REUNION UPDATE #6

Dear Classmates,

Thank you for your responses so far. We’d like to stress that the reunion is intended to embrace everyone who was on the journey with us at any time over those College years. You are all welcome, indeed urged, to come together to share and reminisce about that formative time and what you’ve done since, irrespective of where life may have taken you after RMC. You are ‘Mates for Ever’.

Contributions to ‘The Book’ are progressing, but there are some gaps. We want the book to cover, as far as is practicable, all 114 who are part of our cohort. So please get your pens and photo albums out if you haven’t already done so! If you want guidance on what we’re looking for please contact Tony McKenna at tonymac851@gmail.com

Planning for the Reunion in December is progressing well, with a deposit paid to the Rex (thanks to those who have already paid up) and detailed discussions opened with RMC Protocol regarding our visit to RMC on Monday and the Parade on Tuesday morning.

So far, we’ve had over 30 classmates commit by paying their deposit, but we know that quite a few more have indicated that you’ll be attending. It would be of great help if you slackers got organised and let us know if you are coming and which activities you’ll be taking part in, by completing the attached form and returning it to me. Your deposit of $50 deposit into Kym’s holiday account would also be appreciated ( BSB: 06 2692 Acct No: 4995 6261 Name: Reunion). We understand that overseas classmates may experience additional costs transferring money, so we’d be happy to accept just a single payment from you later when we call for final payments.

We’ll be distributing some notes in early November to answer as many admin questions as possible, but if you think of anything that you’d specifically like us to cover in those notes, please let us know.

Attached is a table showing what is planned (it’s in lieu of an Admin Instruction!)

Keep safe everyone, 

Steve, Kym, Warwick and David

PS. Rod Allan produced a video for the 30th anniversary reunion. He updated it to DVD for the 40th reunion and it is now viewable on the website in preparation for the 50th anniversary reunion. Have a look and re-live some of your long distant past and of course Van Morrison’s music. Check it out at https://duntroonclassof1972.files.wordpress.com/2022/05/days-like-this.mp4

Class Reunion Update #5

Dear Classmates,

The Reunion Anniversary Planning Team (RAPT) met on 5 April to have a coffee, catch up, and tell each other stories and anecdotes, some of which may have been true. We also briefly discussed what is currently planned for December. All decisions/recommendations are made in a spirit of great collegiality, with no designated ‘leader’ (although Steve mostly guides us!)

At this stage the three ‘primary’ events from our point of view are Saturday drinks, Monday dinner and the Parade. The ‘secondary’ events are Friday night informal drinks, the Sunday Church Service, Remembrance Service for deceased classmates and the lunch at the Arboretum, and the Monday College tour. The description of primary and secondary is not about their relative importance but the amount of detailed organization that will be required.

There has been little take up for a visit to Araluen as an organised event, but of course if any wish to do that it can perhaps be arranged ‘offline’ by individual Classmates.

The search for a provider of an appropriate Port crock has so far been unfruitful. An alternative spirit option (Whiskey and/or Gin) is being pursued, but nothing to report as yet. If that was possible it would be an appropriate label, but only similar to commercial ones. 

The RAPT has discussed other memorabilia such as engraved wine glasses or a mug, as per the 20th anniversary (but not the same one!). Options and prices are being followed up – initial inquiries indicate an engraved stemless wine glass is very achievable.

Canberra Rex has confirmed that rooms will be available for between $155  (King Room) to $170 (Crown Suite). The code to use is: CR2022. This code will need to be communicated at the time of booking either by phone on 02 62485311 or email  reservations@canberrarexhotel.com.au   A different rate (perhaps cheaper) may be advertised online which is due to fluctuations based on occupancy levels. However, the above rates will be honoured regardless of the advertised rate.  Free cancellation is available up to 24 hours before the day of arrival. 

The cost of the pre-booked events (Saturday drinks and Monday dinner) is $30 pp for Saturday evening (that covers food – drinks are buy your own over the bar) and $120 pp for Monday dinner, which is an all-inclusive drinks and food package.

We will need to pay a deposit shortly to secure the booking (by mid-next week actually!), which is 20% of the total cost. The deposit is estimated to be around $2500. With some difficulties Kym MacMillan has opened a bank account to manage the finances: unfortunately, due to current money laundering regulations it can’t be named something like ‘Class of 1972 Reunion’ but has to be linked to an identified account holder (unless we go through all the hassle of becoming an incorporated body). Kym has assured us he can be totally trusted and will be issuing an audited summary before he leaves for the Bahamas!  We are asking for anyone intending to attend the two main events to contribute a deposit as soon as possible of $50 per Classmate attending into this account: BSB: 06 2692    Acct No:  4995 6261    Name:   MacMillan Reunion.  Please ensure you mark your deposit with your name.   We will be seeking the balance in due course.

And a final note: we have received formal confirmation of our request for access to the College for the range of activities we’re planning. Needless to say, the detail is yet to be sorted!

Regards,

 Steve, Kym, Warwick and David

PS. Please let me know if you do not wish to receive these update emails.

