Lyall has served the Association with great dedication for over 23 years. He was President for 15 years, having been elected into the role in 2001. Lyall had already served in every executive committee position including three years as Vice President.  By the mid 2000’s Lyall was looking to the future and working hard to encourage younger members to join and contribute to the Association.  His vision was to see the Association have a long and viable future and he was concerned that as the veteran’s passed away, the Association’s future was not looking good. Lyall has been successful in inspiring younger members to join up and mentored Elaine Towers and Trevor Pettitt when they joined the Committee around 2009.

Lyall has also been very active in participating in Association activities, particularly in Maryborough where he frequently took his family with him to the annual social gatherings. More recently Lyall has represented the Association at the Bombing of Darwin commemorations held in Mildura on 19 February each year.

Lyall’s contributions to the Association were recognised in 1999 when he was made a Life Member and this was before he began his term as President!

The Association and all its members owe Lyall a huge debt for his efforts on behalf of all who served with the 7th Battalion and especially for his far sightedness in working to create an Association that encouraged both veterans and their descendants to participate and honour the achievements of the Battalion.

Lyall continues to be an active member of the Association, even if he is taking life a little more quietly these days!