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2011 AGM Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held at
Toorak Services Club
72 Clendon Road
1805 hrs
Wednesday 3rd August 2011
1. Attendees
Frank Miller, Peter Don, Neil Leckie, Brian Scantlebury, Roger Nation,
Graeme Chester, Robin Hunt, Rob Youl.
2. Apologies
Tim Fischer.
Apologies and nominating the Chairman, Frank Miller as proxy:
Giles Waterman, Michael Shum, Ray Andrews, David Maddison, Wal Hall,
Gerard Garard, Tony Sonneveld, Gary Vial, Jay McDaniell, Phil Warwick, Peter Whitelaw, Greg Todd, Colin Cooper, Ian Kelly, Peter Hateley, Vince Berne, Brian Cooper, Colin Lindsay.
Apologies and nominating the Secretary Roger Nation as proxy:
Wayne Bruce, Max Almond, Bob Sande.
Apologies and nominating Rob Youl as proxy:
Dennis Townsend.
3. Previous Minutes
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 1 September 2010, as circulated, were accepted as a true and correct record of proceedings.
N. Leckie / Frank Miller Carried.
4. Chairman’s Report
Frank Miller tabled the 2010-11 Chairman’s report, as published in the 2/2011 edition of The Scheyvillian on page 10. A copy is attached to these minutes as appendix A.
F. Miller / R. Hunt Carried
5. Financial Report
In the absence of the Treasurer, the Chairman sought dispensation from the meeting for the Executive to be given power to approve the audited accounts when they become available. A copy of these reports is attached as appendix B.
The meeting resolved to re-appoint Harold Moyle as auditor.
F. Miller / R. Nation Carried
6. Membership Report
Graeme Chester reported as follows:
Number of Graduates/Staff 1880
Number on Database (Incl DNG) 1542
Number Financial 268
Number Honorary 14
Number Deceased 89
Number Unfinancial (Not Renewed) 1029
Number Unfinancial (Do Not Contact) 142
Totals 1880 1542 282 1260
Of the graduates/staff 82% are on the database.
Of the names on database 18.3% are financial / honorary.
Of the names on the database 5.7% are deceased.
Of the names on the database 66.8% are unfinancial (not renewed)
Of the names on the database 9.2% are unfinancial (do not contact)
F. Miller / R. Nation Carried
7. Scheyvillian
Neil Leckie reported that the 2/2011 edition was distributed at the end of July.
167 members have requested a hard copy, the remainder are distributed via the website. The Editor reminded members that the magazine is only as good as the articles they submit.
The Chairman noted that the Media Officer of the NSAA has commented on the high quality of our publication.
Frank Miller / Graeme Chester Carried.
8. Webmaster
Roger Nation reported on the first 12 month’s use of the revamped website.
Apart from a minor glitch that did not reset financial members to unfinancial in the 1st July, the website has operated smoothly over the last 12 months. Several minor adjustments have been made to ensure that it is user friendly, and that its information is easily accessible to members.
Google Analytics for the past month indicates 6504 page views with 50% being new visits. Graphical representation of visits shows a marked spike on publication of the latest edition of The Scheyvillian with over 500 visits in the first 4 days after notification was sent.
The Forum section (Bulletin Board) facility is not used, but the Gallery area is popular. The Webmaster is to investigate posting the images in chronological order.
The Scheyvillian archive will be completed by the end of the year with remaining editions to be scanned and uploaded.
The webmaster noted that the events calendar is only useful if State Representatives notify the Webmaster of up-coming events in sufficient time to allow them to be published.
Access to the website data, its restriction or easing is to be discussed at National Council level next month.
The Webmaster was instructed to investigate the addition of a link to and from the Vietnam Veterans Association website.
P. Don / B. Scantlebury Carried
9. State Reports
Chairmen Frank Miller tabled his report as published in the 2/2011 edition of The Scheyvillian on page 12. A copy is attached to these minutes as Appendix C.
NSW Greg Todd provided a comprehensive summary of the OTU NSW Chapter’s activities. This report is attached to these minutes as appendix D.
These were presented by State Representatives at the June National Council Meeting, and have been published in the 2/2011 edition of The Scheyvillian,
on page 12. A copy is attached to these minutes as Appendix E.
F. Miller / N. Leckie Carried
10. Election of Office Bearers
All positions were declared vacant, and the following, whose nominations forms were received by The Secretary prior to the meeting, were elected unopposed:
Chairman; Frank Miller
Deputy Chairman; Brian Cooper
Treasurer; Ray Elder
Secretary; Roger Nation
Youth Leadership; Frank Miller
Membership; Graeme Chester
Scheyvillian articles; Neil Leckie
QM; Wayne Bruce
Webmaster; Roger Nation
R. Hunt \ P. Don Unanimous. Carried
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 18.45 hrs.
Roger Nation
Appendix A.
Much has transpired over the last twelve months within the National OTU Association. The starting point was the National Council meeting held the day after the 2010 Victorian Dinner. For the first time in many years there was a forum that included the Executive and representatives from each of the states. Much was discussed and we came away with a good understanding of how the different chapters were traveling. Modifications to the constitution that had been made to bring it more in to line with current needs and circumstances were also covered and agreed. Future directions for the organization were also identified.
It was a productive gathering and firmly set the ground rules as to “where to from here.”
The changes to the constitution were ratified at a special GM held at the start of the Geddes dinner in August.
September the 8th 2010 saw a significant event in Australia’s Military Service history. In the presence of some 4,200 NS men and their families the Governor General, her Excellency Ms. Quentin Bryce AC, dedicated the National Service Monument at the War Memorial, Canberra.
This was established to commemorate the 287,000 young men who were called up in two separate schemes for compulsory training between 1951 and 1972. 212 of these, including eight Scheyville graduates died on active service.
The OTU Association contributed to the cost of the Monument and received a pleasing recognition for doing so at the ceremony.
On the preceding evening a cocktail party was held in the Great Hall of Federal Parliament. Altogether some 1000 National Servicemen (including a number of Scheyvillians) and partners attended. The event was made even more special in that it was the first public function for the Prime Minister, Ms. Julia Gillard and Leader of the opposition, Mr. Tony Abbott, since the makeup of the new government had finally been decided some two hours before.
The day after the dedication, OTU Association President Frank Miller and Secretary Roger Nation attended a National Council meeting of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia.
Being now affiliated with that body we have two seats on the Council. It was an interesting experience that showed the two organisations have much in common that can be of mutual benefit.
In March of this year Frank and Roger took their place at another NSAA Council meeting and their AGM at Camberwell RSL.
In April, Chairman Frank attended the ACT Chapter dinner. It was an excellent night, the location being the Commonwealth Club. The guest speaker was Maj. Gen. Jim Molan AO DSC. His speech, his personal presentation, and his brilliant record confirmed him as one of our country’s great soldiers.
Also attending at the ACT dinner was Scheyvillian Editor Neil Leckie. His screening of the OTU slide show and the DVD of the impeccable 4/67 graduation parade was greatly appreciated by all there.
Membership of our Association remained at a similar level to last year – a pleasing outcome in this day and age.
Over the year three editions of “The Scheyvillian” were published. Our sincere thanks go to Editor Neil Leckie for producing such an interesting and absorbing “read”
Our commitment to the development of youth leadership continued. This year nationally, we fully sponsored 29 young people to attend the Lord and Lady Somers camps. A further 7 were funded in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Healesville.
Monies were provided to a number of State Chapters for other youth development initiatives bringing the total outlay in this area to some $15,000 for the year.
A total of $9,180 was offered to the State/Territory chapters as rebates on their subscriptions in accordance with the constitution.
The 15th May, 2011 saw the centenary celebrations for the Scheyville National Park. Altogether around 1500 people, representing those from previous past tenant bodies – the Dreadnaught Scheme, the 43rd Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Unit, the migrant era, the Officer Training Unit and the current Parks and Environment Department attended.
The OTU Association effort was spearheaded by “pocket dynamo” Tony Sonneveld and the NSW Chapter. Tony, with his characteristic drive, offered an invitation to the State Governor, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO – an invitation she graciously accepted.
OTU’s contribution was to dedicate a plaque, at the front of the main building, commemorating the last two Commandants – Brigadiers Ian Geddes and “Paddy” Outridge. In the presence of members of the two respective families Maj. Gen. Paul Irving AM PSM RFD (Class 2/72) carried out the unveiling. Some 150 OTU people and families witnessed this ceremony.
