June 2021 – COL D.W. McCammon, DSM and Bar

Colonel David McCammon was born and educated in Melbourne. He was selected to attend OCS (NZ) in 1997, into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and initially served as a platoon commander in the 5th/7th Battalion (Mechanised), The Royal Australian Regiment (5/7RAR).

His Regimental experience includes commanding both a Rifle and Recon Platoon in 5/7RAR (Mech) deploying with the Battalion to INTERFET, East Timor in 1999. Service with the British Army, (The Staffordshire Regiment, an Armoured Infantry Battalion), serving as a Company 2IC, OC Mortar platoon, and deploying to Kosovo as the OC of the Brigade Surveillance Platoon in 2001. Command of a Rifle Company in 7RAR in 2008 deploying to Afghanistan as the commander of Australia’s first Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) from Sep 2008-Jul 2009, and as the OPSO of 7 RAR. In 2015-2016 COL McCammon was fortunate enough to be selected to Command 7RAR which included deploying elements of the Battalion to Iraq as part of Task Group Taji.

COL McCammon’s staff experience includes postings to Headquarters Training Command (HQTC-A) where he served as the Staff Officer to the Chief of Staff, Combat Training Centre (CTC-L) where he served both within the Operations Cell and as an Observer Trainer and Army Headquarters and as Aide de Camp to the Chief of Army. He served as the Brigade Major of the Army’s 1st Brigade taking part in Hamel in 2011 and 2012, and briefly with CTU in Afghanistan in 2012. COL McCammon has had Divisional experience after being employed as SO1-Future Ops Plans as part of the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (Regional Command South) in Afghanistan for 11 months in 2012-2013. More senior appointments in Army Headquarters include SO1 Combat in Future Force Development, Army Headquarters and a secondment to the Force Structure Review Team in 2014, working as part of the Department’s team that delivered the 2016 Defence White Paper. His most recent appointments have been in Army career management where he was the senior career adviser and then Director of Soldier Career management for Army. He is currently Commandant Combined Arms Training Centre.

COL McCammon completed Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) in 2010, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master of Arts in International Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Strategy in Defence Studies and is a graduate of the Centre for Defence research Apollo course on Future War Analysis. In the last quarter of 2013 COL McCammon took an extended period of leave and worked as a National Security Fellow at the McCain Institute in Washington DC where he focused of international foreign policy.

His awards include Commander Australian Theatre Commendation for service in East Timor, Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for Leadership in Action in Afghanistan, A Bar to the DSM for distinguished leadership as Commanding officer in Iraq, The US Army Commendation medal for support of US Army Police Mentoring teams in the Chora Valley Afghanistan, and the US Army Bronze Star for service while deployed with the US Army 3RD Division in Afghanistan.

May 2021 – Terrance Plowright OAM – Artist

Terrance was born at Paddington in Sydney in 1949. He started work in 1966 as a Copyboy for the Australian Women’s Weekly. During this same period, he was lead singer and rhythm guitarist in several bands. In 1970 he went on to work as a Film Editor with the ABC. During 1974-75, Terrance’s interest in philosophy led him to live and work at the Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland and in 1976 he founded the “Awareness Centre” in Sydney. Early in 1982, a friend asked him to create a stained glass window for his new home. Never having cut glass nor designed an artwork, he agreed to undertake the project. Terrance never looked back. His interest in the arts grew and he received his first sculptural commission in 1988 designing and creating the 14 foot high, beautiful solid glass and granite sculpture, ‘Purity of Spirit’.

Terrance has designed and created many contemporary and figurative works as well as a number of sculptural water features, cenotaphs, murals and stained glass windows. He has won and been awarded many commissions by councils, corporations, churches, the State Government and individuals. Terrance has a passion for exploring the potential and combination of new
materials. Currently, he is constructing a 50 foot, 5 tonne, aluminium sculpture for Adelaide, as well as exploring 3D concepts involving movement, liquid, light and interactive sound.

See Terrance’s website at   www.plowright.com.au/

April 2021 – Bruce Ferrier – Grace Gibson Productions

Thursday 1st April

A trip down memory lane looking at the history of Grace Gibson Productions and the contributions that Bruce has made in the world of radio.

Bruce Ferrier is the owner of Grace Gibson Productions, He has been involved in radio production since 1972 as well as syndication and voice over work. He has developed the Grace Gibson Production Company into a modern progressive business which produces the original shows. These are sold on line and are a great source of happy memories for those who enjoy listening to the old favourites that past generations enjoyed way back in history.

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March 2021 – Prue Hardgrove,

Prue Hardgrove is the  Aged and Disability Services Officer for the Blue Mountains City Council and will be speaking to our group on Friday 5 March.

At this meeting Prue will discuss the following:
– Services to assist the elderly and people with a disability to remain independent in their home.
– Disabled access to public facilities, parks and other infrastructure.
– Upcoming events planned for the Seniors Festival for the month of April.

Prue has worked in the Aged and Disability Sector for the past 30 years, 25 of these have been in local government.

February 2021 – Tim Forde

Tim Forde, born in Africa of Irish parents, has spent the last 44 years in Australia. He is married with 3 children and 5 grand children. 

Tim worked for Australia Post in various roles, retiring in December 2018 as Postal Manager, Katoomba, after 40 years service. A childhood dream of seeing Africa from top to bottom was realised by riding a bicycle from Cairo to Cape Town in 2019. His talk will be supported by great images.

November 2020 – Monica Flynn

MONICA FLYNN

Monica is a member of the Upper Blue Mountains Ladies Probus Club, and is a Past President. She lives in Leura.
Monica’s academic background includes a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Administration. Monica has worked in hospitals in Australia and London. She has also worked in management positions in the NSW and the Commonwealth Public Sectors as well as the Community Services Sector.
Monica became interested in patchwork quilting some 25 years ago. Since her retirement, she has been involved in two Probus quilting groups in Leura.
In 2017, she expanded her interest into Textile Art, in which she has found many opportunities for artistic expression.
The War in the Pacific series is the first series which Monica has exhibited publicly. It was inspired by her father’s experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war. This series shows her interest in combining concepts, words and fabrics.

September 2020 – Andrew Buckland BEc, LLB Hons (TBA)

Andrew Buckland BEc, LLB Hons

Deputy Government Solicitor – Constitutional Litigation

Andrew has spent most of his career as a lawyer for the Commonwealth Government. He is the leader of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Australian Government Solicitor, a position he has held since 2008.

Andrew oversees all constitutional cases involving the Commonwealth and has been involved in most of the leading constitutional cases decided by the High Court over the past sixteen years.

He will be explaining the role of the Constitution in shaping Australia’s system of Government, and will take you behind the headlines to explain some recent high profile decisions.

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