Murray River

Murray River RFPA
Secretary Name: Beth Docksey
Secretary Email Address: murrayriverrpa@gmail.com

Regular Meeting Venue:  We don’t have a regular meeting venue, we move around all of the time and can usually advise of the location about 1 month ahead of time so keep an eye on the web site and we will advise you each time we have a get together scheduled.


UPCOMING GET-TOGETHERS


Murray River RFPA AGM & Luncheon

When: 11am, Sunday 11th July 2021.
Where: City of Albury RSL sub-Branch, 527 Wilson Street, Albury.
AGM Meeting followed by complimentary Lunch as long as RSVP received prior to Friday 9th July 2021(otherwise $5pp cost) by email, SMS, or phone call.  4 x $20 Bunnings vouchers as lucky door prizes.
RSVP Date: 10am Friday 9th July.

Luncheon

About 17km east of Albury and hosted by our member Graeme Stephens. Come to this cute little pub with classic furniture and a bit of a farmyard out the back for young and old for feed the animals.

When:11.30am for 12md, Sunday 8th August 2021
Where: Bethanga Hotel, 2 Bethanga Bay Rd, Bethanga, VIC.
RSVP Date: 10am Thursday 5th August by email, SMS, or phone call.

Melbourne Dinner

Rescheduled a couple of times.  Let’s make it happen this time. All Victorian members, families & friends are invited and anyone else from the RFPA that happens to be in Melbourne at the time.

When: 5.30pm for 6pm dinner, Tuesday 17th August 2021
Where: St Marks Rd & Co Restaurant in Vibe Hotel, 1 Queen St Melbourne City. (Corner of Flinders St)
RSVP Date: 2pm Sunday 15th August by email, SMS, or phone call.

The ‘Big Cohuna Weekend Away”

Our Member Don Magick will host our getaway to Cohuna, Vic on the lovely Gunblower Creek, a tributary of the Murray River. Come for the whole weekend or just bits of it. All members, families & friends are invited and anyone else from the RFPA that happens to be in the are at the time.  He is checking out accommodation at the moment and will get it out asap so we all can book. There are lots of things to do around the town and in the area nearby.

When: Fri 15, Sat 16, & Sun 17 October 2021.
Where: Cohuna, Victoria.
Put it in your calendar, more details to follow.

Beth Docksey
Secretary
Murray River Retired & Former Police Association 
M.0412 661 738
Email murrayriverrpa@gmail.com


BOWLS GR8 FOR BRAINS

Come along and have a fun time bowling, chatting, or just having a cuppa.   All members, family and friends welcome. Bowls supplied and if you have never bowled before we have a coach available to show you how to bowl a good, curved ball.  Covid procedures are in place.

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month

When: 17th June, 2021 at 10am-12md : Thursday 1st July & 15th July 2021 from 10am-12md
Where: Lavington Panthers Bowling Club, Centaur Road, Lavington

Hope to see you all there.


OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE MURRAY RIVER BRANCH AND ACTIVITIES

Murray River Branch covers an area from the Hume Highway Albury up to Holbrook, half way to Wagga, including locations about 45 minutes north of the NSW/Victorian border all of the way across past Deniliquin stopping short of Mildura.  We also cover the whole of Victoria, have had Tasmanian members, and have former members of the NSW Police Force who reside all over that state as our members. Therefore we have very broad membership coverage with currently 95 paid members & another 60 who we contact via email.  We are inclusive not exclusive, however membership has increased by 75% with this mantra in the last 3 years.  We have an Executive Committee that meets bi-monthly and manages all issues relating to the branch including the social activities, welfare, membership, etc., with input sought from branch members prior to the meetings and if they wish they can attend.  We have 3 welfare officers that support our members in the broad ranging area of our branch.

As a result of our spread of members, we don’t have regular meeting venues, dates, days of the week or times as we move all around the branch area so that it gives all members the opportunity to get together.  We also have our get togethers on different days of the week so that this enables our former and retired members who work or look after grandchildren on various days of the week or weekends to attend our get togethers. We always invite partners, friends, family members, some have young children and grandchildren that have attended our functions which has created great friendships with all of these people. 

We have travelled to our Deniliquin members about once per year, down into Victoria on a number of occasions, to locations such as Bright, Myrtleford, Yackandandah, & Beechworth and our members in those areas host our branch visits in that location. We have had one dinner in Melbourne for our members there and were planning another when covid hit so unfortunately had to cancel, but there will be others. When we travel around we try to include an activity before such as in Bright we went to look at our member Annie’s art works at her house, in Myrtleford, we went to our member John & Margaret’s Open Garden and Antique Firearm collection, & at Beechworth we went to our member ‘Bruiser’s’ Brew house for some home-made ale.  We have also been to the ‘Bald Archie’s Exhibition’ when at Corowa and then the Corowa Chocolate factory after to make huge chocolate freckles & drink lots of various flavoured hot chocolates.

We also have Coffee & Chat get togethers about once a month in locations in Albury and other townships within about 30-50 minutes’ drive from Albury.  We schedule them about a week ahead and notify all members by email and SMS them again the day before to obtain numbers.  We always have generally about a minimum of about 20 people attend our coffee and chats.  These get togethers are quite flexible and we always ask that any of our far flung or other branch members who just happen to be coming through the area to please advise us, even at short notice that they are in the area and we have put on a number of coffee & chats with two to three days’ notice to catch up with them whilst they are here.  We have had members and their partners come through for Coffee & Chats from Tasmania, Deniliquin, and Far South Coast, to name a few.  So if anyone is in the area or passing through we only need a couple of day’s notice and we will have a Coffee & Chat for you.

For any of these activities or information contact the Secretary Beth Docksey via email or phone.

Kind Regards
Beth Docksey
0412661738
bethdocksey@gmail.com


Kind Regards 
Beth

Beth Docksey
Secretary
Murray River Retired & Former Police Association 
M.0412 661 738
Email murrayriverrpa@gmail.com