ADG Blue Beret Blog

Welcome to the ADG Blue Beret Blog. Both Jim Gable (ADG Blue Beret Editor) and I (ADG Blue Beret Webmaster) will post entries to the blog to keep you informed of what’s going on. The blog is accessible via the website so make sure you bookmark the site to keep up to date with the Association’s happenings. Blog features will be added over time so let us know if you have any suggestions and remember that you can add comments to any of the blog entries.

“It’s an Adgie Thing” Polo Shirts

The new polo shirts are now available in sizes “M” and “5XL” as well as the previous L, XL,2XL and 3XL sizes.

We regret that due to a recent price increase from the manufacturers, we have been forced to raise the price to members from $35.00 to 38.00, but they are still great value.

Get in now with your orders!

Help wanted with RAAFSFS History

SGT Chris Hey has been tasked with developing a little history of the ADGIES within RAAF SFS, starting with course photos in addition to some framed history.

There is very little available either in our records or in the records from the school, but if anyone has any information / Photo’s it would be appreciated.

Drop us an email if you can help

LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBERSHIP FOR LIFE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

We’ve had a few phone calls from members lately asking why their names don’t appear on the list of current Association Life Members, which was sent out with the 2017 annual general meeting papers.

The Association’s Constitution allows for  several classes of Membership:

Honorary Members
Associate Members
Ordinary Full Members
Members for Life
Honorary Life Members and
Life Members.

The first three classes need no explanation.

Members for Life are Association members who have paid the required fee and been accepted at an AGM into that class of Membership. Effectively those members have paid their membership fees in advance for the remainder of their lives and are no longer required to make any further membership fee payments. Any Ordinary Full Member may apply for Membership for Life.

Life Member is any current member who, having met the objects of the Association and having rendered exceptional and meritorious service to the Association and its members has been nominated and accepted as a Life Member by the Executive Committee. Life Membership is the highest honour currently available to the Executive Committee for that service. The award is only made by the Committee and while we encourage members to let us know of anyone they believe is worthy, the final decision can only be made by the Committee and announced at an annual general meeting – Association members are not able to nominate themselves or any other member.

The Association currently has seven Life Members

Honorary Life Membership is generally granted to the next of kin of a deceased member or to a World War 2 member, in recognition of their service or their loss.

Hopefully this clears up any confusion but please feel free to contact us if you need more information.

UPDATE FROM THE FEBRUARY 2018 COMMITTEE MEETING

G’day All, Spike Dainer here wearing my Assn National Secretary hat, to bring you all up to date following yesterday’s first Assn Board meeting for 2018.

Where’s My Copy of the Blue Beret?

There was a lot on the agenda yesterday, which we hope will be disseminated widely via the Blue Beret shortly, however, as many of you are already aware, have been unable to publish the Blue Beret for some time now due to firstly, some serious health issues for the key people in the process and secondly, some web technical problems that we are struggling to get on top of. All financial members are entitled to regular updates from your committee as to what the Assn Executive is up to, but we would ask for your patience while we sort this major gherkin out. Meanwhile, here’s a couple of items from yesterday’s meeting that need to get out quickly.

Assn Awards Presentation.

The Assn is proud to announce that the 2017 Air Marshal S.D. Evans/Airfield Defence Association Trophy for Outstanding Leadership and Operational Performance has been awarded to CPL Noel Klaen for his service during his posting to No 1 Security Force Squadron (1SECFORSQN). Noel will be presented with his award by our Assn Patron, Air Marshal David Evans at a dinner to be held in Canberra in late March. Due to the tight timelines, details of the dinner, which will be open for both Assn and currently serving members to attend, will be circulated via the Assn web site and various Facebook pages.

Anzac Day Brisbane.

The after march fellowship this year will be held at the Down Under Bar, (formerly the Peoples Palace , corner Anne and Edward St Bris opposite Central Railway Station). Usual $5.00 cover charge will apply to cover the cost of nibbles, and drinks will be available at competiitve prices. All welcome.

Assn 30th Anniversary Reunion.

The survey we sent out to all financial members regarding preferences for a location/event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Assns formation, was a bit of a fizzer with little meaningful response. (Thanks to those who did respond). An earlier proposal for 7 day “Country Music” cruise around the Pacific has also drawn a very cool response. Moreover, we understand that sufficient cabins would be not available should a swag of Assn members suddenly decide to join the cruise. Accordingly, yesterday the Committee proposed that we will hold the reunion to mark the 30th anniversary of the Association “Back to Where it Started” – in Sydney in October this year. In addition to going back to “Where It Started” Sydney provides a centralised location to travel to that perhaps make the event more attractive to those who think the Association is a bit Brisbane centric. Your committee is keen to hear feedback on this proposal, and if supported get planning underway. So let us know what you think.

That’s it for now

Regards to All,
Spike

National Secretary
(07) 54673393
0438 729 040

kangoona@bigpond.com

NEW WEBSITE ON THE WAY

Our upgraded and updated web site is currently under construction after some to-ing and fro-ing over the past 18 months or so.

The new site will be very similar to the old one and the same User Name and Password will apply to access the Blue Beret Newsletter. If you can’t remember how to access that page once the site goes live, you can always email us for help and we will send you the necessary details straight away.

There will be some minor differences in the way the Newsletter appears, but we have been assured that all newsletters, forms, merchandise orders etc. will be completely downloadable.

You may also notice some new, more relevant photographs as well.