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Six Barwon Region recipients of Awards in the Order of Australia were recognised in the 2012 Australia Day Honours List. The Secretary has written to each of the awardees congratulating them on behalf of the Association’s Barwon Regional Members and suggesting that they join the Association when invited by the National Chairman.

Forty Barwon Regional members and their guests attended the Annual Australia Day Reception at the Geelong Club.

Colonel Andrew Gallaway, the Commanding Officer of the Soldiers Career Management Authority, Fort Queenscliff, proposed the Toast to Australia.

Sunday 10th July is the day for the Region’s annual film afternoon for members and their guests at the home of Neville Gaynor in Leopold. This year’s film will be “Letters to Juliet” supported by selected short features. Notices will be posted to Members in June.

The Regional Committee is planning a visit to the Geelong Art Gallery with lunch at the nearby theatre restaurant later in the year.

Arrangements are in hand for the Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong to host a Mayoral Reception for the recipients of Awards recognised in this year’s Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists. This year’s reception will be held at the Town Hall on 25th July. Invitations from the Town Hall will be forwarded to the new recipients shortly after the Queen’s Birthday holiday on 13th June.

Mornington Group Schools Awards Programme in its Eleventh Year

The Mornington Regional Group conducted a successful Picnic at Cruden Farm, the residence of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE on January 20th with entertainment provided by Tommy Carter’s Jazz Band. The picnic is the major fund raising event for the Group’s Schools Awards Programme. The Schools Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 by the Group. The aim is to further the Association’s objectives by supporting and encouraging local secondary schools by recognising programmes they have implemented that make life better for their communities and engender pride in Australian citizenship. To this end the Awards give recognition to Frankston City and Mornington Peninsula Shire secondary schools and their students undertaking meritorious projects. This is the eleventh year and since its inception the Schools Project Awards Programme has recognised more than thirty school projects with one hundred and fifty certificates and plaques and over $17,000 in cash prizes being awarded. The presentation of the Commendation Award for 2010 was made to the Peninsula School for their project “The Homework Club”. With the 2010 picnic having been washed out with rain, the presentation was postponed to 2011. “The Homework Club” has been running since the start of Term 2 in 2010. The Club which meets weekly assists primary and secondary school students of refugee background in the City of Frankston. These students are mainly Sudanese and have come to Australia with their families to start a new life away from civil war “The Homework Club” aims to assist these young people to further settle into their schooling by providing support and assistance with their school work. The programme has expanded with students from Woodleigh School now being involved and adults from the local community volunteering their time as tutors.

Eastern Suburbs Group

The ESRG Committee met if January to reflect on 2010 and move forward to finalize arrangements for 2011. Overall, he committee considers that 2010 was satisfactory in all areas of activity. There was a wide variety of functions which were all quite well attended

by members although we would like to see improved attendances for 2011. which should enable us to undertake a number of planned initiatives in 2011.

The year finished with a satisfactory financial balance The awards sub-committee completed excellent work in

establishing relationships which have provided the groundwork for advancing the aims of in 2011.

the Order of

Australia and the Association

In February the committee finalized the activities program and decided to send it to all members of

the ESRG to enable members to

enter the functions in their diaries – please enter the dates into your diaries.

We also sent a Questionnaire with the activities list; an

aim of which is to update members contact details. In particular, if we can contact members by e-mail our costs are reduced. If you haven’t returned the questionnaire please compete and return it for we would like to have your full current contact details and feedback.

To complete the package we also sent the Flyer for the first function for 2001. This is a talk and cartooning demonstration by the wacky, sometimes whimsical Melbourne -based caricaturist, cartoonist and illustrator, George Haddon on Wednesday 30th March, 2011 at the Wheelers Hill Library meeting room on the corner of Jells & Ferntree Gully Roads, Wheelers Hill (Mel.Map 71 J10) in the complex of the Monash Gallery of Art from 10am - 12 noon. We look forward to seeing you at this function and the other functions during 2011.

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