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President's Report 2002

As I start this report to you I realise that very soon I shall have the pleasure of catching up with old mates again at our reunion mates who can share old memories with you. Some members will no doubt be finding it difficult for health reasons to attend on the day. However, I hope we can maintain a good attendance.

During the year there were several important functions that concerned our members. Two of these were particularly interesting to 7th Battery.

In May, the Greek government invited a group of 20 veterans from Australia to visit Greece and Crete to commemorate the battles fought on their soil. On Sunday 13 May I was invited with many others to a very special function at the Melbourne Town Hall to farewell those chosen to make the journey. One of the lucky ones chosen was Ian Rutter from 7th Battery and you will read his report on the trip in this bulletin. 

On 2nd September the Australian Hellenic Society dedicated a beautiful memorial to those who fought on Greek soil. This memorial is situated in the Domain Gardens close to Birdwood Avenue in a very attractive setting. If you are in the area it is well worth a visit. 

Finally I must extend my thanks from us all to our helpful and hardworking committee members particularly our secretary John Campbell, the Take Post editor Ron Bryant and treasurer John Hepworth. We all appreciate their efforts on our behalf. Don't forget to try and keep yourself fit for the Anzac Day March on the 25th of April.

Cheers for now.

Jack Crittenden