RECENT MEET & GREETS



June 2018 . . . .



WA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Fremantle Navy Club

Not a huge turnout but to be fair, it is the middle of winter and several regulars were out of town. Despite the small gathering, it was a friendly and enjoyable afternoon as always.

Those in attendance: Ron Jackson, Clive Palmer, Clark Pride, Peter Dales, Denis Coombe

Apologies received: Barry McCormack, Gary Paterson, Keith Halket, Kev Gleeson, Barry Middleton, Tony Howell, Peter Lennon, Steve Mulvaney, Alan Dow, Wally McNamee, Garry Symons, Ray Smith,

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  Denis Coombe


SA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Port Adelaide Naval Association

Adelaide Meet & Greets have been held at the Port Adelaide Naval Association for the last 13 years, however in recent months there have been some underlying management issues that caused me to start looking for another venue. This was an opportunity to find a more central location with easy access to public transport so that attendees could have a couple of drinks and not have to worry about driving home. The Combined Services Mess at the Torrens Parade Ground in the CBD seemed to be what we were looking for. It is predominantly an RAAF mess, but if we continue using it we will do something about that with some RAN memorabilia. They were very accommodating and waived the useage fee for us and allowed us access to the kitchen, however we had to compromise on the date as the WRANS association has a meeting on the third Saturday of the month which meant we had to defer ours by a week, which is why this report is a week later than others. So, with the new location we had to get a new victualler and cook. The only volunteer was me, so party pies, sausage rolls and pasties (that’s a SA thing) and cocktail frankfurts it was! Given that there was nothing left I can only assume that I’m going to have the job going forward.
As is usual with the winter M & G, numbers are down on the spring and summer ones. There were only 25 in attendance with 29 apologies. Four of the apologies were on Friday night due to sickness. There were a number of travelers chasing the sun and a number overseas. We’ll be looking forward to a bigger turnout in October.
The consensus of the meeting was that the location was great and access and parking were very easy. There was even a lift for the two or three that have difficulty with stairs – yours truly included. So we may have found a new home.
The usual travelers were in attendance. Peter (Beetles) Bailey from Port Augusta (600km round trip), Trev McKerlie from Appila (500kn round trip), Blue Newton from Moonta Bay (350km round trip) and Mick Cain from Strathalbyn (120km round trip). As always, thanks guys for making the effort – we don’t hear anyone whingeing about having to travel here in SA!!
We also had another newbie – Gavin Mitchell – welcome Gavin!

Those in attendance: Peter Bailey, Ron Beaumont, Wally Birch, John Bolton, Gene Boron, Mick Cain, Roy Collins, Kim Daw, Mike Fisher, Garry Hale, Rob Kearvell, Bob King, Gary Lang, Peter Lines, Mark Loram, Trevor McKerlie, Gavin Mitchell, Bert Newell, Bryan Newton, Terry Norman, John Phillips, Les Radford, Ian Short, Alan Tassel, Neil Walton.

Apologies received: Barry Allison, Dave Betts, Gary Blake, John Bushell, John Chambers, Jock Colligan, Grant Dermedde, John Edge, Les Figg, Alan Fletcher, Gary Gosden, Doug Haskings, Norm Holden, Jeff Howlett, Ray Kemp, Mal Magor, Mick Parker, Mal Parrington, Bob Pine, Dave Potterat, Blue Reidy, Chris Rowe, Phil Shephard, Ed Skubala, Rod Spotswood, Jack Van Eyck, Graham Watson, Mike Witcher, Maurie Woods.

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  John Bolton


NSW  -   Meet 'n Greet - Merrylands RSL club

In my absence I thank Alan ( Buck ) Ryan taking charge of the ‘mob’ ......
Unfortunately there is no photo ( Buck advised he went to the heads and on return half had taken off ) !!!!!
What does one make of that ?????????????????

Well I guess Kev Gleeson’s notoriety as being the Greenie’s most senior member (R27862 – rose from a torpedo rate to a Chief ‘E’ greenie rate) has been superseded by our new member John (Pat) Tredrea (only if one includes Pat’s RN time !!!)
Kev may have some say in this !!!!!!!!!!!! ((((( – :

Pat Joined the RN in ‘38 as Boy Apprentice EA then transferred to the RAN in ‘48 as an EA ( R35806 ) – rose from the lower deck to a commissioned WO, then a WEEO.
Pat commissioned Perth .

I spoke to Pat this morning and he ensures that he will make the M&G next meeting. I shall make sure he spins a few dits as he did with me this day .... a lot of pussers time ( RN / RAN ) under his belt....

Trust we look forward to a larger number of attendees next meet.

Those in attendance: John ( Macca ) McMillan; Bob Sell, Alan ( Buck ) Ryan, Brad Parker, Graeme Archer, Matt Holzl, Mike Kay, Mike Mason, Pat Tredrea

Apologies received: Peter McGurk, Peter Barnes, Bevan Baldwin, Andy Jerzyna, Phil Croese.

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  Pete McGurk

  ( even now a more of a rawbone with no thanks to Pat’s service !!! )
Greenies NSW



February 2018 . . . .



