Mon 11th January 2016
All Picture Taken by: Sandra Erdman
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MONDAY 11th January 2016 from 11am
Hi all, so heres our group photo (attached) and a report on our inaugural Cronulla luncheon.
Weve received extremely positive testimony on the venue. Although a few members had a little hitch in locating us
the problem was that the Cronulla RSL has a bowling green also.
The Bowling Club (now called Club Cronulla) has a warm, cosy feeling to it and the food was really good, although a bit awkward in the serving of it.
With all these factors in mind it would be a great help if everyone could be more prompt for our 11am start. This would help to keep our day on track with regards to food service. Im sure everyone can understand that serving 65+ people at once is a stress to kitchen and staff, thus taking up time for virgin introductions and general business. I hope that it would also mean that more members are available for our end of day group photograph, and more time to mix and enjoy some wonderful company.
Alan Dale saved the day when he produced his PA from the boot of his car. Alan Townsend who was bringing his had a last minute call-out with his hire car and sadly couldnt make it to the lunch.
A Yeah for the day goes out to associate member David Kilby for his humorous and interesting presentation of his old 50s record covers.
Tex Ihasz spoke with saddened heart of his Denvermen band mate, Les Green, ailing with cancer, who then passed away only a week after our luncheon.
Alan spoke of our ARROWS TEAM, who we really appreciate their input in making our celebrated days more successful.
Sandra Erdman: (Widow of Martin Erdman) Who acts with a great professional attitude in taking lots of photos as youll see when they are uploaded onto my web site in the coming weeks. (Ill let you all know when they are ready to view)
Reg Townsend: Who tirelessly brings his PA (although not this time)
Geoff Groth; Our man in Adelaide who works on the group pictures editing and adding our names.
Noel Clarke: also works with the other photos that Sandra takes and adds them to my web site for you all to view and down load.
Alan Dale: Who of course is a great compare and my close friend who adds tremendously to the presentation of our day.
Yours Truly: Who makes up the ARROWS TEAM.
Our total attendance on the day was 65 ARROWS and as I mentioned before we lost quite a few of you before the end of the day when we announced Group Photo Time. The Group photo only had 41 ARROWS and there were 24 ABSENT.
I think the main reason for many flying the coup was the delay in the serving of the food as it was getting onto 1.30pm when we started our talk and introducing our Virgins and then it was a little after 2pm when we announced Group Photo Time. We understand that if youre driving in the Sydney traffic after 2.30 its a nightmare.
On the Day we only had three ARROWS that had announced they were coming not show up which is a record so far. One day everybody will arrive and well be totally overwhelmed.
Alan Dale writes;
Another great lunch with special friends and a new year to continue with our memorable get-togethers.
The Cronulla Club was a bright new venue with a feature of the premises being that we were a captive audience filling the bistro to capacity.
We are often asked the question "Where are they now?" but with the ARROWS it is a case of "Here they ARE now!".
It was encouraging to see so many swapping memorabilia and stories of their association with our musical era. George Karren gave me a couple of running lists from his
performances on "Six O'Clock Rock".
It is interesting to see, who were the other artists appearing on the show.
Carol Murray (who made the long journey from Hamilton west of Newcastle) has been instrumental in collecting running orders from many black and white television shows and on
looking through a 1959 "Six O'Clock Rock" list I noted that I had appeared on a same program with Carol. I sang "Love me all the time" and Carol "If I give my heart to you".
We were backed by Johnny Devlin's Devils. Sweet memories! These are the treasures that are turning up regularly.
Keep it up!
Members who attended
See who attended
NSW. John Charter Alan Dale Bernadette Ramsay Sandra Erdman assoc. Vicki Forrest Trevor Norris Dick Woodleigh Margaret Hooper Nina Raye Booka Hyland
Brian Fogarty George Karren - Kenny Kitching Emma Hannah Reg Townsend Kerry Bryant Bob Madden Ian Clifton Bill Flemming - David Kilby Leon Isakson
Doug McLaughlin Len Griffiths Ron Martin Trevor Housley Carol Murray Morrie Muller - Jimmy Parkinson Shirley Jackson Ruth Marks Tricky Delano Charlie Smith
Ross Hutchison Ross Rignold Dave Williamson Mary Schneider Di Georgeson Glenn Fisher Mike Kelly George Payne Ross Dean Ken Dean Kevin Todd Geoff Jones
Graham Cotter Paul Flanagan - Margaret Flanagan Keith Drew Ben Patis Gus Merzi Keith Jacobsen Mike Tseng Rosemarie Tseng Betty Parker Larry Stellar
Rose Bandell Barbara Rogers David Martin Norma Shirley Vic Sims - Tex Ihasz Peter Schultz
Billy Cowper Fran Burden -
Thanks John and Alan, well done guys!.
All great John sorry I had to leave early.
Tony Stevens X
John - David and I so enjoyed the day and LOVED the venue. Loved the table and chairs arrangement and also being able to move around. No - that was a definite thumbs up from us! Very comfy and a great catch up with old mates. LOVED the album covers - a great hoot.
I said to Bill (Flemming) and David, both afterwards and we agree you deserve such accolade - and Alan for starting all this - its marvelous Darling.
Much Love -
Norma Martin XO
Great day again mate, as usual . Always good to catch up on old times with the gang ! Well done John to you and Alan.
Regards George Karren
I thought it was a good venue. I thought we caught them unawares in the kitchen but the meals were fine, all in all it was good.
See some of us reply.
I was happy with the venue. The food was good and fairly priced. I caught the train from Killara which took over an hour and a half but the journey was quite pleasant and I'd be happy to do it again. Thanks for organizing it - it was a most enjoyable day.
I'm happy with Alan introducing the virgins - it saves us from sometimes long drawn out presentations. I would only ask that, when the virgin stands up that he or she turns around - from where I was sitting, we could only see the backs of the people because they were looking at Alan.
Very well done, as usual All the best
I thought it was a great afternoon John, very good food, atmosphere great. Enjoyed the company. good find.
Shirley Jackson and Jimmy Parkinson.
Thanks John, Fran and I had a great day meeting old mates we hadn't seen for years. Loved the venue.
Bill & Fran Cowper
Big Bad John was a fairly popular song round forty years ago and was the province of a baritone voice. John Charter is not your average baritone but is a popular music man.
The Cronulla day would have satisfied even Captain Cook who loved gatherings and conviviality. The open air front was a novel experience but the event was a pleasure.
Your guest speaker is a lively and articulate fellow, and was excellent company.
I would certainly appear there again. If the ambient temperature rises we might toy with assembling in the stage area if the club agrees.
Well done John & Alan.
Thank you for a lovely day It was so nice to see everyone You do a great job
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