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Philip Greentree CMC
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Philip's Profile "You become what you are!"
"Life is as interesting or as boring as you make it! You become what you are"

Greentree Ceremonies is the trading name of Philip Greentree's celebrancy services. He brings with him a wealth of experience in communication, public speaking and presentation.
Native Miner bird drinking honey from an East-African Tulip Tree in Philip's front yard
Philip is a pasionate gardener with many quite unique plants
With his wife Ruth (who willinlgy brings him down to earth), Philip lives at Salamander Bay on the southern shores of beautiful Port Stephens northeast of Newcastle. Previously they lived in the Newcastle suburb of Warners Bay on Lake Macquarie..

Philip had a chequered career in sales & marketing primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. On leaving school, his first two jobs were with English companies for a number of years before moving on to a short stay at an American pharmaceutical house.

Having worked previously for two english companies, the different attitudes encountered working for an American company proved dificult so, after a short stay, Philip transferred to a major English pharmaceutical compnay where he remained for just on 12-years leaving to undertake mature-age engineering studies.

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A deep love for the game of rugby and a belief in the right of women to participate in anything they elect to do (except boxing in which both men's and women's versions should be banned), resulted in Philip founding the Hunter Women's Rugby Union in 1997, serving variously as foundation executive officer, president, vice-president, and honorary secretary. Since that time, the HWRU grew to become the second largest women's rugby competition in Australia, and second only to the Sydney women's rugby representative team in playing strength. He was deeply honoured to be given life-membership at the HWRU's 10th anniversary dinner during 2007.

He is an amateur radio operator holding the full grade licence and call sign VK2IW. These days he is somewhat inactive, but has a burning desire to reinstall his equipment in his car. During the late 1970s and early 80s, he became the first radio HAM in the world while operating mobile in his car to communicate with other radio hams in all 40 zones of the world across all high frequency bands, then repeated that effort individually on each the 10 metre, 15 metre and 20 metre short wave bands.

Philip was a founder of Gunnedah Squash Club
Philip has served in administration of numerous clubs and community organsations. Along with others, he founded the Gunnedah Squash Club during about 1968.

Along with his wife Ruth, he is proactively involved with his grandchildren Lexie and Saxon, although the daytime deights of changing nappies has passed now that lexie is at Kindy and Saxon has decided he's too big for nappies (yippee!). What with daily school runs, running Miss Lexie to Highland dancing lessons, mowing 5 lawns on his 1/4 acre of paradise, doing what Ruth tells him to do and being a full-time celebrant, there is simply no time to be bored!

It's a treat each year as this mother Koala returns to the trees at the rear of Philip's property with her latest pup.

Educated on Sydney's upper North Shore, and despite a deep love of the surf which sure beat the hell out of boarding school, he somehow completed the NSW Leaving Certificate in 1963 and commenced a sales and marketing career in the pharmaceutical industry,
mainly as a medical representative.

logo iea Confronted with an uncontrolled attack of insanity, Philip undertook mature age studies in electronic engineering commencing when 38-years of age, graduating at the ripe old age of 41, although he felt more like 61. logo acsHe then went totally mad and spent the next 14-years working in IT and network management at the University of Newcastle until retiring in 1999. He retains membership of both the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society.

At 68-years of age, Philip incurred another attack of insanity and decided on further studies, and is progressing toards his doctorate in Metaphysical Sciences. The successfull completion of stage 1 resulted in his ordination as a member of the Internation Metaphysical Ministry.

logo mosmanlogo okgaPhilip played that total maddness called rugby, first for his school, then with the OKGA Club in the Sydney sub-districts competition, then grade for Mosman in the old Sydney 2nd Division. Injuries encouraged him to take up refereeing, officiating at rugby matches in the NSW Cental-West, Central-North, and later Newcastle rugby unions, before entering into rugby administration.
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In younger years Philip was a volunteer lifeguard, patrol captain and Beach Inspector at Dee Why Beach on Sydney's Northside, then at North Bondi Beach in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs (really a good excuse to watch all the good-looking girls on the beach and get away with it because that's what lifeguards do, don't they?).
He was also a member of Surf-lifesaving Australia's Board of Examiners. To expand his first aid expertise during the early seventies, while with the North Bondi surf Lifesaving Club, Philip served as an honorary officer with the Central District Ambulance based at Quay Street HQ - what an experience that was. These days, he simply can't watch RPA or Ambo shows on TV, they give him the absolute creeps: I know, go on, say it.... unresolved PTSS!

logo_wicen Following the Newcastle Earthquake he was appointed as Hunter Region coordinator of the communications emergency service WICEN, a member squad of the Volunteer Rescue Association of NSW. He then served several years as State coordinator.

logo aamcaPhilip was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1971. In later years, it seemed only natural to Philip that he should undertake training to become a marriage celebrant. All was worthwhile when he was authorised as such by the Commonwealth Attorney General during 2004. He is a member of Australian Marriage Celebrants.

Philip is a deeply spiritual person committed to Gnostic oriented Spiritist beliefs, especially the many physical lives a soul must undertake in its long journey toward spiritual evolvement.
Philip taken with Kirlian photography

Soaking up the sun


Philip loves his very different garden
Camelia Japonica

Euphorbia Millii
Yellow hybrid (2m tall)

Franjipani "Blood Red"

Camelia Japonica

Euphoriba Millii
"Siam Goddess"

"fluorescent pink"

Camelia Japonica

Euphorbia millii
Hybrid Giant white

Franjipani "Darwin Sunset"

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