More than 30 people attended the Tatura Hospital Ladies Auxiliary’s annual general meeting last week where members reflected on its success during the past 12 months.
It was a bitter-sweet time for outgoing secretary Dorothy Smith who left the role after 15 years, passing it on to Jill Clapperton.
‘‘I have enjoyed my 23 years in the auxiliary, but after 15 years as secretary I feel it is time for some new blood,’’ Ms Smith said.
‘‘Jill will take my place and I know that she will receive the help and friendship from our members that they have given me.’’
Ms Smith said the auxiliary could be proud of its achievements during the past year, but it was not without some very sad news.
‘‘On March 5 this year, our then-president Heather Donaldson passed away suddenly,’’ she said.
‘‘Heather joined our auxiliary in 2005 and became our president in July 2006.
‘‘She conducted our meetings in a very capable way and was always a willing helper at our functions.
‘‘Vice-president Margery LaPeyre took over as our new president.’’
Ms Smith said Marie Bilney also passed away last year in October, having been a member since 2009.
The auxiliary raised almost $3000 at its two major fundraiser events — the Christmas and Mother’s Day raffles.
‘‘Our purchases over the last 12 months were two normal and two wheelchairs, a sandwich maker, manicure sets for each resident at Park Villa at Christmas and each resident received a chocolate egg at Easter time,’’ Ms Smith said.
‘‘And in appreciation of their ongoing excellent care in looking after the residents in the hospital and Park Villa, we gave a box of festive food to staff at Christmas.’’
Ms Smith said this year’s projects would include purchasing a new $4500 hospital bed and two more wheelchairs if needed.
‘‘A generous donation from the Byrneside Depression Drainage Group has also been allocated to the purchase of a new bed,’’ she said.
Ms Smith said guests at the meeting enjoyed Jill Clapperton’s talk on her early years as a graduate vet and they also heard from nurse manager at Tatura Hospital Jane French and Karen Succozzi who spoke about the future developments at Goulburn Valley Health. Kaye Butler was the lucky winner of the raffle.
Office bearers 2017/18
President: Margery LaPeyre
1st vice-president: Dorothy Smith
2nd vice-president: Joan Holmes
Secretary: Jill Clapperton
Assistant secretary: Heather Clapp
Treasurer: Trish Warnett
Trading Table: Joan Holmes