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Vale Mary Doughty AM, September 1, 2022

We wished Mary a very happy 90th birthday in 2020 and today we are deeply saddened by the news of her death on 1 September 2022.

Mary devoted her life to helping others.  She worked within the NSW Health system from 1949 to 2005 and had a lifetime of voluntary work for the Epilepsy Association of NSW, the Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College as a committee member from 1957 to 1995.

 

Mary was also an accomplished writer with articles published in the MBA of NSW, The Order of Australia Association NSW Branch history, the doctor’s health care report for the Doctor’s Health Advisory Service, 1994, AASW NSW Hospital Social Work (1996) and a history of Monte Sant Angelo ex-students (1875-1988) and articles in the medical journal of Australia, including seminars and workshops.

Mary was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1997, she was an Associate Branch Committee member in 1998, the Deputy Chair in 1999, Chairman 2000-2003, Immediate Past Chair 2003-2005 and Regional Coordinator 2005-2007. Mary Doughty was most recently Archivist for the NSW Branch.

Mary will be sadly missed by her family, her many friends, and those who knew her throughout her many decades of giving to others.

“A great soul serves everyone all the time.  A great soul never dies.  It brings us together again and again. Maya Angelou.”

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

Dear NSW Members,

I welcome the many new Awardees who have joined the Association. May your journey with us be both enlightening and enjoyable. As we continue to emerge from pandemic social distancing, regain confidence to socially mix and benefit from interactions between members, may we always be mindful of changing world relations, circumstances, opportunities and needs, not just wants. This message has hard driven me in my various community and family involvements, both inside and external to our Association. Regularly, I am challenged by both the rate of change as well as its impact on traditions, values, and intergenerational viewpoints. Let me share some of these gems: –

  • An institutional leader opined that their long-time established traditions have served them well in a different time, but many are becoming less relevant and his organisation less intergenerational. He said we must change and collaboratively work together in a different era to maintain relevance and attractive to new members.
  • We need to be more strategic and futuristic to keep up with change and more prophetic in working together as we can no longer be safe doing the things alone and in the old way.
  • Our Branch’s regional leaders meet bi-monthly by electronic media with the Branch Committee. We recognise that face-to-face gatherings are invaluable for social gatherings but for an organisation like ours, we interact more reliably this way for decision making, problem solving and ideas sharing. Attendance is more achievable as some of regions involve desirably avoidable lengthy and costly travelling, thereby increasing our availability to work together. For those with work and/or other commitments, they benefit themselves and us with contributions to better outcomes.
  • Traditions can be foundational values on which an organisation is built and influence its practices and procedures. However, survival requires adept adaptations to changing ways influenced by computerisation, electronics, new inventions, legislation and regulation, marketing, consumerism, research, and tastes and attitudes. Adeptly keeping ahead with change is essential to survival and values may have to be redefined.
  • Even vocabulary is constantly changing which is particularly seen in the growth of dictionaries. Some are avoidable jargon. Others add dimension to everyday language. I have to constantly update to enhance effective communication, particularly in intergenerational conversation and to be better understood when public speaking.

Back to our Regional leaders meetings, we have been reflecting on membership growth, the benefits of being members of our Association, rebuilding our communications as a result of pandemic caused isolation, and revitalising our activity gatherings. As a result, and for your feedback, please:-

  • I have appended an updated statement on the benefits of being a member of our Association.
  • Encouraging intra-regional communications which can include Awardee profiles as we do in “The Order”, on the Branch website and with this Newsletter. Life stories are inspirational.
  • Asking members to nominate community leaders for an Order of Australia and providing guidelines. These were issued with the August Newsletter, thanks to Roger Butler OAM from Moree.
  • Enhancing the Member Benefits products range.

Finally, Gail and Chris Dunne and I have between us attended regional functions this year in Coffs Harbour, the Far South Coast, Illawarra, Inverell, Nowra, Orange, Port Macquarie and The Hunter (2), and soon will be going to Alstonville, Dubbo, Bowral, and again in Illawarra. Morning teas with occasional speakers have been held regularly in Gosford and an inaugural Northern Beaches luncheon was held in Manly. Plans are afoot but dates yet to be set for the Lower Blue Mountains and the Riverina.

Please also note the Opera Luncheon in Sydney CBD on 17th September. DETAILS IN THE EMAIL COVERING THIS NEWSLETTER.

Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney, 12.30

Performances by:  Gaetano Bonfante – Tenor and Clarissa Spata – Soprano

The issue of the Parliament House welcome luncheons for new Awardees, which have not been held for two years because of the Covid impacted limitations on investiture ceremony sizes, the Branch representation at the ceremonies will shortly be resuming. However, we are yet to decide when the luncheons will be feasible. This will hopefully be determined by the end of next month.

Best wishes,

Jim Mein AM Branch Chairman

PS:  VALE Peter Lloyd AC, OBE, MID who sadly passed away on 16 August at the age of 101 after a most extraordinary life of giving and living life to its fullest.

https://australianaviation.com.au/2022/08/obituary-peter-lloyd-a-towering-figure-in-australian-aviation/

 

MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM, for the Order of Australia Association, NSW Branch Members

For information, please email our Hon Secretary Martha Jabour OAM on martha@hvsgnsw.org.au

The Order of Australia Association NSW Branch, Youth Community Service Awards 2022

On September 2, the 2022 Awards will be presented by the Lieutenant Governor of NSW, The Honourable Andrew Bell, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Students from year 11/12 throughout NSW have been nominated by their school principal as being exemplary community role models before a selection panel determined the final 26 Award recipients.

Service ranges from local initiatives such as education, health and welfare for disadvantaged or underprivileged communities, to international initiatives in a host of community development activities such as education, health, sanitation and infrastructure projects.

Awardees will be featured in future newsletters and The Order magazine, and on our website   https://theoorderofaustralia.asn.au/nsw/youth-award/

Dr Frank Kelleher, OAM

 

REGIONAL NEWS:

https://www.theorderofaustralia.asn.au/nsw/regional-groups/

Including:  Hastings/Macleay Branch Lunch 27 July

Inaugural Meeting of Coffs Harbour Committee 26 August, 2022

Laurie Smith OAM travelled from Port Macquarie to facilitate a meeting between Coffs Harbour members to set up a Committee. The newly formed Committee will meet again on September 16.  See our website for more information.

FORTHCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS:  Note the dates:

Dubbo Regional luncheon on 15th October

Illawarra Regional luncheon and AGM on 4th November

TBA:

  • Welcome Lunch at Parliament House for new Awardees
  • 40thAnniversary luncheon or dinner and
  • Christmas luncheon or dinner

 

MEET OUR MEMBERS –  Please visit https://www.theorderofaustralia.asn.au/nse/meet-our/members/

Latest Member to be profiled: Patricia Carroll OAM

SAVE THE DATE:  NATIONAL CONFERENCE & AGM GEELONG, Vic 18 – 21 May 2023

** Please refer to the OAA WEBSITE: https://theorderofaustralia.asn.au/vic/upcoming-events/

Merchandise Survey August 2022

Completed surveys should be returned by Tuesday October 4, 2022 at the latest

Merchandise generally has three main purposes

  1. For personal use, to identify with the OAA;
  2. As a gift for guest speakers, new awardees or other ‘official’ recipients;
  3. As a gift for family or friends.

Click here to download the Survey Form

Return Merchandise Survey to: treasurervic@theorderofaustralia.asn.au

Members and guests are cordially invited to attend

THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA ASSOCIATION NSW BRANCH
INAUGURAL OPERA LUNCHEON 2022

with our special guest Operatic Artists

Gaetano Bonfante & Clarissa Spata

Gaetano Bonfante is a Sydney born tenor who has been on the classical concert stage for many years.

He has performed in 15 productions for Opera Australia, toured La Traviata (as Alfredo) to 18 Cities in China, represented Australia in the international iSing opera program in China, performed as a special guest with the Arma Dei Carabinieri Band in Piazza San Marco Venice, and written and performed various cabaret shows on many prestigious cruise ships around the world. As a teller of stories and a singer of song, Gaetano takes his audience to the depth of their hearts, through his rich tenor voice and a strong passion for the music he loves.

Clarissa Spata is a multi-award winning and versatile Soprano. A principal with Opera Australia, she has performed the roles of Frasquita in the National tour of Carmen, Papagena in the National tour of The Magic Flute, Musetta (cover) in La Bohème on Sydney Harbour and has performed principal roles in six Opera Australia’s school tours. Internationally she has toured China with Australian International Productions as First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, The High Priestess in Aïda and lead in the “Highlights of

Musical Theatre” tour as principal soprano. Clarissa toured as lead soprano in ‘An Afternoon at The Proms Spectacular’ and toured nationally and internationally with The 7 Sopranos.

Saturday 17th September 2022 at 12.30pm

In the Cellos Grand Dining Room at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney.

A drink on arrival will be followed by a seated 2 course luncheon. The bar will be open to purchase other drinks.

