Ex RAAF Motor Transport Drivers Association

Truckies Carried The Force

October  2020   NEWSLETTER

EX RAAF MTD ASSOCIATION INC VIC
PO BOX 2135 WERRIBEE VIC 3030
FAX / PHONE / ANSWER  (03) 9741-1302
Registration No A0035769B

ABN NO 57 830 433 735
The ERMTDA 2106/Eq/Pt 7 Files
Issue 1                      April 2016
Apologise to the Members
We must again apologise for the lack of newsletters. Unfortunately we are all getting older and time is beginning to have dramatic effects. Some of us have lost loved ones and some are themselves suffering debilitating injuries / diseases. In Col’s case he has recently been told his brother is dying as well as his father in law recently passing. Along with that he is also moving house, but more about that later in the newsletter.

Annual Membership
Just the usual friendly reminder to any member who has inadvertently forgotten to pay this year’s dues, they are due on the 1st Jan and payable no later than 1st Apr each year. Remember people YOUR Association is self funded and whilst it is still relatively financial the only income it has is membership fees and monies raised at Bi-Annual functions so it could very quickly be financially embarrassed if either of those funds dry up.

2017 Reunion Function
Again apologies for late notice, but on the plus side those on the net have been advised earlier via Facebook. The 2017 Reunion will be held on the weekend of the 27th to the 30th Oct at the Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park 25 Fenwick Drive Ballina NSW 2478.
 Contact Phone 02 6686 3953
Email ballina@discoveryparks.com.au
Website http://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/nsw/north_coast/ballina
Discounts 15% on the members entire booking when ERMTDA mentioned at time of booking.

Committee Nominations
As per normal we will be electing a Committee to run your Association for the next two years.
Any financial member is eligible to nominate or be nominated and a nomination form is included. Remember if necessary a committee member will second any nomination received without a seconder.
 
Function Details
We are currently awaiting final costs but irrespective the cost to members will not exceed $100.00 for the entire weekend, food and drinks included, but accommodation is the members responsibility. The format will be as per previous with this year’s Saturday night being an “in house” catered meal on site. So you can park up, put your keys away and enjoy the weekend.
This year we would like input as to your preferred drink, both beer and soft. Remember we only provide low and mid strength beer but as there is little or no chance of bulk discounts now days we can be specific simply by purchasing as we need it at local liquor outlets.
There will be a few things to discuss at the AGM and as always we will accept motions from the floor. Amongst other things there has been a suggestion that we reduce the annual membership fee. That and other motions will be advised in the next newsletter with the AGM agenda.
The auction continues to be a very popular low cost activity and the Committee sees no reason why this cannot continue.
Previous Reunion Sales Items
For information we still have the following items available for sale from previous reunions:
Challenge Coins in velvet bag @ $10.00 per, Black Assoc Go Fast hats @$12.00 per, Blue Assoc Go Fast hats @ $12.00 per, East Sale MTS Go Fast Hats @$12.00 per, Embroidered Assoc badge @$7.00 per, 2005/2007 and 2009 reunion DVD’s@$5.00 per, Various Military Music CD’s @$5.00 per, WW2 Aircraft Manuals on CD @$5.00 per, Blitz Maint Manual on CD $5.00 per, Australia @ War on CD $5.00 per, WW2 RAAF Aircraft on CD @ $5.00 per, RAAF Marine Section on CD @$5.00 per
The Committee still has a small quantity of the alternate decals for members. Cost will be $5.00 per decal of your choice for small and $8.00 per decal for large. Remember these are DECALS not STICKERS

 


 

 ANZAC Day
Any member who attended a local ANZAC service and laid a wreath on behalf of the Association to contact Col for financial assistance / compensation if they desire it.
Association is moving. 
As some of you may be aware Col is relocating to a small town in the Victorian Mallee. As a result the physical address of your Association must move. Currently Col is prepared for that to be in his new address, bearing in mind that the Association must have a physical Victorian address not a PO Box number.
The new address will be 50 Brook Street Woomelang Vic 3485, and there is currently no landline connected and won’t be until the NBN is rolled out. Consequently the only means of contact with Col is either via the web site or the good old fashioned snail mail. We are considering supplying a dedicated mobile phone for his Association use but more on that in the future.
The current PO Box will still be available for approximately 6 months, but be aware that it may only be cleared on a weekly basis and your letters may not reach Col for up to a month

Political correctness:

HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT MEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT
 
He is not a "MALE CHAUVINIST PIG" - He has "SWINE EMPATHY."
 
 He does not act like a "TOTAL ASS" - He develops a case of RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION."
 
He does not get "FALLING-DOWN DRUNK" - He becomes "ACCIDENTALLY HORIZONTAL." 

He is not a "CRADLE ROBBER" - He prefers "GENERATIONAL DIFFERENTIAL RELATIONSHIPS." 

He is not "HORNY" - He is "SEXUALLY FOCUSED." 

It's not his "CRACK" you see hanging out of his pants - It's "REAR CLEAVAGE

He is not "BALDING" - He is in "FOLLICLE REGRESSION."
 
He does not "GET LOST ALL THE TIME" - He "INVESTIGATES ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS."

He is not a "BAD DANCER" - He is "OVERLY CAUCASIAN." 
He does not have a "BEER GUT" - He has developed a "LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY."
He is not afraid of "COMMITMENT" - He is "RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGED."

HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT WOMEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT
 
She does not have "MAJOR LEAGUE HOOTERS" - She is "PECTORALLY SUPERIOR." 
 
