Voice Pipe December 2017

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Christmas – and the year is gone, it’s been another whirlwind 12 months, just a sign of getting old I guess!

Life at the Tingira helm has once again been hectic all year and I’m looking forward to a good summer break over Christmas period as I am sure many of our Tingira shipmates are all in the same boat here.

As I’m in the younger end of the Tingira chain, it’s surprising right now how many of
members I bump into and discover they have sons and daughters now in the services, most in the navy! It’s very rewarding to know that our legacy and naval heritage has spread to many of our family members across this Tingira chain. My son Brandon is now back in the fleet and makes Annie and I very proud of him. Our continued association with all things Tingira and my other pet group the Hobart association, make us a truly naval family at
present.

Enough about me, the Tingira team on committee have been in overdrive since the AGM in Canberra with our mid year sojourn south to the nations capital. Great to have two new boys on committee, David Rafferty and Darryn Rose, most welcome and sure to bring some great ideas and experience to the table.

On the home front, the Secretary leaves has left no stone unturned again this year. The big renovation proposal for Tingira Memorial at Rose Bay next year is awesome, just need to pull off the funding grant and we have a very exciting project, yes this is as big as Ben Hur! Watch the website for details and our media announcements in first quarter of 2018.

It was very sad to receive the resignation recently of our Tingira Treasurer, Peter Stephenson. Peter is moving on in life after some tough years at the NSW RSL and is shifting to greener pastures in the New Year, we wish him well and I know we will see his face on July 13 each year at the Tingira party somewhere!

Which leads me to our casual vacancy position on the committee. Step up boys; we really need another face around the table or on FaceTime as we go down the modern system of communicating at our meetings. We have some exciting programs in the ‘prospect’ stage at the moment, Vice President Steve Beal and Peter Stephenson have been working on our strategic plan for the last four months and it’s now ready for delivery to the website in late January. The Association Patron, Rus Crane, is also throwing in his assistance where required, exciting times ahead is all I can say at this stage.

So the year in review is not for this page today. Secretary Dixie Lee will have another
great publication on the web soon, the 2017 annual report. I can say my highlight for the year was defiantly presenting the first “Stonehaven Medal” to Ken Dobbie at the 46th intake reunionin Canberra.

Nominations for the 2018 Stonehaven Medal are now open, so let’s leg up a mate who has gone above normal duty and reward his efforts.

I must say big congratulations to our committee who have all assisted in bringing this issue of VoicePipe to publication. Of the 20 odd issues we have produced to date, this is by far just the best. The original Tingira portraits are priceless and John Perryman in Canberra is to be congratulated for bringing our history to the navy forefront with this project at the RAN Seapower Centre. I look forward to seeing many my shipmates and Tingira members again at the ANZAC march in 2018 when I travel to Perth to assist WA LJR Paul Kalajzich. My main aim is to get my head around of the politics and happenings with the future of the Leeuwin Barracks site and see where we sit in the big picture of all things Leeuwin.

A big thank to our sponsors who continue to support us in many ways as an association. To our growing membership base, enjoy a happy, festive and safe Christmas – New Year period, more Pussers Rum in our stockings, fingers crossed!