Cost for Members and Guests – $110.00 pp. (Inc. GST)

 

Dress: Lounge Suit / Cocktail Dress with Decorations (Full size medals)

RSVP ESSENTIAL: No later than 10th September 2022

 

Please reserve your ticket(s) only via this link: www.stickytickets.com.au/mhcov

OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION AND ENTRY TICKETS WILL BE EMAILED VIA STICKY TICKETS.

 

There is no parking at The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel. Nearby parking stations include

Sydney Hilton Hotel – Secure Parking at 259 Pitt Street, Sydney and Piccadilly Car Park – Secure Parking at 137 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

For further enquires please phone Dr John Gullotta AM, Events Manager on 0418 233 069

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE AUGUST 2022

Dear NSW Members,

For much of my adult life, I have been challenged by “life balancing”.

It began when a senior partner in the accountancy firm I trained with asked me what were my night-time activities, as the firm was worried that my work responsibilities and capacity were way ahead of my studies progress to qualification. I was athletics training and leading a Cub Pack, then Scout troop. Decades later, the Chair of a Board passed a resolution that he was authorised to make me play golf on a workday as they were concerned that I was doing far more than they required of me as the CEO. We are still playing monthly two decades later! Long after I had ceased that role. I was on fifty-three committees, boards, councils and task groups in and for the Uniting Church, often involving weekends and many evenings.

Then throughout my working life I disciplined myself to do an annual checklist of what I was currently doing in extra activities in and beyond my work roles to ensure that I would not risk burn out, nor cause nor be seen to be in conflict them and my with family and close friend relationships or other organisations with whom I was involved.  The harder part was to let go of those where I was able to make a difference but recognise that I could over serve an organisation and it was better to change rather than overstay my welcome.

At many times, I have also had to ask members of staff, boards and elsewhere, whether they were falling into the same easy trap of over-serving in voluntary roles or employed ones. Perhaps going beyond their experience and training, or risking family breakdowns or their own. It is all hard work to face reality when we are enjoying serving.

The commonly asked questions were: how do you spend your spare time and are you over-committing?

I recall these valuably helpful words posed by Edith Eger in her book entitled: “The Choice” (published by Penguin):

                “Change is about noticing what’s no longer working out of the familiarised imprisoning patterns.”

She powerfully reminded me that change should not scare you, it can be re-invigorating with new challenges, and you will open up doors for others to contribute to Society. Otherwise, you can go stale, limit others’ contributions, and even “kill” an organisation. Modern governance standards now require time limits to the consecutive years serving on boards, councils and committees so that experience and new energies can work together to benefit an organisation.

Life balancing is a critical well-being practice for each and everyone. It also implores us to know when to say yes or no when approached to voluntarily serve the community to our fullest, without losing those who are so important to your own life journey.

Over-commitment costs.

I need also to publicly apologise to John O’Dwyer OAM for misstating in my July 2022 Branch Newsletter that he had retired as Illawarra Regional Convenor. He has not.

Likewise, I owe an apology to Margaret Smith AO who has stepped down as the Southern Highland’s Regional Convenor for referring her to her as “Mary.”

I trust that John and Margaret accept my regrets.

August 2022 beckons us all to welcome all our new members, particularly those who were recognised with an Order of Australia in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Jim Mein AM
NSW Branch Chairman
Jimmein@bigpond.com

 

Building on our Chairman’s remarks about multiplying our efforts and impacts for Australia to be a more “multi” cross cultural  Nation, we are seeking input from our Members for a series illustrating how this is already being achieved in NSW.  We would like to share your thoughts and ideas in our newsletters over the coming months.

  • Please send any examples of the work being done in your community to multiply the impact in NSW and more broadly to:
  • Email: louisedavis622@gmail.com

 

SAVE THE DATE:  NATIONAL CONFERENCE & AGM GEELONG, Vic 18 – 21 May 2023

** Please refer to the OAA WEBSITE: https://theorderofaustralia.asn.au/vic/upcoming-events/

MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM, for the Order of Australia Association, NSW Branch Members

Fiskars Group

We have had the opportunity and privilege to negotiate on behalf of our members some benefits which will be useful, especially for purchasing gifts for family and friends.  Fiskars Group includes such famous brands as Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Waterford and Wedgwood.  Price lists and order form are available on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8snlbrw9e8oksx8/AAD1DJQbSLNfScOutlOViLhLa?dl=0

To take advantage of this offer please see the attachment in the above link entitled “OAA NSW Branch Invitation”.  As the offer states, you will be entitled to at least 50% off retail price of any item/s you choose and Fiskars have very generously offered postage and handling of a flat rate of $9.95 across NSW.  The pricelist is in the above link.

