2018 in Detail



Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia 2018 February Victorian State Conference

On Saturday February 24th, 2018, Geelong hosted the 2018 V.V.A.A. Victoria State Conference. This has conducted at the Geelong R.S.L. and was attended by delegates from all over the state.  The conference was opened by the  Federal Member for Corangamite, Ms. Sarah Henderson.

A highlight of the conference, was the awarding of Life Membership to G. &D.V.V.A.A. Vice-President Ken Baker.






Local Federal Member Ms. Sarah Henderson opened and addressed the conference, obviously to the amusement of G&DVVAA President, Rieny Nieuwenhof.

State President Bob Elworthy addresses the conference


Ken Baker receiving his Life Membership from Ms. Henderson

Ken Baker displaying his Life Membership with Bob Elsworthy

Life Membership Presentations

On Friday March 2nd, 2018, Dorothy Cunningham and Kevin Benson were both presented with Life Memberships to the G & D.V.V.A.A by President Rieny Nieuwenhof.  A very special and thoroughly deserved recognition of the service they have both given to the branch.



Bruce Tarticchio receiving the Tommy Simpson Award from G&DVVAA President, Rieny Nieuwenhof, on March 16th, 2018.

Thomas (Tommy) Simpson was a local Geelong lad (born in 1939) and served in Vietnam with the Royal Australian Artillery with 105 Field Battery.  He was killed on December 9th, 1965. The award is named in his honour.


Below are images of aspects of the Anzac Day March, Geelong, 2018. A day of reflection and pride, made better when shared with family, friends and comrades.


Marching as a group behind a proud banner.

A show of appreciation.

Branch Secretary Aivar plays “the Pied Piper”.

A proud moment for President Rieny with his son-in-law (ex Navy)

A time to reflect


 Bernard Clancy and family

A proud moment for Peter Jager with his wife and daughter – almost 40 years of combined service with the Army, Navy and Air Force.