2020 – In Detail

On Monday February 10th, 2020, the Geelong Sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia held its Annual General Meeting, and your committee members elected 2020 are below:                     

President:          Rieny NIEUWENHOF                Vice President:         Brian O’HARA                  Vice President:                 Bernard CLANCY              Secretary:          Gary RYAN                                    Treasurer:                  Mick HOARE                     Welfare Officer:               Neil Smith

Committee Members:       David SIKORSKI , Ken BAKER , Jocelyn McMILLAN, Frank CUNNINGHAM, Kevin BENSON , Nigel WILSON , Aivar MIKELSONS , Chris SCHAPER,  Neil DAW .

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Mick Hoare, Treasurer for the Geelong Sub-branch, has been awarded the Tommy Simpson Award for 2020.  Mick has been a long time member of the sub-branch and took over the role as Treasurer in 2001.  Throughout his 18 years in the position, he has done a sterling job and now duly recognised for his contribution.

 

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.

 

 

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ANZAC Day 2020

A very  different ANZAC Day this year to our past commemoration ceremonies due to the Covid-19 pandemic – no Dawn Services, Marches, or getting together with mates, families and friends.  For those who stood in their driveways, in front of their homes or on balconies at dawn, it was a very solemn and moving experience.  The Geelong R.S.L. asked that a wreath be laid at our own memorial, with only a minimal number of members present to recognise the event, and the wreath was laid by President Rieny Nieuwenhof at 11.00am.  Wreaths from the R.S.L.,  and Cr Eddy Kontelj on behalf of the City of Greater Geelong had already been laid at the memorial.  Photos of the wreath laying are below.

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