Neil Leckie put up a display of OTU memorabilia in the old gymnasium building. It was a great day.
On the administrative front the Association is seeking legal incorporation in the State of Victoria. For this to occur some minor changes must be made to the constitution and these will be discussed at the National Council meeting on 11 June. (Incorporation offers a degree of legal protection for the Executive Committee.)
Financially the organisation remains in a strong position. Much attention is now being directed to the national convention scheduled for the ANZAC weekend of 2013 in Sydney.
May I take this opportunity to thank all on the Executive Committee and the State/Territory Chapters for all their help in making the past year undoubted success it has been.
Frank Miller.
Appendix B.
Appendix C.
The past twelve months have been both rewarding and busy for the Victorian Chapter executive.
Not only have we had to manage the various state activities but also, for the second year, we have been responsible for the national body. We look back with a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment on both counts.
The main Victorian activities are detailed below:-
The annual Geddes Dinner, held in August at the Toorak Services Club was a great success. Our speaker was Maj.Gen. Mike O’Brien who gave a talk on the recent re-internment of fallen Australian soldiers in Frommelles, France. It was a most interesting evening and very much appreciated by the record number who attended. Our thanks go once again to Ray Elder for organising the event.
For the first time in its six year history the annual OTU Victorian golf classic was cancelled. Heavy rain over the preceding days led to the course (and most in the Melbourne area) being closed. There will be another golf day later this year.
In November a number of Scheyvillians and their ladies spent a weekend at Woodend, north of Melbourne. The weather was perfect and we all had a good time visiting the local sights and wining and dining. Our thanks go to Peter and Shay Whitelaw for putting this together.
This year the Victorian Chapter directly sponsored eleven boys and twelve girls to attend the respective Lord and Lady Somers Camps. A further four boys and three girls were funded in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Healesville. Several of our people accepted the invitation to visit the camps and see the young “Groupers” in action.
A wine tasting and dinner evening was held in February at the Toorak Services Club. Again a pleasing number of Scheyvillians, partners and friends attended and a great night was enjoyed by all. We are grateful to Peter Hateley for running this occasion
The social tennis day was held on the grass courts at Kooyong in perfect March weather.
Following a keenly competitive day’s play we adjourned into the clubhouse for an excellent meal and refreshments. Many thanks to Colin Lindsay and Denise Cosgriff for a fine day’s playing and dining.
On yet another fine day some twenty five Victorian Scheyvillians (and one Scheyvillian wife) marched in the ANZAC day pilgrimage to the Shrine of Remembrance. Following that we adjourned to the Heroes Club where we were joined by the ladies for a sandwich lunch and refreshments. Whilst our marching standards may have slipped a little our camaraderie remains as strong as ever. It was fitting that we marched behind the OTU banner to remember our fallen comrades and all who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Since first proposed by Ray Elder this has been the fourth year that we have taken part in the march.
The annual Victorian dinner was once again held in June at the William Angliss Restaurant. The quality of the food and service was first class and we are once more indebted to Chris Coates and his team at the College. Ray Andrews did a fine job as MC and National (and State) Chairman, Frank Miller gave a talk on his post Scheyville National Service experience. All the gentlemen joined in singing the OTU song – with more enthusiasm than quality. It was a great night. Our thanks go to Roger Nation, Ray Andrews, Peter Hateley (and my good self!) for yet another fine evening.
I am most grateful to the Victorian Executive for their splendid efforts in helping us to celebrate the Scheyville experience over the past twelve months.
Sincere thanks,
Frank Miller.
Chairman, Victorian Chapter.
Appendix D.
Report to AGM in Aug 11 on activities of OTU NSW Chapter
Like other Chapters of the OTU Association, the NSW Chapter has seen significant interest from members in 2010-11. We now have around 300 men on our e-mailing list.
Our ongoing activities have been the quarterly lunches in Sydney, the Annual Dinner at Victoria Barracks Officers Mess, participation in the Sydney ANZAC Day march and the sponsorship of candidates to Lord and Lady Somers Camps each January.
On the second Thursday of May, Aug and Nov we have continued to meet to drink, lunch and tell stories. To be different, we joined in the Bar-B-Q lunch at Vic Barracks Officer’s Mess on the second Friday in Feb 11, but still drank, lunched and told stories – old people can only cope with a small amount of change! The other lunches were at either the Concord Golf Club or Drummoyne Rowers Club. Our thanks go to Paul Meldrum and David Longhurst for arranging these venues. An active population of around 80 from Sydney and near-country areas (and the occasional member from further afield) have self-selected according to work, travel, RAP and other commitments to produce a squad of around 20 at each lunch. It is extraordinary how many of our members believe that international travel is a reason for missing an OTU lunch!
We are continuing the habit and keeping the options of Central Sydney and Western Sydney venues available. The remaining dates for 2011 are 11 Aug (Concord) and 10 Nov (Drummoyne)
Annual Dinner
We dined with partners and guests at the Officers Mess of Victoria Barracks, Paddington on 25 Jun 11 – 42 attended. Each year we invite the young people we sponsor to Lord/Lady Somers Camps, their parents and a school representative to join us. We usually oblige the youngsters to address the gathered throng for a few minutes on the experience and their significant learnings. It is always most satisfying to hear their enthusiastic comments and those of their parents and teachers.
The date for the 2012 Dinner is yet to be finalised since it must fit into the Mess’s programme.
Youth Leadership
We sponsored 2 boys and 4 girls to attend Lord/Lady Somers Camps in Jan 11. These Year-11 students are selected by experienced teachers from a number of public secondary schools in the Sydney metro area. The candidates are chosen using a variety of criteria, notably for their potential to contribute to their school communities.
We are extremely grateful for the assistance of Paul Ford for his chauffeuring of our young people from Melbourne Airport to the Powerhouse and return.
We expect to send a similar number of boys and girls to the camps in Jan 12.
ANZAC Day March in Sydney
Dick Adams again organised our participation in the Sydney ANZAC Day march as an independent contingent and for lunch, etc. afterwards at the Masonic Club.
Understandably, many from country areas apologised due to existing commitments in their communities. Because ANZAC Day 2011 was during Easter, we also had apologies due to family obligations. Others marched with other units, but joined us for lunch. 32 marched behind the OTU banner and most stayed to lunch with us.
We are looking to repeat the activity in 2012.
Scheyville Site Centenary
Much has already been said in the last edition of our Journal about this event.
However, I want to pay particular credit to Tony Sonneveld not only for his extraordinary organising of the memorial plaque on the Association’s behalf, but also for his ability to enhance all aspects of the event when National Parks staff were having great difficulties and looked like “dropping the bundle”.
Nil B C
Greg Todd
NSW Chapter
Appendix E.
State Chapter reports:
WA: Jay McDaniell presented the WA report. Quarterly lunches and reunions tend to be popular, but membership has declined due to several years of inactivity at national level. WA channels its Youth Leadership activities to the Leuuwin Foundation and Jay presented a comprehensive report on this activity.
SA: Gary Vial reported that there had been minimal activities in South Australia this year and that the most successful are class related. Neil Kernot has attempted to hold lunches with very limited success.
Youth Leadership funds are channeled towards Operation Flinders, a leadership scheme using the Flinders Ranges as a training ground for kids at risk.
Tasmania: Dennis Townsend reported that the chapter is too small to incorporate, and they don’t march on ANZAC Dy. They are looking at increasing contact with local Scheyvillians via social functions, and so far this year two events have attracted 12 individuals out of a possible 25 members. A recent Victorian / Tasmanian lunch in Launceston attracted three new attendees. They have had some discussions with Rotary and cadet units regarding youth leadership, but may look at sending youths to Lord Somers. Denis also reported that he has been appointed Regimental Colonel of the Tasmanian Regiment.
ACT: Winston Bucknell reported by e-mail, that the ACT Chapter is in disarray insofar as they are unable to appoint a National Council representative. Winston has indicated his willingness to take on this responsibility at the next monthly meeting.

