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NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2014.
Compliments to you and your families for 2014. We look forward to a fantastic year for the Branch and can confirm we are now still receiving applications and granting membership from our brothers in the Australasia Branch as well as from our Kiwi brothers.
We appeal to all members both new and old, to show respect to Colonel Bate for coming all the way here as our Guest of Honour. He is not young so travelling is hard, as well as leaving his wife behind to save costs. So please let’s get the numbers to this ANZAC get together and make it the best memory ever. As promised, our Brisbane Dinner and March has been planned to out do past Anzac’s gatherings we have held. This is not going to be an easy task, as they have all been very special.
ANZAC 2014 falls on Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th April. (Please plan and commit now, take leave, save the skins, lose that weight, get the kittus ready and allow us to spoil you and your wife for your time served in the RLI)
Guest of Honour. Lt Colonel Ian (Tufty) Bate has declared his commitment in coming to our dinner and march as our Guest of Honour, Lieutenant–Colonel Ian R. Bate served as RLI CO 26 June 1978 to 3 December 1979. As stated in the last newsletter, Colonel Bate served through the Bloody Years of the RLI. We cannot wait to hear him talk and have him spear heading our march in the morning. We are sure you all recall his input into the Saints Book and especially the DVD. He will speak after the Bill Cochrane presentation which will be a secret and hopefully will bring at least one tear to your eyes, not of sorrow, but of pride!!
Lt. Colonel Ian Buttenshaw (RLI Association Global Chairman) has confirmed he will be attending from the UK and supported as always by Shaun and Annette Ryan. Billy Wiggill, Chairman of EXCO and our members from Africa and the UK have supported our branch incredibly and we hope to see them all on parade.
Our “Madala” Brigadier Digger and Sue Essex Clark also hope to make this wonderful occasion but this will depend on his health. Digger has such a history with the RLI second to none, being one of its founders, with experiences from many military operations around the world, a military author and a great friend. He is so pleased to see Members from the Australasia Branch coming on board and asked us to welcome all concerned and encourage more.
We are anticipating a few more from abroad and hope this letter acts as a catalyst to encourage you all, especially our branch members to please hit the reply button and make a positive commitment today. We have already paid a deposit for the Restaurant; the Samford is offering us 30 rooms at $230 per room per night. We have also booked a bus to transport us from the hotel to the restaurant (and return). It is a 50 seater, so first come first served. The cost will be $20 person return. We will have to pay a deposit up front for the bus. So please commit now, book your room, pay for your dinner ticket plus your bus fare and have a wonderful ANZAC experience with the RLI.(None of us are getting any younger so commit now)
Presenter. Bill Cochrane will again be one of our presenters at the Dinner and as many of you will remember from last year, he does so much for the RLI in Australia and is a huge supporter. He will be doing the Anzac Skydive preparations, the seating cards; he does the whole DVD compilation and full Presentation and helps us with arrangements. Bill is still involved in training our Aussie Special Forces in Parachuting and was present at the Remembrance weekend held at Flame Lily Adventures, being an annual event and hoping more of the RLI bring family this year. Photographer: Cheryl Fourie, wife of Quentin, has kindly offered to do the photography again, as did a wonderful job on a few previous ANZACS. This will include a DVD of the whole ANZAC, with Action and still pics. Just to cover their costs, the charge is $10 per DVD, postage inclusive to those who want a copy.
Combined Operations Representative and Padre for our private service. Dave Hodgson, who operated in the SAS and Selous Scouts in our War and who was present in Brisbane last year and held our service, will be in charge of recruiting more of the 2 other units who fought side by side with the RLI Present Honorary Members of ComOps are Dave Hodgson, Ken Aplin SAS, Phil Tithers SAS and Gert Wantenaar SAS, plus Mick Donaldson who is our local Special Force rep. We hope to have a contingent of the Scouts and the SAS marching directly after the last green beret. Jimmy will ensure he gives the 2 elite units full coverage for the ABC announcer when we march by the podium.
