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SASA President, Lynn Brown steps down

Lynn Brown

On Thursday 24th February, at our Annual General
Meeting, we said goodbye to both Lynn Brown and her daughter Jessica as they
left the SASA Council.
Lynn has completed her 3 years of presidency and stepped down in accordance with our constitution – no 30 year reign by a despotic
dictator for us even though we are in Africa! – while Jessica returns to
UCT to study for her Masters Degree in Art.  
We are greatly saddened that they both have to leave and they will be
sorely missed.
Lynn and Jessica both joined SASA in June 2005, probably for
the fun of being part of nice social group. 
Lynn went on to Council in April 2007 and clearly her leadership skills
were immediately recognised since she was voted in as President in March 2008,
a mere 11 months later.  And that was the
end the fun part for her . . 
What an inspirational leader she has been!  Her goal has been to raise the standard of
the Society and to elevate its standing in the art world; in her own words “A personal crusade taken up by the council during my
term has been to raise the professional image of the society and for SASA to be
seen as one of the leading art groups in the country”

She has dragged us – yes, sometimes kicking and screaming! –
to greater heights of professionalism. 
That has been her aim in many of the initiatives she has led, through
improving rules & standards in our competitions & exhibitions, in
encouraging members to take their own
art seriously, and in
amending our Constitution regarding the fight against plagiarism. 
Through her leadership we have succeeded in attracting
younger members and professional artists, and have focussed on inviting
speakers and judges of high standing in the art community.   She encouraged greater social interaction
and a ‘sense of community’ by tempting members to linger and discuss the topic
after our monthly meetings.
I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that she has
admirably achieved her goals.
I called Lynn ‘brave’ in my opening line for this is exactly
what she is – a fearless leader.  She is
not afraid of meeting a problem head-on, of telling a person exactly how it really is, and of standing firm when she
knows she’s right.  To see her ‘persuading’
the Athenaeum committee regarding protecting SASA’s interests was a joy!
Lynn has always given 110% of herself to SASA; she has been
the only person on Council with a full-time job – as a nursing sister – and has
had to take a day’s leave for each of our committee meetings and hanging
days.  All of us who can remember our
working days know that to give up one’s precious leave for anything other than
leisure and pleasure is a huge sacrifice and this demonstrates her incredible
dedication to her role.
We are going to miss Lynn’s strong yet gentle leadership, her
humour and her joyful enthusiasm … but …
most of all we’ll miss her chocolate Brownies!
Lynn,
we salute you.  Every one of us is going
to miss you but we hope you will now have the time to get back to your art as we’ve also missed your beautiful, delicate paintings in our exhibitions.

(Extract from Lorna Jakins speech on 24th Feb)

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