March 2015 Newsletter

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March 2015 Newsletter

The President's Report

As we are approaching our AGM, which will be held on Sunday 15th March I have been reflecting upon the events of the last year.  We had significant problems in early 2014 which we eventually resolved abut through it all you, our volunteers have  continued to ensure our ongoing programming so that we continued to provide a wonderful service to our listeners.  I thank you all for that splendid effort.   I'd also like to thank my fellow committee members (Christine, Pat, Deane, Karen, Malcolm, Robert, Anne and Janelle) for all their hard work throughout the year.

Some of our highlights have included welcoming a new station manager, Jenni and also a number of new volunteers.  We've also continued to provide a service into the local region as well as Wagga and Junee & we are broadcasting both Wagga & Junee newspapers to those communities via a dedicated team led by Jan Hure.

Our Treasurer, Karen Melton has worked tirelessly to ensure that our ongoing  financial situation is sound.  This is especially important as our long term funding has been unclear as a result of the NDIS, (National Disability Insurance Scheme) whose structure does not include organisations such as ours. We have now been advised that our funding from the ACT Government will continue as is for another year, and that further consultation will occur regarding ongoing funding arrangements.

Meanwhile we have been modernising our 'governance' documents commencing with the Constitution. We were fortunate to have received an ACT grant to assist in this task which enabled us to appoint Bird Cameron as consultants.  Along with the  Committee members, Bird Cameron revised and modernised the Constitution.  The new Constitution was approved at a General Meeting held on 17 January.

Robert Altamore and I visited Wagga Wagga late in 2014 to both gauge support for our broadcast to Wagga and Junee.  We met with a number of organisations during the visit and were very well received by all.  I am pleased to advise that we will  receive financial support from the Wagga City Council on an annual basis and that the Wagga Rotary Club will be donating a substantial amount of money in April this year.  This is along with continuing support that the Junee Council provides annually.   Although we are very pleased with this support, we will continue to seek further  support from the Wagga and Junee region to enable us to continue our service into that area.

On the 1st of April this year, we celebrate 30 years of broadcasting to the Canberra Community. This is a significant milestone for us and we are planning a series of events to celebrate.  We are holding an 'open day' at the Station on the 1st April with refreshments and an opportunity for all our Members, Volunteers and their families to gather here to enjoy the day.  Our annual lunch will be held on 20th June at the Royal Canberra Golf Club.

A reminder that the 2014 AGM will be held on Sunday 15th March at the Ainslie  Football Club at 2pm. I do hope that you will come to the AGM and have your opportunity to provide input on the way forward for the station.

Lorraine Litster


Station Managers Message

Hello everyone!

Its now been over a year since I first came into 1RPH, firstly as a  volunteer and then as the Station Manager.  It's been a learning  experience for me—I've learnt a great deal about the community  sector and how it functions, as well as a lot of about editing and  producing radio shows!  I have greatly enjoyed the past year here,  especially the welcoming and friendly faces from everyone involved with the organisation.

There are lots of exciting events coming up this year to celebrate 30 years of broadcasting to the Canberra community.  I urge everyone to get involved and participate in as many events as you can.  We are also looking to arrange some informal social gatherings (lunches, morning teas etc) so if anyone has any ideas about fun things to do, please let me know.

Thank you to all volunteers for the time and effort you put into the station.  It is greatly appreciated.

Jenni Rush

Station Manager

Radio 1RPH 2014 Annual Lunch

Radio 1RPH invites you to join us to celebrate 32 years as an  Association, and 30 years of broadcasting to Canberra and the  surrounding regions.

We hope you will join us for lunch on Saturday, 20 June 2015 at 12 noon for 12.30 PM at the Royal Canberra Golf Club.

A delicious 3-course lunch will be served, consisting of:

• A plated choice of two soups and a bread roll;

• Buffet choice of two roasts, hot vegetables and condiments;

• A plated choice of several desserts; and

• Tea and coffee."

Drinks are available from the bar.

Our special guest is our Patron, the Honourable Margaret Reid AO. She will speak on a topic of her choice and will also reflect on our 30 years of Broadcasting

The cost is $45 per person.  Payment by cheque can be made to Radio

One RPH by posting it to the station. You may make payments by cash or EFTPOS to our Manager, Jenni Rush at the station or please phone Jenni at the station on 6241 4076. Please RSVP together with your payment for the lunch by Friday 5 June.

