Ex RAAF Motor Transport Drivers Association

Truckies Carried The Force

APRIL 2021   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

Registration No A0035769B

ABN NO 57 830 433 735

The ERMTDA 2106/Eq/Pt 7 Files

March  2021

 

 STOP PRESS, BREAKING NEWS

Okay. This virus has caused the Committee huge problems in organizing your reunion this year and without the help of Richard Brooks we would never have got as far as we have. However due to the rampant no notice effects of COVID 19 we reluctantly have to advise that this year’s reunion has been cancelled and now we are in the continual planning for the replacement next year.

 

The very recent effects of one case being discovered in Byron Bay led to an immediate repercussion in Qld where that state was shut down virtually with no notice. Immediately thereafter the remaining states closed their borders to anyone coming out of Qld requiring them to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

It does not take a genius to work out what would happen to our function if that happened the Thursday before. Firstly interstate members would not be able to attend, even if they were already in the state thus putting them out of pocket having to fund their own isolation for two weeks and venues would be required to cancel the actual function activities as well.

 

We understand that this may be upsetting for some but being caught up hundreds of kilometers from family in a COVID nightmare would be a hell of a lot worse.

 

We would also point out that the vaccine roll out is at best running well behind time and at worse a bloody farce. The Government target of 4 million by Apr 1 is just a tad short at 670,000, so we cannot rely on that effectively happening either.

 

And last but not least, look at what is happening in the Northern Hemisphere during their winter period, and we have not even got into ours down here yet. If theirs is any indication then we are in for a full blown repeat of last year.

 

Clearly this has been a problem for many members as well because traditionally we have received between 30 and 40 written expressions of interest to attend functions by the six to seven month out. Currently we have two, even some of the Committee Members themselves have been waiting to see what happens.

 

Just so this quick letter is not all doom and gloom so to speak we will include some of our usual inclusions as well.

 

Vehicle Fact File

In this newsletter we have supplied the details on a vehicle that some of us drove in an official capacity, some to get the morning smoko and many literally avoided like the plague. You will have to look at the attachments to see which one we are talking about.

LWB Ceremonial Jeep 1

LWB Ceremonial Jeep 2

LWB Ceremonial Jeep 3

 

 

Unofficial Military Acronyms

Just for a bit of fun we have included a double page of some of the unofficial acronyms used by the military. This lot is from G to N. More to come in the future.

Informal Acronyms 3

Informal Acronyms 4

 

Famous Quotes

Paraprosdakians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them. So here are some to ponder.

1.    Where there is a will, I want to be in it

2.    The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list

3.    If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong

4.    War does not determine who is right – only who is left

5.    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad

6.    I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you

7.    You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice

8.    I used to be indecisive. Now I am not so sure

9.    You’re never too old to learn something stupid

10. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target

11. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak

12. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public

13. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research

14. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but lately it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one

 

Reason’s you know that you are from Melbourne

1.    When diarizing anything in September, you first consult the footy fixture

2.    You were shocked when you found out all street directories are called Melway

3.    You felt betrayed when you discovered Melbourne was not the only place in the world with trams

4.    If a friend gets a new boyfriend/girlfriend the first thing you ask is “who do they barrack for?”

5.    When holding a dinner party, you know the point is to serve food no one has ever heard of, from a country people didn’t know existed, bought from a little shop they will never be able to find.

6.    Your kid’s favorite foods are sushi, spanakopita and falafel. Which are also the names of the three kid’s they sit next to at school

7.    Cup Day. Gambling at 9AM.Drunk by noon. Asleep by 4PM. Hungover at 5PM, and all while still at work

8.    You think the only person who looks good with a moustache is Ron Barassi

9.    You’ve been to the Royal Melbourne Show and the scariest ride is the train home

10. You’ve looked out the window of Puffing Billy and waved like an idiot at the cars at the rail crossings. And you’ve watched Puffing Billy pas as you sat at a rail crossing and waved like an idiot

11. You’ve attended a children’s party that had rice-paper rolls, cous cous salad, and a piñata

Sick List

Willy John Vanderham has had a few minor scare lately but now all is well

Last Post

Thankfully again we have no details for this section.

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.