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2010 AGM Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held at
Toorak Services Club
72 Clendon Road
Wednesday 1st September 2010
1. Attendees
Frank Miller, Brian Cooper, Neil Leckie, Harry Moyle, Ralph Bertinetti, Roger Nation.
2. Apologies
Ian Kelly, Wal Hall, Tony Sonneveld, Graeme Chester, Warwick Walker, Alistair Pope, Steve Ormerod, Wayne Bruce, Brian Scantlebury, Ray Elder, Rob Youl, Robin Hunt.
Apologies and nominating the Chairman, Frank Miller as proxy:
Giles Waterman, Jim Box, Michael Shum, Noel Perry, Peter Lauder, Ray Andrews, Dick Adams, Ian McEwan, Jim Madden, David Maddison.
Apologies and nominating the Secretary Roger Nation as proxy:
Jay McDaniell, Peter Morgan, John Hetherington, Ray Williams, Dave Sabben.
Apologies and nominating Mick Hart as proxy:
Eric Blythe.
3. Previous Minutes
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 4th November 2009, as circulated were accepted as a true and correct record of proceedings.
N. Leckie / B. Cooper Carried.
4. Chairman’s Report
Frank Miller presented the 2010 Chairman’s report, which is attached to these minutes. The Chairman listed the advances that the National Executive has achieved in its first year, and thanked the Executive members for their effort during this period.
F.Miller / B. Cooper Carried
5. Financial Report
In the absence of the Treasurer, the Chairman sought dispensation from the meeting for the Executive be given power to approve the audited accounts when they become available.
The meeting expressed its concern that the financial reports and bank reconciliations had not been presented to the AGM, and resolved to meet with the Treasurer, on his return, to determine his willingness to continue in the role.
The meeting resolved to appoint Harold Moyle as auditor.
F. Miller / R. Nation Carried
6. Membership Report
In Graeme Chester’s absence, Roger Nation (acting Membership officer) reported that to date 354 members have renewed their subscription or are honorary members of the association. Graeme intends following up the unfinancials by e-mail when he returns.
Roger noted that eight Scheyvillians have used the on-line facilities of the website to renew their membership.
7. Scheyvillian
Neil Leckie reported that the 3/2010 edition will be produced later in the year, before Christmas.
The meeting again passed a vote of thanks to Neil on his sterling work as Editor.
“The lynchpin of the organisation”.
8. Webmaster
Roger Nation reported that the website is operational with just a few minor adjustments necessary to finalise the re-build.
9. State Reports
The status quo remains with regard to the WA Chapter,
Jay McDaniell, as National Committee, Dave Ward as Chairman, Jim Hancock, secretarial duties and Frank LeFaucheur, social activities.
A reasonably laid-back organisation seems to suit their chapter best.
Frank Miller presented a state report that is attached to these minutes.
The report detailed the many social activities undertaken during the year.
F. Miller / N. Leckie Carried
10. Election of Office Bearers
All positions were declared vacant, and the following were elected unopposed:
Chairman; Frank Miller
Deputy Chairman; Brian Cooper
Treasurer; Ray Elder
Secretary; Roger Nation
Youth Leadership; to be confirmed
Membership; Graeme Chester assisted by Peter Matters
Scheyvillian articles; Neil Leckie assisted by Peter Matters
QM; Wayne Bruce
Memorabilia Officer; Robin Hunt
Committee members; Brian Scantlebury,
Unanimous Approval
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 1915hrs.
Roger Nation
It is my pleasure to report on progress made since responsibility for the National Body transferred, in accordance with rotational requirements, from the ACT Chapter to Victoria in March of 2009.
A National Council meeting was held in Melbourne on 5 June, 2010. This was attended by representatives from the State Chapters and the National Executive. It proved a useful forum enabling a clear focus on our true purpose and our future direction. As well, it provided confirmation for the plans developed by the National Executive since November.
Discussion took place over a wide range of topics including updating the constitution, the funding of Youth Development initiatives, the maintenance of Memorabilia and of the Scheyville site itself, a future National Reunion and finance sharing arrangements.
We were indeed pleased with the outcomes reached.
Among the advances made to date are the following :-
1. The constitution has been upgraded in a number of areas, foremost among which has been guide lines for winding up the Association as membership ages or diminishes.
2. The website has been revamped by webmaster Roger Nation, making it more user friendly whilst giving a far more comprehensive cover of information, news and future events.
3. The National “Scheyvillian” continues as a fine and informative news magazine thanks to
dedicated work of Editor and National Executive member Neil Leckie.
3. As reported by National Treasurer, Ray Elder, our finances are robust to the point where
opportunities for their use in accordance with the stated aims and goals of the Association are sought from the State and Territory Chapters.
4. Our New South Wales Chapter is working closely with the Scheyville National Park
Management to ensure that the memory of the OTU days is carefully maintained.
5. A full inventory of all OTU memorabilia held at RMC Duntroon has been received and a
search for any other such material is underway..
6. The Q Store has been stream lined and is open for business thanks to Wayne Bruce.
7. It is planned that a National reunion be held in Sydney over the ANZAC weekend of 2013.
8. The OTU Association has become affiliated with the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia. We will be joining this body on 8 September for a ceremony where the Governor
General will unveil a Dedication Plaque at Canberra’s National Service Memorial.
9. Membership remains firm with over 300 who shared “The Scheyville Experience” financial
for year 10/11.
The National Executive meets every month – a fact which demonstrates our enthusiasm towards ensuring everything possible is done to enable the Association to pursue its aims and goals to the maximum. We look forward to the future with eager and well deserved anticipation.
At this time I would like to take the opportunity to thank all on the Executive for their splendid effort over the last year.
Finally, may I congratulate Treasurer Ray Elder on his recent award of Life Member, OTU Association of Australia.
Frank Miller.
ANNUAL REPORT 2009/ 2010
The past twelve months were busy indeed for the Victorian Chapter. With the assumption of responsibility for running the National Body in March 2009 we were kept well on our toes.
None the less we enjoyed a very successful twelve months’ activities.
In October our fifth annual golf day was held, once more, at the Waverley Golf Club. Again this proved a great success with every one going home with a prize.
November saw a good number of our people converge on the Mornington Peninsular for the yearly weekend away. All had a most enjoyable time reminiscing, dining and sightseeing. It was fascinating to visit the now abandoned Portsea Officer Cadet School – much was left in the condition it was when in operation – the Cadets’ Lines evoking long past memories! Our thanks go to Brian Scantlebury and Cathy Donovan for putting together a truly memorable occasion.
The Victorian Chapter, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Healesville, sponsored a total of twenty four young people to this year’s Lord and Lady Somers Camps. A number of our members took the opportunity to come and see the “Groupers” in action then join them for lunch.
Such visits serve to confirm in our minds the true value of sending our youth to these Camps.
Early in the year we held a wine tasting at the Toorak Services Club. Again this was most enjoyable with a very pleasing attendance. Thanks go to Peter Hateley for arranging this.
Our next event took the form of a tennis day at the Kooyong courts. This was a first for us and, judging by the enthusiastic response from so many will not be the last. Our thanks for this go to Colin Lindsay, Denise Cosgriff and Graeme Chester.
For the third year in succession we marched under the OTU Banner in this year’s ANZAC Day Parade. A fine pub lunch followed. We are indebted to Brian Cooper for putting this together.
The William Angliss College was once more the site for our June annual dinner. Some one hundred and twenty Scheyvillians and their partners attended, making it one of the biggest for many years. MC Ray Andrews did a splendid job and Chairman Frank Miller gave a talk on the Scheyville journey. The evening was topped off with a not too tuneful rendition of the OTU song. Our thanks go to Chris Coates and his team at the college, Ray Andrews and Roger Nation.
The next morning we hosted the first National Council meeting held since management was transferred to Victoria. We are grateful to the Toorak Services Club and Ray Elder for their facilitating this gathering.
In August a record number of members and friends sat down for the fifth Geddes Dinner held once again at the Toorak Services Club. Our speaker this year was Maj Gen Mike O’Brien who gave a fascinating talk on the recent reinternment of fallen Australian soldiers in Frommelles, France. It was an excellent night. Our sincere gratitude is extended to Ray Elder for his tireless work in putting together such a fine evening.
Deserving of specific mention is Ray’s being awarded Life membership of the OTU Association of Australia for his enthusiastic commitment to the organization over so many years. Well done Ray!
Finally may I take this opportunity to thank all on the Victorian Committee for their dedicated work in making the year the undoubted success it was.
Frank Miller.

