SCRIBBLER # 83.    May 2021

 


Maritime Personnel

E NEWS

 

Welcome to Scribbler #83. I know in the previous newsletter we acknowledged the tough times (Bushfires, Floods, Storms, Covid-19, lockdowns and closed borders) that have affected many families in 2020. Sadly, this has not abated and now more than ever we need to rally and ensure all our fellow Scribes and families are safe and well.

 

Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held 31 March 2021 via Zoom – well done to the team for bring us into the virtual age.  It was great to see a number of faces online.  The Minutes of the AGM can be found either on Facebook or at Attachment B.

Reserves amongst us

New Email Address for Reserve cells– Earlier this year NPCMA transitioned into two directorates – Career Management and Navy Career Performance & Support and now come under the new title of Career Management – Navy (CM-N). With this change and the renaming of each RRO to TWS, all reserve offices changed their email address. The new emails are navytws.(State e.g. qld, act, nsw  etc) @defence.gov.au  Please update your records as the old email is no longer valid and will not be delivered.

 

Posting Paperwork FY21/22. In preparation for all new postings for the upcoming financial year, each reservist who is Service Category (SERCAT) 3 or 5 will need to complete the following two forms:

  • AE585 Reserve Health Declaration, and
  • AE959 ADF Reserve Service Day Allocation Form.

Maritime Personnel

Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Community 

The exciting evolution and growth of the MPERS Community is in full swing. Congratulations to the graduates of the Senior
Maritime Personnel Operator Course – session 0030 on Friday 30 April.  Many thanks to Marc Henderson who represented the Association Committee.  Pictures are included on the ‘Maritime Personnel School’ update page.

 

Reunion 2022 – Expression of Interest

 

Expressions of Interest for attendance at the next National Reunion, to be held in 2022, are being requested to assist in the planning.

Please respond via the survey attached, to the nominated email address of:-  friendlypeople@bigpond.com by the 31st of May.  Further copies of the reunion Survey form can be located on either Facebook or at Attachment A.

 

MARITIME PERSONNEL SCHOOL (MPS) UPDATE

It has been a busy start to the year for the MPS team.  MPS was established in March 2020 as part of the professionalisation of HR and PERS support across Navy, and is now headed up by a Maritime HR Officer, former Scribe, and now Association Secretary, Andy Maskell. 

Andy is supported by another former Scribe, now LEUT Sean Cryer, LEUT Megan Haines and CPO Renee Thorpe.  The MPERS instructors are POs Kieran Wagner and Aaron Wheeler, and LS Chelsea Berry, Erin Kelly and Kasey Brooks.

MPS provides training to both the Maritime HR Officer and Maritime PERS sailor workgroups from HMAS Cerberus, B Block.  Training for all initial employment training (aka baby courses) is face-to-face.  The Senior MPO (AB to LS – aka Intermediate) and MPERS Supervisor (LS to PO – aka Advanced) courses are delivered virtually. 

From June this year MPS will again be providing training to Senior Sailor MPERS ahead of returning to sea after the COSEC PJT was removed from the continuum in 2018, and also train Minor Warfare Vessel LS/PONPCs in the fine (and often dark) arts of PERS support noting there is no MPERS sailors within the MWV scheme of complement. 

MPS moved from its former home in A Block into the newly renovated B Block in late 2020 to allow for the refurbishment of A Block back into Wardroom accommodation. Check out B Block!  Many thanks to Captain Morthorpe, CO HMAS Cerberus for his incredible photo and approval to use it.

A Block

As one of the newest schools in the RAN the MPS team have recently released their mission and vision statement to support their separation from Log and to set a clear navigational track for the school’s future:

 MPS Mission

It is great to see our school taking shape as a separate identify forging the next chapter in our Navy’s history books and providing first rate training to our current and future HR and PERS workforce.

 

Throwback Thursday (#tbt) – You might have seen via Facebook and the Association webpage a new initiative from the MPS team – it’s called ‘throwback Thursday’ #tbt 

The idea around #tbt is to share photos of post and current Scribes…  If you see a mate tag them and get them engaged in the Association.

A few #tbt pics which are available on the Association webpage and Facebook…

 

TBT

TBT2

 

In other news…  and pics!