Michael Donaldson. Our Guest of Honour last year, who did a wonderful presentation for the British SAS as was one of the NCOS and sticks who were the first on the ground in operation Desert Storm and also served in the Australian SAS and presently in a role we are not privy to.
Ian Cameron Mackintosh. Committee member and WA rep. Ian will continue to encourage all who served in the RLI to make an effort to come and join us and if not members, to join now. See Membership forms attached. Please fax these signed completed forms to Jimmy on 07 41290799 or email email@example.com this is for those who have not received this email directly or not completed these forms prior.
Event Organiser. Richard Johnson not only makes arrangements for this event, also spent untold time selling the Commandos Book, has a very limited RLI Insignia for sale, manages our Books and hopeful fundraising and does the RLI Memberships, but also has his wonderful wife Simone, who arranges the early brekka and coffee in the park after our private service and also carries our banner in the march. We are thankful to Simone and Richard.
Chairman Jimmy Swan. Jimmy keeps involved in all issues, drives the membership where possible, deals in new members, official correspondence and policies and the normal issues Chairman’s are expected to do. He leads the parade and events and continues to encourage new members and solve issues where necessary. Jimmy continues to do day to day activities related to Commando style training, team building, skydiving, abseiling, and many more things we would all like to do as businessmen. He hopes to be in a partnership with Dave Scott Donelan, Selous Scouts and SAS in tracking courses at FLA. Dave has a very successful company based in the USA called MANTRACK and flies the flag for Rhodesians.
STATEMENT 2014. This committee continue to show commitment to having all who served in the RLI and living in Australasia or NZ, under one umbrella’s membership and hope these ANZAC preparations inspires this. We encourage all to sign the membership forms attached, as even the original members did and submit them asp. Non members cannot automatically attend the dinner but welcome at the march if in the correct attire. Even if just coming to the march, please respond to this email with details. We will be honoured to march with you. This committee has in fact stood by its promises and supported by EXCO in a recent membership confirmation. Our Goal is to make this the biggest and best reunion ever and show the crowds lining the streets of Brisbane, what proud and elite troops the Rhodesians are.
ANZAC Skydive 24th April 2014 at 1200 hrs.. Bill Cochrane and Jimmy Swan will again jump in full camo gear, at 1200 hrs at Caboolture Airport, and any of you interested in attending are welcome. We will have a salute to the Last Post and this event will be part of the dinner presentation. A couple of cold ones and a sizzle afterwards will be the go then by 1330 latest, straight back to the hotel to check in.
Tandem Jumps: We believe Quentin Fourie will be doing a tandem prior to the Commando Jump and this will be booked through Bill Cochrane at firstname.lastname@example.org . Should you wish to have a jump, let us know and we can arrange some camo jump suits to be brought by Jimmy (XXX Large TBA). Those coming to watch please contact Jimmy so he can put in a camo jump suit for you as well. RLI berets can be worn while we pay tribute prior to the Commando jump. email@example.com
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Cnr. Edward and Margaret St, Brisbane. We have 30 rooms confirmed at $230 per night for the 2 nights and can increase these if we get early commitment. We urge all intending and needing accommodation to stay at the Stamford and to let Richard know now. If you wish to share, please let us know as some rooms have the single beds. If you are staying elsewhere, please meet in the foyer on time to be in photos etc. Please contact the hotel direct for payment and advise you are part of the RLI. Then please let Richard know of your booking and room number when avail. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus Departure: We have booked 1x 50 seater .The cost is $20pp return and it departs promptly from the front of the Stamford at 17.30 hrs on 24th April. We will meet in the foyer at 1700 hrs. Should the demand be greater, another bus can be laid on. We understand a few may be driving up in private cars if they cannot be at the hotel. The bus returns to the Stamford at 22.30 hrs.
