This year has been a full year for many of us, especially the Committee of the AADAA. The new website is almost ready and Mike has been working frantically to release it for Christmas. The encouragement we have received from many members through our social media outlets is most refreshing and to say the least, makes the committee members more than willing to work and help our cause. We wish to thank all those who have stood beside us during the past 12 months and I know the next 12 months will be more rewarding.
I would like to thank the following people for their support:
- Mike Streets – for working so hard.
- Barry Stewart, Ric Taylor – for being Bazza and his commitment to the Regiment and Ric, for being beside him.
- Kim McGrath – President of the Australian Artillery Association (AAA).
- Graham Hampton – Secretary of the AAA, for their guidance.
- LTCOL Bernie White – for his outstanding support for the AADAA and being involved.
- WO1 Jason Jarvis – for his encouragement, not only to the AADAA but for ensuring our requests with the civilian world are met with compassion.
A very special thanks to Johnno Marquis for keeping me within the constraints of our budget. Mick Leckning, who has volunteered for a position on the Committee, we need people such as he. Notwithstanding the above, I, thank the many members, that have given me the ability to want to achieve the best for the AADAA. People such as Ric and Heather Taylor, Kay Griffin for her messages of advice and words of wisdom, Graeme and Jill Johns for being there for me , my wife Helen, my daughter Amanda, Graham and Margret McManus for their loyalty towards the AADAA. You have made the job worthwhile.
Importantly, I would like to thank Julia Langrehr, the CEO of the SA/NT RSL, and Neil Jones, the Secretary of the Military Police Association, Noble Park Branch, for their support and encouragement towards the proposal the AADAA has put forward concerning our Veterans.
In conclusion, on behalf of the Committee of the AADAA, I would like to wish each and every one of our members, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. During our Festive Season comes a responsibility and that is to be careful in all aspects of life. This time of the year is for joy, not tragedy. Be mindful of your endeavours and what you would like to do. Don’t put you and your family in danger. We don’t need hurt, the AADAA need you to be one of us and contribute to what we can achieve.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Everyone.