Hello Frognal Fusiliers,
Thank you to the many who responded to my previous e-mails with your preference of dates.
It has led me to booking the Maroochydore RSL Club as the venue for our 50th Anniversary Reunion of 13 Course et al on Saturday 18 Feb 2017.
All those addressed as To are e-mail addresses that I believe to be correct while those as Cc are those that I cannot confirm as I have had no response or advise otherwise.
Thank you to those who offered and forwarded on my e-mails to others and corrected addresses accordingly; and I encourage you to do so again with this updated list.
I am sure that there are more folk who you would wish to advise of the event because of their association with us during those formative years.
Yes, we are a mixed bag of multi-year graduates and those who chose otherwise but we all shared a special experience at Frognal during those overlapping years and hence the reunion is ours to share. As initially suggested by JB, the inclusion of civilians on the Aero Course has been discussed and I believe it would be a great plus to invite them back into our fold, especially as many of them lead significant careers contributing to Air Force activities, e.g. John Pilkington, Tom Douglas etc. So please, if any of you would like to add a former RMIT student of your cohort, please feel welcome to extend the invitation.
I am at the point where I must put my money where my mouth is (chortle, chortle I hear) so I am booking for a minimum 30 couples but shooting for many more.
In case you have not received previous e-mails let me summaries the plan:
Friday 17th February arrivals from the colonies: QLD Country Pub evening, transport arranged. ( You do expect to go a couple of decades when you visit QLD don't you?)
Saturday 18th February arrivals from the colonies: Limo transfer to accommodation depending of arrival times (Cobb & Co). Free day to surf, swim, sunbathe, stroll, spend, stare or stupefy at your choice in preparation for an evening dining at the Maroochydore RSL Club Function Room No1 to be entertained by the Force Four Band of Frognal Revisited. Meet and greet appetisers and rehydraters; platted 3 course meal with alternates, exclusive own bar all evening. RSL parking opposite the club. Take home service to be arranged (depending on availability of police vehicles and cells).
Sunday 19th February: BBQ Brunch either at adjacent Cotton Tree Park or Alexander Headlands, probably weather dependant ( i.e. whether you are too far under the weather or not). Afternoon airport transfers for deportees.
Monday 20th February: Hinterland Excursion including, mountain views (spews for some), boutique shopping, coffee houses, wineries, gastronomic gluttony and more. Evening airport transfers for detainees.
Accommodation is plentiful and within strolling distance of the venue within the Maroochy CBD (Criminal Bogan District) precinct and stumbling distance to Ocean Street and the Plaza hot spots. Alternatives in Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headlands are adjacent for those not needing walking frames or mobility scooters. And for those whose chauffeur only collects from Noosa, that's a half an hour north.
Costs: Who cares! We came to Melbourne didn't we? Sorry folks, Crass QLD comment!
I have obtained a waiver of cost for the hire of the venue, being military-like folk and the meal is about $60pp. Drinks are affordable and yes, we do have wine in these hotter climes north of the boarder. I will provide some accommodation options later on, but we only go up to five fingers, oops stars, up here.
As before, please advise your best intentions of participation based on the precise engineering criteria of:
'Definitely, Maybe, Longshot or You've got to be Kidding,' at this time.
Maybes can expect a call from the establishment, Longshots will be subject to harassment and Kidders go in the draw for the Inauguration Dinner for the US President Elect and will be placed on the never-to-re-enter Australia list.
I will circulate a spreadsheet of responses as soon as the cost recovery curve turns south.
That's all folks!