Pipe Bands Victoria advises that the Secretary, Karen Wallace has resigned and is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for the position of Secretary. Applications are to be submitted by email to no later than 5:00pm on Friday 12 June 2020.
On behalf of the members, the Executive Committee of Pipe Bands Victoria sincerely thanks Karen for her support of our bands and our pipe band community. Karen was initially elected Assistant Secretary, but on the return of the Secretary at the time, Ross Connolly to New Zealand, Karen filled the role of Acting Secretary and was recently appointed Secretary due to Ross resigning due to his continued residence in New Zealand. Karen has filled this role with enthusiasm and in a short period, furthered the work of Ross before her in streamlining contest preparation and administration, as well as reaching out to our bands and members to assist them with association business and activities.
The Executive Committee also sincerely thanks Ross Connolly for his dedication and contribution to our community. Ross initially filled the Secretary role following the sudden death of Peter Cook, and Ross contributed greatly in this role over the past six years. Ross’s involvement with Pipe Bands Victoria and the VHPBA began back in 2001 when he commenced co-editing the band’s magazine and started writing the “Coffee with Rossco” articles. In 2004, Ross joined the Executive as Vice President, a position he held until he became Secretary in 2014. Ross also made a valuable contribution by obtaining several funding grants over the years to assist with facilitating activities for pipe bands. Ross also re-cast the method of presentation of the Sir Rupert Hamer Award thereby improving the recognition of this significant award. Ross also archived and managed the equipment and materials of the association, including the task of preparing for all our contests, was until recently the Vice Principal of Rules and Administration. Ross has advised he wishes to continue to support our pipe bands as a Contest Supervisor.