Welcome to the June 2015 newsletter.
Battle of Crete Commemoration
Pictured above are Ralph Ward and Mel Askew, our Veterans from the Battle of Crete, at the 74th commemoration ceremony held at the Crete Olive Tree which is in the Law Courts garden. This service was held last Wednesday 20th May, and was well attended by over 60 people. The luncheon that followed was enjoyed by 55 people and there was good fellowship and a great exchange of stories. Once again the Greek Orthodox priest was involved, and also members of the local Greek community attended. The priest had come all the way from Hastings to participate. There were people who attended, from around the mountain whose family members had been involved with the Battle of Crete.
The Mayor was represented by Richard Handley and Harry Duynhoven. Thank you to all who attended, with special thanks to Revd. Albie Martin QSM and Trevor Bremner.
WHAT IS ON WITHIN THE RSA
RSA CLUB NIGHTS
RSA Club nights are held at the Tasman Club rooms, Octavius Place, on Friday nights in conjunction with the Tasman Club. We have raffles, the bar is open and delicious affordable meals are available.
RSA DAY (formerly Vets’ Day)
This is usually held monthly, from 1.30pm – 4pm and is held at the Tasman Club. This is a great opportunity for fellowship. Afternoon tea is provided. Transport is available; please contact Tony Kivell, on 755-2813 if you need a ride. The next RSA Day will be 6th July.
Third Wednesday of the month, (excepting August and December, when the group have a luncheon). Coffee morning starts at 10am at Tasman Club, for fellowship and guest speaker.
RNZ NAVAL ASSOCIATION (TARANAKI BRANCH)
Meet third Monday of the month at Cobb & Co. for lunch. Contact Trevor Wylde for info 751-5595
NORTH TARANAKI KING EMPIRE VETERANS (KEV)
Contact: President Trevor Wylde 751-5595 or Secretary Wink Burgess 758-0541
NPRSA POPPY TRUST & SUPPORT TRUST
Funds from both Trusts are available for distribution, by the trustees to Returned & Service persons and their dependants who require financial assistance with costs relating to health issues and independent living. Application forms for assistance are available from the Office or phone 758-3538 for one to be posted out to you.
If you require your medals or your family members medals’ mounted for next year, please get them in early because there will be extra interest with the celebration of 100 years of ANZAC day.
Please drop them off to me at the Office where the medals are noted in a book and receipted, then Tony and Ida Kivell work their magic and a few weeks later the medals are returned to you looking fabulous.
SUPPORT or HOSPITAL VISITORS
If you know of someone that requires a visit, or if someone is in hospital, please contact the Office. Thank you to those who call in with people’s name when they are in hospital.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Thinking that the Prime Minister needed to show a more human side of himself, his advisors suggested he visit a rest old age home. Walking into the room of an old man, with the cameras whirring, the Prime Minister was surprised when the old man offered him some peanuts from a bowl on the table.
“Thank you”, said the Prime Minister after being offered more for the 3rd time, “why don’t you have some yourself?”
“Oh, I can’t eat it” said the old man, “I don’t have any teeth.”
“So why do you have them?” asked the confused Prime Minister.
“Oh, I just like the chocolate around it” was the glib reply.
BADGES, PINS, CALENDARS, TIES & MEDAL HOLDERS
We are awaiting the delivery of the poppy/fern pins, but we do have limited supply of everything else listed.
LAST POST: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM Russell Clearwater N435325 and Ray Wood 592119.
We extend our sympathy to our members who have lost their loved ones over the last month.
NP RSA Office
Ground Floor Tasman Club, 35 Octavius Place.
Hours: Monday–Friday 9am – 12pm
If you require anything but are unable to call in please ring me on 758-3538 and I can arrange for a visitor to come to you.