Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Aussie Hero Quilts Annual Thank You Dinner ....... THE BIG NIGHT......

Oh what a night!!!   There are not many events that I have been involved in, except perhaps my wedding, that have required more planning and organisation, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed almost every moment of the organisation and the entire evening. I was determined to get to the end of the weekend without saying (or feeling) "thank goodness that is over" and I succeeded. 

My only regret, on a personal level, is that I just did not have time to talk to so many of you who attended and there were even some quilters who I have not met, who attended the Friday night event and the dinner, and who I still did not meet. I am planning something special, just for newbies or those I have not met before, next year so that will not happen again.

But back to this year's dinner.

Our evening started at 1830 as guests arrived at the sign in desk at the entrance to the Officers Mess at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra.  They were met by these two lovely ladies who were not recipients.  

Tess (on the right) is married to a recipient and has been following our page for a while and she roped in Marianne to help.  They both came along on the Saturday morning and helped to set up, could not have done it without them!  Both of them received laundry bags for their efforts and in fact, Marianne will be deploying in the future and we will make sure that we look after her then of course!


Guest were encouraged to pause for a photo in front of one of the two Fallen Warrior Quilts.  Just a note, there was one with an RAN crest and one with a Rising Sun.  The RAAF was not deliberately left out, but the sad fact is that both these quilts are actually destined to head off in the near future to families who have lost loved ones. 



I had two photographers, Shelley, who writes the blog posts on Fridays,  seen here with her husband Dennis,


and Drew (on the left) who many of you have come to know, seen here with Don.  Those those that do not know, both of these fine fellows are ex-RAAF Air Traffic Controllers, like myself (except I am also ex-RAN) and Drew, in particular, has known me for a very long time.... since I was 19 in fact.   Don was also helping out, taking care of the audio visual part of the evening.


Drew's most time consuming job for the night was to act as Master of Ceremonies...and he had his hands full keeping the night on the move and on time. 



The first job he had was to welcome everyone, including our VIPs.  

Commodore Mark Hill represented the Chief of Navy
(seen here with Warrant Officer Deb, our Ship's Warrant Officer from back when we looked after HMAS Success and Nicole and Caroline L)



The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and Mrs Stephanie Copus-Campbell



The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshall Leo Davies AO, CSC and Mrs Rhonda Davies


The Commander of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston and Mrs Belinda Johnson


We were also blessed to have a former Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy and his wife Lee.   Lee is a quilter and has made a couple of quilts for us.  


Apologies were passed on from CDF and VCDF - both of whom sent their thanks for what we do and their best wishes for the success of the evening. 

The Minister for Defence was unable to attend and sent a really lovely letter to be read on the night... will come in a separate post. 

Drew called on Chaplain Mark Willis, our longest supporting chaplain, to give the acknowledgement of country and to say Grace. 


The evening moved on and we called upon Commander Cam Steil to be our first guest speaker. Cam was the Commanding Officer of HMAS Arunta whilst they were deployed earlier this year.


Our next guest speaker was Colonel Dan Bennett who served in South Sudan as the Commander of the Australian Contingent (COMASC)  in South Sudan.


Both men talked about their experiences receiving and seeing others receive our quilts and bags and many audience members found their words moving.

As we did last year, this year we also donated a quilt to the Australia Defence Force Academy (ADFA) as a thank you for having us.  I called apon Sandy (who made the quilt) and the Commandant of ADFA, BRIG Cheryl Pearce, to unveil the quilt.


Sandy did an amazing job.


The Commandant addressed the guests briefly.




We had a brief break in the proceedings and then it was time for me to deliver my speech.   You can read the entire speech here  if you wish but I basically gave a run down of what we have achieved throughout the year and some of our plans for next year. 

Before my speech I called my son up so that I could introduce him to the audience. My family has to put up with Aussie Heroes taking over the house and my time so it was good to be able to give him some recognition and I really appreciated him taking the time to come to Canberra.



We were also fortunate to be joined by two of our recent Invictus Games Competitors, Gary Wilson 


and SQNLDR and Mrs Paul McGinty


I also arranged meetings between recipients and those that had sewn for them.  I do not have usable photos of everyone but here are some.


Bev u was fortunate enough to meet two of her recipients.


Lynn finally got to meet the lovely H who she actually made two quilt tops for as the first was burnt in my home....