PPS. You should have received this update via email. If you haven’t please check your spam/junk folder, and if it isn’t there let me know so I can verify that we’ve got your current email address. David

Anniversary Book

Below is a note from Tony McKenna asking for your input into the planned book to coincide with our 50th anniversary this year. It won’t work without your responses! An example of the sort of one page we’re asking for is subtended, as is the first outline of the book. Please also feel free to offer suggestions for inclusion into the ‘Our Journey’ section.

“Dear Classmates,

You will be well aware that his year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Graduation of the class of 1972 and we are planning a grand reunion in December. To celebrate the occasion we intend to produce a commemorative book (format yet to be decided) and I have undertaken to co-ordinate its production.

Over the course of our journey we had a total of 114 members pass through the class and we wish to acknowledge every single one of you, no matter how long or short your time with us may have been. As with all reunions, the burning questions will be: what have you done and what are you doing now?

While December may still seem a long way off, there is much to be done so it is now time to seek your contribution in the form of a one-page biography covering the years since leaving RMC . A few points to note:

  • Please provide a Title showing your cadet number, name and the company you belonged to when you left RMC (some of us changed companies along the way).
  • Tell us your story your way. It will be very interesting to hear about what you have done, your family and your interests. I have attached my own story (first draft) to give you the idea.
  • Preferably your bio should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Don’t worry about the format. I will standardise them all later.
  • Please include a photograph of yourself during or shortly after RMC and also a recent photo.

Please email your contributions to me at tonymac851@gmail.com by 31st March to allow plenty of time to chase any classmates who have gone missing and to put everything together.

.Thank you all in advance for your input. I look forward to reading your stories and catching up with you at the reunion.

Mates forever,

Tony McKenna

Stew Snell Podcast

I have now listened to the podcast and it brought back memories of both RMC and Stew – and just what a nice guy he was.

I had problems getting it to open on my desktop computer – the podcast wanted me to download Spotify, and my computer (iMac) didn’t want to!

I had Spotify on an iPad and had no trouble listening to it on that device. There was also a link in the podcast front page to the ABC Four Corners article from 1970 – I watched that too and even recognised some very young faces.

Wanted: More contributions for our website

I’m hoping that all classmates will either follow this website or our Facebook page – preferably at the very least website. But I’d also like to add a plea for you to provide more items for the website.

The aim is to try and have the website as a repository of information from our period at RMC so we are looking for photos, Super 8 movies, memorabilia, documentation etc – anything at all of relevance that can add to the collection. Some of it could end up in the book or whatever evolves – Tony McKenna will deal with that but as a repository, its home should be the website.

If you’ve visited the site lately you’ll have noticed that it has undergone a significant renovation, thanks entirely to John Elphinston who took on the task, and who will continue to update and maintain it. If you have anything at all to contribute can you please send it to Elph and he’ll put it onto the website: send to john.elphinston@gmail.com or to rmcclassof1972@gmail.com – or to both. For example Duncan and Warwick – your fathers’ Super8s would be great to have. Don’t forget that as we age, stuff that you might now have could become lost forever unless your spouse/partner/children/grandchildren/ hang onto it. And even if they do, if they don’t know what they are looking at, the value in keeping it becomes almost negligible and the likelihood is it gets thrown out.

We’re not overly interested in individual post-RMC stuff mostly because as it becomes more contemporary the volume of material increases and the relevance to our time at RMC becomes less.  Obvious exceptions are catch ups and reunions, or events of great significance that can relate back to our time at RMC.

If you haven’t had a look at the revamped site, please do so. Any feedback, good or bad is welcome. 

Some points:

  • The website has been significantly revamped
  • It’s the primary repository for photos, videos, photos of memorabilia, documents, anecdotes etc for us to share
  • It’s primarily a record of our time at college except for events like reunions and catch ups
  • Send in whatever you have and share it around the group

And finally, let us know what else you want from the website to improve it.

NSW/ACT/VIC Zoom Catchup – 1 September

Peter Martyn organised a zoom catch-up for NSW Classmates – and, hearing of this, the ACT Chapter gatecrashed, followed shortly thereafter by the VIC Chapter! In all, 21 attended – can you name them? A congenial session, with only the occasional technical hitch when several tried to speak at once. Perhaps we need some refreshing on our R/T procedure?

A recording of the session is at this link: not sure how long it stays alive.

DFRDB and Commutation

In the latest edition of the DFWA magazine “Camaraderie” (Second edition 2021, Vol 52 no 2) is an article that explains in simple terms the DFRDB commutation issues. The Editor of the magazine, and as turns out, the author of the article is none other than Les Bienkiewicz (class of 74). Les has not only agreed it’s use but he has also provided and updated version that makes comments on the Senate Hearing result which is as would be expected a BIG FAT NOTHING! Attached are a copy of the magazine article and Les ‘s updated word version. The Senate report is available on www.aph.gov.au

Thanks to Peter Martyn for passing this on, and contacting Les.