The FND RSL AGM Photos
Registration and The Meet and Greet - Friday 15th
Registration for the Far Northern District RSL AGM was held in the Cooktown RSL Sub Branch office. Unfortunately the weather on Friday caused the cancelling of the Service at Anzac Park and plan B was put into action with a small dedication and the School Choir singing the National Anthem held in the newly renovated RSL Memorial Club.
With food and drinks flowing, the mingling began. Local members were able to get a chance to meet the many delegates and presidents who travelled from around Queensland and to put faces to the State Board members. It was a great opportunity for those who do not get a chance like this normally.
RSL QLD Dignitries Gather @ 1770
On Friday night State Board members, District Presidents and guest speakers with their partners were invited for a meal at the restaurant 1770 down at the Wharf. It gave everyone a chance to ask questions of each other how their districts ran, problems that they faced and of general membership. A sharing of information and experience.
The FND RSL Conference
With a great turn out with representatives from districts around Queensland and 100% from Far Northern District, the AGM was a huge success. The one sour note was the unexpected hospitalisation of VP Eric Bradford. We wish Eric a speedy recovery.
The speakers for the AGM included John Vickery on Strokesafe, John King on Advocacy, State secretary Scott Denner spoke of the need to bring in the younger veterans.
Co-author of "Hope, A cancer doctor's life secrets" Damian Mason and Chris May from Young Veterans each talked about their respective fields.
Alan Corcoran was re-elected into his position as co Vice President and Jody Andrews as the district PAWS officer.
Qld State President Stewart Cameron gave the final address before Closure.
For the partners unfortunately the weather still hadn't abated and the planned river cruise was cancelled. Plan B quickly put into action saw many of the women taking in the local market and shops and to explore the James Cook Museum.
And the Fun Begins - Saturday Night
Far Northern Districts RSL Centenary Gala Dinner
Now what a blast we had for the Tropical Beach themed dinner on Saturday. Vertually everyone got into the spirit of the theme which made for a colourful event. The girls worked hard to dress up the place and the kitchen served a great array of local seafood and beef.
Speeches were made by District President Peter Stirling, State President Stewart Cameron and Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott.
Special attention was made to Cooktown's Sylvia Geraghty. Who at 97 years of age has been a RSL member for 64 years. Sylvia was a sheet metal worker in the Airforce during World War 2 and has been through her time instrumental to Cooktown RSL Sub Branch and then later the Memorial Club. Stewart Cameron presented Sylvia with a framed Certificate of Appreciation and presented one of the new 100 Years of RSL Medallions. Sylvia was very honoured to be so singled out and wishes to pass along her thanks to all. I would like to thank her for the dedication to the RSL over so many years.
With the keg donated by the Memorial Club and plenty of bottled wine at the tables, the laughter didn't stop all night, especially when Cooktown Secretary Jim Fay announced a special surprise - The Tipsy Gypsy Belly Dancers. Quite a few eyes followed these girls as they twisted their way around the tables. A moment of panic though when they started playing with fire wondering if the smoke alarms would bring in the local emergency services. Cooktown President Graeme Andrews was nominated an honourary 'Very Tipsy' Belly dancer with his antics.;
After the raffles and door prizes were won, Rough 'n' Ready struck up the music and got everyone up and dancing. George Hampton from Mt Molloy seemed to be the popular pick for a partner. At 90 years there doesn't seem to be anything to slow him down.
All in all a successful event.