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50th Anniversary 2017 Reunion Update by Dick Barry

Both Carol Dahler and myself have been in constant contact with Michelle at the Sawtell Beach Holiday Park (SBHP) since August this year trying to secure the best possible dates for our reunion. Unfortunately, because we don't hold annual reunions we don't get first opportunity to re-book our same sites/cabins for the same period the following year.

On the other hand the rapidly growing Oztag group are holding their annual event during October and therefore under SBHP rules have first choice to re-book their same sites/cabins. The Oztag group have fully booked the Park from 12th to 16th October inclusive both for 2016 and 2017. It is the National Junior's Championships and there are some 3,000 competitors. The Seniors Championships will be held each February. The following weekend after the 16th October 2016 is also fully booked - no advice regarding the same weekend in 2017.

Therefore we have had to reschedule our 50th Anniversary reunion dates to occur from Sunday 1st October 2017 to Sunday 8th October 2017 inclusive. Whilst this incorporates our actual anniversary (4th October) it is nevertheless not ideal. NSW school holidays (23-09-17 to 08.10.17) and NSW long weekend will cause some impact. Hopefully families will prefer to book nearby Resort Holiday Parks in preference to SBHP.

Given the above circumstances we don't have too many choices and therefore a relatively quick decision had to be made and everyone informed ASAP. I strongly suggest you book your favorite site straight away because according to Michelle the little township of Sawtell is fast losing its tag as "the once quiet sleepy spot". At the moment there is no available accommodation north and south of Sawtell, including Coffs Harbour. 

Attendees can make bookings anytime from now on. Please ensure you mention you are coming with the group (10th Intake National Service Reunion 2017) so you can be linked to the group and secure the 10% discount. Michelle will be back at work on 2nd November 2016, however, the Reception staff or Donna Funnell will be in attendance (02 6653 1379). Arrangements will be made to ring those not on email.

The program of events is currently receiving finishing touches and I will send same out as soon as this work is completed. 

Lets make this the biggest and best reunion especially as we face the fact of getting older and wanting or having to do other things in our retiring years - as long as our health permits.

Best wishes

Richard Barry. ☘