A vintage sign advertising the meeting times of the Sandgate Sub-Section

Queensland

Sandgate

Next Meeting

When:
Sunday, 9 December 2018
Time:
1000h
Where:
Training Ship Paluma

Our Office Bearers for 2017-2018

President

Mr H. “Darby” Ashton
Address PO Box 137 SANDGATE QLD 4017
E-mail president@navalassociationsandgate.org.au
Phone 07 3204 6037
Mobile 0437 012 169

Secretary

Mr Kevin Wilson
Address PO Box 137 SANDGATE QLD 4017
E-mail secretary@navalassociationsandgate.org.au
Mobile 0478 729 243

Treasurer

CMDR Darryl L. Neild OAM (Retd.)
Address PO Box 137 SANDGATE QLD 4017
E-mail treasurer@navalassociationsandgate.org.au
Phone 07 3880 4220
Mobile 0418 358 689

Action stations!

[ camaraderie –  noun – mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together. ‘the enforced camaraderie of office life’ synonyms: friendship, comradeship,fellowship, good fellowship, companionship, brotherliness, brotherhood, sisterhood, closeness, affinity, togetherness, solidarity, mutual support. ]

In line with the Naval Association of Australia’s (the “NAA”) national president’s call for every Sub-Section to bolster the Four Pillars of “Camaraderie”, “Navy Cadets”, “Commemoration” and “Care”, Sandgate is making headway on all four fronts.

In July 2017 the Sub-Section took the view that, in order to engage more successfully with the outside world and to showcase how our members were making a positive contribution to the community, additional channels of outreach – “online” – were worth actively exploiting.

Many of our Sub-Section’s members are veterans now edging into their seventies. We are all extremely proud of the direct financial and moral support we strive to provide to the Australian Naval Cadet unit, “Training Ship Paluma” with whom we share meeting room facilities.

Like similar Sub-Sections around Australia, the ongoing concern we all share boils down to: “How do we give expression to what NAA membership means to us and to pro-actively encourage new, much younger members – especially ex-Royal Australian Navy personnel who have recently left the service – to sign on and join us?”

Like so many community-based/volunteer-run/not-for-profit organisations across the world, we have to negotiate a very busy and competitive “marketplace” of ideas, interests, lifestyles and time-pressures.

We won't know for certain until ex-RAN veterans who have served not more than 10 years ago start to find their way to us and discover the hospitality, fellowship and satisfaction of being with like-minded, community-focused veterans.

Until then, Sandgate Sub-Section is “keeping the harbour light shining” with the following social media/online resources.

We humbly commend them to other NAA units as a potential template for engaging current generations of sailors and to showcase what NAA membership can achieve locally, and ultimately nationally.

Dozens of Facebook “group pages” focused solely on sharing camraderie among those who may have served on specific ships, or a class of warship, are out there waiting for you to explore. Once you have a story you’d like to share, the men and women who populate these virtual meeting places will do the rest.

If you think your Sub-Section has a “voice”, why not set up a Facebook profile and let the world know you are ready to join the conversation? It’s all free and no matter how hard you try to convince yourself that you are too cack-handed to master “a computer”: what do you imagine that smartphone in your hip pocket is?

Yep! Like your grandchildren will remind you: If you can make and answer a telephone call on a mobile phone, you can just as easily click on a Facebook icon and see what’s new in your Sub-Section. And when you do, let our Sub-Section know you’ve joined the 21st Century...we will give you a shout out and “like” what you’ve got to share.

Hard to imagine anything useful can be found on the Internet? Take a moment and look up, for example, the “HMAS Vampire” Facebook "closed group”.

At last last count, some 799 former matelots are freely sharing their quirky sense of humour, nostalgia, photos and history, arranging reunions, selling or swapping souvenir paraphernalia (like t-shirts) and a whole lot more.

These former crewmates are re-establishing the bonds only veterans truly understand and value. Their tiny corner of the Internet has become, for them, an irrepressible expression of connectedness among the several generations of sailors who just so happened to have gone to sea on this one warship, but now online.

So there you go. “Bravo Zulu!” for browsing past our little corner of the NAA national website, and we sincerely hope you’ll return again soon.

Let's know you're out there, won’t you?