To place an order you will need both the OAA NSW account number (77007) together with your member number.  If you do not know your OAA Member number please contact Dr Geoffrey Glassock AM by email –  glassock@bigpond.net.au or Martha Jabour OAM by email – martha@hvsgnsw.org.au   They can send you your number.

For all orders please email info.aust@fiskars.com  or call 1300852022

If you have any questions please email our Hon. Secretary Martha Jabour OAM on martha@hvsgnsw.org.au

MEET OUR MEMBERS:  DR DAN WHITE AM

Dr Dan White has recently retired as the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Sydney after ten years of leadership and service. Prior to his appointment Dan was the Director of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Hobart for six years.

Following his undergraduate studies in Education, Dan attained two Masters degrees in Leadership and Religious Education and completed his Doctorate in the field of Brain Based Learning and Pedagogical practice in 2005. Most recently he participated in the Oxford University Advanced Management and Leadership program.

Dan is the author or co-author of eight educational resource books focusing particularly on the Sacred Scriptures and higher order learning and thinking strategies. His most recent publications include ‘Into the Desert’ and ‘’Ancient Words’. His current research project involves an exploration of the cultural context of 1 st Century Palestine and its implications for understanding the Scriptures.

Over the past 20 years Dan has served on a number of educational authorities including, amongst others, the NSW Board of Studies (now NESA), the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority, the National Catholic Education Commission and the Senate of the Australian Catholic University.

Dan is a Fellow of both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. He was awarded ‘The Phyllis Evans Medal’ as the Teachers’ Guild of NSW ‘Distinguished Educator’ in 2019 and an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2022.

 Dan is currently the director of Into the Deep Consultancy and provides consultancy and professional learning support for school communities and educational systems across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

Dear NSW Members,

Happy New Fiscal Year, with strong hopes for no more social isolation which hinders our many get togethers, attendance at Investitures and Association membership. These hopes are so essential to effective revitalisation and rebuilding of our branch and regional connections with our members. A highlight for me was the June Zoom meeting with our Association’s NSW Regional Leaders. I was buoyed by their enthusiastic ideas which were stimulated by some new leaders as well as the continuing ones. Rotation of committee, board, council and group leaders ensures that any organization remains vibrant and relevant to today and the many tomorrows. This is even better when there is a mix of new and continuing leaders to ensure that the corporate culture and identity remain but we do not lose connection with the support of current community needs. Without these goals and purposes, we are not assured of long-term survival. In my time seventeen months as NSW Branch Chairman there have been significant regional leadership changes. I want to acknowledge the contributions of some significant regional leaders and welcome their successors:

  • The late Brian Mackander OAM who died the day after our Illawarra Regional luncheon. A founding member of the region and former NSW Branch Committee member.
  • The retirements of John O’Dwyer OAM (who has handed the Illawarra Regional Convenor role to Bill Dowson OAM), Audrey Hardman OAM (Mary Brell AM was elected her successor for the Central West Region Regional Convenor) and Mary Smith AM and Virginia Adlide OAM (who led the Southern Highlands Region and now succeeded by Sharon Hoogland OAM).
  • David McCann AM and Di Alexander AM who have taken on the Riverina Regional leadership after a gap, Grahame Gooding OAM (Clarence Richmond, after the death of Don Johnston OAM) and Harold Sharp OAM (Central Coast, after the death of Ron Sharp OAM).

Gail and Chris Dunne (Christopher.dunne@bigpond.com) and Patricia Carroll (all OAMs) have started the Sydney Northern Beaches sub-region and are holding their first luncheon on Saturday 30th July 2022 at The Manly Club and reservations can still be made on www.stickytickets.com.au/rob1t

Why am I buoyed? Firstly, the regional leaders Zoom with the Branch Committee every second month. June was our fourth virtual gathering. Covid has sold us the importance of keeping connected, at no financial cost and overcoming the tyranny of distance that is a massive issue for rural based communities. We encourage and resource each other by sharing ideas and experiences, as well as building up confidences to overcome social isolation by using new ways of connecting.

Secondly, we discussed ways of improving the benefits of Association membership, especially as longing and belonging should be essential purposes of any organisation. Our Membership Benefits Programme for discounted purchases has already attracted interest. We are the trial Branch for the Association. Increasing member contact with coffee chatting is already working well in several areas such that we are not restricted to annual or bi-annual luncheon as our only member face-to-face contact. The importance of storytelling with and between our members and building up mentoring where needed is relationally.

