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 Association has spent R153, 662 of welfare funds on 16 RLI ouens who desperately needed our help this last 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.

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.

A total of 32 Committee meetings have been held since the last AGM.

With the odd exception, the committee members meet to discuss affairs of the Association every two weeks for about an hour.

Proposed by Bill Wiggill and Seconded by Chris Ras.

The Last Year in Review – Charlie Norris reviewed the activities of the Association over the last year and highlighted the following: Membership Fees invoiced total R67 100 however only about R25 000 is expected to end up in the bank account due to lethargy on behalf of the others.

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.

The committee will continue trying to find a solution to this problem and if anyone has any ideas they would like to share, the committee would like to hear them.