Thursday, May 1, 2008

Preparation for SIRC General Assembly is under way

SI Red Cross management team at the Honiara National Headquarters is busy with preparation for the up coming General Assembly on May 8, 2008. The General Assembly will be held at the Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) Center from 2pm to 6 pm.
According to the Secretary General, Mr. Charles Kelly, the General Assembly meeting is the highest decision making organ in the structure of SIRC. The meeting is often being conducted every two years for the local Red Cross. And it is expected to be attended by the SIRC four branches chairpersons, branch officers, members, volunteers, International Red Cross partners, donor partners, and other Pacific Red Cross societies who have supported the SI Red Cross.
"Already a request has been given to the head of state and Patron of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society, the Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir Nathaniel R. Waena to be the guest of honour of 2008 General Assembly”, said Charles Kelly the SI Red Cross Secretary General.

He also highlighted Sir Nathaniel Waena will also give away certificates of awards to prominent and long serving dedicated volunteers of SI Red Cross during the meeting.

Part of the agenda of the meeting is there will be presentations of activity Reports for past two years and the adoption of the of the SIRC operation policy manual to the Assembly for acceptance and also the SIRC Audited financial report for 2006 and 2007 will also be presented.

The high light of the meeting will be the election process of a new Governing Board for the Solomon Islands Red Cross to serve for the next two years.

Interestingly, 2008 General Assembly will be the last time for Charles Kelly (SIRC Secretary General) to host the highest meeting for local Red Cross because a day after the General Assembly Mr. Kelly will move on to take up his new appointment with a commercial company. A lose for SI Red Cross. According to Mr. Kelly, but giving others an opportunity to lead SIRC and serve the Red Cross as one of the world’s leading humanitarian movement.