The Royal New Zealand Artillery
At the 2012 AGM (9-11 November), President Tony McLeod will move that the Constitution and Rules of the RNZA Association be amended. The motion will be seconded by Vice President Mike Dakin.
Rule changes at the AGM in 2010 reduced the qualifying period for Full Membership of the RNZA Assn to 3 months service as a gunner. This essentially means that all personnel who have completed their gunnery basic training are eligible for full membership.
However membership is still currently qualified by the requirement to apply and be accepted, and to pay an annual subscription. This procedural requirement and financial aspect are holding the Association back from fulfilling its real purpose of extending its fellowship to all gunners – not just those who have paid their subscription (or stumbled across a membership application form).
Unlike a sports club, where membership is dependent on payment of a subscription, the Committee considers that gunners have already paid for their right to membership of the RNZA Association by their service to the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery.
In April-May 2012 a survey was conducted with 50 senior members of the Association. The survey proposed that membership of the Assn should be automatic once a gunner had served his/her 3 months with the Regiment, and that membership for those so qualified would be free.
The proposal for automatic membership was supported by 80% of the respondents, and the proposal for free membership was supported by 70 % of the respondents. This level of support has led the Executive Committee to draft the following amendments to the Constitution.
The main points of this amendment are:
We trust that this proposal to amend the Constitution and Rules of the RNZA Association will receive your full support at the AGM on Saturday 10 November 2012, so that the Association may become truly representative of the 'Family of Gunners', and that the expression 'once a gunner always a gunner' is given meaning.