Murray River RFPA
Secretary Name: Beth Docksey
Secretary Email Address: email@example.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.
UP COMING GET-TOGETHERS
To be advised when COVID 19 restrictions ease to allow get togethers or similar.
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 and have former members of the NSW Police Force who reside all over that state as members. Therefore we have very broad membership coverage with currently 87 paid members & another 40 who we contact via email. We are inclusive not exclusive, however membership has increased by 75% with this mantra in the last 2 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. We have 5 welfare officers across the branch that supports 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. 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.