Bendigo Branch - Winter 2017

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Hello there again, on 18th March 14 of our members travelled to Lake Boga for the 75th Anniversary of No.1 Boat Repair Depot. It was a wonderful day, sunny weather with just a cool breeze. The event which had been organised by Lake Boga Lions Club was extremely well done. There was a huge selection of food & drinks available. There was only one disappointment, the Catalina didn't fly in from Sydney because the weather was so wet that it couldn't get off the ground. Bet you're thinking just what everyone was saying. So the high light of the day was the Roulettes who flew low in over the water, performing their tricks. SO GOOD.

On 6th April, Bendigo Branch celebrated the RAAF birthday with a luncheon. We were very pleased that Carl Schiller and his wife Christine were able to attend. Had a delicious lunch followed by our usual swindle, great fun.

Our executive members were extremely busy with ANZAC functions. President, Roy together with wife Judy attended the ANZAC Church parade at St. Patrick's Cathedral which they both enjoyed.

Peter Simmons & I received invitations to the State Premier's Anzac luncheon, food exceptional, glorious surroundings, and an amazing guest speaker, Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, What an amazing young man.

ANZAC Day saw our top brass doing the rounds of Huntly, Kangaroo Flat & Bendigo to represent our branch and
lay wreaths at their Commemorative Services.

On 16th May 10 of our members travelled to Werribee for the 'Meet-a-Mate' fellowship event. All of those attending reported back that they had had a terrific time, especially the lovely food and drinks. Sadly I was unable to attend but live in hope of another one very soon.

Last Sunday 8 of us made the long train trip to Melbourne to hear the Air Force Band concert. How fantastic they are! Makes me feel so proud, especially watching the crowd that stopped to listen to the drum corp playing on the corner of Swanston & Collins Streets. We can't wait until the next concert in July.

Our four welfare guys attended an information session at the CVVSC centre in Bendigo to learn about the changes that are being made to the Training Structure. I'm sure they walked away with their brains so full of information that they were wondering what the heck they would do!!

Just went through our membership list this morning and found that we have 15 members who are in their nineties.

How wonderful is that? That's all for this time,

Glenis Gordon, Secretary
RAAF Association Bendigo


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