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2013 AGM Minutes

Officer Training Unit Association INC





Minutes of the meeting held at

Toorak Services Club

72 Clendon Road   Toorak

1800 hrs

Wednesday 4th September 2013



1.1 Present

Frank Miller, Peter Don, Roger Nation, Graeme Chester, Robin Hunt,

Ray Elder, Brian Cooper, Bernie Gleeson, Peter Hateley, Harold Moyle,

Warwick Walker.

1.2 Apologies

1.2.1 Apologies:

Wayne Bruce, Rob Youl, David Taylor, Peter Don.

1.2.2 Apologies and nominating the Chairman, Frank Miller as proxy:

Ian McEwan, David Maddison, Don Ramsay, Rick Thomas, Gerard Garard,

Phil Warwick, Kevin Dixon, Ian Tucker, Alister Pope, Colin Scott, Brian Vale,

and Russ Henderson

1.2.3 Apology and nominating the Secretary Bernie Gleeson as proxy:

Brian McCarthy.

1.2.4 Apology and nominating Robin Hunt as proxy:

Jay McDaniell

The Chairman noted that a quorum had been achieved.

2. PREVIOUS MINUTES (5th September 2012)

The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 5th September 2012,

were circulated prior to the meeting.

That the minutes, be accepted as a true and correct record

Peter Hateley / Ray Elder AGREED


3.1 Chairman’s Report (Frank Miller)

Frank Miller tabled the 2012-13 Chairman’s report, as presented at the June National Council Meeting. A copy is attached to these minutes as Appendix 1.

That the Chairman’s Report be received:

Frank Miller / Robin Hunt AGREED

3.2 Treasurer’s Report (Ray Elder)

The Treasurer briefed the meeting and tabled the financial statements for the year ending 30th June 2013, and the associated auditor’s report.

Copies of these reports are attached as Appendix 2.

The meeting reappointed the Auditor for 2013-14. The Chairman undertook to write to the Auditor to thank him for his assistance.

