Vale – Graham Wright
It is with sadness that The RAN Ski Club learned of the death on 29 April 2018 of our Respected Life Member, Captain Graham Wright RAN Retd. Graham joined the RANC in 1934 aged 13 and graduated in 1937 as the King’s Medalist. As a Midshipman in 1938 he was a member of the RN Honour Guard at the funeral of Kemal Ataturk, the President of Turkey.
When Navigator of the destroyer HMAS Norman on a mission to Russia from Scapa Flow via Iceland he navigated the ship up the Drina River by night without accurate charts or pilotage to deliver Churchill’s secret envoy to Stalin. While he was navigating Norman in the Mediterranean the ship avoided repeated dive bomb and torpedo attacks. One of these attacks destroyed HMAS Nestor. Later he undertook the Navigation Specialist Course at Greenwich Naval College and was awarded the sextant prize for topping the course.
Post war he commanded the River Class frigate HMAS Culgoa in 1951 to 1952 and later he was appointed Training Commander at HMAS Cerberus. In the rank of Captain he was the Naval Officer in Command West Australia Area from 1959 to 1960. After he retired from the Navy he became head of the Research Office for SEATO in Bangkok.
As a senior public servant he worked on the Tange Report, which created the modern Australian Defence Force by amalgamating the administration of the three armed services. His thesis for an Honours Degree to add to his Bachelor of Arts, gained whilst serving, was the blueprint for the amalgamation.
He was one of the founders and a life member of the RAN Ski Club, and was President for a number of years. He continued to ski well into his 90s and was a popular and regular attendee at our AGMs.
He also played cricket for Navy and Manuka CC, and at 90 in UK he played his last innings for the I.Zingari Australia Cricket Club Captain Wright was awarded the Arctic Star by the UK Government in 2013 for his service in World War 11, in particular in the Arctic region. He was the oldest living graduate of the RANC and a lifelong member of the Naval Officers Club and the Naval Warfare Officers Association. Navy extends its condolences to Captain Wright’s family.
2018 Annual General Meeting
The next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the RAN Ski Club will be held at the RAN Ski Club Lodge, Thredbo, at 3.00 pm on Saturday 19 May 2018. All members are invited to attend. Associate and other members are welcome to speak however, only Ordinary and Honorary Life Members are eligible to vote.
Nominations for Board Positions have been received from the following members:
President PETER LAVER
Secretary DAVID DYKSTRA
Treasurer PAUL JONES
VP Thredbo Lodge PHILIP GREGORY
VP Buller Lodge ADRIAN HILLS
VP Perisher Lodge RICHARD Mc MASTER
VP Membership & Marketing GEOFFREY COLE
The Notice of the AGM and other relevant papers are available here.2018 Notice of AGM
RAN Ski Club Online Booking System (Club System) Sitrep at 31 March 18
We have contracted to use a commercial online Membership management and Accommodation Booking System which has been developed specifically for Ski Clubs, called Club System.
Club System will be linked to our Website soon. We have some issues to resolve relating to rates and dates which we are working on with the System Developer. Then members will be able to use it for payment, at their option, for accommodation bookings for Perisher lodge. An email with log in details will be sent to all members when the system is ready.
Traditional mail bookings will still be available for Perisher, but the new system will give immediate feedback on availability and after payment, will confirm bookings in most cases where accommodation is available.Traditional bookings only will be used for Thredbo and Buller.
In his capacity as President of the RAN Ski Club, Commander Maritime Border Command, RADM Peter Laver AM, RAN accepts a ‘Tour de Cure Thank You’ framed certificate from CMDR Mike Hogan RANR (a Tour de Cure rider).
Thirty four Tour de Cure cyclists made use of the RAN Ski Club’s Thredbo Ski Lodge as a base during the recent 106km L’Etape (by Tour de France) ride and race, in the Snowy Mountains and around Jindabyne. Tour de Cure was the Charity Partner of the L’Etape event and Mr. Geoff Coombes, Director and co-Founder of Tour de Cure charity, was very impressed with the RAN Ski Club’s Thredbo Ski Lodge, describing it as, ‘a perfect cost-effective facility for a Tour de Cure cycling group to operate and train from, particularly after a 100k plus in filthy weather. The Lodge was warm and comfortable; additionally, it facilitated our engagement with the L’Etape event organisers and local communities through the Tour de Cure’s ‘Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy’ Cancer education program.
As the President of the RAN Ski Club, RADM Laver was supportive of Tour de Cure’s use of the Thredbo Lodge and is also supportive of other sporting teams seeking to use the RAN Ski Club’s facilities during less ‘traditional’ periods. RADM Laver also urged those within the RAN, and ADF more broadly, who are yet to experience the Snowy Mountains to join the RAN Ski club; and for those considering becoming a RAN Ski Club member, the Club has a ‘try before you buy’ offer that allows non-members to experience both the RAN Ski Club’s facilities and the Snowy Mountains. “The standard of the RAN Ski Club’s facilities in Thredbo, Perisher and Mt. Buller will surprise many” RADM Laver said. For RAN Ski Club information and joining proformas go to: www.ranskiclub.com.au
Tour de Cure is a Charity dedicated to curing cancer. Through their tours and events, they raise vital funds for the game-changing cancer research, support and prevention projects that will bring the dream of a world without cancer closer to reality. Support is critical. For more information and opportunities to participate in Tour de Cure tours and events, go to www.tourdecure.com.au
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Updated 10 May 18