ANZ Retired Officers' Club (VIC)


Traralgon golf day November 2011

Thanks again to John Brown and David Woods for organising another splendid event. 42 members and partners went to Traralgon, 28 to play golf and the others to shop see a movie or have a massage at the hotel. In contrast to the past couple of years we enjoyed perfect weather the afternoon being sunny and 28 degrees. Just as well we didn't play the next day with strong Northerly winds and upwards of 33 degrees. Watching the professionals struggle in the President's Cup I don't know how we would have fared in such conditions.

The winner of the inaugural President's trophy was Eamon Veaney with a score of 41 points, the runner-up was Bob Irvine with 39. The Ladies winner with 28 points was Lesley Cooke and runner-up Kathy Trace. Seeing that Eamon also won at Spring Valley earlier in the year achieving the 'anzroc grand slam' for 2011 John Brown told him that his handicap would be reduced by at least 2 shots in 2012 regardless of what his club handicap said.

John Winders was also presented with the final Jim Coffey memorial trophy which he had won at the 2010 event.

The dinner was the usual tasty roast prepared by Margo who has decided to cut down on her catering commitments in the future and will concentrate on funerals as they cause less work !!! We will miss her excellent food and no nonsense approach to life.

A slection of photos below

President's report to AGM November 2011



On behalf of our committee and all our members I welcome you here today to our 37th Annual General Meeting. I would particularly like to thank our members for their strong support in attending meetings and functions organised throughout the year. Of course these functions could not be run without such a hard working and willing committee behind our club. Their reward being in the enjoyment and benefits our members receive through their efforts


As at 30/9/2011 our membership was  981 compared with 1,002 last year.  Sixteen new members joined during the year and it is pleasing that within these numbers is a mixture of  female and male members, many whom  have recently retired from  the ANZ.

The membership application form which is forwarded to recently retired members has been significantly enhanced and hopefully, will influence more members joining. Thanks John Brown for this design


Financial Statements for the year to 30/9/11 are tabled showing funds on hand of $19,942.68.  This is a decrease of $2,300.23 on the position last year of  $22,242.91. Areas of concern are the increase in costs of approx $1,400 in the production of our printed Newsletter (members who have internet facilities can assist in curtailing this cost by ensuring that their email address is provided to the secretary). Costs of running 100 Queen Street meetings has increased considerably. This cost has been defrayed somewhat through the introduction of some Country/Suburban meetings.

Our Treasurer John Brown is to be commended on the production of the treasurer’s reports and cash flow analysis/recommendations. Thanks also to our Honorary Auditor Alan Forrest

We also gratefully acknowledge the support of ANZ Shared Services in providing financial assistance to the ROC which defrays the level of membership fees and subsidises functions, including our Christmas Luncheon.

This support by the Bank recognises the long service of retirees and their role in the Bank’s history, which we believe is returned by our members continuing client loyalty to the Bank and our promotion of the ANZ Brand. We encourage this continuing support


It is with great sadness that 22 members passed away throughout the year and our love and best wishes are with the surviving members of their families and friends. They were remembered with a moments silence during our monthly meetings. I would like to thank John Duke who continues to ensure deceased members notices are inserted in the daily Herald Sun newspaper.


Daytime meetings continue to be well attended and greatly enjoyed . Security issues have curtailed our evening meetings. We are considering trialing a suburban evening meeting at a future date.

We acknowledge and greatly appreciate the Bank’s provision of meeting facilities for many of these functions.

We have once again had some excellent speakers over the past year thanks mainly to Gary Mason – thank you Gary. The ROC ANZAC remembrance luncheon is a most important day on our calendar – thanks to Kevin Mitchell who makes this a very special occasion.

The suburban/country luncheon concept, which also welcomes ANZROC partners as well as members of the ANZ Ladies Club, has been particularly successful. The St Patrick’s luncheon in March topped 100 attendees and approx 60 members and partners enjoyed the September Geelong train trip/luncheon .Both these events were a great success and our thanks go to David and Glenda Knuckey, Kevin Mitchell and Lyn and Les Stevens for organising these respective events.


We were so pleased that Mike Smith CEO and other Executive again attended the luncheon and to George Lawson for his lively and entertaining toast to the Bank..

This function continues to provide a wonderful opportunity for members to come from far and wide and catch up with old acquaintances, as well as receive a most entertaining and informative update as to how our bank, which has been such an integral part of our lives, is progressing into the future




I am sorry to announce that John Vanselow has, after so many years of dedicated service, decided to retire from the committee of our club. John, I cannot finds words that adequately express the committee and members gratitude for the wonderful enjoyment you have given to so many people throughout your banking career and in retired life to our ANZROC members.