Sandy has masterminded a group effort to make the Colonel's quilt and Jean had made his laundry bag.





Hugs and kisses a plenty when recipients met, in this case the Commodore greeting Gail who worked on his quilt with me.



Stephanie N (on the right) with her recipient


And last but not least..... Helen was able to meet Christine.... this is the hug of a grateful wife as Helen made the laundry bag for Christine's husband who is still deployed....




During my speech I acknowledged Carole and Bob from the Aberdeen Care Package Cadets - if you have not heard of them you can check out their Facebook page here... they have sent masses of care packages to the troops each year.....




We were also joined by Jay, the CEO of Veterans 360 Australia, an organisation that works very hard to bring our homeless veterans in off the street.  Their Facebook page can be found here.   During the night the mess was decorated with some of the V360 quilts spread on the leather lounge chairs around the room.



Jay is pictured here with Bruce who is the President of the NSW chapter of the Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veteran's Association, another great quiet achiever working to support our veterans. 

After my speech I handed over to Chaplain Willis who commenced the auction. 


The first item up was a surprise item..... a huge jar of my homemade ANZAC Biscuits. 


When I met the Chief of Army at the Soldier On Ball in August the subject of my ANZACs came up and I promised to send him some.  In response he suggested that if I had some ANZACs on auction at the dinner he would bid on them.  

I am happy to say that not only did the Chief of Army make the opening bid, but he also had the winning bid, though that could have been his wife, I could not see.  Whichever one of them made the final bid I can tell you that Army Office had plenty of ANZACs for morning tea on Monday morning and I am told they went down well.



The next item to be auctioned was our beautiful Aussie Themed quilt.  The Chief of Joint Operations and his wife, Belinda, were the successful bidders for this one.  The final price  was an absolute steal with all the work in it but I think people were waiting for the next two items on the list.


After the Aussie Quilt we auctioned a ride in the Hornet Simulator at RAAF Base Williamtown.   This was also hotly contested and was eventually won by Robyn and Carol for $750.  The plan is to give it to Robyn's son, Carol's son-in-law.   What a lucky fellow!


Next up for Auction was the Opportunity to Commission or request a quilt 
This is something that you usually cannot buy and it was a hard won prize in the end.  To the winner go the spoils and in this case our Chief Petty Officer Cath was determinedly successful with a bid of $1000.  I am not sure if she wants to me to reveal her plans for the quilt but suffice to say she did not buy it for herself. 


Finally we came to the ANZAC themed quilt.  What a beautiful quilt!   This was another hotly contested quilt and the main bidders were Christine and the Chief of Air Force (CAF).   They were standing side by side and at a certain point CAF turned to Christine and asked her if she really wanted it.... according to Christine, the look in her eye when she said yes made it clear that she did and he let her have it for $1200.  She was certainly a very happy winner. 


The very next morning I received a photo of the quilt, already hanging in pride of place on Christine's wall.


In addition to the live auction we also had a silent auction. 
Bidding was equally competitive for those items and I am told that some people were not game to stray too far from the table where the clip boards were in case they were outbid. 

Not the actual teddies, we got them at the last minute and I forgot to take a photo of them.....
The three miniature camouflage bears went for various prices from $135 to $260 dollars.
My friend Alison, ex-Navy, won the RAN bear. 
Rod won the RAAF bear for his ex-RAAF fiance
and the Army bear was won by one of our quilters, Deb B

We also had three laundry bags to auction. 
The Aussie laundry bag, made by Gail was won for $165 (I think) and the winning bid was for Rod, who again wanted it for his fiance.



The Laundry Bag commission was won by one of our recipients, Lammy, who has become one of our supporters. He wanted it to give to his wife. 

Finally the very hotly contested ANZAC Themed laundry bag.   




This was won but the extremely happy Chaplain Mark... he LOVES it.  He has wanted the ANZAC Themed quilt but it went passed his limit so he was doubly delighted to receive the laundry bag and the last time I spoke to him he was thinking of framing it. 


I will share more details about the beautiful Auction Quilts in separate posts.


I am quite comfortable with declaring the night a success. There were are few things that we can certainly improve on, and I am making copious amounts of notes to make sure that we do things better next year, but on the whole I have had a huge amount of feedback from both recipients and volunteers telling me how much they enjoyed the night and that is what really matters.