MPOTeamBuilding

Students from the Initial MPO course conducting a team building activity with MPS MPERS staff (07 May 21)

 

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Maritime HR Officer students meet virtual with Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Klenthis, CSC, RAN

 

POMPSKieranWagnerStudents from the Initial MPO course conducting a team building activity with MPS MPERS staff (07 May 21)

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Attachment A

Reunion Survey

The RAN Writers Association is considering hosting a Reunion in 2022.  To enable the Association to gauge interest and make an informed decision, in particular with respect to the location you are kindly requested to complete the following questions and return to email friendlypeople@bigpond.com by 30 May 21.

1.            Are you interested in attending a reunion in 2022?            Yes / No  / Unsure at this time

2.            Mildura has been suggested as the location for the next reunion to offer a regional city for something different, which is reasonably central for access, with direct flights from Melbourne.  Are you:

  • Happy with this option ? (please circle) YES   or   NO; or
  • Prefer another location such as: _______________________________________

3.            Fri 11th – Sun 13th March 2022 has been proposed as it is a long weekend for SA, ACT, TAS & VIC.

  • Does this date suit?                                         Yes / No  / Unsure at this time
  • What date/s would you prefer? ______________________________________________

4.            Would you be planning to attend with a partner?              Yes / No  / Unsure at this time

5.            What events and/or activities would you like to see included in the program?

_________________________________________________________________________________

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6.            Are you a willing volunteer to assist in the planning and execution?          Yes / No  / Unsure at this time

7.            Comments/Further feedback

_________________________________________________________________________________

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Contact details:

Name:                            ______________________________________________

Phone Number:               ______________________________________________

Email address:                ______________________________________________

 

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Attachment B

 

 

MINUTES OF THE

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY WRITERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

HELD TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2021 HOSTED VIA ZOOM

Attendance

Mark Worrall                                      President (Meeting Chair)

Mark Mobley

Andrew Beales

Alan Axford

Peter Stone

Steve Friend

Matt Regan

Terry Young

Jaylene Byrne

Andrew Maskell                               Acting Secretary

Jay Stevenson

Ben Lovett

Apologies

Brian Eagles

Marc Henderson

  • President’s Acknowledgement of Country. The President, Mark Worrall opened the meeting at 1904 hrs by providing an acknowledgement of country, pays his respects on behalf of the RAN Writers Association to the elders past, present and emerging, acknowledging their connections to land, sea and community. He also extended his respects on behalf of the Association to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have served and continue to serve today.
  • In accordance with the Association Model Rules, Rule # 18 it was agreed a quorum to conduct an AGM was met.
  • The President outlined he had recently met with Commodore Klenthis, the Head of Maritime Personnel Community (HMPC), and advised that the Committee had agreed to transfer the patronage of the Association from the Head of the Maritime Logistics Community, CDRE Ottaviano, to HMPC following the Scribes transition from the Logistics Community to the newly formed Maritime Personnel Community in March 2020.  The President outlined that HMPC indicated he is very keen to ensure the current HR and PERS workforce is connected to the Association and the Association to today’s Navy, and that he is very honoured to be the Association’s patron. 

3.            On behalf of the acting Treasurer Dale Tomes, , who stepped into the role following an illness of Leonard ‘Knocker’ White, has been recently unfortunately ill himself and undergone surgery. The President provided a summary of the current financial state of the Association accounts held with the Australian Military Bank.  He advised a more thorough report of the Association’s financial status will be provided following the handover of the role.  The balances as at 31 Mar 21 are as follows:

  • $1987.48
  • $27961.20
  • The President advised there had been minimum transactions in FY 19/20 and in the fiscal year 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts on the activities of the Association.  He also advised that the ‘Advance’ account had a NIL balance explaining this account was used to advance monies from the other accounts for events such as Reunions, enabling the event organisers more ready access to funds.
  • The President thanked Leonard for his contribution as Treasurer and more broadly to the Association, and wished him a speedy recovery.
  • Election of Office Bearers and Ordinary Committee Members. The outgoing President Mark Worrall declared all positions vacant as part of the AGM proceedings as well as formally standing down as the President, and passed the meeting over to Andrew Maskell, Acting Secretary and Voting Returns Officer.  Andrew Maskell advised that five nominations had been received as shown below:

Role

Nominee

Nominated by

Seconded by

President

Mark Worrall

Marc Henderson

Andrew Maskell

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Andrew Maskell

Mark Worrall

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Mark Worrall

Andrew Maskell

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Marc Henderson

Mark Worrall

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

Michael Kelleher

Peter Simpson

  • Andrew Maskell advised that in accordance with the Association Model Rule # 13 if there were no other nominations from the AGM the personnel nominated would be duly appointed.  There was no further nominations and the following members were confirmed:

Role

Nominee

President

Mark Worrall

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

  • Mark Worrall assumed the President’s role having been returned for a further term.  Following a further conversation the two vacant Ordinary Committee member roles were filled by Matt Regan and Steve Friend.  The President thanked the outgoing Committee for their dedicated and loyal service, and welcomed the newly appointed committee.

 

Other Business

  • Membership Eligibility. It was discussed that the Committee had agreed in 2020 after being approached by Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Klenthis, the Association’s Patron) to extend membership to the newly established Maritime Human Resources Officers (MHROs) in addition to the Maritime Personnel Sailors (following the name change on 05 March 2020 from ML-P).  This agreement included the sponsorship of the Dux of the MHRO Application course.   It was agreed at the AGM to further support and formalise this decision.  It was discussed options for the perpetual trophies for both MHRO and MPERS are being explored and will be finalised this year.  Steve Friend indicated he remains committed to the sponsorship he offered last year from the Warrack Motel for the trophies.  The President thanked Steve for the Warrack Motel’s kind sponsorship. 
  • It was discussed that all opportunities to educate our current HR and PERS workforce on the benefits of the Association and how members can join be exploited.  It was discussed that the Association attendance at Maritime Personnel School and Maritime Personnel Community events may support this.  Andrew Maskell agreed in his role as the OIC of the Maritime Personnel School to take this for action.  Jay Stevenson advised he has a draft article outlining the ML-P to MPERS transition which occurred in March 2020 to publish and the upcoming MPC community events would also provide another means to connect with the younger members.  The President in particular thanked Ben Lovett who graduated in late 2020 for his attendance.
  • Membership Fees. It was discussed that the Association has limited revenue streams as a result of the offering of a lifelong membership option a number of years ago and as a result of the decline of the new membership and the collection of membership fees.  It was agreed to restructure the membership fees to offer a smaller annual fee with the intention of enticing younger members to join and a lifelong membership fee.  Matt Regan advised this can easily be set-up on the webpage and offered to do this once the Committee had agreed on the new membership fee structure.  It was clarified that previous paid lifelong memberships would remain current and not have to repay. 
  • Webpage and Communications. The meeting was advised that the Maritime Personnel School were providing historical information of Scribes training as part of their Throwback Thursday communications strategy, which is published on the Associations webpage and then shared across Facebook.  It was discussed that this means may not be reaching the widest audience who are not on Facebook or who have trouble navigating the current Association webpage.  It was agreed to reinstate the ‘Scribbler’ as an e-newsletter via email, providing links to the pages and posts on the Association webpage as well as a summary.
  • It was discussed that the current webpage requires a significant refresh and that a lot of information was not currently available which is hosted on the retired site.  Matt Regan advised he has been working on a new site, but in order to launch the new site and to provide the mechanism for the Association to send out e-newsletters via email it required the separation of a domain for a one-off cost of $49.95 USD.  It was agreed to expend the funds to do this at the first opportunity.  It was also agreed for Matt Regan to investigate and provide an estimate on the cost (to the Committee) to transcribe and transfer the data from the old webpage.
  • Future Reunion Planning. It was discussed that the Reunion is a fantastic event for the Association to meet and connect. After a discussion it was agreed to investigate a date for mid-late 2022 allowing 18 months for planning and the vaccination program for COVID-19 to be rolled out.  It was agreed to discuss this further at the Committee meeting level.
  • With there being no further business the President thanked all for their attendance, again thanked the outgoing Committee for their service, and indicated he looked forward to working with the new Committee and reinvigorating the Association.

17.                   The meeting was closed at 2000 hrs.

 

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