We’re now very quickly into the second half of the year. And in May this year, we held our 27th Annual General Meeting. Five Management Committee members completed their 2-year term and was re-elected at the AGM for the 2017/18 new term.  

The tireless 1WO(RET) Eddy Chew who had served as co-opt member in MC, was elected to continue in the MC in the Activities, Functions, Ceremonies & International Affairs Committee headed by the equally energetic 2WO(RET) James Chua.

Two familiar faces also stepped forward to serve. MAJ(RET) Albert Wong joined the Oral History Committee, a new committee headed by Vice President COL(RET) Lau Kee Siong, and 1WO(RET) Nandagopal Veer is assisting SLTC(RET) James Suresh in the Healthy Lifestyle & Sports Committee.

LTC(RET) Syed Ibrahim has opted for a slower pace by stepping down as Chairman, Membership Committee. However, we’re happy we managed to persuade him to stay on as a member in the new Oral History Committee to continue to share his vast experience.

1WO(RET) Alice Lee asked to step down to focus on her career.

I want to place on record my sincere thanks to all past and present MC members. SAFVL would not have been able to take on so many time-demanding tasks had it not been for their unwavering commitment. And thanks to our SAFVL Secretariat Team too for their prompt and strong support.

Our C2D programme remains a key activity. At the time of this message, we have 59 appointed C2D Ambassadors who have held close to 470 engagement sessions with active servicemen and students in the last two years. Going forward, we expect more C2D Ambassadors to join the team.

Another key campaign launched on 18 June 2017 at the SAFRA Jurong clubhouse by Senior Minister of State for Defence and Deputy President of SAFRA, Dr Maliki Osman, is ‘We Salute our NSmen’, to rally Singaporeans to show their appreciation to past and present national servicemen for their contributions.

This year also marks 50 years of National Service and saluting our servicemen is a simple and very visible gesture to show our gratitude to them for the very important role they play in protecting and keeping Singapore safe.

On the regional front, we have the World Veterans Federation SCAP (Standing Committee on Asia and the Pacific) and VECONAC meetings coming up in September and November respectively this year. We will have more information soon for members to join us as observers to the VECONAC meeting in Brunei Darussalam.

Once again, my sincere thanks to everyone for your continuing support. I am truly grateful.
See you at our next event.