Kent had received an email from Charlie who claimed that any of life’s problems can be fixed with a potion called “cab-a-nay sov-ee-non”. It was also reported that Barry Inall had back problems, similar to those suffered by radio commentator, Alan Jones, which would likely be cured by the same operation.

The meeting held in March welcomed Paul Walter, an ex-Cadet, former member of the Force, and who now practices as a solicitor in the firm of Walter Madden Jenkins. Paul spoke at length on the desirability of every member having an up-to-date will, as well as appointing both a guardian and granting a power of attorney. These are issues which all members should attend to as we will all be included in the Vale list – hopefully later than sooner!

The April meeting welcomed lnspector Peter Forbutt, Manager of Weapons Tactics & Operations Review at the Weapons Training Unit. Peter joined the Police in 1982, performed General Duties at No. 9 Division and Campbelltown, and later at the Tactical Response Group, State Protection Group. Part of his present duties encompasses the Design of Training for members of the NSW Police in today’s environment.

At the moment there are 470 Training instructors throughout NSW and it is Peter’s task to train the instructors in up to date methods, especially in combatting Active Armed Offenders. This follows a number of such incidents in the United States where armed offenders who randomly target innocent people were not going to surrender themselves to the first responders. The Training Unit now has premises in the Metropolitan Area, Hunter, Southern, and Northern Regions for training NSW Police as first responders to these dangerous situations. It was an excellent address by Peter enthusiastically received by those present. During the May meeting, the Chairman presented framed Veteran’s Certificates to three of our members: Roy Kimpton, Clarrie Lemme and Lance Williamson (in alphabetical order). Each member responded with kind words about their police service, the RPA and the Sydney Branch, referred to their age of 80 years, and told anecdotes about persons of a certain age.

The Branch acknowledges that many members do not, or cannot, attend meetings due to their circumstances. These include family, health or employment commitments. To enable those members to be kept aware of Branch affairs, they receive an electronic copy of the record of meetings and Branch newsletters, as well as the RPA Gazette. If any member is in Sydney, why not drop in to our meetings which are held at 11:00am on the third Tuesday of most months at the City of Sydney RSL Club, 565 George Street, Sydney. You will be made most welcome and invited to stay after the meeting for drinks and lunch in the club bistro.

Bruce Howe




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