This is not the last post about the weekend, I just need time to write more. I need to tell you about the Auction Items, and also about the Gift Bags and I have quite a few messages from those who sew for us who have written their thoughts. I will also publish as many of the photos as I can and intend to send photos out to those that I think might like them. 
So, standby, there is more to come,  as soon as I can.

Till next time...... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree  xx


Monday, 23 October 2017

Victorian Gathering - This coming Saturday...... all welcome.

This Saturday some of the ladies from Victoria are having a get together and would love you have any of you in the area join in.  This invitation is open to recipients as well as those who sew for us....

Details below....


When: Saturday 28th October   10.00 -  3.00 

Where: We are meeting at Mill Rose Quilting Gallery, 92 Inglis Street in Ballan.

What:  

In the morning we will have a talk about Fabrics by Sue from Mill Rose and be able to spend time looking around the shop (and have a spend up if we want!!)

             Lunch will be at 12.00 at the Mill Rose Cafe (next door)  We will order from their menu and pay for what we want.

             In the afternoon we will have Show and Tell time and talk about the blocks we have made that depict places where we live.


If anyone requires more information or is interested in joining us please contact me at :  



Request List 23 October 17.....

Hi all

Here is the request list for this week…

NOTE – if you are checking the request list from the blog and if you receive the blog via email DO NOT try to reply to me via that email.  It will not work. You need to use friendsofAHQ@gmail.com

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag.  
For example….

Marvel Theme. Ironman
M
LB
1


This is really important to make sure that neither you nor I copy the wrong number which could lead to me giving you the wrong details for specific request.  If you find it hard to copy and paste please copy the line out as follows…   Marvel Theme. Ironman  M  LB  1


B=both quilt and laundry bag (feel free to nominate to JUST do the laundry bag if you wish)
Q= just a quilt
LB = just a laundry bag
F= female
M= male

Priority Quilts

The priority quilts for this week are 2 to 7.   We are shorter on time than I would like for these ones. They need to go in the mail by no later than 13 November. If you can help with one of these please let me know.


Post by Day

The post by date for all items on this request list is  27 November please.


PLEASE note the date and let me know if you have any problems getting your quilt/LB away on time. In fact, if you are going to be late posting it please let me know BEFORE you post it.  Also, if this time frame is too tight for you, there are options, just email me to discuss.

If there is more than one request on this list that you would be happy to do I suggest that you send me a list of requests and tell me how many you want to be allocated…. ie one of the following please….  There are always a few requests that everyone wants to do (and I can never pick them) so if the first one you ask for is taken then I can allocate another from your list if I have a list.
  
NOTE- please read this bit…. It might make some of the request easier for you…

HMAS Warramunga has just deployed. 
Her side or ship’s number is 152
I can send you an embroidered crest to include if requested
She is on Rotation 66, can be noted as ROT66
Her motto is “Courage In Difficulties”

For a nautical theme, you can include any of the above, anchors, ship’s wheels, RAN (Navy) crest, BZ (navy speak for Well done)

Australian National Flag - you can buy panels at Spotlight – ask for them if you can’t find them.

Rising Sun, RAAF Crest, Navy Crest and other badges – ask me about them, I can often send you some to include if your request needs them.

1 Squadron Crest can be sent to you as an embroidered panel to be included.

If they want some text and it is too much for you to applique I can get it embroidered and sent to you to be sewn on the quilt or sewn into it.

I can help you with football colours and logos of teams etc. Just ask me. Most of the logos are simple or you can just add team names if you want to … team colours are enough also.

Please think about what the request involves before you take it on. Google, ask questions, email me, make sure you can complete it to your satisfaction before you commit to it if possible please.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

