SSAA Victoria is ready to officially induct its first female in five years to the current 11-person Board of Directors. Marion Barnes – who has become known in shooting circles through her role as Publicity Officer of the SSAA Shepparton Branch – will be inducted to the Board after a hotly-contested election.
The Kyabram local is a staunch Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party supporter and was recently elected to the state executive of the party. Her public persona was launched when she was appointed to the Shooting Sports Facilities Program committee in 2015.
SSAA Victoria has not had a female Board member since 2012, when Zdenka McCaskill left the Board. Zdenka was appointed to the Board in 2008, and made secretary in 2011.
As the first woman on the Board since, Marion said her appointment could “break down the male-dominated appearance of SSAA Victoria”. She said her inclusion would show the membership that anybody, regardless of gender, had the opportunity to provide leadership of the organisation.
Marion will be officially inducted to the Board tonight.
For the full story read the October edition of the Victorian Shooter, out next week.