APPVA National and Victorian AGM - 3 February 2007

On Saturday, 3 Feb, the APPVA held its National AGM at the Torquay RSL, Victoria. The meeting was attended by over 30 members and guests from all across Australia.

Minister for Veterans Affairs, Mr Billson addressing the APPVA Committee and members.
Official Guests who attended the meeting were; The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Mr Bruce Billson, MP; Mr Allan Griffin, MP, the Opposition Minister for Veterans Affairs; Brigadier General Bill Rolfe (Retd), the DVA Commissioner; Mr Bob Sully, the Deputy DVA Commissioner and Mr Bob Elworthy, President of the Victorian Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.

After the meeting was opened by the APPVA National President, Mr Paul Copeland both Mr Billson and Mr Griffin addressed the meeting.During the meeting it was reported that membership numbers have increased in the past 12 months, with a number of previous members rejoining the Association. A revision of the Constitution was approved, with most amendments being made to give the Branches greater autonomy. Other issues covered were; the creation of a new range of APPVA merchandise; a report on the development of a national information system; discussions for future membership drives, and fund-raising activities.
At morning tea, members had an opportunity to speak with the guests, where many ideas were exchanged.

Also conducted was the Victorian Branch AGM when elections were held. A new Secretary and Treasurer were elected, with Mr Matt Burke, OAM voted as President for the branch for another two years.

At the conclusion of the AGM, dinner was held at the RSL.

National Entitlements Officer, Mick Quinn; Mr Allan Griffin, MP, and Vic President, Matt Burke having a chat at morning tea.

Nth Qld President, Lofty Evans (L) and NSW President, Pete Matthey (R) having a yarn with Bill Rolfe, DVA Commissioner
A sumptuous meal was devoured by the hungry members and entertainment was provided by Mr Kevin Egan. Kevin played a number of Australian bush ballads and folk songs, which the members sang with great gusto.

Towards the end of the evening, the DVA Commissioner gave an informal speech to the gathering. Being new to his position he thanked the APPVA for the insights he gained during the meeting and the challenges that are experienced by Australian Veterans.

The evening finally concluded at 11pm after a long and busy day. Overall the event was a great success.

Kevin Egan providing the
nights entertainment.

On Sunday morning an informal meeting was held for the Association's welfare, pensions and advocacy officers. This lasted until late morning after which everyone departed for home.

The APPVA would like to thank its guests and members for attending a very successful meeting. In addition, many thanks go to the Torquay RSL for hosting the meeting and dinner.

Speech by Bruce Billson to the APPVA
Speech by Allan Griffin to the APPVA
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