North QLD Cowboys NRL
M
LB
1a
Aussie
M
LB
1b
RAEME Theme
M
LB
1c
Disney
F
LB
1d1e
Dogs, Flowers, Pride and Prejudice era, Disney, Bright colours, like Red, Pink, Purple and Blue  - any of the above but not necessarily all of them.
M
LB
1f
RAEME
M
LB
1g
 I request a bag with the Coat of Arms and RAAF Ensign theme."  I can send you a coat of arms but you will need to applique a RAAF ensign
M
LB
1h
Aircraft Picture supplied - I can post it to you or you can print it yourself.
M
LB
1i
 Fluro green Australia flag, UAE flag,  RAAF crest
My name, Op Accodion, EAOU-2,
OCT 17 - MAY 18, AMAB
Silver fern, hidden  Pineapple somewhere on the quilt Haha.
F
LB
1j
green and gold taekwondo and running theme with my initials ‘AR’
F
LB
1k
My biggest hobby / interest is surfing (longboard / Malibu), so anything surfing or beach theme would be awesome.
M
LB
1l
Shaun the Sheep
M
LB
1m
I have two Rottweilers at home that I miss so much. I love Rottweilers and colours would be Black and Tan.
F
B
2
Red Cross, Kabul Afghanistan, Oct 17 -  Jan 18, Colourful
F
Q
3
purple or even if you have anything rainbow I would be happy. I love my two bullmastiff dogs (I have attached a photo). Could I also if possible please have my name and rotation on it as 'Kylee Ganzerla EAOU-2'.
F
B
4
A list of interests (not all need to be included, I will appreciate whatever you come up with)
- 4yr old twin sons, 1yr old daughter and wife
- Liverpool FC (England)
- Carlton FC (AFL)
- Favorite colours are Navy Blue/white and Red.
M
Q
5
Aussie Flag, South Sudan Flag, UN Flag
M
B
6
Steam Locomotives, Horses, Trees, Snow leopards - It is for my son who was born while I have been overseas
M
B
7
Manly rugby league
M
Q
8
VB beer
M
Q
9
Fijian tribal or NRL West Tigers
M
Q
10
Superhero theme, (Favourite is Spiderman)
M
Q
11
Melbourne Storm and ACT Brumbies fan).
M
Q
12
red & black. He likes Star Wars, OR has a pet husky OR likes wolves OR giraffes -
M
B
13
Beauty and the Beast themed. Black border, red roses inner border, Beauty and Beast in the center, or similar
F
B
14
Scarlet/Royal blue/Scarlet with black background. AUS flag (left) AFG flag (right), RAAOC symbol (centre). TG AFG QAA CQMS and AUG 17 - MAR 18 in black lettering.
M
B
15
butterfly/unicorn
M
Q
16
RAEME Theme
M
Q
17
blue, the beach and womens sports AFL/soccer/rugby.
F
B
18
Aust Military/Army Theme
M
B
23
MARVEL VS DC
M
Q
24
Transformers, 1985 Era Characters
M
B
25
Hawthorn Football Team
M
Q
26
Blue,Red and White - Voltron, Star wars and Lego
M
Q
27
Red and Black (Mobil 1 HSV Racing)
CAR 02
M
Q
28
NRL Broncos Theme / QLD State of Origin
M
Q
29
I do like the ANZAC tribute quilt with poppies and the words "Lest we forget".  I would also like, if possible to incorporate some reference to the Middle East, with sandy colours and maybe camels? 
M
Q
30
The Phantom with "SuperSonicChook" 
M
Q
31
My nickname is Keys, so that could help with a theme. I don’t really have favourite colours but blue and green would liven my room up. I also don’t really have hobbies other than my 2 year old daughter at the moment. She loves fishies and mermaids (it’s her 2nd birthday this weekend which is fishy themed). Fishy themed would remind me of her.
M
B
32
Army Camouflage or Liverpool Football Club
M
B
33
Blue, purple, black Disney and Harry potter combined theme,
F
Q
34
Rotation 66, skull & crossbones
motorcycles (Both dirtbike and Road)
Ships Crest/motto, Fav Colours are Kawasaki racing green & black
M
Q
35
Batman themed with Middle east
rotation 66 on the design somewhere to
mark the occasion.
M
Q
36
Diving or perched Eagle.  Above the motto "Defend the Weak" Middle east Rotation 66 across the bottom
M
B
37
Pink, Purple, aqua colours, Nautical
theme with ships name and Number 152 plus ROT66
F
Q
38
Warramunga, OP Manitou RAN
Silhouttes, Route 66 symbol Pennant number 152
M
Q
39
Nautical theme Navy
Blue/Pink
F
Q
40
Nautical theme, with ships number
FFH 152 and rotation number 66.  If
possible an Oklahoma City Logo (NBA)
in the middle
M
Q
41
Anything Canberra Raiders
M
B
42
Black with Yellow WU TANG logo
M
B
43
Coat of Arms, Ships Moto and Pennant
Number (Courage in difficulties 152) a
route 66 sign, the name "Brooklyn"
mentioned, Canberra Raiders Logo,
Star wars stuff, Empire strikes back
if possible
M
Q
44
HMAS Warramunga theme with Rotation 66
M
Q
45
America Route 66 theme. (Route 66 sign landmarks and muscle cars)
M
Q
46
Blues, travel, greens, white, Nautical
rotation Number 66, Initials MH
F
Q
47
Anything Naval/Nautical that has
something to do with Charts and/or
Navigation. HMAS Warramunga, our motto "Courage in Difficulties" and even our  operation "OP MANITOU roatation 66" I really like patchwork type quilts, but would also really like the quilter to put their own flare/personality to it.
F
Q
48
Cars, trucks and planes with "ISON" in large lettering in the middle of the quilt and made by (Name) on the bottom, so I can tell the kids who made it..
M
Q
49
For the quilt I would like it as Australian as they come with everything that makes Australia great on it like beer/food/sport and a good old RM LOG on it please. For the bag I would like it simple just blue with the Nickname "VOSSY" on it
M
B
50
Labrodor puppies with love hearts and
flowers with the name "MACIE" on it please Include HMAS Warramunga OP MANITOU Rotation 66.  Arrangement, colours and  lettering are up to the quilters. I'm male but these will be for my daughter so lots of pretty colours please.  Both quilt and bag with the above designs
M
B
51
Mystical Tree Theme, with sprinkles of
Gold.  Special request: (if it worked better this could go on the back of the quilt) Could I please have a small Australian flag added as well as a few words for my 13 year old daughter. (The quilt will be given to her on my return Home) "For the most Beautiful girl in the World and her name