That the Treasurer’s Report be received:

Ray Elder / Brian Cooper AGREED

3.3 Membership Report (Graeme Chester)

Graeme Chester reported that as at 4 September 2013, there were 363 Financial/Honorary/Widows members compared to 371 at the same time last year.

Graeme intends to send out a couple of reminders before the end of the year.

A favourable outcome of the National Reunion in Sydney was obtaining information on approximately 50 additional members, as well as updated information on 70 members to be loaded onto the database.



Number of Graduates 1880

Number on Database (Incl DNG/Staff) 1628

Number Financial 335

Number Honorary 21

Widows 7

Number Deceased 117

Number Unfinancial (Not Renewed) 993

Number Unfinancial (Do Not Contact) 155

Totals 1880 1628 363 1265


Of the names on database 22.3% are financial/honorary/widow.

Of the names on the database 7.2% are deceased.

Of the names on the database 61.0% are unfinancial (not renewed)

Of the names on the database 9.5% are unfinancial (do not contact)

That the Membership Report be received:

Graeme Chester / Neil Leckie AGREED

Discussion took place in relation to how Life Membership awards were tracked and recorded. The meeting resolved that initially the collective resources of those in attendance would be directed towards recovering an original certificate before establishing a current list

and procedure for future awards. The meeting also resolved to acknowledge Life Members at formal functions in keeping with like organisations.


3.4 Scheyvillian Editor’s Report (Neil Leckie)

The Scheyvillian Editor’s report is contained at Appendix 3.

That the Scheyvillian Editor’s Report be received:

Neil Leckie / Brian Cooper AGREED


3.5 Webmaster (Roger Nation)

The Webmaster’s report is contained at Appendix 4.

That the Webmaster’s Report be received:

Roger Nation / Robin Hunt AGREED



Victoria was the only state to present a report. Other States/Territory forwarded reports by email. They are included at the following Appendices.

a. Appendix 5 – Queensland.

b. Appendix 6 – New South Wales.

c. Appendix 7 – Victoria.

d. Appendix 8 – Tasmania

e. Appendix 9 – South Australia.

f. Appendix 10 – Western Australia.

g. Appendix 11 – Australian Capital Territory.



All positions were declared vacant, and with the exception of Robin Hunt replacing Brian Cooper as Deputy Chairman, all previous incumbent office

bearers nominated prior to the meeting for re-election. The Chairman declared the following elected.


Chairman; Frank Miller

Deputy Chairman; Robin Hunt

Treasurer; Ray Elder

Secretary; Bernie Gleeson

Youth Leadership; Frank Miller

Membership; Graeme Chester

Scheyvillian; Neil Leckie

Webmaster; Roger Nation

Members; Brian Cooper

Peter Hateley

Peter Don

Rob Youl


On behalf of the OTU membership Harry Moyle offered appreciation to the National Executive’s for their efforts in administering the Association, and keeping the members informed through the Scheyvillian and the Website.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 1901hrs.


Bernie Gleeson




1. Chairman’s Report.

2. Treasurer’s Report.

3. Scheyvillian Report.

4. Webmaster’s Report

5. Queensland State Report.

6. New South Wales State Report.

7. Victoria State Report.

8. Tasmania State Report.

9. South Australia State Report.

10. Western Australia State Report.

11. Australian Capital Territory Report.


Appendix 1


Nationally, the Association has had another highly successful year. The most significant item on the calendar was the April 25 – 28 reunion in Sydney. Nearly 800 people took part in at least one of the three major events that comprised this get together. The first was

the Sydney ANZAC day parade. Four hundred and ten Scheyvillians marched behind the OTU banner after which they adjourned to one of three restaurants for a fine meal, remembrance and fellowship.

OTU was afforded two unique honours for the march. Firstly, we received a special salute from the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO. Secondly, we led the post WWII contingent- being the most senior corps in that grouping.

The second major function was the reunion dinner at Doltone House, Pyrmont where some 600 of us enjoyed a night to remember. Finally was the Church Parade at St Mathews Windsor followed by the March onto the parade ground then luncheon at Scheyville itself.

The whole reunion was absolutely superbly organised and was further aided by perfect weather. It well and truly exceeded all expectations.

Many classes also took the opportunity to hold reunions adding further to the celebrations.

Our sincere thanks go to Greg Todd and the people of the News South Wales Chapter and especially to Dick Adams, John Bushell and Geoffrey Bennett. All of the hard yards put into organising each and every activity paid outstanding dividends. It was four days that

will stay in our minds forever.

Our National newsletter, “The Scheyvillian” maintained its position as a focal point again with three outstanding issues being produced by Editor Neil Leckie. It is always fascinating to read so many articles of interest and, especially, of what’s happened in the lives of

different members over the years.

Neil has also done much in expanding our collection of OTU memorabilia. He has a vast collection of documents pertaining to all that happened at Scheyville over its time of operation. Furthermore he has worked closely with the people at the RMC Museum to ensure

that important records, boards of honour, the colours as presented by the Governor General in 1967 and other significant items are stored there with due prominence. We sincerely thank Neil for his tireless efforts as both editor and keeper of the unit history.

Our association with the NSAA continued with chairman Frank Miller attending two of that organisations National Council meetings – one in Surfers Paradise in October and the other in Sydney in March.

The OTU Association website underwent further modifications and improvement over the year. These have made it even more effective and user-friendly. People are urged to use it for advertising any State chapter or other events that they may be running. It is

certainly a valuable means for communicating any messages. Our thanks go to Roger Nation for all he has done as Webmaster.

Our youth development work continued strongly. This year we sponsored fourteen young ladies and seventeen young men to the Lord and Lady Somers camps held at Somers on Westernport Bay, Victoria in January. Three and four respectively were funded in

conjunction with the Rotary Club of Healesville. Several other initiatives were also undertaken around the country.

Is pleasing to report that our membership increased over last year’s 485 to 497. Certainly the national reunion had a strong part in maintaining interest in the Association. Our thanks go to membership officer Graeme Chester for the fine job he has done.

The national Q store has now ceased operations with very little if any of the original merchandise being held. Quartermaster Wayne Bruce has made a valued contribution over the years and we are grateful for his input.

Financially the Association remains in strong health. The precise situation is outlined in Treasurer Ray Elder’s report. The national body contributed some $40,000 to the April reunion. This was very much regarded as money very well spent. We are most appreciative for

all Ray has done in his role

Six new Life Memberships of the Association were announced at the June National Council meeting. These were to:-

John Bushell (4/69) for his part in running the Sydney reunion.

Wayne Bruce (2/70) for his longstanding service as National QM.

Paul Ford (1/72) for his work in taking interstate Lord and Lady Somers Camp groupers to and from the airport over many years.

Roger Nation (3/68) for his work as National Secretary and Webmaster.

