Objects of The Caribbean Association
As can be seen from the draft Constitution, the objects of the Association are:
This, as you will readily understand, is a very broad statement of the objects of the Association, and is necessarily so to satisfy the needs of a Constitution. It is thought that prospective members would be interested in a more detailed statement of the objects and intentions of the Association.
In the first place, it must be stressed that it is not intended to form a club which will bring together West Indians to the exclusion of all others, and in so doing to segregate ourselves from the Australian population. Rather, it is hoped, the formation of a club will help to integrate the members into the Australian way of life, promote friendship between the members and all other groups in the community and to generally strive to cement present good relationships and promote future relationships with the population at large. It is hoped that by virtue of the above efforts the members of the association will benefit themselves by gaining new friends, increasing their social activities and cementing their feeling of security in this new Country which they have chosen as their home.
There are many areas in which the Association will operate:
a) Social Activities
The staging of social events will bring together the members in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere of enjoyment. It is hoped that these functions will provide the means to extend hospitality to other groups, clubs, associations and individuals as well as providing relaxation for the members themselves. Initially it will probably be wise to stage two or three major functions per annum with the occasional smaller function e.g. picnic or barbeque, to fill in the times between the larger affairs. If the Association flourishes, it is quite conceivable that it may eventually have its own premises, but that must be considered as a future aim, to be worked on as a long term project.
b) Sporting Activities
Most West Indians are sport orientated, and the Association will provide the means whereby the members will satisfy their enjoyment of social as well as, perhaps, competitive sport.
Opportunity for sport participation is virtually unlimited in Australia, and there are well organised and equipped clubs and sporting organisations in most areas. Thus, facilities for the members of the Association to take part in most sports will be readily available, and it is hoped that full advantage will be taken of this. Sporting activities will provide a further social outlet as well as a means of satisfying the need of taking part in active sport.
This is a most important area in which the Association can be active and play a vital role. In particular, the prospective migrant from the Caribbean can be helped enormously. It would be advisable to set up a special committee to deal with this most important aspect of the Association. In addition to the vast amount of literature and information supplied by the Government to migrants, this committee would be able to provide specialised material which, by virtue of their own past experience, would be of particular interest to the migrant from the Caribbean. Up to the minute information on such topics as job availability, salaries, accommodation, cost of living, qualifications etc. could be supplied on a personal basis which would almost certainly be more acceptable than the necessarily impersonal literature which is supplied by the Department. The service could if required be extended to assist in securing suitable accommodation, meeting new arrivals at the Port or Airport, and generally making them feel at home. The existence of the Caribbean Association and the important role it can play will be brought to the attention of the Australian High Commissioners in the Caribbean. The welfare of the Members will, as stated in the Draft Constitution, be promoted at all times by every possible means.
d) Group Concessions
The financial advantages of group bookings are well known, and in this respect group travel is possibly the most important and appealing aspect. Holiday travel back to the Caribbean, within Australia and in fact to any part of the world would be much cheaper if group bookings are made. Most entertainment centres also encourage group bookings by granting very favourable price reductions.
The formation of a Caribbean Association will bring together a group of people who have similar background, similar origins, similar interests and ideas. The members of the group have for their own personal reasons migrated to Australia and settled here. It is because of this common bond that there is an immediate affinity between the members of the group. This will be a large part of the strength of the Association, particularly in its early days.
The formation of an association will allow members of the group to preserve some of the customs and traditions of the Caribbean, and to pass on those traditions to their children. Of course there will probably be some who, for reasons of their own, want to put the Caribbean behind them, forgetting the past and starting a new life here in Australia. The ideas and opinions of these people must and will be respected. It is hoped that they will still become active members of the Association and contribute to it in the area in which they are most interested. By forming an Association, a scattered group of people will be united, and in time make their presence felt and their voice heard in the community. It will join the very many Associations already operative in making this a better and more enjoyable place to live.
f) New Ideas
Members of the Association will be encouraged to take an active part in the affairs of the Association, and their opinions and ideas will be welcomed. The success of the Association will depend largely on the degree of participation of it's Members. In summary, it can be said that the formation of the Association will bring together the people living in Western Australia who have a connection with, or an interest in the Caribbean. It's objects will be to further the interest and welfare of present residents, assist future migrants and to help them all to make a happy and useful life here in Australia.