At the Annual General meeting of the Torrevieja Branch of The Royal British Legion, held on Friday 21st of November, a new Committee were elected.
Outgoing Lady Chairman Gillian had been at the helm for 7 years and was looking forward to a rest. Gill had stepped into the chair when the Branch was at a low and approximately 12 members attended monthly meetings. Now under her leadership the Branch regularly plays host to an average of 60 members at Casa Ventura on the 2nd Friday of the month. Gill thanked the members of the Branch for supporting her and The Royal British Legion during the last few years and keeping the first Legion Branch in Spain open, building and thriving, now in its 26th Year.
Davy Young who was standing down as Branch Secretary after three years, handed the reins over to Carol Stockwell. Carol had been the brains behind the highly successful Poppy Concert this year. Davy assumed the role of PR as this post had been vacant. Dianne and Allan Budd, along with Dianne and Derek Forbes continue in role as Social Organisers, providing entertainment and lunches for the members. Pauline Grindlay and Joyce Bosisto continue their sterling work as Membership Secretary providing data and information to Head Office and keeping membership records up to date.
Judi Wilkinson was re-elected as Vice Chair continuing for a second year after assuming the role on the demise of her late partner Bill Weeks last April. Brian Myers, the Branch Standard Bearer who had the honour of parading the Branch Standard at The Royal Albert Hall this year was retained as Branch Standard bearer, while Ken Archer who had paraded the Spanish Flag for the last 6 years stood down, Patricia Atkinson the Union Flag Bearer and a fairly new member of the Branch continues in this important role. Michael Elliott stood down due to an increase in Chaplaincy duties and was replaced by Paul Price.
The photograph shows Douglas Sidwell MBE Branch President looks on as Gill presents her Branch Chairmans Jewel to incoming Chairman Gerry Lynch, who leaves the role of Treasurer and hands over to Pam James.
In closing Mr Nigel Hail, Chairman of District North Spain as a Guest Speaker, paid respects and thanks to Gill and the Branch for the hard work they had sustained over the last years through thick & thin. He had been honoured to attend both the 25th Anniversary Ball and the Poppy Concert, which he said were both well organised and enjoyable events in this Branch year.
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