On the 25th November, 2015, I had the honour and privilege of being elected Chairman of the Order of Australia Association – New South Wales Branch Committee. At the outset, I would like to pay tribute to former Chairman, Mr Ron Sharpe OAM, for the outstanding and hard work he put into the position during his term of office.
Together, with our Committee Members, we can look forward to an exciting and rewarding twelve months ahead. I would like to thank all our members and their guests who, throughout the year, have continued to support our many events and functions, and will, I trust, continue to do so in the future.
It was my privilege to have held the position of Deputy Chairman and Events Manager over the past few years. As Events Manager, I had the extremely rewarding position of organising and running our events along with other Committee Members, including the very successful Investiture Luncheons for new recipients held twice a year at New South Wales Parliament House.
With the help and assistance of our members, we continue to support our Branch’s popular youth programmes, namely: The Young Endeavour Youth Training programme and the John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards programme.
I thank all of our 16 Regional Groups for their hard and tireless efforts throughout the year, and look forward to seeing you all in the near future. All Regional Groups do outstanding work, and I congratulate each and every one of you.
Our Committee is here to support and look after the wishes of all our members and we would like to hear from any of you, particularly, in relation to events or functions that we could possibly conduct over the coming year.
John Archer OAM
The Order of Australia Association
New South Wales Branch
9 December 2015