Secretary’s Report 2014
A Time To Reflect
The Annual General Meeting of the Association held in April 2008 was a significant day in the history of the Association.
The meeting approved amendments to the Constitution allowing descendants of the original service members of the Regiment to be-come full members of the Association.
This decision allowed the election of a brand new Committee at the 2008 AGM, comprised (with the exception of long serving Treasurer John Hepworth) of direct descend-ants of original service members.
When John Hepworth retired in 2009, the Committee became comprised entirely of descendants of original service members.
Since the early days of the Association, and in fact well into the 1990’s, it was not unusual for Committee members and Office Bearers to serve for twenty to thirty years.
Of course, over the period of those fifty years, there were many more original service members who made the annual pilgrimage to at-tend the AGM and to attend the Annual Reunion.
Over the past six years, and with a great deal of support from the former Committee and from many members of the Association, we have been able to deliver some significant achievements.
However, time continues to march on, and over the next year or so, the Committee and the Association needs to address some fundamental issues. Such as:
What will be the role of the Association after the last of the original service members (currently numbering 27) has passed on?
Will there be sufficient interest from descendants in continuing to attend an AGM and Annual Reunion?
Should we putting a Committee “succession” plan in place now?
What is the level of interest from members in assuming a Committee role?
Who will take on the responsibility of maintaining and updating the web site?
Who will assume the responsibility for responding to queries received through our web site?
These questions are posed for the purpose of generating discussion, soliciting suggestions, establishing criteria and/or guidelines and of providing direction for the current Committee.
Thoughts would be appreciated.