AN OVERVIEW OF THE TASMANIAN BRANCH
Twenty-three members attended the inaugural meeting of the Tasmanian Branch which was held in the Hobart Town Hall on 11th December 1980 in the presence of the Lord Mayor Alderman D. Plaister AO, although social functions had previously been held by the 64 state-wide members in the three regions of the state. The meeting appointed southern representatives to a State Committee and D. A. Cashion AO was elected Tasmanian Chairman.
The North West formed an unofficial regional group in 1982. Formal Regional Groups were established in the North West and South following resolutions at the State AGM in 1999, and the Northern Regional Group was formally established in 2001. These Groups have met regularly and enjoyed excellent guest speakers at their general meetings as well as enjoyed many worthwhile social occasions, such as trips to various beauty spots, dinners (two in the NW aboard Spirit 3), concerts, afternoon teas and a soiree.
The State Committee has organised regular "Welcome" events bi-annually following each Investiture which became "Welcome Dinners" in 1997 when Government House ceased to do this. It also produces a bi-annual Newsletter. Special activities have included - organising the National Conferences in Tasmania in 1996 and 2004, the National Director's Meeting in Devonport in 2000, the "My Vision for Tasmania" school project in 1999 with winners travelling to Canberra.
The three regional groups have organised successful fund-raising functions to assist the OAA Foundation. A total of over $7,000 has been raised in the past two years and more events are planned.
Linley Grant OAM
TAS Branch Chairman's Report 2010 - Here