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.
If anyone would like to get involved in this project and give Tiny Jansen and Alan Strachan a hand please let them know.
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.
The breakdown of the current Africa branch membership as of yesterday morning is as follows: Life members – 6 (these members do not pay subs) Honourary members – 21 (these members do not pay subs) Affiliate members - 14 Associate members – 15 Full members – 352 Only 86 of these members have paid their subs for the 2014.
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.
Lifetime membership can be bought for R7, 200.00 or 12 monthly payments of R600.00 The committee also would like to appeal to those members that are able to afford additional amounts to make a monthly debit order into the association account.
The banking details are First National Bank The Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association: Acct No: 62240919756 Please when making the deposit indicate Subs and your name.
Len received a round of applause for his commitment. Having no questions the Financial Report was accepted.
A donation of R35 000 was made to the Shamwari Trust making the RLI RA (Africa) the biggest single contributor to the Shamwari Trust compared to any of the other units involved with the Trust. Debtors amount to R58 000 including outstanding membership fees and royalties from overseas sales of the Africa’s Commandos books. Proposed by Chris Ras and Seconded by Bucks Theron.
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 .
The sales of the Africa’s Commandos Book brought in R342 000 up to the end of December 2013.