At last we are back to level one. There seems little prospect of us going to level zero anytime soon. We still recommend hand washing, social distancing and mask use if in close contact. We have done well and have not had a single Covid-19 case, so we can pat ourselves on the back.
Numbers at our Monday meetings have been low lately, but we carry on. On Wednesday our Youth Ambassador, Ella Cronshaw, organised a Mufti Day at Takapuna Grammar School. Students in mufti were asked to contribute a gold coin for our Poppy Day Trust and were given a poppy in return. One lad had no change, so he went to the café to purchase a muffin and then returned to donate, and he presented me with the muffin. I was able to share it with some of the Navy personnel who were assisting us with the collection (thanks to Rebecca).
This Thursday 22 October at 1500 we will be having a short service with the Martin family and the O’Connor family to unveil the memorial plaques in our foyer. Members are invited to be present. Light refreshments will be provided, and the bar will be open.
This year, because we have not had an Anzac Day parade and commemorative service, we are having a parade and service on Sunday 8 November commencing at 1030 to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, rather than on Wednesday 11 November. We will be putting out the Field of Remembrance on Windsor Reserve at 1500 on Sunday 1 November. Volunteers are required to help Max Laloli and his team, who have refurbished the crosses.
If possible, we encourage you all to keep the following dates free to support events at your R.S.A.
No meeting on Labour Day October 26.
Monday November 2 – (1100-1400) Next Members Meeting.
Tuesday December 15 – (1100-1400) Christmas Luncheon more details to follow.
Stanley Bay School have some fantastic photos of ex-pupils at the school. They are keen to make contact with any ex-pupils so that they can be identified in the photos and be interviewed about their days at the school. Contact Kelly Seaburg. firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, our Local Support Advisor, Gail Kennett, made contact to offer support to a Navy Officer who had lost everything in a house fire. He was touched and sent us a thank you letter and challenge medal from HMNZS Aotearoa. His letter is attached.
Looking forward to catching up with you all,