Voice Pipe August 2016

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Moving Forward…

It’s hard to believe five years later from our start up date of 1-1-11 Tingira Australia Association is now 600 members strong and still gathering momentum in other states beside the eastern seaboard.

As an association, we must always grow, set our course, encourage new members, be an active association and then build in rewards and benefits, all from an ageing volunteer base. But that’s the nice part, as we have no shortage of ‘boys’ wanting to help to take Tingira to the next level. Treasurer Peter Stephenson and Committeeman Steve Beal, are working on our 10 year Strategic Plan. We envisage to deliver the document before end of last quarter and set the sails for the next generations horizon.

Eric Pitman is the latest Tingira JR to step forward and start rounding up 30 odd Tingira Boys in Canberra. Eric will complete the year with a few catch up ‘meet and greet’ sessions in the nationals capital. However next year on ANZAC Day, Eric will lead our boys up ANZAC Parade to the Australian War Memorial, along now with most other capital cities with several other LJR’s gathering the troops and ’ raising our Tingira banner with boys marching proudly in their glory.

Back at the desk I can report Tingira President Lance Kerr has announced the in augural ‘Stonehaven Award’ for a nominated Tingira Boy who has gone ‘above and beyond’ in the past twelve months either in service or out there on civvy street. Nominations are now open.

This Voicepipe issue also brings home some very long history as I discover a great part of Sydney’s history on the Nautical School Ship, SOBRAON.

Our next big adventure is when all roads lead to ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney on Friday 11th November for a 6pm Sunset Service, please be there if you can, sure to be another great night.

Best regards
Dixie Lee
45th Howden 1973