PRESIDENTS OPENING COMMENTS
MC Kevin Mitchell opened this excellent luncheon with an array of jokes that kept the audience laughing he then introduced President Neville Pearson to members present. Neville welcomed 283 members (including 26 women members) and guests to the Annual Christmas Luncheon with a special welcome to ANZ Group Executives, Mike Smith CEO, Graham Hodges Deputy CEO, Alistair Currie, Group Chief Operating Officer, Peter Marriott CFO, Susie Babani, GMD Human Resources, and National Manager of ANZ Staff Clubs, Christopher Woods.
ANZ Executives Phil Chronican, Shayne Elliott, Anne Weatherstone, Chris Page, Joyce Phillips, and Paul Edwards were unable to attend and sent their apologies.
Neville Pearson was especially pleased to see past ANZ Chief’s Charles Rennie and Will Bailey in attendance and thanked the large number of country members who took the time to travel to Melbourne this year. We were also able to welcome Elina Law to the luncheon as Elina is still helping Eamon Veaney with our ANZROC website.
In his opening comments Neville acknowledged ANZROC‘s appreciation for ANZ Bank’s ongoing support through the generous subsidies for annual luncheons in all States and the use of ANZ Pavilion for the ANZROC Vic luncheon.
In proposing the Toast to Queen and Country Neville recited his second ANZROC Christmas Poem:
“LONG SPEECHES CAUSE THE MIND TO ROAM OR SO IT HAS BEEN SAID
SO I HAVE PENNED A SHORTISH POEM TO READ TO YOU INSTEAD
ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE I WELCOME ALL OF YOU TODAY
WITH A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS WHO TRAVELLED FROM FAR AWAY
OUR BANKS SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS CANNOT BE OVER STATED
WITHOUT WHICH OUR CLUB’S COFFERS, WOULD BE AWFULLY DEFLATED
TO CATCH UP WITH PAST BANKING FRIENDS AND SAY ‘GREAT TO SEE YA MATE’
THE BANK PROVIDES US THIS PAVILION IN WHICH WE CELEBRATE
THANK YOU MIKE AND ALL YOUR TEAM WHO JOIN US HERE TODAY
THESE THANKS COME DEEP WITHIN OUR HEARTS SINCERELY I MUST SAY
OUR FAMILIES ARE IMPORTANT AND AGAIN I MAKE THIS CLEAR
FROM ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOOD CHEER
ONE TRADITION THROUGH THE YEARS, WE RESPECT AND KEEP ALIVE
A PROUD BANKING HISTORY DATING BACK TO EIGHTEEN THIRTY FIVE
IN RECOGNITION OF THIS HISTORY WE TOAST TO OUR GRACIOUS QUEEN
SO PLEASE STAND AND RAISE YOUR GLASSES IN A TOAST “TO THE QUEEN”
Don Davy, John Flyger, Don Fraser, Rod Hill, John Hobbs, Ian Ince, Peter Jones, Christine Lane, Don Mercer, John McFarlane, Geoff Perdriau, Ken Stapleton, Syd Swaby , Don Taylor, Paul Tovey, Doug Watson , Glenda White, Julie Wilkins.
Glover T.S. (Terry) ANZ 40 years
Hayden Erika ANZ 24 years
Hodgson H.W. (Hartley) ANZ 30 years
St Clair I.J. (Ivan) ANZ 15 years
Swan K.D. (Ken) ANZ 28 years
Thompson R.G. (Roger) ANZ 41 years
We look forward to seeing Erika, Hartley and Roger at one of our meetings while Terry, Ken and Ivan attended our Christmas luncheon
Members extend their sympathies to families and friends of our deceased members.
TOAST TO ANZ
Wendy Black in proposing the toast to ANZ gave members present a thumbnail sketch of her lifetime in ANZ from childhood as the daughter of a Bank of Australasia Manager growing up in country Victoria through her years in ANZ beginning as a junior officer and rising to Executive Assistant to a number of senior executives in ANZ several of whom were in the audience. Wendy spoke fondly of her marriage to Eric Black who at the time was an Executive in the bank and she recounted the changes she experienced over the years she was working within the top levels of ANZ. Undoubtedly the many anecdotes about her life spent in the banking community were from the heart and many members were reminded of their time in the Bank working with colleagues who have become lifelong friends. The toast was acknowledged with enthusiasm.
A copy of Wendy’s notes will posted on the web site shortly
CEO’S RESPONSE TO THE TOAST
This was CEO Mike Smith’s fifth address to the Retired Officers Christmas Lunch and he was pleased to update members with the year’s results and the strategic direction ANZ is taking into 2012.
Despite the impact of the European crisis across the world Mike said that ANZ’s progress towards the strategic ambition of becoming a leading super regional bank in Asia Pacific is on target. The continuing acquisition of selected Asian assets and integration of other businesses acquired in Asia is ongoing but solid profits are now flowing from this source. Regional expansion continues with approval received for new or expanded banking licences SE Asia including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, the Philippines and now operating in India after an absence of many years. Closer to home profits were at record levels and dividends sharply higher and a strong focus on balance sheet management enables ANZ to maintain its ranking as one of the world’s top credit rated banks. Looking ahead there is still uncertainty in the global environment particularly USA and European economies and higher funding costs are here to stay so some shift in importance to raising local deposits is high on management’s agenda in 2012. Mike thanked the members present for their ongoing loyalty and support for ANZ and wished all ANZROC members and families all the best for Christmas and a very prosperous new year.
A large number of Photos taken at the luncheon are now on the web site and worth a look.