It was noted that the apology from Terry Griffin was incorrectly recorded as from Terry Griffiths.
With this amendment, and as there were no other matters arising, the Minutes of the AGM held on the 25th August 2012 were adopted.
The committee will continue trying to find a solution to this problem and if anyone has any ideas they would like to share, the committee would like to hear them.
It has been noted that year after year it is the same ouens paying their subs.
Add to this the 6 Life members and 21 Honourary members, the current membership is only 113 members (about 25% of the registered members are paid up). For this year some changes were made to the membership fee structure in the hope that more members would be encouraged to pay their subs.
These changes haven’t really made the difference that were hoped for .
In 2009 we had a total of 233 members, 2010 a total of 283 members, 2011 a total of 387, 2012 a total of 426 and in 2013 we had 435 members registered with the Africa branch of the Association.
With the odd exception, the committee members meet to discuss affairs of the Association every two weeks for about an hour.The sales of the Africa’s Commandos Book brought in R342 000 up to the end of December 2013.Against this figure are expenses of R349 000 including royalties which puts this project in a near breakeven situation.Proposed by Bill Wiggill and Seconded by Chris Ras.The Last Year in Review – Charlie Norris reviewed the activities of the Association over the last year and highlighted the following: Membership Fees invoiced total R67 100 however only about R25 000 is expected to end up in the bank account due to lethargy on behalf of the others.Profit on sale of memorabilia; Len Beechey was thanked for the tremendous effort he puts into the sale of memorabilia.Len sets up a sales table at any opportunity he can find and Rob Marsh advised that sale of memorabilia was up by 25% from the previous financial year.The Nominal Roll is still being worked on but very little information is coming through.Old commando photos are a good source of information but it is time consuming recording all the names.As the raison d’être for the Association is provide support to the ouens experiencing difficulties we are appealing to you our members to step forward once again and help our brothers in arms.The subs for 2017 are R300.00 for Full Members and R150.00 for Legacy Members.