Secretary’s Report 2013
From The Secretary’s Desk
All my working life I kept what I referred to as my “Day Book” next to the telephone or beside the computer, so that I could summarise conversations or note any items of interest that may be useful at some future time.
When I became the Honorary Secretary of the Association, I adopted the same approach, except that I call it my “Log Book” and I keep it on my computer. It is where I keep brief summaries of letters, telephone conversations I have or emails I receive during the year. It makes the production of the annual Secretary’s Report and Sentry’s Log so much easier.
Whilst I still get occasional letters, most of the enquiries we receive now come through our web site (except when it was off line for about three weeks in January, caused by a technical glitch which was way beyond my capacity to understand – something to do with transferring our Domain Name Registration and Web Site Hosting).
Sadly, written letters tend to inform me that another of our veterans has passed away, and over the past twelve months, I received notification of the passing of Jack Berkley (8), Hugh Finn (9) and Bruce Tulloch (7).
Doreen Bryant, wife of our late former President Ron Bryant (8), contacted me to tell me she had received a phone call from John Croft (son of Jack “Nap” Croft (8)) advising that “Nap” had passed away. I subsequently had a long conversation with John Croft who confided that “Nap” didn’t talk much about his wartime experiences or the Association, but that he (John) was really interested in becoming a member.
I have again enjoyed some lengthy, informative and entertaining telephone conversations with Dave Humphreys (7), Bert Langley (9), Alan “Bushy” Read (9) as well as with former Committee members Cec Rae (9) and John Campbell (8) – more on these conversations in the Sentry’s Log.
Throughout the year, I was pleased to be contacted by a number of Association members with offers of photographs, including Graeme Guy (son of WH Guy ), Lyn Walsh (daughter of Frank O’Toole ), Shirley Brown (widow of Laurie Brown ), and Adam Elliot (grandson of John Malone ). John Fryer (son of Keith Fryer ) kindly provided me with some spare copies of early editions of “Take Post”.
Later in the year, John advised that his mother Trixie had passed away after a fall at her home – Trixie was a great supporter of the Association.
Once again the Association received a number of very welcome donations, which assists us in keeping the annual subscriptions low and enables us to underwrite the cost of the Annual Reunion Lunch and the production of “Take Post”. Thank you to all who made donations during the year, but special thanks to Dot Harris and Rosemary Weatherley.