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Presidents Report - Autumn 2017

2017 is going to be a busy and hopefully an interesting year for the Division. The Avalon Airshow 2017 was a great opportunity to promote the Association. This year we were accompanied by B24 Liberator Restoration who placed a Norden Bombsight on display. Together we attracted a good deal of interest. I’d like to thank Bob Brackin who negotiated the space with Avalon Airshow management and organised the display. Also, a big thank you to the many volunteers who staffed the stand over the Trade and Public Days.

In February, we welcomed two new branches, the 2SQN Branch and the RAF Branch. That’s nearly 100 additional members, but it is not the number of members that we should crow about. The Association is about making current and new members feel their membership is worthwhile and are getting enjoyment from their membership.


ATC/AAFC Branch - Autumn 2017

First we extend a warm welcome to two new Branch members from the ranks of the AAFC, Kieran Rogan and John Weiss. We hope they enjoy being members of the Air Force Association and part of our Branch.

The Branch Christmas Luncheon was a huge success again this year and on behalf of the Committee I thank all of the members who attended and made the day such an enjoyable one. My special thanks to O.C. 4WG WGCDR (AAFC) Shaun Young our Branch AAFC Liaison Officer who assisted greatly by stepping into the breach and conducting the raffle, thus saving much of my ailing voice.


Bendigo Branch - Autumn 2017

Sadly we lost another WWII member in Noel Dean on 16th January, 2017.

Noel celebrated his 90th birthday on 15th August with a great family party. I was very privileged to receive an invitation and meet with his six daughters. Noel had been in extreme pain for past 2-3 years. He attended our meetings regularly, wearing a lovely smile and never grumbled. We will miss him very much. It was Noel's wish for a RAAF funeral service which we were pleased to comply with, giving him a guard of honour as he left the funeral parlour and was carried to the grave.


Vietnam Veterans Branch - Autumn 2017

Our Annual General Meeting was held in the Air Force Association Headquarters on Sunday 12 February 2017 and was preceded by a light lunch and presentation of the AFA Foundation Bursary Awards by AFA Victorian President Carl Schiller and the Encouragement Awards made possible by two RAAF VVA Committee members.

There have been some changes to the Executive this year with Chris Hudnott assuming the role of President and Max McGregor as Vice President. Most members will know that after 12 years as Secretary, Rick Holmes has decided to take a back seat on the Committee and Gill Coughlan has taken on the role of Secretary.


Catalina Branch Newsletter - Autumn 2017

Allan Arvidson and Jennifer Newton represented the RAAFA Catalina Branch at the Remembrance Day Service in the grounds of the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital (Austin Health) on Friday 11 November 2016. More than 600 were in attendance, including children from Ivanhoe Primary School and the Austin Hospital crèche.


Royal Air Force Branch Newsletter - Autumn 2017

The Royal Air Force Branch of AFA, came on board officially on 1st January and joined in with the first activity, our Welcome party on 19th February. There was very enthusiastic attendance from our members (Barb, you may know the number) and we were impressed by the warm welcome and an excellent lunch. We were also pleased to receive our official certificate of association which we will ensure is seen by all of our membership. We look forward to many opportunities to meet and enjoy the company of our wider Air Force brothers and sisters.


Engineer Branch Newsletter - Autumn 2017

The Engineer Branch functions are held in collaboration with the RAAF Engineer Officers’ Association (REOA). At the June meeting David Graham (who was a member of DSTO before he retired) will be our speaker at the mid-year luncheon. David was involved with the F18 aircraft (as one of our reps in the US) and was the Chief Scientist to CAF (and is well known to senior RAAF officers who served before he and they retired)...


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