Weekly News 2020

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 January 2020
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G’day All. The fires are still with us, however, I heard most of the South Coast of NSW is now accessable. Have not heard from anyone indicating they were in trouble this week. Bristles and Barry Parker have indicated they have survived.
Another article tonight on the role of the ADF during this bushfire season. Really good to see. Rod and Karin Hazell contacted me today, indicating they will attend the Memorial Service on 10 Feb then will travel south to see one of Rod’s HOBART mates who is not travelling too well.
Our next function/get together occurs on 10 February in Huskisson for the commemoration of the loss of the sailors in VOYAGER. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod and Karin Hazell plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Maybe Mick G may put his name down early. Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function. We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.
I have forwarded the surveys minus the names to Ken Railton for assessment. I am still happy to onforward those that are still in the process of completion and have asked for a little time to finish.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up . Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Steve (Knocker) White
Grant Dernedde
ADF – Bushfires
Brent Balchin
Ward Hack’s mate
DFRDB Update
Climate Change
The RAN in Vietnam
Jokes

Cheers
Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 January 2020
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G’day All. Happy New Year to all, hope it is a happy, successful and healthy one. It is hard to concentrate on the positives when so many are suffering from the bushfires. There is many of our group who are in this situation. I posted a pic of John ‘Hatch’ Hatchman on firewatch, have contacted Bristles and Barry Parker and there is a small story with some pics from Ward Hack in our attachment. Everybody is over 70 and still having to pull their weight. Ward had his exit route cut off by a wind change and had to stay and fight the fire to survive.
I know this is an annual appreciation, however, I must thank all those who make regular contributions to our weekly dit, without you these pages would be very hard to fill. I invite you all to contribute with words and pictures, from the responses I receive I know these contributions are appreciated.
I sit back in my living room tonight (as opposed to last Sunday night) and am very proud of the Navy involvement assisting the bushfire victims over the last week. I know we could and should do more. Mates of mine at bowls on Saturday were commenting how happy they were that Navy was assisting Australians in their time of need.
Our next function/get together occurs on 10 February in Huskisson for the commemoration of the loss of the sailors in VOYAGER. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing) plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Maybe Mick G may put his name down early. Please let me know if you are going.
I have forwarded the surveys minus the names to Ken Railton for assessment. I am still happy to onforward those that are still in the process of completion and have asked for a little time to finish.
2020, 2020 everytime I say it or type it, I think of the BBL cricket. What a great season for Aussie cricket for the lounge lizards.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of Jeff and Jenny Wake at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Fremantle. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Schubes
Jeff Wake
Jesse James
Ward Hack
FAA – Bushfires
Jokes

Cheers
Ron