The Anglo-Indian Australasian Association of Victoria
FIRST BRIGHT TRIP - WEDNESDAY 19th to FRIDAY 21st APRIL 2023
Dear Rodney, Jeanette, Ken, Maria, John & Team
A short note to say thank you very much for the meticulous organising of the Adelaide/Kangaroo Island trip which went off without a hitch as far as we were concerned. Not sure if Ken had any issues but none of us noticed.
Ken & Maria thank you for all you did on the trip to keep us all comfortable & content. Especially the amusing way you read the nos.
John, what can I say. Your driving skills gave us all the confidence to sit back, relax and even have a snooze. Your knowledge surpassed all previous tour guides that we have experienced, your courtesy and kindness to us all ‘oldies’ was appreciated very much, specially getting in and out of the coach. Look forward to using the special steps you ordered on our next trip.
Thank you all.
On behalf of my group, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the amazing and memorable trip you hosted to Bright.
Every second of the journey was filled with joy, laughter, and awe-inspiring moments.
From the scenic drive to Mt. Hotham, the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges, to the wonderful company on the coach, every moment was truly special and unforgettable.
We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work in planning and organizing every detail, and we are already looking forward to our next adventure together!
Take care and God Bless
Celine and Benny Fernandesz
On behalf of our group, we thank you very much for the fun and memorable tour of Kangaroo Island.
We enjoyed every moment, from the time we boarded the coach last Saturday, until we returned last night.
We saw everything we wanted to see plus all the added surprises you gave us!!
5 days of touring with you was very special to us all, and we appreciated your guidance and suggestions.
We had a great group on the coach, and everyone contributed to the food, fun, and laughter.
We look forward to more future trips with you and thank you once again for all your hard work.
Celine & Benny Fernandesz
Thank you very much for the fun-filled memorable tour of Kangaroo Island.
We enjoyed every moment. Thanks for all the added surprises you gave us!!
We had a great group on the coach, and enjoyed the food, fun, and laughter. Looking forward to the next trip. We have Broome on our bucket list.Cheers
Charmaine & Colin Rodrigues
Shanti and self would like to endorse Celine’s sentiments. Was a very enjoyable trip.
I acquired additional knowledge by memorising the McDonalds menu and am now an expert on their product range.
Look forward to meet up with the group in the near future.
Stay safe and well.
Dalston & Shanti Beling
To Rodney and the entire “Kangaroo Island” group,
We have no hesitation in echoing the many heartfelt and sincere sentiments so well expressed by many, already.
Can’t wait to launch into the next exciting trip with a similarly cohesive group!
Delreen and Carlyle Cramer
Night of Nights - The Anglo-Indian Australasian Association's 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration 24th September 2022
Alas! today I have recouped some energy after that hectic, enjoyable and great celebration of the Anglo Indian 50th anniversary 'grande' get together.
I enjoy observing and expressing my views on social media, to share experiences.
CONGRATULATIONS TO RODNEY and his committee, you really deserve Kudos for initiating and holding the Association together for 50 years.
Organising a big event..for a massive group of over 350 folk was a mammoth task.
The event was graced by Mathew Guy member of state parliament.
The preparation, the planning and the execution of the event, speaks much about the talent and time spent to commemorate a milestone. 50 years is why many of us enjoyed being part of this golden event. Atleast many of us may not be on planet earth for the next milestone.
RODNEY Almeida.. hails from Cochin, my hometown is Tangasseri Rodney is a very unassuming personality, he is married to May and has a close knit family. Surely, his wife must be encouraging him from behind the scenes.
Although there would have been many factors that could have thrown a wet blanket over his initiative, Rodney rose above all those odds and served the members with dedication.
Of course RODNEY is a maestro and an astute person who held together and did not succumb to those who did not see eye to eye with him.. He used criticism as stepping stones to his success.
His laudable experience in bringing people together is highly commendable.
The activities organised are,
Dances, Bingo, bus trips to country NSW and to Capital Cities of Australia, and more notably prior to COVID international group travel.
Rodney is a man of few words but a man of action.
Action that gives members a lot of fun , laughter sharing and memories.
RODNEY has a couple of thousand life members, and an enthusiastic committee.
A veteran at handling resources, RODNEY has a home for the Aged and those young at heart called .. St Josephs Rooming House, located in Noble Park. Rooms and Units are rented to those in need.
He has also established small self contained units.
There must be much more that he has done to help those who go to him for assistance.
Even the Prime ministers of a country would not have kept the country together for more than 3 terms.
50 years of getting a committee to assist and help speaks volumes of how he deals with people .
Members are human and one could hear murmuring behind , but nothing could shake him.
I often wonder why we have various Anglo indian groups that represent each state or place in India, when everyone who is an Anglo Indian is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
It reveals the faction between the Anglo Indians of each state.
It would be ideal to identify the get togethers of each state (if they have common interests)
as a club..eg.. The Rangers club ( I think)
The main members of Rodney's committee and volunteers are ideally suited for their job..
A few people I noticed who are Rodney's helping hands,
They are Raelene Kelly, Late Audrey Osborne, Eugene Girton, Peter James, Jeanette Veeren. Geraldine Borgonha, Pam Saldanha, Debbie Newman, Debbie Ogg, Gail Eyre, Ken D'Souza, Marcus Fernandez, Robert Almeida, Valerie D'Costa, Lloyd Seaman and Maria D'Costa.