Thirdly, badge wearing opportunities are limited. This will be an ongoing discussion point and I welcome your ideas. I will be sharing what the benefits the Association offers to its members to help all of us enlist more Awardees to join.

Other news to share:

  • We have been allowed one Branch Committee member attending each future Investiture ceremony so we will be resuming our welcome lunches for new Awardees at Parliament House and hope to catch up with two absent years’ recipients.
  • We are planning a belated 40th Branch Anniversary Dinner and an “Opera” function.
  • The Archibald guided tours were very successful.
  • More webinars are being planned and we need your ideas for topics and speakers so that we can be assured of member participation.
  • There will be twenty-six recipients of our Branch’s Youth Community Service Award this year and we are inviting each of them to connect with a local member as a mentor. These awards will be presented on September 2 at Government House NSW. Frank Kelleher OAM has done a magnificent job in maintaining this programme throughout the covid disruption.

Jim Mein AM
NSW Branch Chairman
Jimmein@bigpond.com

PS:  Please find attached to this e-Newsletter, a draft list of what is termed “What is in it for being an OAA Member” comment/feedback is welcome.

Building on our Chairman’s remarks about multiplying our efforts and impacts for Australia to be a more “multi” cross cultural  Nation, we are seeking input from our Members for a series illustrating how this is already being achieved in NSW.  We would like to share your thoughts and ideas in our newsletters over the coming months.

  • Please send any examples of the work being done in your community to multiply the impact in NSW and more broadly to:
  • Email: louisedavis622@gmail.com

 

 

MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM, for the Order of Australia Association, NSW Branch Members

Fiskars Group

We have had the opportunity and privilege to negotiate on behalf of our members some benefits which will be useful, especially for purchasing gifts for family and friends.  Fiskars Group includes such famous brands as Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Waterford and Wedgwood.  Price lists and order form are available on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8snlbrw9e8oksx8/AAD1DJQbSLNfScOutlOViLhLa?dl=0

To take advantage of this offer please see the attachment in the above link entitled “OAA NSW Branch Invitation”.  As the offer states, you will be entitled to at least 50% off retail price of any item/s you choose and Fiskars have very generously offered postage and handling of a flat rate of $9.95 across NSW.  The pricelist is in the above link.

To place an order you will need both the OAA NSW account number (77007) together with your member number.  If you do not know your OAA Member number please contact Dr Geoffrey Glassock AM by email –  glassock@bigpond.net.au or Martha Jabour OAM by email – martha@hvsgnsw.org.au   They can send you your number.

For all orders please email info.aust@fiskars.com  or call 1300852022

If you have any questions please email our Hon. Secretary Martha Jabour OAM on martha@hvsgnsw.org.au

28 May 2022 CENTRAL WEST REGION LUNCHEON

L to R: Professor Lesley Foster AM (Speaker and Dean of Rural Medicine Charles Sturt University)

Rt Rev Bishop Richard Hurford OAM,

Mrs Val Bradley OAM,

Mrs Audrey Hardman 0AM (retiring (after 36 years!) Central West Regional Convenor); and

Jim Mein AM Chairman NSW Branch Order of Australia Association.

ILLAWARRA REGIONAL LUNCHEON 27 MAY 2022

Building on our Chairman’s remarks about multiplying our efforts and impacts for Australia to be a more “multi” cross cultural  Nation, we are seeking input from our Members for a series illustrating how this is already being achieved in NSW.  We have enormous talent within our 2,400 membership and we would like to share your thoughts and ideas in our newsletters over the coming months.

Please send any examples of the work being done in your community to multiply the impact in NSW and more broadly

Email:   louisedavis622@gmail.com

NATIONAL CONFERENCE & AGM CANBERRA, 19 – 22 May 2022

** Please refer to the e-News email from the OAA National Secretary 24 February with all details.

Or refer to the National website:  https://theorderofaustralia.asn.au/national-conference-2022

NOTE: Vice-Regal Reception:  Government House Canberra has applied a strict limit on attendance for this event.  Sadly, that limit has been reached.  However there is a wait list: 

General Registration:   Use this link:   https://www.stickytickets.com.au/ZSXD2

MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM, for the Order of Australia Association, NSW Branch Members

Fiskars Group

We have had the opportunity and privilege to negotiate on behalf of our members some benefits which will be useful, especially for purchasing gifts for family and friends.  Fiskars Group includes such famous brands as Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Waterford and Wedgwood.  Price lists and order form are available on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8snlbrw9e8oksx8/AAD1DJQbSLNfScOutlOViLhLa?dl=0

To take advantage of this offer please see the attachment in the above link entitled “OAA NSW Branch Invitation”.  As the offer states, you will be entitled to at least 50% off retail price of any item/s you choose, and Fiskars have very generously offered postage and handling of a flat rate of $9.95 across NSW.  The pricelist is in the above link.