I know I speak for all our members in saying that you and Lois are “true legends” and we are eternally grateful for your contributions over so many years. We wish you many, many more years enjoying the fruits of your labour and to you receiving your birthday card on time from the capable hands of Kathy Trace, ably assisted by Joan Nathan


ANZ Shared Services supports the distribution of our newsletter. Postage and stationery costs are avoided where internet transmission is available, so please let Ron Adams know if you are able to use this medium. I know that the comprehensive newsletter is much appreciated by members in hearing about what’s going on and assisting maintain and renewing friendships. Our thanks to Secretary Ron Adams for presenting the newsletter and the incredible volume of work Ron processes on behalf of our club.  Thanks also go to Debbie Jerkovic of Wirth Words for maintaining the membership register and formatting the newsletter.


What a terrific initiative this has been and the usage is slowly but surely increasing. For those members who do not have a computer facility, I encourage you to ask your grandchildren to help you visit and enjoy this wonderful innovation and trip down memory lane looking at the multitude (and growing) selection of photos and article etc recorded on this site.

Thank you Eamon for your dedication to this project and the many hours of development work undertaken


The Welfare Sub-Committee comprising Gary Mason, Eamon Veaney and John Stevens have continued to meet with Christopher Woods, our responsible contact with the Bank. The objective of these meetings is to maintain close contact with the Bank and seek to strengthen the relationship between the Bank and ANZ ROC membership.

During the year discussions continued on participation in the NIB/ANZ Staff Medical Benefits Scheme, improved access to ANZ Staff Club, and the ANZ Retired Officer’s Privilege Pack. These members are also contact points to address any member welfare concerns.

Our thanks go to Christopher for his enthusiastic support in pursuing issues on our behalf.


During the year the Club organised golf outings at Traralgon and Spring Valley and a trip to the Alzburg Inn at Mansfield.

Thanks to John Brown for organising the golf days and to Kevin Mitchell for organising the Mansfield outing.

Your Committee continues to seek ideas to improve the welfare of members and to promote engagement between members and welcomes members input.


It has been a pleasure serving our members as President during the past year and in particular the committee who are such a supportive and capable group, without whom we could not provide the range of benefits and functions we all enjoy so much throughout the year.


To all members and their families and friends I wish you a healthy and wonderful Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you at the Christmas luncheon and at our meetings/functions  in 2011.


Neville Pearson                                                                                                                                                              President


Alex Thursby lunch and presentation Nov 2011

A large turnout of 67 members attended the November lunch at 100 Queen Street. Over the past 4 years Alex Thursby CEO for APEA has been responsible for ANZ businesses in 14 Asian Markets and 12 countries in the Pacific as well as Europe, America and the Middle East. He is leading the Group’s strategic expansion into Asia with a strong focus on building ANZ’s franchises in five priority markets in Greater China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Greater Mekong (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) and Malaysia along with key regional hubs in Hong Kong, Singapore and ANZ’s Institutional network markets across Asia Pacific, Europe and America. He is also responsible for the Group Strategy and Marketing functions as ANZ pursues its ambition to become a super regional bank in Asia Pacific. Alex was previously in Standard Chartered Bank for 20 years where he held senior wholesaling roles in SE Asia. His presentation was warmly received by members present as he outlined the progress made over the 4 years in growth of specifically targeted clients with an emphasis on deposits, significantly  increased profitability and the higher level of reciprocal business that has been introduced to ANZ in Australia from links formed with overseas customers in these key expansion areas.

The AGM followed Alex's speech and a highlight was a presentation to John Vanselow acknowledging his 15 years service on the committee.

Below are a few photos taken at the lunch which was particularly well attended.

Here is a link to Alex Thursby's presentation

Nostalgia - old photos from ROC Members

A number of old photos and articles related to their time at ANZ have been received from ANZROC Members which may be of interest to many.

Frank O'Brien sent some great footy pictures (undated) which include Barry Squires, Rod Halcombe, Jack Pitts,  Geoff Ridgeway, Roy Peake and John Parkes and the famous five !!!

Mavis Ryan provided 3 photos which were taken at an ANZ 394 Collin Street send off for Mr Thomas (in the days when senior executive did not have Christian names). The function was held on the first floor of the magnificent ES&A Gothic Branch building (cnr Queen and Collins Sts)

pictured are :

Mavis Bennett, Muriel Drummond, Alison Orde, Mr Thomas, Mavis Ryan and Tess Roberts

Mavis Ryan, Tess Roberts, ?, Shirley Manly, Eileen Perham, Joy Bell

Eileen Perham, Joy Bell

Rod Smith Also provided two interesting articles about the 'Bank's Rowing Club' Interbanks November 1969 regatta on the Yarra river and the 99th Inter-Bank Regatta held on Oct 8 1966 published in the ES&A 'Scottie' staff magazine

The Banks rowing club is one of Melbourne's oldest rowing clubs and has large club rooms on the Yarra near the Swanston Street Bridge and for memory there was a rowing eight named after Charles Rennie at the club.

old sporting achievements

Thanks to Ern Walton for enclosing the premiership flag from the Bank of Adelaide Victorian Table Tennis Association flag 1963.

Ern has had it in his possession since B of A closed it's doors in 1980 and was always proud to think he was one of the happy players of the winning team.

Other members were D Tonkin, M Bradshaw, r Griffiths, M Harris

We will offer the flag to the ANZ Museum on Ern's behalf