RECENT MEET & GREETS



October 2018 . . . .



WA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Fremantle Navy Club

A quite reasonable turnout at the Fremantle Navy Club where we all shared memories of naval history now long passed.

Those in attendance: Clark Pride, Peter Lennon, Clive Plummer, Gary Paterson, Denis Coombe, Paul Lucken, , Barry Middleton, Ray Smith.

Apologies received: Colin Benporath, Kev Gleeson, Tony Howell, Wally McNamee, Chris & Greg Martin, Rick Winch, Mel Smales, Gary Winton, Bruce Woods, Peter Dales, Steve Mulvaney, Les Giles, Stewart Dewar, Bob Stevenson, Tom van der Togt, Mick Crossan, Garry Simons, Barry MacCormack, Ron Jackson.

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Left to Right: Clark Pride, Clive Plummer, Paul Lucken, Barry Middleton, Peter Lennon, Gary Patterson, Ray Smith.

  Dennis Coombe


Gold Coast  -   Meet 'n Greet - Nerang RSL Club

It was a small but convivial gathering on the sunny Gold Coast

Those in attendance: Barry Fidock , Johan Veltmyer , Bob Waters, Mal Chatfield and Eric Ceslis

Apologies received: Ray Lastelle, Bruce Rogers, Noel Wright and Marty Edwards.

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  Barry Fidock


NSW  -   Meet 'n Greet - Merrylands RSL club

A boisterous group of ‘old fart’ greenies attended the new (and even better since renovations) meeting place at the Merrylands RSL Saturday 20th.

Two ‘virgin ‘ greenies made their appearance for the first time ; Graham Mays ( R63488 ) and Robert ( Bungy ) Williamson ( R59972 ) -- both P rates (we don’t discriminate !!! - luckily)
A most warm welcome to the clan !!!

Historically I shipped with Bungy on the Gasjet (he came on board as an ORD Venomous Greenie in training ) and later on the Hobart ..

Those in attendance: Bob Williamson; Mike Mason; Kerry Spencer; Graeme Archer; Brad Parker; John McMillan; Mike Kielty; Graham Mays; Bob Allen, Allan ( Buck ) Ryan ; Matt Holzl; Pete McGurk; Allan McLeod; Mike Kay

Apologies received: Ted Schloithe; Pat Tredra; Bevan Baldwin; Al Ford; Phik Croese; Bruce Bowmaker; Stuart Harding; Bob Sell

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Third Row: Bob Williamson; Mike Mason; Kerry Spencer; Graeme Archer; Brad Parker; John McMillan;

Second Row: Mike Kielty; Graham Mays; Bob Allen

Front Row: Allan ( Buck ) Ryan ; Matt Holzl; Pete McGurk; Allan McLeod; Mike Kay

  Pete McGurk


SA  -   Meet 'n Greet - Combined Services Mess, Torrens Parade Ground

The bowling season, grey nomad travel and sickness took their toll on numbers at the Adelaide Meet & Greet. Unfortunately a number of our mates aren’t travelling too well at the moment – two having had falls during the week and a couple in and out of hospital over the last month. In all there were 31 apologies.
However 23 of us still managed to gather at the new venue of the Combined Services Mess at the Torrens Parade Ground and regale ourselves with war stories from days long ago. I never cease to be amazed at what we were (supposedly) capable of doing - whether that be running ashore or maintaining faulty electronic kit. Damn we were good!
We were delighted to see another new-comer join us. Although he lives in Portland Victoria Eric Thompson travelled to Adelaide to join us and catch up with family that live here in Adelaide. It was a pleasure to see him catch up with a couple of mates he hadn’t seen for years. But then again that’s what the Meet & Greets are all about. If you haven’t been to one, I strongly recommend it. After all we are not getting any younger, so don’t be the one who says…”Gee, I wish I’d gone to that Meet & Greet!”
There were rave reviews about that catering – sandwiches, party pies, pasties and sausage rolls and “little boys”. Oh wait…….I did the catering!
The next event on the calendar for Adelaide Greenies is our popular Xmas lunch in December.

