Wellness Day - 2018 Reunion

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Saturday, 3 March 2017 - 10.30 am - 2.30 pm

Joan served in the WRANS from 1960 to 1981 as a WRAN Radio Operator (WRRO), later re-categorized as WRROM (Morse), and again re-categorized as WRROS (Special). Joan progressed through the ranks and on discharge had reached the rank of Warrant Officer. Postings included HMAS Cerberus, Harman and Coonawarra. Joan was also the first WRAN at HMAS Harman to proceed on maternity leave.

Joan’s love of history, specifically of the WRANS and RAN Women, culminated in the writing and publishing of
2 books titled Women of the Royal Australian Navy Part 1 and Part 2. Books will be available for sale on Saturday,
3 April 2018, with Joan standing by with pen to sign!!

We are honoured to have Joan at the 2018 WRANS-RAN Women's Reunion and acknowledge the time she took to write the history of the WRANS and RANNS.

The Port Stephens Veterans Network group as well as representatives from DVA Sydney, will be in attendance to provide information regarding pension claims/advocacy and welfare entitlement.

For your convenience, experienced pension officers who understand the issues involved, will provide this confidential, no cost information, to all attendees.

Graham will be in attendance displaying his handcrafted sailing boats and ships (to scale). Luckily for us, Graham will also have some of the beautifully handcrafted sailing boats and ships for sale.

Graham's magnificent talent is well worth a look. His craft will interest many, but we think the gentlemen in attendance will be especially pleased.

We are honoured that Graham has offered to be with us to showcase his talent.

Marine Rescue Port Stephens is a volunteer organisation located at the former Inner Lighthouse at Nelson Head near Little Beach. At this location there is a museum of local history, which includes the naval history of the area, also there is lovely café which not serves wonderful food but has a fantastic view of Port Stephens.

Before the establishment of Marine Rescue NSW they were the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol. This organization was established at the start of the war in Sydney and was a Naval Reserve and water police auxiliary organization. At wars end it was converted to a search and rescue marine organization.

Harold Gibson and some of the Marine Rescue volunteers have organised a static display of their Marine Rescue and WWII exhibits. Included is the history of the naval base HMAS ASSAULT and of the 22 thousand beach head naval commandos, who trained here along with the South Head gun emplacements at Fort Tomaree. They will also have on display a ‘Morse Key’ training set and old radios and electronic equipment.

The Marine Rescue unit has issued an invitation to any of our attendees, who make it up to the Inner Lighthouse, a guided tour of their operations room and museum.

MARK WEST - International published author in more than 37 countries
Mark West is a Novocastrian and local to the Stockton peninsula. Mark uses the pen-name of "LILLYBEAU" - a combination of his grandchildren's names.

Mark will have for sale on the day - 'Remembering Me'. This can be described as "a memoir writing guide with over 1,000 suggestions to write about".

We are very proud to have Mark at our Wellbeing Day with his latest book. If you purchase a copy, Mark will personally sign it for you.

What better way to be remembered than writing your memories that will be treasured for generations to come.

The NSW Cancer Council will be in attendance to supply valuable information and advice. We are pleased that such a worthwhile organisation can be with us on the day.

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