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 Mar 2019
It is gratifying to know that many of our friends not only had an enjoyable time over the festive season but are also still here to continue friendships etc. Unfortunately, not all were that lucky, but more about that later in the newsletter.
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
2019 Reunion Function
Attached to this newsletter is an expression of interest form. Please fill it out if you think you may be, or definitely will be attending. We need the feedback to enable correct catering etc. You will note that this year the weekend is being subsidized by approximately 20% making it one of the most inexpensive re-unions to date
With the exception of timing for the AGM the weekend will follow those of previous years in that there will be a fully catered Saturday night meal on site and all other meals will be self-catered.
The Committee has arranged for attendance, free of charge, to some local tourist spots and discounts to others.
You are urged to consider the Eureka Holiday Park if you will be requiring a cabin or caravan site. This Park is offering a discount to our members and currently has numerous cabins and sites on hold for us. The more people that stay, the greater the discount on the venue. Attached is an email from the park detailing expected rates. You MUST deal with them direct and tell them that you part of the Transport Group.
This park is also less than half a block from the venue and on the same side of the road. It is well within walking and or scooter distance and by virtue of its location considerably safer to transit to and from.
The park already has confirmed bookings so you are urged to contact them ASAP if you intend to stay there. If you intend to call by phone they advise that Monday or Tuesday are the best days as they may be out of the office on other days attending to park matters.
The 2019 AGM will be held on Sat 9th Nov at the reunion venue in Ballarat. Nominations are now being called for for all Committee positions and a nomination form is attached to this newsletter. As per previous policy if there are no nominations for specific positions then the serving Committee Member, unless previously advised to the contrary, will be automatically re-elected. The three members nominated at the Ballina AGM are automatically nominated for this AGM. Please remember that it is not necessary to get a seconder, as that can and will be done by a current Committee Member, but any person nominated must accept the nomination.
As a direct result of the Ballina AGM the format has now been changed. The AGM will now commence at 0930 hours and absolutely no alcohol will be supplied until after the meeting has closed. Furthermore any person bringing their own alcohol to the meeting will asked to return it from whence it came or leave the meeting.
We Are on The Web
Remember to check our web site www.ermtda.com regularly. Currently all the necessary paperwork to download for membership, re-union attendance etc is available as links on the links page. Please promote your web site but please also understand that like your Committee, it is maintained by volunteers so the updating of pages may not be as rapid as if it were a multimillion dollar company.
Attached is a recent scanned photo received by us of when Don Lynch was a mere Corporal. The dating shows that he would have been one of the first to “walk on water” so to speak to gain promotion, as it appears he served around eighteen years to reach that lofty height.
We unfortunately seem to have a high incidence of cancer related conditions amongst our members and work mates, resulting in a few requiring various forms of treatment and hospitalisation. As you can imagine this type of illness tends to be very personal and even though we do have members that are prepared to be named, the Committee has decided not to do so but to simply ask that you think of all those that are suffering and wish them well whoever they may be.
A long time highly respected member of the trucking fraternity and our long serving Patron, Don Smith passed away peacefully on the 25th Dec last year. Although he was unable to attend recent reunions he always kept in contact donating amongst other items an original Vehicle Specs Manual. It goes without saying we have lost a friend to all.
We must again sadly inform you and fellow other MTD's that more of our mates have passed away since our last newsletter, and they are as follows:
Peter Bradshaw 22 Nov 2018
Tom Lynchahon Nov 2018
Brian (Harry) Lemon Dec 2018
Don Smith 25 Dec 2018
Warren Stoddart 21 Jan 2019
Keith (Meggs) Morrison Feb 2019
Rick Mules 07 Mar 2019
John Smallman 07 Mar 2019
Rest in Peace Guys