Annual General Meeting
The AGM was conducted at our current home – the Preston/Darebin RSL on Monday 29 February 2016. Daryl Pinner followed through with his assertion that he was not seeking re-election and consequently we find ourselves without a President. John Paterson put his hand up for another term as did new Treasurer John Snelling. The Vice President is Tom Murphy. Roy Arnott is happily continuing his role as Honorary Auditor. Soldiering on are Rod Westgarth, Trevor Watts, Graeme Perkins, Ian ‘Icky’ Smith and Track Editor Peter Branagan. Welcome to new face on the committee David Finlayson.
Outgoing President Daryl Pinner delivered a comprehensive report including the following points:
Congratulations to Australia Day Honours recipients – Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for outstanding service as the Commander of Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East and Lieutenant Colonel Sean Benporath who was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished leadership in warlike operations whilst deployed on Ops Slipper and Highroad. Major Mitch Watson was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement as the Officer Commanding, D Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment.
The 70th birthday celebration of the formation of the Victorian Branch at the Shrine on Sunday 7th February was moderately successful.
Cambrai Dinner saw 58 members and guests sit down with Guest of Honour Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Abbott who delivered a most forthright and entertaining address. Over $600:00 was raised by the raffle that will be used to provide Christmas hampers for veterans and to support organisations such as Soldier On.
The Kid’s Christmas Party at Lower Eltham Park was a success despite threatening weather which kept a few faint hearts away. Rod, Sharon and Lauren Westgarth continue to oversee an outstanding activity. Tom Murphy conducted a very successful raffle on the day with proceeds contributing to the next Christmas party.
Thanks to John Snelling and Roy Arnott, the State Branch coffers are in good shape and we will continue to pass back to the membership the benefits of good financial management.
Thanks also to the Finlayson family for the very generous provision of the Arch Finlayson Memorial Scholarship. Two scholarships have been awarded this year; one to Tom Bourke of Wodonga and the other to Rory Baines of Beechworth.
A proposal to introduce Affiliate Membership to the State Branch was presented by Peter Branagan and Ian Smith and accepted.
The following members registered their attendance at the AGM:
Daryl Pinner, Godfrey Camenzuli, John Paterson, Roy Arnott, Graeme Perkins, Peter Branagan, Ian Murphy, David Finlayson, Tom Murphy, Rod Westgarth, John Snelling, Robert Toy, Brian ‘Lucky’ Leeder, Colman Moloney, Jim DeFrancesco and I.C. Smith.
The following apologies were received:
Andrew Abbott, John Baines, Trevor Watts, John Hopkins, Dr. David Holloway, Stan Rydel, Rod Jones and Lindsay Burke.