I am sure they are being trained under a master organiser Rodney Almeida.
Let me not forget former members and volunteers Doug Emmanuel, Philip D'Monte, Rawlins sisters and Kevin Peterson to name a few.
The Springvale City Hall was the ideal selection for such big gathering
The decor was very aesthetic.
The food by Silver Platter ( Anglo indian caterers) As usual a big buffet with lovely dessert...with chefs dressed in their gear served and attended on the guests.
The bands were exhilarating, Everest and Lloyd Seaman and Pete Belair and despite my inability to use my legs as when I was in my early 70s .. I managed to move them for a short period.
The tickets were very reasonable.
$40 each .. with full fledged buffet dinner
The menu covered..
The Egg plant curry is the silver platter signature dish.
Yogurts and salads
Kulfi and gulab Jamuns
Every table had nibbles
A BOTTLE OF SCOTCH & red and white wine.
I wish I was in my early 70s .. I would have embarrassed my husband with my plate topped up atleast for 2 rounds.
Once again, I wish Rodney the Cochin boy health and longevity so he can continue his wonderful contribution to the community as well as society.
From Diedre Peterson
The Lakes Entrance trip surpassed all our expectations. Clockwork precision organising for pick up with senior citizens mostly was very impressive and the way meals were planned both voluntary items as well as catered for was exceptional. The music was fantastic and we enjoyed and had a lot of fun. The coach was very comfortable and the driver got 10 out of 10 for his safe driving and manner.
So all in all a very well organized tour and hope there are many more like that.
Pri Fernando and Eileen Darby
Dez & I both like to thank you for organising such a great event 50th Golden Anniversary.
You & you team sure did an excellent job Rodney with everything on the day itself.
Nice to see a good crowd like that.
God Bless you & May with good health energy and happiness .
Pauline & Dez Locker
Rodney for the great Jubilee night, your time , effort and years of hard work that gained us members reach this milestone.May God grant you good health to carry on this journey of the Anglo Indian Association. Our sincere thanks to the Lady in your life May who supports you in your endeavours.
Have a nice day!
Roberta & Leslie Meyers.
Thanks Geraldine!!!! Your organising allocation and arrangements were great and got things working!!!
Thanks for placing your confidence in the group, to express themselves and talent to the best of their ability!!!!.
Keep up the good community spirit! God Bless!!!!
Have a great season!!!!
Cheers!!!! GOD BLESS
Dear Rodney, thank you for organising the Carol singing celebration. Des and I enjoyed every minute of it.
We appreciate all the hard work that went into producing this beautiful event. Thank you to all the participants who gave their time and talent to entertain us and fill our hearts with Christmas cheer. In the current Pandemic situation it helped to lift our spirits as well.
Des and Dimpy Hickman
To all the participants my gracious appreciation. The story of Christmas enacted in members' backyards: sheds, basic backyard furniture - the young and the old - depicts the spirit of the true meaning of Christmas.
The singers and the musicians were good.
Thank you so much Rodney and Team workers for putting together an Amazing Christmas Carols and Concert for viewing on UTUBE, it was Awesome and definitely brought The Spirit of Christmas to our Homes, lifting our Spirits. May you All be richly rewarded for your thoughtful and caring ways and hard work, it was well worth it, You All can be very Proud of Yourselves.
Thank you for sending through the link. What a great success and a true testament to what can be achieved with a little thought. Well done.
State Member of Parliament for Oakleigh
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
Thanking you and the Committee for your generous gift card I do appreciate your friendship and hospitality towards me and Suzie.
Both Joey and Myself enjoyed the function on Sunday
Take Care and Best Wishes
Glaxton ( Glaxon )
Hi Geraldine and the AI Assn Committee and Volunteers
Thanks for inviting me to be part of the YouTube Christmas presentation on 5th December 2020. It made a big difference to us musicians who have had no live events/gigs to perform due to COVID. Thank you for the voucher too.
Dear Geraldine and the AI Assn
It has been a pleasure and many sleepless nights J getting the YouTube presentation organized amidst COVID restrictions but we did it successfully.
My sincere thanks to all the performers and volunteers and especially to the Dept of Premier and Cabinet for the MFE Grant received to organize this event.
The number of viewers climbing past the 17,000 mark is a cause for great celebration and truly in tough times to think that we the Anglo-Indian Australasian Association in Melbourne can reach all corners of the earth is an amazing achievement.
Dear Members, Volunteers and friends of the Anglo-Indian Australasian Association
Thank you for the generosity and community spirit you have shown by informing family and friends through social media all over the world about our YouTube presentation.
Our Annual Carols Dinner Dance would have had 200 people attend but this virtual celebration has brought us to the fore-front with 17,000 + viewers.
We remain thankful and will continue with great gusto what Rodney Almeida started 50 years ago, one man, one dream to keep our community connected through music, dancing, sport and recreation.
Thank you for arranging this trip. We had a good time. Lovely bunch of people to travel with, a great Coach driver in John, and your understudy Ken, who with his wife Maria, did a fantastic job. A big hearty thank you to Ken.
We also thank you for the dinner surprise in Victor Harbour. Looking forward to more fun travels.
Michael and Camlin Thompson