Please direct phone enquiries to Jenni Rush, 6241 4076 .  Email inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Memoriam

On behalf of Radio 1RPH, we record our appreciation of the following people and extend our condolences to their families.

• John Salt

• John Penhallurick

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Sincere condolences to Jan Hure, on the recent passing of her  father. Our thoughts were with you Jan, during this time.

Volunteers' Representative Report

Welcome to our new Volunteers

We are delighted to welcome new volunteers, who met with Jenni Rush and myself, and successfully auditioned for various volunteer roles.

Phil Butler, Colin Campbell, Elaine Colson, Kerrie Glennie, Andrew Harris, David Henry, Murray Johns, Clare Mooney, Heather Powell, Linty McDonald, Alexander (Sandy) Cochrane, Dominique Devadason.

Our volunteer numbers remain at around 130. We experience the  excitement of radio, new friendships formed, and the satisfaction of participating in a most worthwhile community service.

Farewell to our valued volunteers

After many years of Sunday evening presenting, and presentation of his programme, Aviation Digest, our volunteer Phil Gibbs will be leaving us at the end of March 2015. We wish him well in his retirement. We are sure that he will miss us as much as we miss him.

We miss also Rick Nehmy who has left the volunteering team. Rick was on the training team, and for seven years a Monday morning presenter, with Mo Richards and Camilla Shaw.

Sadly Anne Fourlinnie left the committee at the end of 2014.  We are grateful for her enormous contribution. Anne plans to move interstate with her family.

Welcome Back

We are very pleased to welcome back Mike Gellard, who has returned to the volunteer team as a morning presenter. Good to have you on board Mike.

1RPH Mixed Cleaning Group

Volunteers who were happy to seek and destroy spiders, climb ladders, bend and stretch, dig and pull, and generally attend to those places that our cleaning lady volunteer Marie cannot reach, met on Saturday to have a working bee. The building would look well now in a  Real Estate brochure. Perhaps we should hire ourselves for similar work outside 1RPH.  Thank you team. We'll meet again in a few months.

2014 Christmas BBQ

Our Christmas barbecue behind the studios of 1RPH, on 13th December, was attended by volunteers and committee, (all connoisseurs of fine dining) who brought food to share.  There were several salads and  desserts with fruit and cakes.

Our salad dishes accompanied the delicious beef patties and snags, cooked by Roger Melton, who certainly knew his onions! The heady scent of fried onions sent the roos to a back block, where they stood under a shade tree drooling.  It took Jenni to spot them and point them out to my daughter Yvonne and Grandson, Darren, who had arrived in Australia for the first time on 8th December.

Darren was most appreciative of the food. He fancies himself a chef.  However, coming from the north of Scotland, where neeps and tatties abound, honest to goodness barbecued beef meat under a sunny sky with air of kangaroo and grass was a new sensation.

Thanks to everyone who came along and to those who helped with the  setup and cleanup! It was good to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, as you do at these parties. I'm looking forward to our Anniversary Big Bash.

Cheers to All

Lyn Rutherford (Volunteer)

Radio 1RPH 30th Anniversary Commemorative Port

To commemorate Radio 1RPH's 30 years of broadcasting to Canberra,  Queanbeyan, Yass, Wagga Wagga and Junee, a 30th anniversary port was  initiated.

Our wonderful Patron Margaret Reid AO suggested we contact  the proprietor of George's Liquor Stable in Phillip who sourced a Buller's Rutherglen Tawny

Port ,in both 750ML and 350ML bottles, and provided it at near cost price.

Special commemorative labels were purchased with our logo and  the words:

'Turning print into sound 1RPH 1985 to 2015 30 years broadcasting Canberra,

Wagga Wagga Junee Tawny Port.'

Junee Lions Club and several Wagga Wagga Rotary Clubs purchased over half our total order and our sincere thanks go out to the members of these three Clubs.  Robert and I wish to thank all those who purchased all the stock in under 6 weeks.

Sale of the port provided $684 for the station and we have 2 labels left for  anyone who missed out.   Please phone Robert on mobile 0423 931 753 if you wish to purchase a label,

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped.

Wendy and Robert Altamore


Radio 1RPH March 2015