SA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Port Adelaide Naval Association

Thirty seven of the RAN’s finest Greenies gathered at the Port Adelaide Naval Association for the February Meet & Greet. This was our second largest gathering – our largest was 44. It was a pleasure to welcome two members for the first time – Wally McDonald and Greg Smith – and I’m sure we’ll see them again in the future. We also welcomed back a couple who hadn’t been for a while – Peter Lines and Jean Pierre Gibbard – and again we look forward to seeing them more often in the future. Our perennial traveller – Trev McKerlie – made his usual 500km round trip and he has now been joined by another traveller – Beetles Bailey. Beetles lives in Port Augusta (600km round trip) and comes down on Friday and stays overnight Friday and Saturday to be able to share the day with his mates. As usual the bullshite was free-flowing and thoroughly enjoyed by every-one! This may have been our last meeting at Port Adelaide Naval Association as there are a number of issues that will need to be resolved going forward. Alternative arrangements have been made if needed and an announcement will be made at the appropriate time.
Before the pedants among us do a head count of the photo and come up short of 37, Rod Spotswood had to leave early and Kim Daw, Jean Pierre Gibbard, Doc Watson and Peter Lines arrived after the photo was taken. You need to understand that taking this photo is a lot like herding cats!!

Those in attendance: Peter (Beetles) Bailey, Dave Betts, Wally Birch, Gary Blake, John Bolton, Gene Boron, John Bushell, Kim Daw, Les Figg, Mike Fisher, Alan Fletcher, Pierre Gibbard, Norm Holden, Jeff Howlett, Rob Kearvel, Ray Kemp, Bob King, Peter Lines, Mal Magor, Chris McConville, Wally McDonald, Trev McKerlie, Bert Newell, Terry Norman, Michael Parker, John Phillips, Dave Potterat, Les Radford, Bob Reidy, Chris Rowe, Ed Skubula, Greg Smith, Rod Spotswood, Bill Swan, Neil Walton, Graham Watson, Mike Witcher.

Apologies received: Ron Beaumont, Mick Cain, Jock Colligan, Maurie Davey, John Dini, Gary Gosden, Gary Lang, Mark Loram, Bob Pine, Ian Short, Alan Tassel, Maurie Woods.

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  John Bolton


Gold Coast  -   Meet 'n Greet - Nerang RSL Club

Those in attendance: Barry Fidock, Eric Ceslis, Johan Velt Meyer, Bob Waters, Ray Lastelle , Marty Edwards, Ken Vandermolen and Mal Chatfield with partners.

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  Barry Fidock


VIC  -   Meet 'n Greet - Stella Maris Seafarer's Centre, Little Collins Street

The meeting was held at the Stella Maris Seafarers centre and there were 12 members in attendance.

Thanks Bob FARR and Ray DRAKE for preparing the finger food.

Those in attendance: Mick LYNCH, Ray DRAKE, Paul SADLER, Simon DEW (kneeling), Jim ROADKNIGHT, Les BENNETT, Kristen ROADKNIGHT, Alan THEOBALD, Steve WESTHEAD, Ian BENIER, John VAN’T HOFF, Paul PAYNE, Bob FARR. Frank LUDIWG attended but left before photo.

Apologies received: David BALL, Dave BATES, Geoffrey BRANNELLY, Paul BUHRMANN, Peter BURNETT, Dennis CAMPBELL, Allan DOUGLAS, John ERIKSSON, Doug FORD, Bruce FOX, Raymond FRYER, Colin GREEN, Gavin GUSLING, Chris HAKKENNES, John HAKKENNES, Robert HAMMOND, Mark JOSEPH, Phillip KOSSATZ, Ray LAWRENCE, Michael LEWIS, Steven McCORMICK, Trevor NEWCOMBE, Paul POKORZYNSKI, Ian PRATT, Brenton PULLEINE, Wayne RICHARDS, Adrian SMITH, Steve THORBJORNSEN, Geoffrey THRELFALL, Francis TOWNSEND, Gary VIRGO

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  Jim Roadknight


NSW  -   Meet 'n Greet - Merrylands RSL club

NSW Greenies ventured to our new venue - the Merrylands RSL - and may we say a vast improvement on Granville.
We had a North Queerslander greenie join us as he was passing thru’ from the ACT heading back home - John (Fred) Norris, a resident of Cairns (we shipped together at Watson).
Also a new “virgin local“ who has recently paid off after 41 years (yes that’s right .. 41!). From an EMP joining in ’72 and paying off as a WO Greenie then a “Ships WO“ (don’t ask me the difference - he did tell me but I’d had my one beer by then and it made no sense to an Old Navy bloke!!) Welcome Rod Robertson !!

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Back Row: Mick Kielty, McGurky, Bruce Bowmaker, Rod Robertson, Bob Sell, Graeme Archer, John Norris , Peter Barnes.

Front Row: Bob Allen, Brad Parker, Mick Kay .

  Peter McGurk


QLD  -   Meet 'n Greet - Wynnum RSL club

A fine very warm Saturday afternoon at the Wynnum RSL was enjoyed by our small get together, numbers were down on previous meetings however a good chat, lots of laughter and a few beers was enjoyed by those present.

Those in attendance: Paul (Blue) Dennis and his wife Suellen, Barry MacDonald, Roger Crawfoot, and Col Saxby.

Apologies received: Peter (Casey) Jones and Glenn Williams

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  Col Saxby


WA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Fremantle Navy Club

On a very pleasant Saturday afternoon ten old Greenies gathered at the Navy Club in Fremantle and swapped tales of past glories supplemented once again with a feed of pickled crayfish courtesy of Les Giles.

Those in attendance: Plummer, Mel Smales, Gary Patterson, Peter Dales, Tony Howell, Peter Dales, Ron Jackson, Peter Lennon, Les Giles, Denis Coombe.

Apologies received: Kev Gleeson, Keith Varley, Alan Dow, Bob Stevenson, Barry Middleton, Greg Martin, Colin Benporath, Stewart Dewar, Bill Payne, Tom van der Togt.

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Left to Right: Clive Plummer, Mel Smales, Gary Patterson, Peter Dales, Tony Howell, Peter Dales, Ron Jackson, Peter Lennon, Les Giles, Denis Coombe.

  Denis Coombe