Latest ALVA Buzz

Latest ALVA Buzz

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone is well and managing to fight of the sniffles and colds with the cold weather upon us.  Here is something to warm you up…………..the latest edition of The Buzz Newsletter!  Thanks to Editor Jacqui Alexander and ALL members that contributed to this edition.  It takes a village to create and implement all our ALVA events and happenings, so I am sending a thank you to the 2018 Committee as well as the many, many   Members and Friends of ALVA who contribute to the village every year.

Message from The Benevolent Corner:

Hi ALVA Girls, Winter is here so I want you to reach out to anyone you may know, in the Industry, that may be struggling a bit.  Please let me know if ALVA can help, we pay bills for those in need and this is the time electricity and gas bills go up, make sure no one is freezing.   Email Pat:

So make a cuppa or a tasty beverage, put your feet up and enjoy ALVA BUZZ Vol18 Issue1 Final

ALVA Glamour Luncheon with Rhonda Burchmore

ALVA Glamour Luncheon with Rhonda Burchmore

Monday May 28th 2018

Arrival: 10.30am for 11am  (Friends & Associates may arrive at Noon)

Cammeray Golf Club    (Park Ave, Cremorne NSW 2090. (02) 9953 1522)


Special Guest: Rhonda Burchmore OAM

With a dazzling smile, legs for days and a voice that’s big, bold and colourful, Rhonda has endeared herself to the hearts of all Australians. After 30 years in the business, this vivacious Woman in Entertainment continues to shine – from West End Music Theatre, original Australian productions of Hot Shoe Shuffle and Mamma Mia, years of delight on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, 5 albums and an OAM for services to the performing arts and community – she has forged a lengthy career in the tough and unforgiving world of show business, and she just keeps going from strength to strength.

Few Australian entertainers have shared her status and immense popularity amongst her peers, who admire her big personality, big heart and enormous capacity to give back to the industry that has shaped her career. Due to the Universe aligning dates and schedules, we have the AMAZING opportunity of Rhonda being able to come and to spend the day with ALVA.

We will hear all the highs, lows and stories with Rhonda also signing the brand new edition of her book ” Legs 11″ that will be available for purchase on the day along with a photo opportunity.  A day not to be missed!


EARLY BIRD:  $40  by Wednesday May 23rd

FULL PRICE:  $45   thereafter.

PAY ONLINE NOW!   –   Don’t forget to put in your earlybird coupon code: glamourearlybird


ALVA 39th Banquet Welcomes Rodger Corser

ALVA 39th Banquet Welcomes Rodger Corser

It is with great excitement that we announce the details of ALVA’s 39th Banquet.  This year, we are very honoured to have Rodger Corser from “Doctor Doctor” as our very special guest speaker. With a very impressive list of credits to his name, Rodger Corser is not to be missed. From the early days of the musical theatre stage, performing in ‘Rent’ followed by ‘Leader of the Pack’, Rodger’s career has gone from strength to strength!  He has appeared in, Underbelly, Rush, Paper Giants, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie, Home & Away, Mc Leod’s Daughters, Camp, Party Tricks, Glitch and so many more. As well as his current starring Gold Logie nominated role in ‘Doctor Doctor’. We have no doubt that the gorgeous Rodger Corser will have lots to share!

DATE:               Monday 26 March 2018 – 11am arrival

VENUE:            Moore Park Golf Club – Cnr Anzac Pde & Cleveland St, Moore Park Sydney NSW  Ph: 9663 1064 – Free Parking available on club grounds in Car Park

PAYMENT:        Earlybird Special (paid by Monday 21 March):  $65pp  
                          Members & Guests (paid after 21March)$75pp

Bubbly on Arrival courtesy Hardys Wines
Delicious 2 Course Meal – Tea & Coffee – Cash Bar service available
Dress: Glitzy Glamour

PAY ONLINE NOW!   –   Don’t forget to put in your earlybird coupon code: banquetearlybird

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.