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President's Report 2008

The Past President's Last Word

You will recall that in March, 2008, we advised members that publication of Take Post would be delayed because of our pre-occupation with forming the Remembrance Group to take over administration of our Association, whilst coping with other problems. This issue of Take Post is to bring you up-to-date with subsequent events. 

I am pleased to report that the AGM, election of new office bearers, and the annual re-union at the Naval and Military Club went smoothly, to make for a happy day. There were a number of apologies from younger members because of it being a working day and also of many living in the country or interstate. 

The attendance of 36 included veterans and members of the “new guard" some being ladies whose company was welcomed. First business of the Meeting was to adopt the amended Constitution, which paves the way for descendants and relatives to become members. The numbers for quorums at meetings were reduced. (Copies of the amended Constitution were sent to all members before the meeting). 

With the exception of our Treasurer, John Hepworth, who, as requested by members, is retaining that position for the time being, all other members of the former Committee stood aside to make way for a smaller and younger Committee. The retiring members were all thanked for their many years of loyal service and good comradeship. The following nominees were elected to office unopposed: 

  • President Lynton Rose 
  • Secretary Colin Bragg 
  • Vice President Matthew Heddle 
  • Committee: Graeme Heddle; Anne Rae 

Deirdre Robinson has accepted the position of Editor of Take Post and David Thomson, Keeper of the Banner.

I commend the new members to the committee and thank them for their interest. As shown by the Anzac Day commemorations, many of the younger generation in the community have an increasing interest in Australian war history, and of their forebears who served in wars. No doubt our new committee will endeavour to keep in touch with descendants of our old members with matters of common interest. 

This edition of Take Post picks up matters intended to be sent earlier. 

With best wishes to our new President and Committee.

Ron Bryant