ANZ Reunion 2009 - Caloundra
Friday 6 November

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The Vindi Boys are gathering, they have arrived in Caloundra on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. They have traveled from all parts of Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The reason they are here? It is the 9th Annual ANZ Reunion. The venue this year is the Power Boat Club at Golden Beach. When we arrived in the function room at 5pm on Friday the banner was up, the raffle prizes were wrapped waiting for the lucky winners. All it needed was for the Vindi Boys and Girls to arrive, collect their name badge and catch up with friends both old and new.
There were raffles and the "winners and grinners" For those who are more energetic there was dancing. For everyone it was a chance to "catch up."
Saturday 7 November
This morning it was off on a "Magical Mystery Bus Trip" We did not know where we were going but about 100 of us got on two buses anyway!! The trip took us up into the hinterland around the sunshine coast, through Landsborough to our first stop at Mary Cairncross Park. We had a cup of tea or coffee and were each given a lunch box with some tasty sandwiches and a muffin. It was a chance to look over the valley and across to the Glasshouse Mountains and of course to continue talking.
It was then on to Montville with its myriad of little art and craft shops. Some Vindi lads opted to sit out the time talking instead of shopping while others had more than their fill of ice cream!!
The next stop was The Big Pineapple, just outside Nambour. More ice cream for some and ginger gummy bears for others as we wandered round the complex. No time for a ride on the train but it was trundling its way round.
It was a lovely morning, we arrived back about 2.30pm in time for a "sit down and get your breath" before tonight's formal dinner.
The cake was made, the tables were set and we dressed in our finery for the Formal Dinner.
Once again there was dancing and raffles. The bell was won by Arnie & Mavis Piddington from the UK. An auction was held for a collection of Dave Partridge's poems including "Heroes" The bidding was brisk and the final buyer was Percy Grout from Tasmania.


Sunday 8 November
We had a service at the club conducted by Robert Buxton. The Red Duster was lowered and then raised after a wreath, made by Andy Squibb, was laid by the President.
Then it was time for the usual group photographs and lunch. A spirited rendition of Vindi Boys followed conducted by Vic Rother, a song or two from our own Pearly King & Queen then it was farewell to the 2009 ANZ Reunion - see you in Western Australia next year!
Some, if not all continued with the party, some went to the bowls club, others choose to stay at their accommodation.