I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members around the globe a blessed Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
As we look ahead to 2020, it is good to reflect on the past years and the impact it has had on us individually, as families and as members of SAMVOA / SAMVOZA /SAMVOEU/ SAMVOUSA. Our organisation has continued to grow, having welcomed 587 new members over the past 4 years. This year has seen a drop in applications, but we still see this as solid and healthy growth.
More importantly, the feedback being received from Club,Regional and National levels, indicates that the respective SAMVO entities are achieving our declared objective of providing members with the opportunity to network and enjoy good fellowship in an environment focused on Remembrance,Equality, Brotherhood and Reconciliation. We also have strong and capable leaders at all levels where SAMVOINT has come to mean so much to most members.
We are also fortunate enough to have such a professional group of people giving of their time and expertise across all aspects ofVeteran affairs, to the ultimately benefit all our members. I am extremely pleased to see how these disciplines are cascading through the organisation toour members at Club level.
SAMVOINT, representing all SAMVO Entities, is a full member of the Council of Military Veteran Organisations (CMVO), which represents all the statutory force Veteran Organisations. This ensures full representation of all our members.
SAMVOINT has proudly launched our Safe House Project, which provides for needy SouthAfrican domiciled veterans who require temporary accommodation while they wait for housing benefits from the Department of Military Veterans (DMV). We currently have a fully furnished Safe House in East London and we are progressing towards acquiring a second one. I am happy to provide further information if you would like to be associated with this worthy project run by SAMVOZA.
We really have an organisation that is going places and, like you, I am very proud to be part of this.
May 2020 become a wonderful year for you.
Best regards, Tony.