Victoria

Frankston - V60

Next Meeting

When:
Meetings postponed due to Covid 19
Time:
19.30
Where:
Frankston Naval Memorial Club
President
Lieut Commander Richard (Harry) Kime OAM RN RAN Rtd
Vice President
Ray Surridge
Secretary
Lee Andrews:   Mobile  0458 094 438
Treasurer
Dale Williams-Jones
Committee
Kerry Scott, Tom Mc Dermott, Marie Wolski, Willie Beattie,
Barry McDaniel & Wendy Sedgewick
State Council Delegate
Mark Kinder
Wellness Representative and VVA Liaison
Mark Kinder
Assistant RNA Welfare Representative
Mike Bennett (Royal Naval Association)
FNMC Bar Manager
Stuart Taylor-Reed

Members Subs can be paid now:

Subs are due 01st January, 2020.
FNMC Clubrooms, 36 Barretts Road, Langwarrin South.
Naval Association of Australia Full Membership - $38 per annum.
Frankston Naval Memorial Club Membership - $15 (NAA Full Members)
Frankston Naval Memorial Club Membership - $22 (Non NAA Members)
 
Personal Payment - Friday Club Nights or Thursday morning 09:00-10:30.
Pay Treasurer or Secretary.
 
The AGM for 2021, FNMC Clubrooms, 19:30 hours, Friday February ****
Executive & Committee Nominations Open - 12th December 2020.
 
WANT TO BE A NAVAL ASSOCIATION OR CLUB MEMBER
OR
DO YOU JUST WANT INFORMATION
Contact Lee Andrews on 0458 094 438
 
NOTE:   Telephone FNMC only available Friday Club Nights and Thursday Mornings.
 

HISTORY

The Frankston Sub-section was launched on Tuesday 27th August 1963 with Captain Alvord Sydney Rosenthal, DSO & Bar, OBE, RAN (Rtd), being elected as the inaugural President.

Initially the Sub-section's membership convened meetings in a number of venues, the Frankston Hotel, Summer Tea Gardens, Frankston Municipal Golf House (present Frankston Bowling Club), Frankston RSL Club Rooms in Davey Street, Baxter Cricket Club and as well as several private residences.  Throughout this early period the priority was to raise funds in order to establish their own permanent meeting place.

In 1968 the sub-section, with financial assistance from Dandenong Sub-section, purchased two acres of land in Barretts Road (then located in Baxter) for $2,400.00, a sum repaid in quick time.   Further fund raisings ensured sufficient income for the membership to erect a building on the two acres and in November 1973 the 'Tin Shed', 24' x 24', was born and heralded the arrival of the Frankston Naval Memorial Club.   In 1976 a further expansion was called for but then only two years later, August the 19th, 1978 the beloved 'Tin Shed' was replaced by a concrete breeze block structure.

A major reason behind the sub-section's fund raising success was the Ladies Auxiliary, established in 1967.   Its impressive endeavours culminated in the 1980's when the Ladies Auxiliary was realigned and amalgamated into the Social Membership Section of the Memorial Club.

After several successful years, the sub-section and club saw a decline in membership during the mid 1980s but a reinvigoration of the sub-section was well underway when at the end of 1989, catastrophe.  December the 28th and a fire destroyed the premises, lost was all of the club's content and much priceless memorabilia.   Despair, yes, but where we have camaraderie, hope is ever present and the membership rallied to the call.  A project was launched to rebuild the Frankston Naval Memorial Club, that goal being achieved, with the help of the wider naval community on Saturday, 24th August 1991.   As a tribute to all who helped to rebuild the club, their names are recorded within the walls of what has become a magnificent club.

Further milestones were achieved during ensuing years, a Wall of Remembrance was erected which reinforced and augmented the 'memorial' designation in the title of the club and recorded the names of sub-section members who have 'Crossed the Bar', the club's affiliated organisations' members who have similarly passed on and the Sub-section's Associated members.  Since 1998 extensive lobbying by Frankston Sub-section, at National level, brought about a change to the Constitution in April 2007 to include full membership of the Naval Association of Australia by former members of the Allied Navies.  Still later the club instituted a Memorial Garden in the name of a former member, Jim Bourke.  Rose bushes are planted in memory of former club members and their families.

On ANZAC Day, following the annual march in Frankston, members, affiliates and serving Officers and Sailors from HMAS Cerberus return to the club for lunch and social drinks.  And in November the sub-section, affiliates and club members observe Remembrance Day with an informal Commemoration Service that includes a plaque dedication to those sub-section members that have 'Crossed the Bar' during the previous 12 months.  The commemoration service is followed by a light lunch and drinks.

Our members and affiliates are generous with their time and money, providing for camaraderie and social activities, involving not just the member but families as well.  Affiliated Organisations that have established their centre of operations from the Frankston Naval Memorial Club are the Naval Association of Australia Victoria State Section, the Royal Naval Association Port Phillip Bay Branch, the HMAS Sydney Association and the HMS Ganges Association.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the club or the Secretary.

Abridged history credited to Barry McDaniel, USN

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