RECENT MEET & GREETS



February 2019 . . . .



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

It was a good turnout for the February Adelaide Meet & Greet at our new location at the Combined Services Mess at the Torrens Parade Ground. This was the third time we’d used the venue and the unanimous consensus was that we keep using it. It’s a central location with plenty of parking and access to all forms of public transport. And by all accounts the victualler doesn’t do a bad job either – oh, that’s me!
Thirty five (35) of the RAN’s finest Greenies got together to tell more lies and enjoy a convivial ale. A couple of attendees hadn’t been for a while and were happy renewing old acquaintances. Travel is not a problem here in SA as we had Beetles Bailey travel down from Port Augusta and that’s a 600Km round trip. Trev McKerlie travelled down from Apilla and that’s a 500Km round trip and finally Chris Rowe made the 200Km round trip from Goolwa. It’s about time the other states got over the “it’s too far to travel” syndrome and made the effort to get to at least one Meet & Greet a year! Beside which they might actually enjoy themselves!
As usual the bowling season took its toll on attendees as a number of regulars were still heavily involved in competition bowls. Travel and sickness also prevented some from attending. One of these days we’ll manage to get everyone there!

Those in attendance: Peter “Beetles” Bailey, Wally Birch, Gary Blake, John Bolton, Michael Bornholdt, Roy Collins, Kim Daw, Les Figg, Mike Fisher, Jean - Pierre Gibbard, Gary Gosden, Doug Haskings, Bill Hollas, Jeff Howlett, Rob Kearvell, Ray Kemp, Bob King, Mark Loram, Mal Magor, Chris McConville, Trev McKerlie, Gavin Mitchell, Bert Newell, John Phillips, Dave Potterat, Les Radford, Chris Rowe, Ian Short, Glynn Spencer, Rod Spotswood, Alan Tassel, Neil Walton, Graham Watson, Mike Witcher, Maurie Woods

Apologies received: Barry Allison, Peter Augsdorfer, Ron Beaumont, Gene Boron, John Bushell, Mick Cain, Jock Colligan, Garry Hale, Gary Lang, Peter Lines, Bryan Newton, Terry Norman, Val Osis, Mal Parrington, Bob Pine, Ed Skubala, Bill Swan, Eric Thompson, Jack Van Eyck.

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  John Bolton


WA   -   Meet 'n Greet held at the Fremantle Navy Club

The first Meet & Greet for 2109 was held at the Fremantle Navy Club on a warm summer Western Australian afternoon. Cold beer and pickled crayfish, courtesy once again of Les & Barb Giles, was enjoyed by all. Thanks Les & Barb.

Those in attendance: Clark Pride, Les Giles, Mel Smales, Gary Paterson, Denis Coombe, Tony Cuming, Garry Symons, Barry MacCormack, Peter Dales, Barry Middleton, Clive Plummer.

Apologies received: Kevin Gleeson, Keith Varley, Mick Crossan, Rick Winch, Ray Smith, Peter Bradley, Steve Mulvaney, Greg Martin, Stewart Dewar, Tom van der Togt, Bob Stevenson, Ron Jackson.

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Left to Right: Clark Pride, Les Giles, Mel Smales, Gary Paterson, Denis Coombe, Tony Cuming, Garry Symons, Barry MacCormack, Peter Dales, Barry Middleton, Clive Plummer.

  Denis Coombe


QLD   -   Meet 'n Greet held at Wynnum RSL Club

A good turn up of the regular attendees enjoyed the afternoons get together. Steve Brown was accompanied by his wife Loris and for the second time in 3 M&Gs they won the RSL Meat Tray Raffle. Tom Swan who shares his attendance between us and the Sunshine coast group joined us and enjoyed catching up with many of us not seen for considerable time.

Those in attendance: , Steve Brown, Glenn Williams, Barry Macdonald, Peter Jones Chris, McKay, John Reardon, Jim Fern, Tom Swan, John Marsh, Col Saxby

Apologies received: Paul Dennis

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Back Row: Chris McKay, John Reardon, Jim Fern, Tom Swan, John Marsh, Col Saxby

Front Row: , Steve Brown, Glenn Williams, Barry Macdonald, Peter Jones

  Col Saxby


Sunshine Coast   -   Meet 'n Greet held at Maroochydore RSL Club

Three fine warriors met at the Maroochydore RSL on Saturday (16th Feb, 2019) and shared their naval, and, life stories.

What wonderful gatherings these afternoons are as we speculate on solving social and world issues. Not to mention, the funny memories of our youthful exploits which flow back into the convivial conversations.

Cheers all,

Those in attendance: Mick Kimball (salubrious host) , Dennis Mills and Paul Dennis

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  Paul Dennis


VIC   -   Meet 'n Greet held at the Stella Maris Seafarer's Centre

The gathering consisted of nine members with two guests.

We met back at our usual venue, Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre.

There was lively discussion of many trips up top with some quite interesting memories from Blue Lawless.

Those in attendance: Les BENNETT, Bob FARR, Bob HAMMOND, Chris Lawless, Mick LYNCH, Steve McCORMICK, Alan THEOBALD - attended but left before photo and John VAN 'T HOFF.

Apologies received: David BALL, Angela BALLARD nee HUTCHIE, Dave BATES, Ian BENIER, Graham BERMINGHAM, Robert BILLINGSLEY, Peter BURNETT, Dennis CAMPBELL, Raymond DRAKE, John ELLIOTT, John ERIKSSON, Doug FORD, Raymond FRYER, Gavin GUSLING, Chris HAKKENNES, John HAKKENNES, Hector HART, Ron HEENAN, Phillip KOSSATZ, Ray LAWRENCE, Frank LUDEWIG, Kenneth PRYOR, Brenton PULLEINE, Peter REPSCHLAGER, Bernd ROTTINGER, Adrian SMITH, Herbert SUNDERLAND and Eric THOMPSON.

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  Jim Roadknight


NSW   -   Meet 'n Greet held at Merrylands RSL Club

Great to see those who made the attempt to make a great meet and the Merrylands RSL last Saturday...

Usual banter ( some bits / dits becoming somewhat repetitive as the years go by -- dementia creeping in ??? -- though

we still get a good laugh .

Those in attendance: Mick Kielty, Bob Allen, Allan ( Buck ) Ryan, Ted Schloithe, Matt Holzl, Kerry ( Jingles ) Spencer, Pete McGurk, Mike Kay, John McMillan, Brad Parker..

Apologies received: Bob Sell, Dave Phillips, Stu’ Harding

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  Peter McGurk



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


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