The Rotary Club West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook along with about twelve Lions clubs attended a combined Anzac Commemoration Dinner hosted by the Lions Club of West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook at the West Pennant Hills Sports Club.
The Lions Club programme for the night was: Call to order Past District Governor (PDG) Brian Daniels Welcome President Sunil Amaratunga Introduction MC, PDG, Brian Daniels
Anzac Commemoration Invocation John McNicol Loyal Toast Shala Karen Opening Remarks PDG, Brian Daniels Anzac Remembrance Service Ian Cavanagh OAM Laying of Wreaths The Ode Bugler Thomas Gilbert Normanhurst Boys High School
Introduction of Guest Speaker Gavin Ridley Guest SpeakerDr Kevin Smith OAM Provided us with a very detailed yet moving presentation on “Remembering the Sandakan captivity”, which included reference to local individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In summary the Sandakan Death Marches were a series of forced marches in Borneo from Sandakan to Ranau. Despite appalling conditions, the prisoners never gave up. Their heroism, their determination and their indomitable spirit are testimony to the strength of the human spirit and an inspiration to all. Of the 2434 prisoners incarcerated at Sandakan, 1787 were Australian. The remaining were British. Only six Australians, who had escaped, survived. This entire Borneo captivity is widely considered to be the single worst atrocity suffered by Australian servicemen during the Second World War.
Vote of thanks to Guest Speaker Gavin Ridley Presentations President Sunil Amaratunga Raffle Draw Ken Budden and Craig Horne
Whilst some clubs may merely raffle a bottle of wine this raffle included numerous prizes that varied from wine and chocolates, to a book by the guest speaker on the Sandakan death marches, to a harbour cruise. Our Rotary club dominated the winners including (apologies if I missed anyone) Andrew L, Jim S, Brian F, Nick C, Col B, Keith B, David T and John T. One observation was we possibly purchased the “lions share” of tickets.
Whilst there were no Directors reports etc with reference to the previous night report (3rd April) the following reminders are still applicable:
VIVID - Sunday 4th June, - Cost is $74.00 per person and includes afternoon tea, entrée, main dinner meal and desert all at different venues. Departing Cherrybrook Community Centre Car park at 2.00 pm and returning approx 10.15 pm. If you would like to join us please let Roslyn Savio know by 27 April, 2017. We need a minimum of 40 persons to make it work at this cost. Please direct deposit the funds into the following account: Roslyn Savio St. George BSB – 112-879 ACCT. NO: 156 099 431
Donations in Kind - Tony Makin advises this is set for Saturday 27 May, working bee to vacate the Minchinbury warehouse in 6 months and move to Castle Hill. Please reply to Tony re your availability.