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President's Report 1996

 

1995 was the year to remember the end of the war in the Pacific and it was heartening to have such a fine attendance at the Reunion - 108 members was the final count.

Financially it was gratifying to receive $1,000 from the Federal Government towards the cost of the catering allowing a reduction in the charge to members.

It was great to welcome the contingent from Western Australia and members from other States and the country.

There was a splendid attendance at both the Dawn Service and the Anzac Day March at which was carried an Australian Flag donated by the Federal Government and a flag which had been flown at 7th Battery Headquarters on Crete.

The 7th Battery HQ flag has been donated by the Brimacombe family in memory of Harold Brimacombe.

Frank Washbourne and I represented the Association on 8th May at the Shrine Service commemorating VP Day.

The Australia Remembers march through the City on 15th August was very well attended by members, widows of members, wives, sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. The public was most enthusiastic and the day was fine.

At the Western Australia Association's Christmas lunch, with 23 members attending, Theo Fitzhardinge was appointed President and Honorary Secretary following Gordon Connor's resignation as President. Our hearty congratulations to Theo and our thanks to Gordon for founding the WA Association and maintaining it over the years.

With all the goodwill fostered (no pun intended) through Australia Remembers, I suggest each of us contact a member with whom we have not been in touch for some time. Remember, some members are not capable of attending Reunions and would appreciate a phone call, a letter or a visit.

Let's keep up that bond of friendship!

Cec Rae