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The Sydney Branch Christmas party was held in the Villagio on George restaurant, located within the City of Sydney RSL Club on Tuesday, 20 December.

The dining format followed the very successful procedure trialled the previous year with attendees paying $25 each and then being able to order exactly which entrée, main course, and dessert they desired. All alcohol was free! Guests of the Branch included RPA President, Paul Biscoe, and State Welfare Officer, Ian Moore. Our generous sponsors, Scott and Dianne from Elite Funerals, could not be present and sent their apologies. Senior Police Chaplain, Father Paul O’Donohue was another guest who offered “Grace”.

Several Branch members could not attend. In emails to the Secretary, each tendered their apologies and asked for their good wishes and compliments of the season be passed on to those at the party. This was duly done!

As is usual, the function became a “long lunch” for some with the “meeting” not being closed by President Paul Biscoe until late in the afternoon. All in all, it was a very festive occasion thoroughly enjoyed by all. As usual, any errors or omissions are entirely my fault due to a fading memory. To all Sydney Branch members – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

At the June meeting of the Sydney Branch, members were delighted to have as a guest speaker, Senior Constable Monique Fitzgerald. For those who watch culinary shows on television, they will instantly recognise Monique as being one of the two female police officers who took part in My Kitchen Rules. Her very interesting talk about the competitiveness in appearing on that reality show had the members bedazzled. During her talk, Monique described a “tower of food” which she, and her fellow contestant, Constable Sarah Moore, prepared to outshine other possible contestants.







Allan, Monique & Kent Vild

The Sydney Branch members who attended the meeting had to console themselves with a delicious lunch prepared by "Villagio on George", the caterers at the City of Sydney RSL Club, as samples of Monique’s work were not available.

At the August AGM of the Sydney Branch, all office bearers were re- lected to their positions unopposed. It would appear that the members are well satisfied with the work performed by the current office holders.

Following the September meeting, the members received a very interesting and absorbing talk delivered by Ian Getley describing his experiences as a pilot. Ian enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force and flew Hercules aircraft to and within Vietnam during the 1960s.








Kent Vild with Ian Getley

Following a short break after leaving the RAAF, in order to gain his civilian flying qualifications, Ian piloted a variety of corporate jets before being employed by Qantas. He started with that airline as a Second Officer flying in different versions of the Boeing 747s. Eventually he was promoted to Captain on the Boeing Jumbos and finished his career as the Captain of the Airbus A380. Ian has kindly offered to discuss with any member the employment prospects of their grandchildren in the aviation industry. His email address is getleyian@hotmail.com

Several members do not enjoy good health. Ron King now resides in a beautiful nursing home called “Boronia House “in Boronia Street, St Mary’s, while John Head lives in the RSL facility, Kokoda Village, at Narrabeen. Gloria Behringer and Leon Creagh remain housebound. Our Branch Reporter, Peter Keating, has been diagnosed with a serious Disease.

The Branch acknowledges that many members cannot attend meetings due to health problems. It is hoped that when circumstances permit, we might see them soon at a meeting.

Our thoughts are with each of those members, and for the hardships endured by their families.

Bruce Howe




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