To place an order, you will need both the OAA NSW account number (77007) together with your member number.  If you do not know your OAA Member number please contact Dr Geoffrey Glassock AM by email –  glassock@bigpond.net.au or Martha Jabour OAM by email – martha@hvsgnsw.org.au   They can send you your number.

For all orders please email info.aust@fiskars.com  or call 1300852022

If you have any questions, please email our Hon. Secretary Martha Jabour OAM on martha@hvsgnsw.org.au

The Order of Australia NSW Branch AGM and Luncheon was held on the 22nd March with over 70 members and guests present in the Grand Cello room at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.

At the AGM, the attendees heard most inspirational talks from two past recipients of the OAA NSW Youth Community Service Award and Alumni members, James Gray and Michael Summers. James and Michael are amazing young men who have already achieved a great deal in their young lives to date. They both are true testament to the outstanding calibre, high moral fibre and selflessness of our OAA NSW Youth Community Service Award winners! They are intelligent, articulate, not afraid of hard work, are dedicated and go over and above to help others in need!

At the luncheon which followed the AGM, we were honoured to welcome our guest speaker, the renowned Retired Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace APM, Former Commander Task Force Raptor, NSW Police Force.

Retired Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace addressed the audience with a great sense of style and demeanour as she recounted her stories of the historic achievements that spanned her 30 year career.

In 1986 as young probationary constable she was asked to dress up as Anita Cobby, as she was the same height as Anita, and had a similar hair colour for the media re-enactment – The NSW Police thought re-enacting her final hours might spark someone’s memory and lead to a breakthrough. Two weeks later the Cobby killers were caught.

Although she didn’t believe she had done anything special, her superiors thought differently. Detective Inspector Wallace went on to disrupt and dismantle the notorious 5T gang in Cabramatta after the assassination of their leader Tri Minh Tran in 1995.

Later, she ran Strike Force Raptor, and led the dismantling of the state’s biggest and most violent bikie gangs and by her retirement in 2019, the number of bikie clubhouses in Australia went from 114 to only two.

She told us that her success came from her willingness to ask questions, act with integrity and take any opportunity that came her way.

“As women we often don’t believe in ourselves,” she said.

“But I was encouraged to take on new challenges, and I took those opportunities. You know you’ve chosen the right job when saying goodbye is so hard.”

Often referred to as “the gang buster”, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, has delved into the dark underbelly of crime investigating and dismantling some of the State’s most feared gangs.  Throughout her stellar career spanning 3 decades she has faced murderers, drug manufacturers and extortionists – to name just a few – armed with her trademark heels and colourful suits.

In Wallace’s 2020 official biography – A Woman of Force, veteran crime writer Mark Morri brings to life the jaw-dropping true story of a police trailblazer and woman of force.

The True Story of Deborah Wallace, The Cop Known as the Gangbuster!

Now retired she has begun filming on her new TV Series, Million Dollar Murders, a true crime factual documentary series that profiles unsolved murders which carry a million dollar reward.

It was a most enjoyable and informative talk, with the audience on the edge of their seats, as she told us how her pragmatic approach, tenacity, sense of humour and ability to separate her work and personal life, has enabled her to thrive in high pressure police operations.

Her poise and compassion earned her a special place in the lives and hearts of her colleagues and the grudging respect of her criminal foes!

 

A/Prof John Gullotta AM
Deputy Chairman and Events Manager

NEW ENGLAND REGION

Back Row L to R. Roger Butler OAM, Secretary; Fred Edwards OAM, Chairman/Convenor; Garnet Wood OAM, Treasurer Front row L to R Jane Bradford OAM, Communications Officer and Peta Blyth OAM, Committee Member

Short BIO of each Committee member.

Roger Butler OAM (Secretary) – services to Scouts (Region Commissioner North West Area),  health (Chairman Moree Hospital and Barwon Health District), President New England and  North West Law Society 
Fred Edwards OAM (Chairman/Convenor) – services to Rotary and overseas aid  Garnet Wood OAM (Treasurer) – service to community health.
Jane Bradford OAM (Communications Officer) – service to the community through Rotary, U3A, Zonta and Local Government
Peta Blyth OAM (Committee Member) – services to opera

NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL MEMBERS
Luncheon 12 March 2022 at Inverell

Group photograph of awardees from as far afield as Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell, Lightning Ridge, Moree, Mungindi and Tamworth.

