Kilcoy Race Club – Kilcoy Cup 16 June 2018

Exhibition – The Battle of Coral and Balmoral – 12 May – 6 June 1968

The Exhibition will be held at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Phillip Island Victoria from 5th May – 25 October 2018

 

 

Kilcoy Race Club Diggers Race Day Saturday 21st April 2018

This is a great social event that is highly recommended. Bring your friends and family and make it a Picnic Day

Opinion – Greens bark at wrong old dog

Greens senators Richard Di Natale and Sarah Hanson-Young this week decided they would greet incoming Senator Jim Molan with a kick rather than a sniff, and both will live to regret that decision.

Read Ross Eastgate’s  article 

Remembering the Malayan Emergency – 70th Anniversary

 

For Ipoh Remembrance Week details contact Ken McNeill, Liaison Officer NMBVAATASINC

Phone (03) 6383 4677

E; [email protected]

www.nmbvaatasinc.com

Australia Day Event – Kilcoy Picnic Races

AUSTRALIA DAY RACES KILCOY RACE CLUB FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY 2018…BRING THE FAMILY FOR ANOTHER GREAT DAY OF FUN AT KILCOY…COUNTRY RACING AT ITS BEST…KILCOY

The RAR Association proudly supports The Kilcoy Race Club’s events through Rod Slater and his RARA Kilcoy Diggers Group of workers and encourages all to  attend the Race meetings. Highly recommended for a fun day at the Races

Recommended Book Reading – The List

For all the book lovers of  topical national security and military thrillers, The List is my recommendation as a MUST READ.

It was a Christmas present from my family. I found it enthralling and couldn’t put it down until I had read it to the end – all in one day.

The book is written by Michael Brissenden (you will know him as a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987 and currently a reporter for ABC TV Four Corners program)

The story takes you from the brutal battlegrounds of Afghanistan to the western Sydney suburbs and the halls of power in Canberra/ It is a page turning thriller where justice, revenge and the War on Terror collide.

ENJOY

Ted Chitham

A Christmas Message – Thriving or Surviving? Qld Padre Peter Devenish-Meares

As 2017 ends: Thriving or surviving? Or a bit of both!!!   Please be assured of my prayerful support as I honour all you do. I also invite you to do a few minutes of reflection and, in this light,  I respectfully offer some practical tips on thriving not just surviving. Why not pick just one or two to think and act on.

Why do this?  Well, we all experience times when we are at the top of our game (even thriving) and perhaps don’t stop to think on it, let alone be thankful or track what worked well to get us there.  At other times, we seem to be just surviving perhaps due to heavier work volumes, rushed deadlines, marked change or unexpected occurrences etc.

In all these contexts, we can make (or not make) choices that support us to be as equipped, prepared and ‘fit’ (in body, mind and spirit) as we can be.  When life is shifting rapidly (e.g. a relocation, job change, new tasks etc.) and life seems more like the fast running tide going 80 knots per hour rather than a serene, peaceful lake, what do we do?

 

11 Tips Comment
Be active Daily, often, a must do!!… an active life can support our spirituality too
Pray How often do we stop to reflect, meditate and pray?
Teams matter We can do more together than by ourselves.  How often do we acknowledge our teams?
Take care of your body Change can equal stress.  After all the work volumes, deadlines and change, do you give yourself permission to rest, eat well and relax?
Be adventuresome How often do you see change as an adventure noting that all real adventure entails some challenge, difficulty and discomfort- that’s ok
Do one enjoyable thing each day No time?  What about 15 minutes out of 1440 minutes in a 24 hr period.  It’s only one (1%) percent of your day!!!
 

Live one day at a time

“…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself…” (Matt 6:24)   How well do you live with ambiguity? Do you have a role model or mentor who can help? If not, ask someone if they will be a guide (most people like to be asked)
 

Inform yourself

What works for you in times of busy-ness? change? What doesn’t work? If one did a ‘gap analysis’:

(a)     who has the information you need today?

(b)     what new ideas, skills or choices do I need in my toolkit to support me, my team etc?

Ask for support In times of change, stress or ambiguity – who do you need to keep informed; who is most helpful?  Do you find it hard to ask for help?
Take time for solitude Seemingly not everyone’s cup of tea but time alone can allow us time to settle our thoughts and emotions
 

Celebrate or ritualise change

How often do you stop to celebrate a step taken? An outcome achieved?  Have you ever stopped to ritualise a change or ending? It could be as simple as closing the door with a prayer of thankfulness!

Gustin, M. (1997). Welcoming change: 10 Tips for thriving not just surviving. Ligouri MO: Ligouri Press (adapted).

I wish you every Christmas joy, peace and prayerful support for now and for 2018 and beyond as you step into whatever tomorrow holds.

Blessings

Padre Peter

“DESERTING OUR DIGGERS” – A CURRENT AFFAIR PROGRAM

“The Australian government has been accused of deserting the soldiers who put their lives on the line to protect our country.

These brave men and women are left to battle a system in crisis that’s nothing short of a national disgrace.”

See last night’s ACA TV program here

If you or somebody you know needs help, contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.
  • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)  24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

VALE – MAJOR IVAN BATES – RAAC

Major Ivan Bernard BATES RAAC (Ret’d) a comrade warrior to  Australia and supporter of the Royal Australian Regiment died peacefully on Bribie Island on Friday 15/12/17, aged 87 years.

He was commissioned into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) serving in both Regimental and non-regimental postings throughout his 33 years career. He was 2IC of the 1st Armoured Regiment in Puckapunyal and a very proud member of his military family.

Ivan saw active service both during the Malayan Emergency on secondment to a British Army Cavalry unit based in Ipoh from 1957 to 1958 (which supported 2 RAR’s operations), and later in Vietnam in 1971 with HQ 1ATF.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday 22nd December at the Little Flower Church, 41st Avenue, Bribie Island at 1 pm and/or his Graveside Service at Pinnaroo Cemetery, 294 Graham Road, Bridgeman Downs Brisbane at 3 pm.

Military persons are requested to wear their medals and for Armoured Corps members their black berets.

Condolences may be sent to the Bates Family: his wife Esme and children Melita, Paul, Michael and Helen, at 16 Pelican Street, Bellara, Queensland 4507.

Rest in Peace Noble Warrior