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 1964 SEASON 
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By Jack Luhrs

Retiring President Mr. Ian Salmon did not seek re-election at Monday's annual general meeting of the Griffith Australian Rules Football Club at the C.W.A. Hall.
A well-attended meeting chose Mr. Neil Griggs as president, Mr. Peter Booth as secretary and Mr. Col. Thomson as treasurer.
Mr. Griggs has been the club secretary for a record term.
After holding the position as treasurer for the past 15 seasons, Mr. Bill Simmons announced his retirement at the meeting.
Committee members elected are Messrs. Pat Agnew, Ferg King, John Bortolazzo, Walter Tyson, Ron Hathaway, Roy Mackenzie, Jim Pascoe, Vic Hathaway, Gordon Brennan and Jack Mitchell. 
Ticket secretary Mr. Ern Myott was re-elected, and club vice-presidents are Messrs. John Lane and Fred Holt.
Membership fees remained unchanged at £3 per double.
Mr. Fred Holt proposed a notice of motion for the next general meeting, seeking to alter the club colours to red, white and black, as worn by the St. Kilda Club.
During the meeting, Mr. Bert Lethaby screened a film of the second semi-final at Whitton between Griffith and Ganmain.
Retiring president, Mr. Ian Salmon in his annual report advised increasing business commitments prevented his re-nomination for the coming season.
In his report, Mr. Salmon stated last season's memorable success stemmed from a plan devised the previous year.
Top coaches were engaged, and the club sought support of several senior players in foregoing coaching appointments.
That the plan succeeded was reflected in the outstanding football played by the club which was considered amongst the best ever seen in the South-West League.
Club spirit was maintained at the highest level through socials and dinners and that was part of the plan, added Mr. Salmon.
The introduction of Australian Rules into the High School was highlighted in the report and the Griffith Club provided socks, jerseys and officials towards this goal.
The oncoming committee was urged to plan and work next season and reminded the only source of revenue was through sheer hard work.
Continuing, Mr. Salmon stated the price of success last season was a trading loss of £600.
Gate takings were a record high figure of £1463 for club games excluding finals and Mr. Salmon praised the work of the Ladies' Auxiliary in raising £1023 through kiosk at the ground.
Mr. Salmon congratulated Len Sexton on his Gammage Medal win and stated representative players had brought honour to the club in the Caltex Country Championship.
Tributes was paid to coaches Peter Morris, Bob Little and Ian Crewes with special tribute to the invaluable leadership of senior coach Peter Morris. 

In concluding his report, Mr. Salmon thanked his committee for their support and wished the club future success in the coming season.    (The Area News - Friday November 13, 1964).

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