A message from the President, Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inc. 2019
Welcome to the 23rd Annual AMAHOF dinner and awards weekend and a special welcome to the new inductees for 2019.
The 2019 Induction weekend is being held in the Nation’s Capital and it is the second time Canberra has hosted the event. It’s an excellent venue and I hope you, your friends and family will have time to visit the many attractions available while you are there.
Remember this weekend is about the inductee. It’s the recognition of a life of hard work, personal development, fellowship and learning. We want you to relax and enjoy.
The Canberra 2019 event could not have happened without the hard work of the management committee headed up by Renshi Edward Sharrer and his team and the committee.
During the past year we have seen changes to the committee with our Vice President’s resignation as he was moving overseas for employment. We wish him all the best in his adventures. I was most grateful that our immediate Past President Les Elliott volunteered to step up for the Vice President’s role until AGM 2019 in Canberra. Thank you Les, you are a strong supporter of AMAHOF. I would also like to thank and recognise the work Sensei Frank Hussey has done this year as Secretary. His computer and admin skills will be sadly missed as he is also retiring this year at the AGM. In addition I will be standing down as President at the AGM (due to the loss of Arlene and health issues). It is time for the old guard to retire and for new blood to take responsibility and lead with new ideas and enthusiasm.
During the past year the committee has finalised the ‘Manual of Documents’ which includes our past history, the Constitution, Sokeship Council details, position descriptions, and records of past Executives, past venues and other details of AMAHOF’s history.
Planning is well in hand for Perth 2020 and a presentation will be presented by the Western Australian Management Committee during the weekend.
I believe some areas of AMAHOF awards are underutilised such as the Sokeship Council, headed up by Master Ramon Lawrence OAM and his team, the partners award, Dojo certificates, returning members award belt to name a few. If you have any questions please approach a committee member over the weekend and ask.
In closing remember this weekend is a time for renewing friendships and for making new ones. Enjoy and be proud of your achievements.
Shihan Johnny Whipp
President AMAHOF Inc.