Immediate Past President’s Report                                    

Now we are in 2018, it’s time to thank all those who made our 2017 Xmas party such a great success - Lyn, Khristina, Jill, Jan, David, our entertainer Kenn Brown and the Committee in general.

I did however forget on the night to make a special Thank You to our Advocate/Pension Officers Peter and Mike for their hard work through the year. A side benefit of this is that their work load figures assisted us greatly in the raising of funds to discount our costs on the night.

I thought the meal was great and the responses from those that attended were certainly favourable so it should be an annual event but, with some more ideas on prizes, so put on your thinking caps.

Well done for your continued support and to those that have been making donations a big thankyou is in order and a letter as such will be sent stating this for all those contributing above $30.00. However, there are those who have made donations of $200 and upwards and I try and thank you face to face as well if I am there to receive them. You know who you are but I am wary to print a list of these very personal confidential decisions.

The stabilisation of our Centre over the past 7 years has been achieved by the performance of our hard working volunteers. Their understanding of the ‘old brigade’ has enabled us to settle and become established in our Veterans Support Centre here at 6/14 Geebung Drive. We are achieving excellent results on our finances, pensions, Thursday lunch and social interactions.

On a more sober note but a necessary one, we the Committee have found it necessary to write and print a CODE OF CONDUCT for our members. You are already protected by the Association State and Sub-Branches Insurance policies and Constitution and now, in addition, these rules and regulations will ensure that our Veterans and Volunteers are paid the proper respect they all deserve.

From now on all new members will receive a copy of our Constitution and Code of Conduct when they join and in addition a copy of the Code is printed in this Newsletter for your perusal and a permanent copy posted on our notice board in the meeting room at the Veteran Support Centre.

A point regarding our Pension/Advocate and Welfare Officers, Granville requested and registered the names of those doing this work on our behalf. It has been established that some veterans are now suing the Pension Advocacy Officer when not happy about their pension results and a special insurance policy for those doing this work has been taken out by those doing this work to protect their responsibilities.

Senior Vice President Dixie Lee On the IT side, we are now connected (after three visits by Telstra) to the NBN. We now have two new Vice Presidents, Bob Holley and Roger Mika, on our committee.

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