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A Message From BTRLFC Chairman Leslie Glen

To all members of Balmain Leagues Club (BLC) and  Balmain Tigers Rugby League Football Club (BTRLFC),

I regret that the scheduling of the AGM’s of the above Companies on Sunday 11 November this year has offended a number of members. I personally influenced the choice of this date.

This year, as we are all aware, is a most significant Rememberance Day.  One hundred years have passed since the signing of the armistice treaty at the conclusion of the Great War (1914-18)

From the time I was a young boy, I have stood in silence at 11am on this eleventh day of the eleventh month, as a mark of respect to our soldiers who fell during this war.

It evolved into a tribute to all of our service men and women from the Second World War and  subsequent campaigns involving Australian service personnel.  My father and 3 uncles served our country in World War 2.

Anzac day later became the more traditional day in Australia to demonstrate our appreciation of the sacrifice of countless young men & women.

But this year, a century later, we are particularly reminded of Australia’s great contribution during “the war to end all wars”.

The Club, due to its long standing financial difficulties was unable to hold AGMs for the past 3 years. It was only in August 2018 that the financial reports had been completed.

90 days’ notice was the minimum time required to notify members of a scheduled AGM. This date happened to be Sunday 11.11.18.

One week later I would be overseas, due to a long standing commitment. I did not want to be absent due to my chairmanship of BTRLFC and directorship of BLC (since 1989). I played a part in the management of our two Registered Clubs, recently leading to the decision to enter BLC into Voluntary Administration.

I could not be absent.

The solemnity of Remembrance Day will be respected at 11am, when our meeting will be suspended.

Sincerely,

Leslie Glen

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