Dinner Venue: Fountain View Room, Mt Coot-tha Summit, (Dress code No 2’s) Some of you may have been up to this wonderful Restaurant, but according to Richard, you simply cannot get bored of the superb views, service and meals. We will be going the buffet route and the evenings cost is $80 pp. There will be some complementary wine included on tables. If you want to join the bus group, please increase the dinner charge to $100pp. The moment you pay Richard for your tickets, your name will be issued to Bill and your seat confirmed on these great name tags. Should you want to sit with specific persons, please put it in your request? We will do our best to seat persons together where pos. The maximum number for the restaurant is 80 and we hope to achieve this figure. Full Members, VIP Guests, Honorary Members and wives will be given first option. Seating will be designated with name tags. The Chairman’s table will include our committee and Presenter, LT Col Bate, ExCo members and wives. We are yet to know the table sizes but hope we are all in a large u shape so we can have strength 5 comms.
The plan is to meet at the front of the Stamford Plaza at 1700 hrs on 24th April, for collection by bus and head for the Summit at 1730 hrs. On arrival we will head directly to the Fountain room where we will have a bar and we would like to get the official speeches started by 1830 hrs.
SPEECHES.. Richard will open the introductions and give an overview of the evening. The Chairman will give his introductions and accolades, followed by a video Presentation by CSM Bill Cochrane, who will read a compelling précis of the RLI’s later years of action and successes and that of our elites, SAS and Scouts and followed by a 25-30 minute DVD show, supported by true blue Rhodie songs. (Chorus sing alongs encouraged) This is followed by our Honourable Guest Speaker, Lt Colonel Ian Bate. Jimmy will finish the speeches by thanking the Guest Speaker and all present. Richard then calls for all to enjoy the feed. We will eat by 1930 hrs and then be able to enjoy the views, some music and just be merry.
Auction after dinner at 2030 approx: If any of you have any memorabilia from the RLI days you feel will sell and you can afford to let go, please list this and contact Quentin Fourie at email@example.com. Please bring this to the restaurant with you. We will send out a list of items in the next letter and so we can see if holding the auction is worth it, maybe a hint to Quentin that you will make an offer will help. You could make a $ offer and if it does not sell, your offer could secure the purchase. We will depart at the latest 22.30 hrs and hopefully into bed for an early rise.
Dawn Parade (Dress Code No 1’s) we meet at 0400 on 24th and walk to the Service a few minutes from the Stamford. Maybe a cup of coffee could be arranged, or just that small nip flask will have to do. After the service we return to the park near the hotel and where we will have a small service for our troops and then lay a wreath. Simone Johnson will arrange coffee and Boerie rolls at a cost of $5pp. After all this we freshen up at the hotel and meet downstairs at 0930 and then pics in the foyer and then we walk to our start point for the march.
Volunteer. May we ask for a wife to volunteer to assist Simone please and also carry our banner in the march? Please contact Richard direct.
AGM. Prior to the March, but straight after the Dawn Parade (in the park), the Committee, being Jimmy, Richard and Ian Cameron- Mackintosh from Perth, will meet.
Re-election of 2014/5 Committee: Fully signed up members (forms attached) of the Branch will be entitled to submit their nominations for a new committee on the 15th May 2014, which will be election week. The present Committee will consider standing again if requested to do so. Votes remain confidential.
RLI March (dress code No 1’s) It is our plan to have one of the biggest marches ever. We hope to make this ANZAC, the one that draws new and old members together, from all over Australia and NZ.
Our march now includes the SAS and Scouts as part of the Combined Special Force Operations and they will be in their own colours, but still in our No 2s and march directly behind the last green beret and followed by our honorary members in their military attire and again all in our No 2’s. If you recall we have a simple drill now that we use at Flame Lily and it worked well with the last 2 parades. The march in 2014 will be headed up by the RLI Banner carried by Simone Johnson and our new volunteer.
