Ex RAAF Motor Transport Drivers Association

Truckies Carried The Force

March 2019   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                                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.

 

 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

 

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.

 

2019 AGM

 

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.

 

Don Lynch

 

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.

 

Sick List

 

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.

 

Don Smith

 

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.

 

Last Post

 

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

 

Don Lynch.jpg

 

ERMTDA - AGM Registration Form 2019.doc

 

Eureka Park rates.pdf

 

 2019 Proxy Form.doc
 

 Nomination for Committee Member.doc