Those in attendance: John Bolton, John Bushell, Mick Cain, Kim Daw, Gary Gosden, Garry Hale, Jeff Howlett, Rob Kearvell, Gary Lang, Trev McKerlie, Bert Newell, Terry Norman, Mal Parrington, John Phillips, Bob Pine, Dave Potterat, Ed Skubala, Bill Swan, Alan Tassel, Eric Thompson, Neil Walton, Graham Watson and Mike Wicher.

Apologies received: Barry Allison, Peter Augsdorfer, Peter Bailey, Frank Belcher, Wally Birch, Gary Blake, Gene Boron, Jock Colligan, Roy Collins, Maurie Davey, Les Figg, Mike Fisher, Alan Fletcher, Trevor Hill, Norm Holden, Ray Kemp, Bob King, Peter Lines, Mark Loram, Mal Magor, Chris McConville, Gavin Mitchell, Bryan Newton, Val Osis, Michael Parker, Les Radford, Blue Reidy, Chris Rowe, Ian Short, Rod Spotswood and Jack Van Eyck.

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  John Bolton


QLD  -   Meet 'n Greet - Wynnum RSL club

A very good Saturday afternoon at the Wynnum RSL was enjoyed by 10 of us where we saw a big increase in numbers from the June meeting which was pleasing to see. New faces included Jim Fern ex JR, greenie and then schoolie joined us for the first time and by all accounts enjoyed the afternoon with a few Bundy and cokes shared with Casey Jones. Jim lives within walking distance of the club and Casey was training it so no worries. Dave Worrall also joined us for his first time and he and I had a good catch up from our civy working days. Regards to all from the Brisbane Greenies.

Those in attendance: Steve Brown, Col Saxby, Barry MacDonald Swampy Marsh, Paul Dennis, Dave Worrall, John Reardon, Chris McKay, Casey Jones, Jim Fern

Apologies received: Roger Crawfoot and Jerry Thurbon

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Second Row: Swampy Marsh, Paul Dennis, Dave Worrall, John Reardon, Chris McKay, Casey Jones, Jim Fern

Front Row: Steve Brown, Col Saxby, Barry MacDonald

  Col Saxby

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VIC  -   Meet 'n Greet held at the Irish Times Pub in Little Colllins St.

The gathering consisted of nine members with four guests.

We had a change of venue this M&G as our usual haunt, Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre, had a pre-booking for a large fund-raising event which booked out the whole place.

The Irish Times Pub is a quite small pub in Little Colllins St Melbourne which is about two blocks “uptown” from Stella Maris. The beers were considerably more expensive, although there was a full food menu.

Those in attendance: Adrian SMITH, Jim ROADKNIGHT, Alan THEOBALD, Frank LUDIWG, Les BENNETT, Steve McCORMICK, Mick LYNCH, Pam and Neil IRVING-DUSTING attended but left before photo.

Apologies received: Tim ATTRILL, Bob BENBOW, Ian BENIER, Robert BILLINGSLEY, Neil BIRD, Kerrin BLACK, Geoffrey BRANNELLY, Robert CAMERON, Ian CAMPBELL, Keith CHAMBERS, Alan CICHERO, Owen CULLEY, Raymond DRAKE, Peter ELTON, Robert FARR, Doug FORD, Bruce FOX, Raymond FRYER, Gavin GUSLING, Anthony HAINES, Robert HAMMOND, Damian KEY (SWART), Gordon KNIGHT, Phillip KOSSATZ, Ray LAWRENCE, Michael LEWIS, Garry LIVINGSTON, Rodney MARCHANT, Herman MUNNINK, Trevor NEWCOMBE, Terry OLIVER, Marco PAVINCICH, Paul PAYNE, Brenton PULLEINE, Peter REPSCHLAGER, Wayne RICHARDS, Stanley SAMUEL, Herbert SUNDERLAND, Andrew THOMAS, Eric THOMPSON, Steve THORBJORNSEN, Geoffrey THRELFALL, Kerry THURSTANS, Francis TOWNSEND.

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  Jim Roadknight



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