Greg Todd (2/71) for his Chairmanship of the New South Wales Chapter over many years.

Terry Walsh (3/69) for his contribution as National Secretary in the earlier days of the Association.

Sincerest congratulations to all of you and the Association is grateful for all you have done.

It is clear that the celebration of the “Scheyville Experience” continues around the nation. Some state chapters are stronger than others but, none the less, the camaraderie that exists between those who attended OTU all those years ago remains as strong as ever –

and has certainly been given a boost by the April reunion. We do need to look towards the future and just where the organisation heads as our membership ages. Your National Executive will be giving serious consideration to this aspect in the near to medium term


May I take this opportunity to extend a sincere thank you to all the people that I have not mentioned so far who have contributed so much to the Association’s operation over the year. Deputy Chairman Brian Cooper, Peter Don, Peter Hateley, Robin Hunt, Rob Youl

(OAM) and Secretary Bernie Gleeson. Your efforts have been very much appreciated. We look forward to the next twelve months with great confidence.

Frank Miller

National Chairman


Appendix 2

Balance Sheet

As at 30 June 2013

Consolidated sub accounts

This Year                                               Last Year




NAB Trading Account



NAB Fixed Deposit



Other Debtors











Youth Leadership Donations



Other Creditors



Subscriptions in advance 2012/2013



Subscriptions in Advance 2013/2014













Retained Earnings






Trading Profit and Loss Statement


For the year ended 30 June 2013

Consolidated sub accounts


This Year                                        Last Year


Subscriptions Received



Q Sales



Sundry Income



Interest Received










Bank Charges






Display Cabinet – RMC






National Council Meeting Costs



Pay Pal Costs






Printing and Stationery



Rebates to State Chapters



Q Purchases



Reunion 2013



Scheyvillian Costs



Scheyville Signage



Sundry Reimbursements & Expenses



Subscriptions and Memberships



Website maintenance



Wreaths & Funerals










Independent Auditor’s Report

to the members of Officer Training Unit Association (National)

Report on the Financial Statements

I have audited the accompanying four pages of Financial Statements, being a special purpose financial report, of the Office Training Unit Association (National), which comprises the Balance Sheet as at 30 June 2013 and the Trading Profit and Loss Statement for the year ended 30 June 2013.

Committee’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements

The Committee of the Association is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the Financial Statements, and has determined that the accounting policies are appropriate to meet the needs of the members. The Committee’s responsibilities also include (1) designing, implementing and maintaining internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of the Financial Statements, so that the Financial Statements are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, (2) selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies, and (3) making accounting estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.

Auditor’s Responsibility

My responsibility is to express an opinion on the Financial Statements based on my audit. No opinion is expressed as to whether the accounting policies are appropriate to meet the needs of all members. I conducted my audit to obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the Financial Statements are free from material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the Financial Statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatements in the Financial Statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, I have considered the level of internal control required in maintaining the financial records of the Association, and have designed audit procedures that are appropriate in this circumstance. An audit also involves evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used, and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the Committee, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the Financial Statements.

The Financial Statements have been prepared for distribution to members for the purpose of

fulfilling the Committee’s fiduciary responsibilities. I disclaim any assumption of responsibility for

any reliance on this Report or on the Financial Statements to which it relates to any person other

than the members, or for any purpose other than that for which it was prepared.

I believe that the audit evidence I have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for my audit opinion


In conducting my audit, I have complied with the independence requirements of Australian

professional ethical pronouncements.

Auditors’ Opinion

In my opinion, the Financial Statements of the Officer Training Unit Association (National), presently fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the entity as at 30 June 2013, and of it’s financial performance for the year ended 30 June 2013, in accordance with common accounting practices used by small associations.

Signed by David Burke this 21st day of August 2013

David Burke- Fellow NTAA, Fellow Institute of Accountants

Practising Accountant for 36 years

660 Cranbourne- Frankston Road

Cranbourne South Vic 3977


Appendix 3


Since the last AGM I have published three Scheyvillians, 3 of 2012, 1 of 2013 and 2 of 2013.The Scheyvillian 3 of 2012 published in December 2012 pushed the then upcoming Reunion. The Scheyvillian 1 of 2013 was published in time for reunion with the latest

information available (at the time of printing) for the national reunion.

At the reunion:

The last of the ‘Hard Copy’ Scheyvillians, along with the remaining 2003 OTU Reunion DVDs and ‘Hard Copy’ Directories were distributed at Scheyville. The selection of photographs displayed in the Cadets Mess at the reunion were donated to National Parks at


After the reunion:

I visited the RMC Duntroon Museum on return from the reunion. The cabinet looks good and the OTU photograph albums are available and some class photographs are in the album.

By the year’s end I will hope to have sent up to 40 photographs per NS Graduating Class for placement in the albums. I have very few photographs of the Portsea Overflow Classes, but I am beginning to receive some Overflow information.

I have donated my original OTU issued blue ‘Refer’ jacket and my issued OTU tie to the RMC Museum. The reunion generated much memorabilia and photographs, both before, during and after. Some of this was included in The Scheyvillian 2 of 2013.

The Scheyvillian 2 of 2013 was mailed to Roger Nation for placement on the Website on 28 August (it arrived on 2 Sep). Hard Copies were presented, to those requesting them, at the AGM. Input for The Scheyvillian 3 of 2013 is already being received (items of a non-

reunion nature) and all input will be required by early November to ensure that edition is out by Christmas.

A typical 40 page issue of The Scheyvillian costs under $5.50 printed, enveloped and posted.

Dick Whitaker (1/69) has given the Bureau of Meteorology Website where Rainfall and Min and Max Temperatures are available for the Richmond Weather Station for the whole OTU Period. An article will be prepared for the Scheyvillian 3 of 2013 on this interesting site.

For the Reunion, Geoff Houghton sourced and purchased from the AWM, on behalf of the association, DVDs of the 2/68 and 1/72 Graduation Films. He requested that in lieu of being refunded the purchase price of $65.40 the money be used to pay his membership

($50) and that the residue ($15.40) be placed in the Leadership Fund.

Moved Neil Leckie, Seconded Brian Cooper. Carried.       Note: Frank Miller borrowed the 2 DVDs.

Neil Leckie


The Scheyvillian


Appendix 4


Over the past year the website has been maintained on a regular basis, updating as required. This included a security patch and the addition of a second level of access security.

An obituaries column has been added to the front page, and is updated when information is supplied.

Publicity regarding the Reunion was added when requested, and a link to the reunion website established. Since the event these have now been removed. The photo gallery has been updated on many occasions, the latest, on 2 September, with images and

information gleaned from the reunion. A new gallery containing nearly 700 images taken at the 2013 reunion has been created.

