VALE: Alan Kennedy

VALE: Alan Kennedy

It is with great sadness we mark the passing of Alan Kennedy.  Alan was the beloved husband of Life Member Sharyn Crystal. Sharyn’s memory has been forever honoured by the establishment of the “Crystal Award”, which is presented at the Annual Banquet. The “Crystal Award” is presented to member of the ALVA Community who goes above and beyond to help others. 

For newer members who may not know of Sharyn’s amazing life please google Sharyn Killens and also her book “The Inconvenient Child”, co written with ALVA Member Lindsay Lewis.
Alan was not only her major supporter during Sharyn’s showbusiness career, sadly when Sharyn’s heath issues really took hold, Alan was her rock. He was there every step of the way supporting Sharyn and both their families through it all. He never left her side during the heart transplant journey and then some. Alan was shattered when she passed, and found it difficult to continue without her. So now we pray for a beautiful reunion of this amazing couple – they will be together laughing and loving as they always did.

Alan was a real Aussie bloke and a true gentleman always. The care and love he showed Sharyn was a truly beautiful thing to watch.  ALVA’s love and condolences goes to Alan’s son Gerrard and daughter Kate, Sharyn’s son Jason and all the extended Australian and American familiy that will be very shattered with this lost.  

Vale Alan Kennedy and hope you are dancing with your sweetheart.

Link to “The Inconvenient Child”



Welcome one and all to the AGM for 2018. This fabulous event is where we tell you all about the fantastic work we have done over the last 12 months and vote in the new committee for 2018. Details are below. All members and associates are invited to attend, however, only financial members will be eligible to vote. You can pay your membership prior to, or on the day of the AGM and still be eligible to vote. Associate members are encouraged to attend, eventhough you are not able to vote. We love having you there, so please come along to hear all the good things your contribution and support has enabled us to do. 

DATE:  Monday February 26​, 2018       

ARRIVAL: 10.30am ​FOR ALL!!!

VENUE: St George Motor Boat Club – Sapphire Room   (ground level, 2 Wellington St, Sans Souci NSW 2219. (02) 9529 7276)

TRANSPORT INFORMATION:​ There is a bus from Kogarah station to Wellington St. If you need a pick up please  contact Di Georgeson 9522 9862/0409 244 587. Entry & parking are AT THE REAR OF THE CLUB.

IMPORTANT CHANGE:​ Morning tea served on arrival….followed by light buffet lunch after the meeting.  Our blokes may join us AFTER the meeting – secret women’s business! (Noon arrival)

EARLY BIRD: $30 ​ by Monday February 19, 2018 (Don’t forget to add “agmearlybird” in the Coupon Code when paying online)
FULL PRICE:​ $35 by Sunday February 25, 2018

Today’s event will feature a tribute to the ever fabulous, and sadly missed, Claire Poole.  Come along armed with your favourite story about this legendary woman.

STEP 1: Book In – by PHONE or SMS to Lisa Crouch 0414 59 10 20
Book Online –   Simply CLICK HERE and follow the instructions. You can select to pay using paypal, credit card or cheque. (If you select cheque go to “FILL OUT FORM” below.)
Fill out the form – Simply download the Booking Form and send it with your payment details to PO Box 30 Ramsgate, NSW 2217. If you select cheque, make the Cheque out to ALVA INC. You can email it to :  
Who was Barry Stanton?

Who was Barry Stanton?

For those members who are perhaps a little too young to remember Barry, ALVA thought we would just let you know a little of what he achieved in his fantastic lifetime. 

Barry Stanton was an English-Australian rock and roll musician who performed on Six O’Clock RockBandstandJohnny O’Keefe ShowSing Sing SingSaturday Date, and Woody’s Teen Time. In 1988 he issued a compilation album, A Tribute to the King Rare Songs 1957-1965.

Stanton released singles via Leedon Records, starting with “Don’t Let Go” in April 1960. His second, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout That” (September), was written by O’Keefe, which reached number 3 on the local Top 40. His fourth single, “Beggin’ on My Knees” (November 1961), was written by his brother Rod and reached number 16, nationally. Stanton was signed by RCA in 1964 and issued another single, “A Tribute to the King”. This was written by fellow musician and the label’s A&R, Johnny Devlin. He followed with “My Little Emmy” in July 1965, which was written by Stanton. Even though he was a popular performer locally, he achieved little commercial success internationally. Stanton subsequently performed with other early Australian rockers.

VALE: Barry Stanton

VALE: Barry Stanton

Dear ALVA Members, It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Barry Stanton. I have no doubt many of you would have known him. We were notified of these details from Barry’s son Darren, and wanted to pass them onto the membership. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. 
As you may have already heard, Dad passed away early on Sunday morning with my mum at his side. He’d been living with mild Parkinson’s for the past ten or so years and hadn’t been feeling well for the last few weeks. After being admitted to hospital and undergoing tests, his condition declined rapidly and he died from renal failure on the 21st January, two days before his 77th birthday.
Dad had an endless amount of stories of life on the road during his career. He loved telling them and we loved hearing them.
My family and I would like to invite any and all who knew him to join us in celebrating his life and bidding the Big Boy a final farewell.
His funeral service will be held at 12:30pm Wednesday 31st January at the Hillside Chapel, Palmdale Crematorium, Palmdale Road, PALMDALE, NSW.
ALVA Goes Gold Coast

ALVA Goes Gold Coast

ALVA Women in Entertainment Special Event
“ALVA Goes Gold Coast”
This fabulous event is for our Gold Coast chapter of ALVA. With many of the girls now residing on the sunny Gold Coast, we thought we would organise a special event. Join us for an informal and informative interview about all things ALVA​, the joys of being a member​ and how this inaugural ALVA Gold Coast event came about!  Plus a few interesting stories along the way!  We welcome ALVA Members and Associates and their guests and remember all the ALVA Blokes are invited as well!   So bring along your husband, partner, lover OR your Showgirl Power Posse!  No reserved seating, j​ust join​ a tabl​e​ on​ your​ arrival.  We look forward to a buzzy ALVA day of old friends and new – connecting and re-connecting – and everyone catching up with ALVA.
Monday October 16, 2017 
South Tweed Sports Club 
4 Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
Ph: (07) 5524 3655
Early Bird Special:  $35    paid by Monday October 9   
Members & Guests:  $45  paid after Monday October 9  
Delicious 2 Course Meal – Tea & Coffee – Cash Bar service available

Dress: Smart Casual​ 

Guest Speakers: Entertainer & ALVA Life Member Patti Bond will be chatting ​with​ President Susie​ Smither​ after lunch.
STEP 1: Book In – by PHONE or SMS to Patti Bond 0409 391 526 or Susie 0412 038 950
Book Online –   Simply CLICK HERE and follow the instructions. You can select to pay using paypal, credit card or cheque. (If you select cheque, make the Cheque out to ALVA INC and post it to PO Box 30 Ramsgate, NSW 2217.)
Fill out the form – Simply fill out the Booking Form and send it with your payment details to PO Box 30 Ramsgate, NSW 2217. If you select cheque, make the Cheque out to ALVA INC. 
ALVA Buzz Vol 2

ALVA Buzz Vol 2

Well it is with super excitement that we report that the Buzz is so big, that emailing it might be a bit of an issue for some inboxes. So to that end, we have decided to provide the Buzz through our website. So all you need to do, is to click on the link below to view or download Volume 2 of the ALVA Buzz. 

ALVA Buzz Vol 2, 2017