Some people may wonder about the relationship between the Hoppers Club and the VVAA Melbourne West Sub Branch. The Hoppers Club is in fact the ‘spiritual home’ of the VVAA Melbourne West Sub Branch. The Hoppers Club has also been a great supporter of Vietnam Veterans in the western suburbs over many years.
Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s a small group of Vietnam Veterans and their partners, who felt alienated from the RSL, met regularly at the Hoppers Club and in 1998 the group approached the VVAA with a view of forming a sub branch to service Melbourne’s Western suburbs and operate from the Hoppers Crossing Club (sic).
The first AGM was held on 10th December 1998 under the Chairmanship of the late Rudy Brown and later the VV Sub Club was accepted by the Hoppers Club as a sub club with the same rights and responsibilities as other sub clubs.
Membership of VVAA Melbourne West (which covers a large area of Melbourne’s western suburbs) has grown to 167 of whom about half are service members (i.e. entitled to be listed on the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans) while the remainder are associate members. About 1/3rd of the total are also members of the Hoppers Club.
The Hoppers Club continues to support aims and aspirations the Sub Club in many ways including designated raffles on Thursday night Members’ draw.
On behalf of the Committee and Members of the Hoppers Club Vietnam Veteran’s Sub-Club and VVAA Melbourne West Sub-Branch I would like to welcome you to our website.
The role of our organisation is to care for the welfare and well-being of our fellow veterans. Originally we were formed to care for Vietnam Veterans and their dependants but in recent times this has been broadened to any veteran and/or their dependants. This includes the younger or contemporary veterans of Australia’s more recent conflicts.
The motto of the Vietnam Veterans’ Association is
“Honour the dead but fight like hell for the living”.
Our trained volunteers provide pension and welfare services Monday – Wednesday at Bay West Veterans Centre 96 Railway Street Altona 3018 ( next door to Altona RSL.) If you’d like to meet with one of our Pension Officers to assist you in obtaining your military compensation entitlements or one of our Welfare Officers should you wish to discuss any problems you are experiencing please telephone 9398 2865 to make an appointment.
We also provide a drop in centre each Wednesday at Central Park Community Centre where veterans can just call in for a chat and BBQ lunch with fellow veterans.
Ray Mathew, President
Glen Smith, Secretary
Please contact Glen
on 0418 613 258
What do you do?
We meetregularly at 180 Pannam Drive, Hoppers Crossing. Ph: (03) 9748 4844.
How do I join?
If you want to join our group please contact Glenn Smith 0418 613 2588 and he will help you work out how to join our group.
Do I have to be a Vietnam Venteran to join your sub-group?
No, ex serviceman or women may join our association