Distribution of each edition of The Scheyvillian is primarily by posting it on the website, and using the bulk e-mail facility of the site to advise all classes of membership that it is available. This is very easy to do and costs nothing to achieve, compared to the printing and

postage involved with hard copies. Notification of the second edition for this year was e-mailed to 1511 Scheyvillians (honorary, financial, wives and unfinancial).

The one disadvantage of using the bulk e-mail facility, is that it removes all images and formatting from the required text, so that the OTU logo etc. never show up on the distributed e-mail.

During the year, all past editions of The Scheyvillian were re-scanned using better quality original copies, and the website now holds a complete set. We have recently received from Bill Moss, another disk of scanned copies of The Scheyvillian, this time scanned using a

high quality commercial scanner, which promise to be of even better quality and smaller files so that they will load faster on member’s computers. These will be uploaded in the next week.

Many membership renewals and donations are received using the website’s secure credit card facility, PayPal, and the Webmaster acts as the intermediary between PayPal and the Treasurer and Membership Officer in this regard.

On the advice of the QM, the Q store section has been progressively reduced, and is closed at present. As the Webmaster is the first point of contact for any Q store sales, the committee might consider appointing the Webmaster as acting QM for the small quantity of

badges and stickers that remain.

In reality, the Webmaster’s main function on a daily basis, is to act as a postmaster, re-directing e-mails to the Treasurer, Membership Officer, QM or Chairman as appropriate.

Finally a reminder to all State Chapters (and paragraphs), the website is the ideal place to promote coming events, monthly lunches, reunions etc., and to post snippets of local news. At present, only the Victorian section has any recent information, so the website is

being underused in this regard.

R. Nation

1 Sep. 2013


Appendix 5


Activities for 2012/13

 Monthly luncheons have successfully continued on the second Thursday of every month at Fridays Restaurant, Eagle Street, Brisbane. These traditional lunches were in decline but over the last year have had resurgence in popularity with an average of 12 to 15

members each month.

 Anzac Day March – Following considerable interest and spurred on by our colleagues in Sydney and Melbourne we have been allocated a permanent spot in the Annual march by the Queensland ANZAC day committee. More importantly we are able to march as a

separate contingent to the National Servicemen’s Association. We have been granted permission with our own allocated spot for OTU Scheyville Association for all future Anzac Day Marches. We anticipate about 15 to 20 members will attend annually. This year we did

not march as all but two of our regular attendees were in Sydney for the National Reunion March which will never be surpassed.

 The Annual Black Tie Dinner was held at the United Services Club on 6th April 2013. We had 52 very keen starters including one of our Patrons Brig. Dick Flint and his Partner Danae. The night was a resounding success with Grace said by Hugh Begbie and a host of

tall tales from Gordon Hurford, Gerry Garard and Neil Weekes on their “Best and Worst Experience in Army”.

 The highlight of the Year was undoubtedly the brilliantly organised National Reunion in Sydney. A large contingent of well over 100 Queenslanders travelled to Sydney to be part of the festivities. The Queensland Chapter wishes to publicly thank the organisers in

total, but especially Dick Adams and John Bushell for the most enjoyable Reunion that we could have had. It encompassed every aspect of the Scheyville experience and wrapped it up in a cloak of friendship, camaraderie and holiday brochure picture perfect weather.

What else could you ask for.

 It is planned to have a Barbecue luncheon on or about early September 2013 at Owen

Williamson’s ranch.

Owen Williamson (4/70)


Queensland State Chapter


Appendix 6


The NSW Chapter continued with its regular, albeit low-key, activities during the last year. Lunches were conducted on the second Thursday of Feb, May, Aug and Nov at inner-Sydney and middle-Sydney locations alternatively. The Annual Mixed Dinner was held at

Victoria Barracks Officers Mess on 28 Jul 12.

Attendances at the lunches were consistently in the 20-25 range with a moving population as members travelled overseas, visited grandchildren or (even!) worked, thereby scheduling lunch as they could. Despite the close proximity to the reunion, our last lunch in May

13 attracted 33 members, our biggest crowd for some time and including a few first-timers.

Again, we invited the young people we sponsored to attend Lord and Lady Somers Camps in Jan 2012 to come to the Annual Dinner (with a parent) and to address the diners on their experiences – as ever, they proved to be a fine group who responded to the

challenge of speaking to strangers with confidence and conviction.

Last dinner saw the smallest number of attendees for many years reflecting the general disillusionment with the Mess as a venue – it is attractive and historical, but the food and service has been less than satisfactory. We will be trying a new venue, the Royal

Automobile Club, for the upcoming Dinner on 7 Jul 13.

The Chapter attempts to make each event self-funding and uses its annual allocation from subscriptions to fund the sponsorships of kids to Lord and Lady Somers Camps each year.

Contact with members is by email quarterly or as required for special notices. Currently there are over 300 on the email list. Members have been added over time whereas others have not been removed from the list when they have moved interstate or overseas. I’ll

liaise with Graeme Chester when he has updated the database after the reunion-induced refreshment of details so as to reconstitute a proper NSW Chapter e-mailing list.

NSW Chapter activities continue to foster a fine atmosphere of camaraderie among members. We look forward to a suitably-rewarding and enjoyable coming year.

Greg Todd



Appendix 7


This was the third year of this State’s being responsible for the running of the National Association. Crucial here was the effort involved in liaising with the New South Wales people who were in charge of running the April 2013 OTU reunion in Sydney. It is pleasing to

report that this event was a huge success.

The Victorian Chapter itself experienced another successful twelve months with all activities enthusiastically supported.

The August Geddes Dinner, held at the Toorak Services Club, was once more a fine occasion. Our guest speaker this year was Scheyvillian, Alan Brimelow AM (3/69). Alan’s most interesting talk ranged over his military roles and, later experiences with the UN

concentrating on his duties as Chief Security Advisor in Afghanistan. He presented a detailed social and political history of that war torn country. As well he gave an insight into the people themselves and those in power there. Our thanks go to Ray Elder for again

organising this feature of the Victorian calendar.

In October the Chapter held a special dinner at the William Angliss College with Keith Payne VC and wife Flo as guests of honour. This was combined with the annual wine tasting which was normally held in March. Keith was head of OTU’s Fieldcraft Wing when the unit

was first opened. He gave a fascinating account of those early Scheyville days. Of particular interest was his most favourable assessment of the quality of the cadets who trained there. It was an excellent evening and we were honoured to have such a great man and

his wife with us. Thanks to Rob Youl and Peter Hateley for their organisation.

Later in October the seventh Victorian annual golf day was held at the Waverley Golf Club. The contestants first enjoyed a fine sandwich lunch before heading to the course. After a pleasant eighteen holes we gathered in the clubhouse for prize giving and fellowship. A

great day was had by all.

