All members of the CONTACT Patron Army will receive a print copy of CONTACT magazine when* we start printing again
*We will start printing CONTACT again when we recruit 1000 subscribers.
Our current target is CONTACT issue 61 on 1 March next year (5 years since we stopped printing).
The decision deadline for this is 10 January 2019.
Patreon is a platform where fans can support what we do – kind of like an ongoing ‘kick-starter’ for creators. In return, CONTACT offers rewards to our very valuable Patrons – from a simple thank you and the promise of future ‘free’ print magazines, or serious advertising packages in our ‘officer’ ranks, where rewards translate into significant savings on ‘traditional’ advertising (see here for details).
The following people are proud members of the…
CONTACT Patron Army:
1 CONTACT Lieutenant Colonel
Global Guardians Volunteering is the first CONTACT advertiser to recognise the benefits of joining the CONTACT Patron Army. As the first, we wish to heap special praise and thanks and rewards on Dustin Thompson and his team – and his noble cause – and encourage our audience to check out their web site, even if you don’t end up volunteering as a Global Guardian.
2 CONTACT Captains
David Tatler of Ermington, NSW, is our first CONTACT Captain – joined us on 19 November 2017. Incredibly, however, David is not an advertiser and not looking for advertiser rewards.
“I’m doing this as an interested citizen. Both my brothers were Nasho’s (John, my eldest brother, did Vietnam) and my dad served in the Royal Navy during WW2. Keep up the great work.“
Thank you David – you are truly an officer and a gentlemen.
Raymond Yeow of Sydney, NSW, was a CONTACT Corporal for six months before promoting himself to Captain on 10 September, specifically to support CONTACT getting back to print. And again, this is an individual – a CONTACT fan – who wants nothing more than to support CONTACT (despite ‘Captain’ being designed for advertisers).
Raymond, this level of support is, in equal measures, gobsmacking in its generosity and encouraging in the extreme. Thank you sir.
4 CONTACT Lieutenants
Aaron Bonnett of Waroona, WA, is our first CONTACT Lieutenant, enlisting on 1 March 2018.
Aaron obviously saw the extra rewards in being a junior officer as worth the extra pledge – and I am so pleased he did. I’ll be watching this young officer’s career very closely.
David, a quiet friend of CONTACT who shuns the limelight, enlisted as a CONTACT Lieutenant on 3 September 2018. Thank you so much David – I’ll be in touch soon.
Mark James of Leongatha, Victoria, who was a CONTACT Private for four months, promoted himself to CONTACT Lieutenant on 11 September 2018, in response to our ‘get CONTACT printed again’ campaign. Thank you very much Mark.
George Hulse of St Lucia, Queensland, enlisted as our fourth CONTACT Lieutenant on 3 October 2018. George served in several countries overseas during a 20-year career in the Corps of Royal Australian Engineers – and we are honoured to welcome him into our little army.
3 CONTACT Warrant Officers
Peter Leed of Wy Yung, Victoria, is our first God-like Warrant Officer – and so very very welcome aboard. Peter joined our ranks on 6 May 2018.
Warren Hunt of Tarren Point, NSW, enlisted as another God-like Warrant Officer on 7 May 2018. An honour to have you here Warren.
NJ Mazzarol of Fernvale, Queensland, enlisted as a God-like Warrant Officer on 9 May 2018. It’s an absolute pleasure to have your support sir.
18 CONTACT Sergeants
David Read of Regents Park, Queensland, is our first CONTACT Sergeant, joining us in November 2017. David is also the dedicated CONTACT fan who encouraged us to start this Patreon campaign.
Thank you David.
Dennis Michael Mitchell of Greenleigh, NSW, enlisted as our second Sergeant on 2 December 2017. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Dennis
Rod Charman of Mildura, Victoria, joined our ranks as a sergeant on 7 December 2017. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Rod.
Amba Beedie of St Kilda South, Victoria, joined our ranks as a sergeant on 9 December 2017. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Amba.
Peter J Thomas OAM of Torquay, Victoria, joined our ranks as a sergeant on 28 January 2018. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Peter.
Noel Wright of Helensvale, Queensland, joined our ranks as a sergeant on 9 April 2018.
Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Noel.
Ian Cavanough of Yeppoon, Queensland, enlisted as a sergeant in the CONTACT Patron Army on 6 May 2018. And, I will take this opportunity to point out that Ian is already a member of the CONTACT family – being the author of the audience-favourite blog Fun, Fear and Frivolity, about his exploits in Vietnam. Thank you once again for your support, Ian.
Joshua Elmer of Cranbourne, Victoria, joined us as a sergeant on 7 May 2018. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Joshua.
Mike Ryan of Hawthorn East, Victoria, was a CONTACT Corporal for 10 months, then promoted himself to Sergeant at the first hint I had a new plan to print CONTACT (23 August 2018). Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Mike.
Greg Holmes of Sadadeen, Northern Territory, was a CONTACT Corporal for 6 months, then promoted himself to Sergeant at the second hint re new plan to print CONTACT (28 August 2018). Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Greg.
Ted Black of Mayfield, NSW, was a CONTACT Corporal for 4 months, then promoted himself to Sergeant (30 August 2018). Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Ted.
Mike Gillen of Seaford Meadows, South Australia, joins us as a sergeant on 1 September 2018. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Mike.
Ray Atkin of Gungahlin, ACT, joined us as a sergeant on 1 September 2018. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Ray.
Rhys Zanghellini or West Wodonga, Victoria, joined us as a sergeant on 14 September 2018. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Rhys.
Leane Townrow of Ngunnawal, ACT, re-joined after a short break, on 22 September 2018. Welcome back to the Sergeant’s Mess, Leane. You didn’t have to, but I really appreciate your support.
Jamie Clearihan of Geelong, Victoria, joined us as a sergeant on 23 September 2018. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Jamie.
Len Thompson, joined us as a sergeant on 23 September 2018. Welcome to the Sergeant’s Mess, Len.
Me. Brian Hartigan, CONTACT Editor, signed up as a sergeant, to test the system and make sure it runs smoothly, from a patron’s viewpoint.
We also currently have 11 CONTACT Corporals and 18 CONTACT Privates.
Thank you all most sincerely.
If we reach our recruitment target by 10 January 2019, we will print CONTACT issue number 61 – and all members of the CONTACT Patron Army will be mailed a copy.
View general ‘recruitment’ details here or get a more detailed explanation of the higher ‘ranks’ (i.e. advertising packages) here – or contact Brian Hartigan on 0408 496 664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
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