F
B
52
1. Have Sydney Swans and Chelsea Football club on it.
2.have some representation of me driving the ship and catching Pirates.
3. Have a Tintin reference (as I have a white dog and I am obviously Tintin… I have red hair)
M
B
53
Helicopter on one half with MH-60R Flight 5 "Nemesis" and ship on the other half with HMAS WARRAMUNGA "Courage in Dificulties".  Level of detail up to the quilter but if they can somehow represent an MH60R helicopter and an FFH it'd be great.  It's also for my 4 year old boy so boy type colours appreciated.
M
Q
54
Nautical theme: Names on the Quilt:

M
B
55
Chuck Norris theme with my initials B N
M
Q
56
Patchwork Beach or Shrek
F
B
57
Australian (My favourite coulour is Navy
Blue
F
Q
58
Quilt: Disney Princesses LB: Superheroes
M
B
59
Aviation for both quilt and bag
M
B
60
`Surfing Penguins with Rotation Number
M
Q
61
Canberra raiders logo and Colours,
OP Manitou Rotation 66, HMAS Warramunga
M
B
62
Spiderman
M
Q
63
Nautical theme with old sailing ships
On the front top of the quilt would like the Warramunga ships patch, Australian White ensign and the Route 66 sign with
OP Manitou written above it. (If that's not too much trouble please).
M
B
64
Favourite theme is Dog!!  Particularly PUGS (I have a black and one Fawn pug)
F
B
65
Minnie Mouse with initials PL
F
B
66
Small prints of cartoon snowboarders in
various locations.  With a small notation of operation Manitou Rotation 66
M
B
67
Rotation number 66 with Camo Pattern
(If possible)
M
Q
68
May I please have a Buzz Lightyear themed Quilt.  My Son will love it when we get Back from deployment
M
B
69
Nautical theme / Ocean waves or surfing
related theme
F
B
70
Frangipani and beach theme
F
Q
71
Brisbane Broncos with rotation Number 66
F
B
72
Batman
M
B
73
AFL team Essendon football Club themed with a red coloured quilt, my name my name also placed on it with other writing such as HMAS Warramunga OP MANITOU 2017/18
Rotation 66
M
B
74
I love dogs and the ocean, I have a kelpie
named Merlot.  My favourite colour is blue. I like nautical.  I get called Liz by my friends  so would like to have "Liz" as a label on the laundry bag.  I also wouldn't mind the rotation number (OP Manitou Rotation 66) on the laundry bag.  I am 28 years old.
F
B
75
horse themed please
F
Q
76