A metre behind the banner, centre front will be our Lieutenant Colonel Ian “Tufty” Bate in l RLI Association colours and medals, Jimmy just to the left and back a step, calling the time (supported through the ranks by 2 more nominated) and part of the podium salute, the replica Colours carried by Richard and Ian Mac and followed by our Officers and EXCO also part of the Podium salute and the RLI ouens. Then the largest contingent either the SAS or Scouts, followed by the smaller number and then honorary members in their berets etc but in our Number 2’s.
Our goal is set to march with over 60 RLI men next year and we will ensure the commentator and ABC news get wind of this feat, well in advance.
As usual, on arrival at our start point by 1000 hrs, being the top of Charlotte St and George St, we meet with Rhodesian contingent who march in front of us.
DRINKS AFTER THE MARCH. Port House Hotel, Edward St. behind the Stamford.
Dress: Our Dress Code is very stringent and important for our proud status of uniformity. We will refer to our number 1’s and number 2’s. No1’s being the black blazer, black longs, black shoes, and white shirt, RLI tie, Beret and jacket and beret badges, our medals mounted on the left and inherited on the right. If you need medals, berets etc, please check with Richard as to what is left. Otherwise please email firstname.lastname@example.org
No 2’s is everything but the medals and beret. We ask all participants to please work on the medals etc now so when it comes the time, you have it all ready. Mounting medals is so much smarter. The RLI green blazer is in order. Honorary Guests wear all the same but their own berets, badges and ties. Ladies smart evening wear for the dinner and ouens No 2’s.
Donations and Payments for dinner etc: If you can make a donation, no matter how small or large, which will remain anonymous, please do so now. If you have donated to the Auction, or just scrape enough to make ANZAC, please do not feel you need to donate. Your presence at ANZAC is so much more important.
Please make payment by EFT to:
Account name: RLI Account
Bank – Australia and New Zealand Banking Group – commonly known as ANZ Bank
BSB No – 014271 (Branch – Strathpine)
Account no – 280427542
We have some items left. Please contact Richard asp and find out what is avail.
A full itinerary with specifics will be sent to all members 2 weeks prior to the event. However, at least one more newsletter will be sent out prior to April.
We cannot stress to you enough, how important it is for you to all commit now. Get on the phones and encourage others who served, new members to join now and commit. Let’s all be Ambassadors to our unit.
Jimmy Swan (Chairman)
Richard Johnson (Secretary/Treasurer)
Ian Cameron Mackintosh, (Committee Member and WA rep)
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The unilateral declaration of Independence and disassociation of the Australia branch from the RLIRA has been accepted and a new branch has been formed in its stead titled "The ANZAC BRANCH of THE RLIRA". The Interim Committee of the ANZAC Branch consists of: Chairman: John Essex-Clark Secretary: Jimmy Swan Treasurer: Richard 'Granny' Johnson Membership coordinator: Ian Macfarlane Welfare: Quentin Fourie Ex-Services coordination: Mickey Michaelis
This Interim Committee of the ANZAC Branch will follow the constitutional process to properly form the Committee of the Branch.' Note from the Chairman RLIRA – Ian Buttenshaw We are delighted that a bunch of Ex RLI Members have got together to resuscitate a Branch of the RLI Regimental Association in Australia/New Zealand. It is great to have them back in the Global Team and the formation of the Interim ANZAC Branch in the last week is really good news for all of us, and we look forward to your first AGM and your coming back into our Global Network, particularly in our 50th Anniversary year, and hope some of you can attend the UK/Europe Branch Anniversary Weekend in September. The Global RLIRA has brought back the old "Band of Brothers" who fought in RLI for Rhodesia and it is really necessary that we all stay together; the 50th Anniversary Reunion in South Africa illustrated our Brotherhood as I am sure the UK Event in September will do. What we need is the close togetherness that we had when we served in our great Battalion, so having our Australian/New Zealand ouens determined to be back with us is great. Welcome back into the RLI Brotherhood, may the new ANZAC Branch prosper and develop, you have the full support of ExCo. Let the Saints Go Marching On