Far South Coast Regional Group

Our Far South Coast Regional Group met for the first time in nearly three years at two separate venues this week. We had been thwarted by bushfires and Covid over the past two and a half years so everyone was delighted to emerge and socialise.

A small group gathered at Club Bega on the 29 March for afternoon tea. It was a warm, inclusive group and our special awardee was Shirley Rixon OAM who blew us all away with her inspiring history of volunteering on so many fronts. Special mention must be made of Les Maley OAM who made a special effort to attend, with his wife, Carleen. Helen Galton OAM, accompanied by her husband Richard, cut short her trip to Darwin in order to join us. We thank everyone who made it such a heart-warming event.

On 30 March 2022 the Group met to congratulate the four recent awardees in our area and to listen to their remarkable stories at an afternoon tea held at the Narooma Golf Club. The event was well attended by thirty members and friends

Of particular significance was the recognition of the late Matt Deveson whose OAM was awarded on the Queen’s Birthday last year just three weeks after Matt died at 60.

Matt’s widow, Jen, spoke emotionally and with great love about Matt and his achievements for the community. Three other speakers supported Jen in this very moving tribute to a man so well respected and highly regarded.

We were pleased to welcome our Guests of Honour, Chris Dunne OAM and his wife Gail, OAM. Their presence made the occasion even more significant for the awardees.

Our awardees:

  • Jan Phillips AM for services to oncology and palliative care, particularly in Pakistan, Singapore, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Jan was our Guest Speaker at both Bega and Narooma.
  • Shirley Rixon OAM for services as a long-term volunteer in the Bega Valley Shire
  • Brian Wheeler OAM for services to veterans and their families
  • Dr Lenore Coltheart OAM for services to local history in the Batemans Bay area.

Dr Jenny Munro AM, Chair of the Far South Coast Group, briefed the gathering on the activities of the group highlighting the awarding of scholarships to selected young people to undertake Young Endeavour voyages. Four students have completed these voyages. The most recent awardee has waited patiently through the pandemic for her opportunity to sail and is due to leave soon.

Dr Jenny Munro AM

Chair

Far South Coast region

Order of Australia Association

FAR SOUTH COAST REGION

Jan Phillips AM

Jan’s nursing career commenced in the 60’s at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and now spans over 57 years. As a young naïve 17year old living in Darlinghurst with King’s Cross just up the way her amazing life time’s career was off to a very informative start.

Then as an Air Force wife and mother Jan continued to nurse wherever they landed.  Darwin, Malaysia and the United States enabled her to further hone her skills.

Jan’s husband Martyn retired in 1985, together they built their home and settled in the beautiful Deua Valley.

Jan joined the Moruya Oncology and Palliative Care Team but after 10 years the wanderer in her returned.  Off to Pakistan in 1998 to nurse at Imran Khan’s Hospital in Lahore.  Not to be left pining Martyn joined her and he too found himself busy at the hospital.

Since their return in 2002 Asian countries have continued to hold Jan’s focus as a Palliative Care Nurse Consultant and Mentor working with many teams in several countries – always with the loving support and logistical expertise of Martyn.

Shirley Rixon OAM Bega

Shirley May Rixon, 69, has been awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia for her selfless voluntary work throughout the Bega Valley Shire.

Shirley has been involved in a number of community-based activities. She now runs a weekly walk in Merimbula under the banner of the Heart Foundation and has done so since 2013.

Her passion for volunteering, especially assisting the sick or elderly, started from the ripe age of six when living in Kiah.

A neighbour needed help looking after his 88 year old father while he picked corn for market. She would help feed the man and help him around the house.

Ms Rixon said the elderly man’s appreciation and the gratitude of his son made a lasting impact on her, and so started her journey to use her own time to help others.

Her career started in the early 1970s as an assistant nurse at Bega hospital. When she became a mother, she said she began to see other needs in the community, such as children struggling with learning disabilities.

She said one of the highlights during that time was when she became the publicity officer of the Bega Area Difficulties Learning Support Group.

