Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Did you miss our super soup night?

---- We open most Fridays from 5 pm with meals on the first Friday of a month. Everyone is welcome ---- The super soup night on Friday, 2 June was one of the best attended, most enjoyable nights we've had for a long time after months (years?) of interruptions due to COVID lockouts and long-term construction and landscaping projects within the Tanunda Recreation Park.

Last Friday night made us feel as though we had put all that behind us and are now back to normal.

Our table setting at the Hut
Over 40 people attended and had options of four soups: pumpkin, mushroom, chicken noodle, or potato, bacon, and leek. These were accompanied by soft, tasty white bread rolls and of course a sweet consisting of apple crumble and custard or cream. Nobody was heard to say they didn't like the soup or the apple crumble.

As usual, a range of beverages was available at happy hour prices.

Making our night even more special were the presentation of cheques to three local organisations that provide services to us during ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorative events, and a couple of poems by our in-house bush poet, Maurie O'Brien who has presented on several occasions.

Maurie has a collection of 31 poems titled, "ANZAC Poems and Other Sprigs of Wattle" that is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions. It's well worth a look if you're interested in poetry or military history.

On Friday evenings when the Hut is open and we aren't having a meal, we have a variety of snacks available, happy hour beverage prices including tea and coffee and plenty of friendly chat. If you live in the area or are passing through, please do come and join us after 5 pm. 

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Visiting the Goolwa RSL Sub-Branch

---- We open most Fridays from 5 pm. Everyone is welcome ----When Robin Henry visited Goolwa recently, he had no idea where the Goolwa RSL Sub-Branch was located or even if it existed. However, during a walk last Sunday, he and his wife Christina came across the club which, much to their surprise, was open. On a Sunday!

Goolwa RSL Main Hall
Later that day members were apparently attending to watch a football match, tuck into some pies, and perhaps have a liquid refreshment or two. One member was pulling on the pullover of his preferred football team.

The RSL occupies a beautiful heritage building that was once a horse stable. Inside it is well decked out with themic displays of memorabilia from the four main wars. I understand that memorabilia is being collected for the Iraq, Afghanistan wars.

As you can see in the image at right, the walls are covered with photos, plaques, and even a frame containing details of the RSL Objects which I thought was a good idea - reminding us of what the RSL is about.

It's a very pleasant, well-laid out club that is a credit to all those who have contributed to its establishment and interior decorating.

If you're visiting Goolwa, whether as an RSL member or as a visitor, do drop in. You'll be most welcome and see some excellent memorabilia including the last Australian flag displayed in Vietnam.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

APOD Provides Discounts to Veterans

---- We open most Fridays from 5 pm. Everyone is welcome ----Have you heard of APOD, Australian Partners of Defence?

APOD is a membership community created by veteran families, for veteran families. Membership is open to Australian Defence Force personnel, reservists, veterans, allied military personnel and their immediate family members. 

Many of the partners are veteran-run businesses.

APOD's purpose is to provide a platform for businesses of all sizes to give back to defence and veteran families through special offers and discounts that acknowledge their unique service and sacrifice. Their goal is to reach every defence family, especially veterans and their families who are no longer in defence or able to access the benefits available when in uniform.

Membership is free for anyone who holds a current DVA Veterans Card and you can join by clicking here.

Membership includes:
  1. A personalized digital APOD membership card
  2. Unlimited access to all the member benefits they negotiate on your behalf (over 20,000 offers)
  3. Free membership for members' spouses
You don't have to join, but why not visit APOD's site here and see what it's all about?

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Vietnam Objects to Australian $2 Coin

---- We open most Fridays from 5 pm. Everyone is welcome ---- 

Vietnam has urged Australia to halt the circulation of the coin 

By Joel Guinto & Bui Thu

Vietnam has strongly protested against Australia’s issuance of a coin with an image of the yellow flag of South Vietnam. Vietnam said the coin defies positive trends in bilateral ties and urged Australia to halt its circulation. 

Australia fought with US-backed South during the Vietnam War, which ended with the nation unifying.

The limited edition two-dollar coin was issued to mark 50 years since Australia pulled out its forces from Vietnam. The yellow flag in the coin design, contained in a ring, is based on ribbon colours awarded to Australian veterans. 

“We regret and resolutely protest against the Royal Australian Mint’s and Australia Post’s releases and circulation of items containing the yellow flag with three stripes, the flag of a regime which is no longer in existence,” said Pham Thu Hang, deputy spokesperson of Vietnam’s foreign ministry. 

The coin also features an image of the late Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse side and a UH-1H helicopter on the reverse. 

Vietnam lodged the protest as it concluded a five-day holiday to remember the end of the war. 

The yellow flag is a sensitive issue for the country. In January last year, Vietnam’s national television station aired a football match between Vietnam and Australia with a 10-minute delay as some Australian fans brought yellow-striped flags to the stadium. In July 2018, a Vietnamese court sentenced three women to four years in prison on charges of spreading anti-state propaganda after they held up yellow flags in public. 

Vietnam appeared to have overreacted to the commemorative coins, said Nguyen Van Tuan, a former refugee from South Vietnam who now researches medicine at the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology in Sydney. He said it is common for some local governments in Australia to use the yellow flag since veterans from the former South Vietnam are entitled to benefits from the Australian government. The yellow flag was also flown by so-called boat people like him who fled Vietnam by boat so that they would be recognised as refugees, he said. 

“While the flag no longer represents any country, it remains a symbol of the Vietnamese community in Australia,” he said. 

The Royal Australian Mint said the design reflected the “colours of the ribbons of the service medals awarded to Australians who served in Vietnam, including the Vietnam Service medal, introduced in 1968”. It added the Australian government “does not recognise the flag of the former Republic of Vietnam”.

Acknowledgement: Article from Veteranweb Network