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Glad tidings Newsletter 9 part 2

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  • 1. GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 PART B Featured in Part B: • Flying Angel Fremantle’s work recognized by the ILO • New members David Cockcroft elected to the MTS of the ITF, Paddy Australian Council Crumlin of the MUA/ITF and Dennis • MTS Sydney’s Lloyds list DCN award in MelbourneFlying Angel Fremantle’s work recognised at the ILO • Commissioning of Chaplain GeoffGeneva Harrison at Port GilesHearty congratulations to all the hard it particularly special as the worlds’working and dedicated staff and seafarers themselves nominate the • Father Thomas goesvolunteers at Fremantle for being seafarers centres of their choice. MTS’ overboard for ashortlisted as one of six seafarers Dennis Claughton and Ann Robinson stranded crew atcentres from around the world for the were both invited to the awards ChristmasICSW’s International Seafarers Welfare ceremony that took place on theAward 2011- ‘recognising excellence in opening night of the Maritime Labourthe provision of welfare services and Convention tripartite meeting on 12facilities to seafarers’. This is the second December, 2011 at the ILO Geneva.year running that our Fremantle Club Well done, Fremantle.has received such an honour - makingNew members elected to the MTS Australian Councilfor 2012-13On the final day of our national general of the Society worldwide is alsobiennial conference participants voted a member. The national coordinatorin a new Council to serve for the next continues to serve on the Council as antwo years. The new faces are Capt. ex- officio member.Dave Ellis (Brisbane), Reverend GarryDodd (Newcastle), Reverend Canon Father ThomasDennis Claughton (Fremantle) and conducts serviceReverend Noah Park (Geelong). Two onboard.not so new faces, the Reverend IanPorter (Sydney) and Graham Miller See story on page 2.(Townsville) have been returned foranother two years. Graham will act ashonorary secretary and is now thelongest serving member.Council’s liaison bishops are GarryWeatherill (Ballarat) and Paul White(Melbourne).The Reverend Tom Heffer secretary
  • 2. MTS Sydney’s Lloyds List DCN award in Melbourne Sydney MTS were delighted to be now in his 75th year of serving as a awarded the Lloyds List DCN Annual volunteer for our Hobart mission also Shipping & Maritime Industry Award received a special award on the 2011 “Seafarers Welfare Award” at night for a “life long service to a dinner in Melbourne in November. seafarers’. Jack intimated that he Ian Porter received the Award on has no thoughts of retirement during behalf of his dedicated staff at the his interview that can be found on Sydney mission. the Lloyds List DCN website. Hobart’s 91 year old Jack Tomes, Thomas ascending the ladder See story below.Commissioning of chaplain Geoff Harrison at Port Giles Congratulations to Geoff Harrison our newly commissioned chaplain to Port Giles on the waters of the Gulf of St Vincent SA. Bishop Garry led the commissioning held at St Benedict’s Minlaton. There to cheer on Geoff were many local parishioners as well as Fr Thomas Karamas who has been a wonderful force in getting our newest ministry up and running. Geoff most ably supported by June has hit the ground (gangway) running/climbing with a radical increase in the number of ships visiting this isolated grain port. Greatwork Geoff, June, Thomas, Joan and the rest. And good luck with the opening of the new centre for seafarers in bustling Edithburgh. Bishop Garry, June & Geoff & Father ThomasFr Thomas goes overboard for astranded crew at Christmas Following an SOS call from the captain that his ship was anchored 10 kms off Port Giles and his crew were desperate to celebrate Christmas somehow the Port Giles volunteers swung into action. Hiring a launch Thomas, Geoff and June headed out to the ship. Only Thomas was crazy enough to ascend the 100 metre swaying rope ladder. The crew was thrilled for the visit, and very grateful that Thomas was able to bring blessings, lead the service and celebrate Christmas with them (and distribute Father Thomas is welcomed onboard. phone cards as Christmas presents).Page 2 GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 part B 2012

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