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      VIETNAM VETERANS of AUSTRALIA

GEELONG and DISTRICT SUB-BRANCH

The Vietnam Veterans Centre of the G.&D.V.V.A.A., is located at 31 Mt. Pleasant Road, Belmont, is open for business.  Opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am until 3.00pm. 

Contact the office on 03 5243 3700 (or email at: gdvvaa@gmail.com).

 

Vietnam Veterans Centre, Belmont

With the Centre open, call in if you have a matter you would like to discus or just to have a chat and a coffee. Volunteers are again required so that the Centre may main open, so if you can assist, please call the Secretary.  Covid-19 safety procedures are still in place, with limited numbers of members allowed into the Centre, safe distancing and hand sanitising practises enforced.

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 Please Note:  The Geelong Vietnam Veterans Museum has been closed due to former premises no longer being made available by the City of Greater Geelong, and no alternate premises are currently available.

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A selection of Rememberance panels and inlaid plaques along the walkway, part of the Vietnam Veterans Avenue of Honour and Memorial Park Precinct, Melbourne Road, North Geelong.  If you are in Geelong, make a point of visiting the Avenue of Honour, take a walk along the avenue and see for yourself the plaques and panels commemorating those who served in Vietnam – 1965-1972.

 
  • Avenue of Honour Large Image Panel: H.M.A.S. Sydney
 

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URGENT     URGENT      URGENT

Our Secretary Gary Ryan has informed the Committee that he can no longer fulfill the role of Secretary – he did indicate this at the beginning of the year and we have tried to find a replacement with no-one volunteering.

The Constitution states we must have a Secretary to continue as an official Sub Branch. Without an Executive we become a ‘social’ group. 
If a replacement for Gary can’t be found immediately the Sub Branch will have to go into recess. With VV Day
coming up this would be a disaster!

We now desperately need a member to stand up and learn the ropes of being the Association’s Secretary. Some familiarity with the use of technology is required.
A laptop is provided.

Please give  this “call to arms” your urgent attention and give me a call- 0407 378 808

Rieny Nieuwenhof – President

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Please note that due to the current situation with the Covid-19 Pandemic, there will not be a Vietnam Veterans Day march on Sunday, August 15th, 2021.  A restricted wreath laying ceremony will be conducted at the Nth Geelong Memorial, followed by a lunch as follows:
Vietnam Veterans Day Lunch on Sunday 15th August:  At the City of Geelong Bowls Club, 7/9 Ballarat Road, North Geelong, from approx 11.30 am onwards – Families welcome – Covid Restrictions Permitting)
Meals will be available to purchase from the Club Menu/ Drinks at Bar Prices/ Good Raffle Prizes.
Please register your attendance via email gdvvaa@gmail.com, or phone 5243 3700 as numbers are required.

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The following message was posted on our Face Book
page this morning by yours truly.
“Hi to all our Face Book members.
Our F.B page has been in place for quite a few years now and we have found that a minimal number of our Sub Branch members/friends are actually utilising the site for the purpose for which it was established. We are “apolitical” and unfortunately we continue to see posts that have contentious political content and also posts that we consider to be offensive to the general public.
The Covid 19 pandemic and recent US elections have fuelled many of
these posts unfortunately.
Taking these things into account and the time involved in monitoring the account we have made a decision to close the account down.
We thank those who have genuinely supported the site and
wish everyone the best.”
The decision to close down the site was taken by the GDVVAA Committee
at our meeting last Monday.  From reading the instructions on closing the site, it read to me that after starting the process it would still be open for a further 14 days, before ultimately closing.
Not so it seems. It appears that the site is now closed to all users effective this morning, not long after I posted the above message.
Unfortunately few people would have had the chance to read it,
so apologies to those members for the lack of notice.
Gary Ryan

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For any matters relating to welfare or pensions, please contact the Geelong Surf Coast Veterans Centre, now located at the Geelong R.S.L. – telephone 03 5222 6003.

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“Honour the dead, but fight like hell for the living”