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.|
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
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
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.