Matt Deveson OAM

Matt was an active member, continuously of the Narooma Chamber of Commerce from 2007 until 2020. For many of those thirteen years he was either President or Vice President. He was the primary organiser of the Narooma Oyster Festival from the inaugural in 2008. Members of the chamber ran the festival themselves until 2011. Matt was a member of the Liquor Licensing Board in Eurobodalla and a member of the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. He was a member of both the Eurobodalla Business Advisory Committee and the Eurobodalla Tourism Board. He instigated the NAB Working Group in Narooma and from there organised the Narooma Community Workshops to develop a Narooma Community Plan – a strategic plan for future development. He was a staunch supporter of Red Cross.

Speech made by Jen Houghton Deveson, 30 March 2022, Narooma Golf Club

‘It is lovely to be here in this illustrious group to celebrate the achievements of members of our beautiful community, my late husband Matt included in that group. I’d like to thank Jenny Munro for championing this recognition for Matts efforts and all those in supporting his nomination.

I know he was incredibly humbled by this award and like many of us, I feel robbed that he is not standing here. Matt used to tell me that when he was a boy his father, Ivan, would wake him up with the refrain “get out of bed and make a contribution to society”. And whilst he didn’t understand or embrace it at the time that ethos was certainly true in his later years.

After spending time in the wilderness of youth Matt went back to school in his thirties to study business at RMIT. And there he met some wonderful people with inquiring minds and ideas on how to do things a little differently. It was there he met his mentor, Professor Peter Sheldrake, who incidentally helped contribute to his OAM nomination.

So, it was at RMIT that the little seed planted by his father started to germinate, but it was in Narooma that it truly blossomed. He loved this community and felt our greatest strength was its people. He met and collaborated with so many amazing entrepreneurs who call the Eurobodalla home and knew that these very people were the key to our success to drive growth and create jobs and opportunities for our youth so they didn’t have to seek opportunities beyond our region.

We have lost a truly remarkable man but are all the better for having known him. I know the mavericks in this community will keep carrying the torch for him. I’d like to finish with a quote by Theodor Roosevelt that Matt was particularly fond of… Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure…than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

I extend my congratulations to the award winners in our community, thank you for your contributions. And on behalf of Matthew William Deveson OAM, thank you”.

 

NSW BRANCH AGM March 22, 2022

Guest Speakers at our AGM, l – R

Michael Summers, Rt. Detective Superintendent, Deb Wallace APM, James Gray

OAA NSW Committee Members:

Front row l-r Hon Secretary, Martha Jabour OAM, Chairman, Jim Mein AM,

Back Row l-r Deputy Chairman, Metro Events & Pubic Relations Coordinator A/P John Gullotta AM, Hon Secretary, Gail Dunne OAM, Chris Dunne OAM, Regional Coordinator & Web Coordinator, Louise Davis AM, Communications & Publicity Liaison, Dr Frank Kelleher OAM, OAA NSW Youth Community Service Award Coordinator, Ms Trish Wetton OAM.

Note: Committee members not in photo:  Rev Dr Geoffrey Glossock AM, FAP, Adrienne Cahalan OAM, Romano Di Donato OAM and Harold Sharpe OAM.

REMINDER:

MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM, for the Order of Australia Association, NSW Branch Members

Fiskars Group

We have had the opportunity and privilege to negotiate on behalf of our members some benefits which will be useful, especially for purchasing gifts for family and friends.  Fiskars Group includes such famous brands as Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Waterford and Wedgwood.  Price lists and order form are available on the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8snlbrw9e8oksx8/AAD1DJQbSLNfScOutlOViLhLa?dl=0

To take advantage of this offer please see the attachment in the above link entitled “OAA NSW Branch Invitation”.  As the offer states, you will be entitled to at least 50% off retail price of any item/s you choose and Fiskars have very generously offered postage and handling of a flat rate of $9.95 across NSW.  The pricelist is in the above link.

To place an order you will need both the OAA NSW account number (77007) together with your member number.  If you do not know your OAA Member number please contact Dr Geoffrey Glassock AM by email –  glassock@bigpond.net.au or Martha Jabour OAM by email – martha@hvsgnsw.org.au   They can send you your number.

For all orders please email info.aust@fiskars.com  or call 1300852022

If you have any questions please email our Hon. Secretary Martha Jabour OAM on martha@hvsgnsw.org.au

Building on our Chairman’s remarks about multiplying our efforts and impacts for Australia to be a more “multi” cross cultural  Nation, we are seeking input from our Members for a series illustrating how this is already being achieved in NSW.  We would like to share your thoughts and ideas in our newsletters over the coming months.

  • Please send any examples of the work being done in your community to multiply the impact in NSW and more broadly to:
  • Email: louisedavis622@gmail.com