Updates and News

Vale - Graeme Weston

(17 Aug 2018)

AABC Association member Chris Stock has advised the passing of Graeme Weston on Wed 15 Aug 2018. No other details of his passing are known at this time. Graeme was a member of Southern Command Band in the late fifties and later served with the RAAF Central Band.

The funeral for Graeme will be held on Thu 23 Aug 2018 at Camberwell Salvation Army Citital commencing at 2.00pm.
On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we send our condolences to Graeme's extended family. RIP

2018 AABC Association Reunion - Message from the President

(11 May 2018)

Dear AABCA members,

In addition to my contribution to the upcoming Anzac edition of the AABCA Newsletter, I feel a separate letter to the membership concerning the 2018 reunion is warranted. In my efforts to manage expectations, I would like to keep you apprised of some of the challenges one is confronted with when staging an activity such as this in Canberra. 

Kev Noon and I are fielding enquiries fairly regularly from members requesting information on the weekend.  There has been a draft of the weekend’s activities on the web site since March this year and the same information has been sent via email to the membership list and also posted on facebook on more than one occasion. If in your communications with some of our maybe less than technically proficient membership you gather they may not have yet accessed the relevant information, please help us out by guiding them down the right path; word of mouth is still a pretty strong medium and it may help lessen some of those calls we’re fielding. 

Plans for the weekend are progressing well with a very full agenda in place.  2017’s Reunion in QLD was a success on many fronts, particularly the venue and the costs associated with its use by us.  The Maroochy RSL is an impressive club to be sure, and the support shown to us by way of the costing model applied was greatly appreciated by all in attendance, I’m sure. Similar options available to us in Canberra however are just not possible. Staging events is an industry and generally one that is not in the business of charity. RSLs will endeavour to assist service associations should they have with the capacity to host an event such as ours, Maroochy is a fine example.  Canberra has no such RSL, or any other service club with the capacity to stage an event worthy of the 50th anniversary. For this reason we have had to go to a commercial style events venue, and the Australian War Memorial was considered a fitting choice.   The cost is likely to be $120.00 per head, and this is with us electing to run a cash bar.  Similarly, the meet and greet at the RMC Sergeants Mess will be more than QLD at approximately $45.00 per, also with a cash bar. 

I understand that the costs associated with staging this year’s reunion may prohibit some of you from attending.  The AABCA committee is considering a proposal to keep other costs to a minimum by subsidizing the two BBQs and absorbing the venue hire costs, more to follow on that. 

When the research is completed, you will also be approached by the committee seeking an expression of interest in the purchase of an anniversary polo shirt and potentially a cap.  Again, this is not a compulsory cost for the weekend, but along with selecting the right accommodation for you, may be something you would like to factor in when weighing up your options. 

It is my hope that this letter has put to bed any further speculation on the cost of this year’s reunion, and more importantly highlighted the venue challenges facing event organisers in Canberra. There is no doubt that we were blessed last year in QLD with such a supportive RSL, but staging events is a business, a business that is a service, and a service for which we must be prepared to pay accordingly. 

We are in for a very memorable 2018 reunion. A 50th anniversary only comes around once and I am very much looking forward to sharing this occasion with as many of you as possible. 

Warmest regards,

Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM
President AABCA

Newsletter / Database - Personal Address Details - Update

(30 Oct 2017)

Association Database Manager Dave Oakley writes despite requesting association members to confirm their Email addresses he says he still had many emails and Newsletters returned.  He's reminding those who have changed your address, Email details or your phone/mobile number please contact him to advise him of the change/s.  Dave says if you are unsure he is happy to check your details with you. 

Dave's Email address is: sodaveo@kern.com.au or phone: 0438 951 738.

Noteworthy - The Association's Newsletter

(1 Nov 2017)

Due to the rising costs to produce the Associations Newsletter it was decided at the 2016 AGM that the association would send out the next and consequent Newsletters (Anzac & Corps Birthday editions) electronically (via Email) to our members.  We acknowledge that not everyone of our members have access to Email or doesn't even have a computer, and those members will be sent the Newsletter by mail. 

Dave Oakley, our Database Manager has forwarded a 'test' Email to those members who have provided an Email address together with their details to confirm that the members Email address is correct.  Those members without an Email address will be sent the Newsletter by mail.

 Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Sick Parade Page

The Association website's Sick Parade link that are well out of date will be deleted unless the person concerned advises the AABC Secretary that their condition is still current or has changed.  If you're one of the members that are listed in the page or you were the one that notified us, please advise the Secretary of your updated condition or situation.  Thank you.

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