Next on the calendar was the yearly weekend away. This time it was organised by Graeme and Heather Chester around the Healesville area. We started with a visit to fire- affected Marysville where we enjoyed lunch and visited some of the local attractions. From there

we travelled to Healesville and booked into the RACV Club. After a social game of bowls and a golf putting competition we reconvened in the evening for a superb meal in the club’s dining room. The next day we visited a couple of local wineries, enjoying lunch at a

restaurant attached to one, then finally headed to a boutique dairy products outlet for cake and coffee. Our thanks go to Graeme and to Heather for a most pleasant weekend.

This year the Victorian chapter directly sponsored six girls and twelve boys to the Lord and Lady Somers camps. A further four girls and three boys were funded in combination with the Healesville Rotary Club. Several Scheyvillians again accepted the invitation to visit the

camp and witness the activities first hand. All were most impressed.

The next event on the Victorian calendar took place in April. This was the tennis day and was again held at the Kooyong Centre. After a round robin competition we adjourned to the dining room. There, joined by more friends, a meal and great fellowship was enjoyed

by all. Thanks again go to Denise Cosgriff and to Colin Lindsay for their organisation.

The Victorian Chapter did not March in this year’s ANZAC Day parade as so many members were in Sydney for the national reunion.

The final event on the Victorian calendar was the annual dinner. Again held at the William Angliss College this was very well attended. Rather than having a special speaker this year MC Ray Andrews showed a humorous collage of photos depicting our many activities over

the year. He was ably assisted here by Maggie Friend. It was brilliant very well received. Thanks to Ray Elder, Ian Kelly, David Maddison, Peter Hateley and Peter Don for their help in putting this function together. We are also grateful to the people of William Angliss and

to Chris Coates (3/71) for enabling us to use this first class facility.

Financially the Victorian chapter remains relatively strong – although not quite as robust as this time last year. Thanks to Treasurer Ray Elder for his help in this area once more.

I would also like to thank personally all on the Victorian/National executive for their efforts over the year. Specifically these are Brian Cooper, Peter Don, Rob Youl OAM, Roger Nation, Graeme Chester, Robin Hunt, Peter Hateley, Wayne Bruce, Neil Leckie, Ray Elder and

especially newly elected secretary, Bernie Gleeson. Your input has been very much appreciated.

Frank Miller

Chairman, Victorian Chapter.


Appendix 8


The Chapter would like to express thanks to the NSW Chapter for their organization of the recent national reunion. They are to be commended for the event and those from Tasmania who attended spoke very highly of the event. Thanks are also expressed for the

class coordinators for the class events. Tasmania would support another reunion.

During the year the chapter held successful quarterly lunches, enjoyed by those attending. As with most other chapters, a majority have now retired and travel frequently which precludes attendance at some lunches.

As was the case at Scheyville, not all of our attendees were national servicemen. We have two members from those who entered the service to train as pilots and one who resigned after being given the option of a senior term repeat.

Finally we were able to have Peter Dalkin join us for a luncheon in May. Peter was at Scheyville undertaking the Sydney University Regiment Course conducted during their vacation (SURVACTO Course from Sydney University Regiment). We are hopeful that Peter will be

the first of his ilk to take up membership of the association.

Peter trained at OTU Scheyville Dec 65/Feb 66 then again in Jan 67/Feb 67. He graduated but on completion of his degree joined the Diplomatic Service after which he no longer served.

Future luncheon dates will be promulgated in the Scheyvillian and as usual interstate visitors are most welcome to attend.

Finances to administer a small chapter are limited, however some expenses are absorbed by the committee as is no doubt the case with all chapters.

The Scheyvillian is well received by members and again we commend Neil Leckie for his perseverance in the production. Although available on the website, the hard copies Neil sends us are eagerly sought after.

Like other chapters, we still receive no replies from some. Although the chapter has small potential numbers, unfortunately no response on traditional mail outs increases the administrative burden of trying to keep address details up to date. Ray Williams is to be thanked

for keeping the mailing list as up to date as possible under the circumstances.

Dennis Townsend



Appendix 9


The highlight of the year was National Reunion with many from SA attending.

We have asked the National Treasurer to direct any additional funds from subscriptions and donations to Operation Flinders.

We have continued with the concept of 2 lunches a year to celebrate the establishment of OTU on the nearest Sunday to 01April – and to round the year out the nearest Sunday to 01 October. As many SA members live around the seaside suburbs, the Glenelg

Football Club has proven to be a suitable well-priced and flexible venue with lunches averaging a dozen attendees.


Gary Vial


Appendix 10


The OTU Association in WA had a pretty full year dominated by the preparation for and attendance at the National Reunion in Sydney in April but with other significant events detailed below.

OTU WA had 48 financial members for the 2012-13 financial year, up slightly on the 44 in the previous year. This was probably as a result of the Reunion.

Regular events, the quarterly lunches, organised by Frank LeFaucheur and held on the first Friday in Feb, May, August and November at the Romany Restaurant, continued to be well attended with between 12 and 15 rolling up (and rolling out). Franks arrangement

with Enzo the proprietor to allow the use of members to bring a bottle of special brew as a BYO continues to be popular with many exotics being introduced and offered to all and sundry for tasting.

OTU WA continues to actively support Youth Development initiatives with donations to Legacy Camps and the square rigged training ship Leeuwin II, on which several members serve as crew from time to time.

The National Reunion was the highlight of the year (decade ?) with 27 WA representatives attending and 22 partners. Most stayed at the Menzies Hotel, arranged by Jay McDaniell and the WA chapter and utilised also by another 22 attendees and partners from around

Australia. Close to the forming up point for the ANZAC Day march and right on the doorstep of the airport train, it proved a useful address for the WA Group Welcome Reception on the Wednesday night, at which all WA members attended, and where special guest

Dick Adams was welcomed and thanked for his role in the Reunion organization.

As a result of the mass exodus to Sydney for ANZAC Day, the usual strong representation in the Perth ANZAC march was limited to a couple of members attending with other bodies – but the OTU banner will be back on parade in 2014 !

The committee of Frank LeFaucheur and treasurer David Ward, assisted at times by Jay McDaniell and others, have ensured that members are well served by information, relevant events and that the finances are kept in the black. This has ensured that WA attracts

slightly more than its national % share of financial members and continues to uphold the association’s aim to provide support for youth development and leadership training.

WA applauds the National Committee for the outstanding success of the National Reunion and its continued stewardship of membership and financial strength.

Jay McDaniell



Appendix 11


The primary activity for the ACT Chapter is the monthly luncheon, which is generally well attended with six to twelve attending the gathering at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. The Chapter also supports various Youth Programs; in particular the Chapter has become a

very active supporter of Rotary’s RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Program by becoming a major sponsor of the annual event held in January each year. The program aims for young people to achieve their potential.

Winston Bucknall