She is not a "TRAMP" - She is "SEXUALLY EXTROVERTED." 

She does not "NAG" you - She becomes "VERBALLY REPETITIVE." 
 
She does not have "BREAST IMPLANTS" - She is "MEDICALLY ENHANCED."

She does not get "DRUNK" or "TIPSY" - She gets "CHEMICALLY INCONVENIENCED" 
 
She is not an "AIRHEAD" - She is "REALITY IMPAIRED." 
 
She has not "BEEN AROUND" - She is a "PREVIOUSLY-ENJOYED COMPANION."
 
She is not a "DUMB BLONDE" - She is a "LIGHT-HAIRED DETOUR OFF THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY." 
 
She is not "EASY" - She is "HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE."

She is not a "SCREAMER" or a "MOANER" - She is "VOCALLY APPRECIATIVE."

She is not a "TWO-BIT HOOKER" - She is a "LOW COST PROVIDER."

Routine Medical Checks
Col has received a few requests about his Annual Blood tests and why he has them. Included in this newsletter is a full breakdown of those tests and what they are for. It should be remembered that these were devised by a RAAF MO for monitoring air crew health, however should you feel they may be appropriate for you and your health feel free to take the included sheet to your own GP and discuss it with him/her.

Sick List
We have had too many of our comrades to mention having short hospital stays with all recovering as well as possible under their individual circumstances.
Any currently having medical problems are reminded that they are not on their own. The bigger RAAF family is still there and we have all been in the same boat so to speak so we can sympathize and wish you well





Last Post

Time and tide has Caught up with too many of our friends and comrades. The following are the ones we know of in the last twelve months. The list is staggering however if you know of others please let us know so we can adjust the web site records.

Richard Wanless passed away on the 16th May 2016
Geoff  Blanch passed away on Thursday night the 2 June 2016
Ian Hann Jun 2016
Phillip (Boris) Howatt 01 Jul 2016
Andy (Binno) Binnington Mid Jul 2016
Jock Duff Mid Jul 2016
Graham (Dicko) Dickinson 24 Jul 2016
David (Cocko) Cock 26 Jul 2016
Glen Willoughby 14 Sep 2016
Kev Jennings 15 Oct 2016
Peter ( Mooka ) Rodgers 31 Oct 2016
Carl Joyce 02 Nov 2016
Peter Hoskins 06 Nov 2016

Never Forget
Truckies Carried The Force, and now do again.
 
 
 

EX RAAF MTD ASSOCIATION INC VIC

50 Brook Street Woomelang Vic 3485

PHONE 0412559974 or

                                  Registration No A0035769B

 

 ABN NO 57 830 433 735

The ERMTDA 2106/Eq/Pt 7 Files

 Issue 2 Oct 2020                                                 

Annual Membership

All are reminded that dues became payable as of from the first of January and is payable by the 01st April. If you have already paid for 2019 then we are grateful for that, if not please consider doing so in the near future.

Dues can be paid by direct deposit to the Assoc Acct Westpac Bank, BSB No 033-093 Account No 10-4546 Name EX RAAF MTD ASSOCIATION or ERMTDA or EX RAAF MOTOR TRANSPORT DRIVERS ASSOCIATION.

Please remember to notify us of any direct deposit details. You can also send cheques or money orders etc. to our mailing address above. Yearly dues have remained frozen at $25.00 per year

2021 Reunion

Covid19 has changed the way that we plan and organize your reunions. We always attempt to have at least two committee members actually visit the front runners, venue wise, but that of course that has simply not been able to happen as yet. In the meantime to ensure that all get plenty of time to arrange travel etc it has become necessary to confirm the date and venue without that procedure. Due in no small part the huge efforts put in by Richard Brooks and his partner we, as a committee, have been able to use that information on line so to speak and can now confirm that the 2021 Bi-annual Reunion will be the Brighton Caravan Park in Kingston Park SA 5049. We have made tentative bookings for the weekend of the 5th to the 8th of November indicating to Park Management that there may be people arriving as early as the 3rd and departing as late as the 10th. They cannot give a direct cost as yet due to potential variations later this year but have indicated that we will get a minimum of 10% discount. Park Management will supply actual rates as soon as they become available but indications are they will be somewhere around the $150.00 per night for a cabin and around $50.00 per night for a powered site on concrete. Furthermore for those staying 7 nights or more the seventh is free regardless of cabin or site.

They can be contacted via the web, or by phone on (08) 8377 0833. NOTE As per usual when booking you MUST tell them that you are with the ERMTDA Group to get any benefits and the more that do the potential for more benefits exists. The point of contact is a very pleasant lass named Caitlyn.

Those of you on the web are encouraged to do a google search and get back to us on your thoughts. For those that are not attached to this newsletter is a copy of the park layout.

Vehicle Fact File

This edition is of a rather unusual RAAF vehicle. As a bit of trivia see if you can work out the lowest tonnage Truck Tractor the RAAF ever had it will be featured in the next newsletter

Sick List

We have not been advised of any member currently undergoing any hospital treatment etc. More importantly in this time of crisis we are also unaware of any of our members, or any other Ex Truckie for that matter been diagnosed with the COVID – 19 virus. This could be said to be remarkable considering how we tend to travel around the country.

Last Post

Currently we have not been advised of any deaths in our membership or fellow truckies, so all we can say is Rest In Peace to our departed Truckies, it’s our turn to carry the loads from now

Never Forget

Truckies Carried The Force, and now will again.