RECENT MEET & GREETS



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



October 2017 . . . .



SA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Port Adelaide Naval Association

Certainly not one of our busier Meet & Greets! The start of the bowling season and the end of Grey Nomad touring season took their toll with one or two family functions thrown in as well. We had 22 attendees and the same number of apologies. On the positive side we were able to welcome our latest import Greenie Peter (Beetles) Bailey to his first SA Greenies M & G. Peter has returned home from Western Australia and has taken up residence in Port Augusta. This meant he had a 600km round trip to attend and this makes him our most travelled Greenie, beating our other traveller (Trev McKerlie – 500km). Clearly travel doesn’t stop the SA Greenies!

A couple of the boys aren’t enjoying the best of health, but they still managed to make the Meet & Greet. Get well soon.....Rock Hudson, Les Radford and Geoff Salkeld

The new galley at the Port Adelaide Naval Association has only just been opened and was put through it’s paces on Saturday.

Those in attendance: Those in attendance were...Peter Bailey, Dave Betts, John Bolton, Gene Boron, Roy Collins, Kim Daw, Garry Hale, Rock Hudson, Ray Kemp, Gary Lang, Mark Loram, Mal Magor, Trev McKerlie, Michael Parker, John Phillips, Dave Potterat, Les Radford, Geoff Salkeld, Bill Swan, Neil Walton, Graham Watson and Mike Witcher.

Apologies received: Apologies were received from...Barry Allison, Gary Blake, John Bushell, Mick Cain, Jock Colligan, Maurie Davey, Les Figg, Mike Fisher, Alan Fletcher, Jeff Howlett, Rob Kearvell, Bob King, Chris McConville, Terry Norman, Val Osis, Mal Parrington, Bob Pine, Chris Rowe, Ian Short, Rod Spotswood, Alan Tassel and Jack Van Eyck.

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  John Bolton


NSW  -   Meet 'n Greet - Granville RSL club

Numbers were down tho’ we were blessed with blow-ins from Adelaide and an expat from the US of A to boost our numbers - namely Mike Fisher and ex pat Prof Caudwell respectively, who we welcomed with open arms.
Unfortunately both turned up on my birthday thus had to shout me a couple of beers for their sins.. Great to see a good mates of mine !
A unanimous decision was made to change the venue for next year. The Merrylands RSL will be the new watering hole as it is a much more friendly / orientated place for ex service people with better facilities. The railway station even closer than the current one. Thanks Buck for doing the reco’ and speaking to the management who offered all the facilities we need .....

Those in attendance: L/R : Graeme Archer; Robert ( Proff ) Caudwell; Merv Daetz, John McMillian ( in the JB squat position ) ; Mike Fisher; McGurky; Mike Mason; Mike Kay; Allan ( Buck ) Ryan ; Bob Allen.

Apologies received: Brad Parker, Andy Jerzynza; Brian Baldwin; Mike Kielty; Phil Croese; Bob Sell; Ted Schloithe.

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  Peter McGurk


WA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Fremantle Navy Club

The usual suspects attended the final Meet & Greet for 2017 at the Navy Club in Fremantle.

Those in attendance: Clive Plummer, Ron Jackson, Peter Lennon, Les Giles, Gary Paterson, Mel Smales, Clark Pride and Denis Coombe.

Apologies received: Kevin Gleeson, Bob Stevenson, Gary Winton (heart surgery), Paul Lucken, Peter Dales, Wally McNamee, Greg Nowakowski, Barry Middleton, Colin Benporath, Trevor Davies, Barry MacCormack, Tony Howell and Tom van der Togt.

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  Denis Coombe