Hospital Auxiliary Zone Conference

Hon. State President NSW, Regional Representative, Linda Swales, gives an informative speech.
Hon. State President NSW, Regional Representative, Linda Swales, gives an informative speech.

The Grenfell branch of the Hospital Auxiliary hosted the 2018 zone meeting last Monday, March 12, at the Country Club.

Cr Carly Brown sang the National Anthem and also officially opened the meeting on behalf of the Weddin Shire Council.

Cr Carly Brown sang the National Anthem and also officially opened the meeting on behalf of the Weddin Shire Council.

Members had prepared the meeting room ready to welcome thirty members from Orange and Bloomfield, Quanidalla, Cowra and Grenfell.

The day started with a morning tea and then the Acknowledgement to Country by Terry Carroll. Carly Brown, representing the Weddin Shire Council,  welcomed all and then led the singing of the Australian National Anthem before the Auxiliary motto “Let us hold high the lamp of service for our hospital” was recited.

Special guest Elizabeth Akhiwu receives a gift of appreciation from Grenfell representative Jan Holland.

Special guest Elizabeth Akhiwu receives a gift of appreciation from Grenfell representative Jan Holland.

Some apologies from several branches were received. President Glenice Clarke welcomed all especially the State President and Zone representative regional Linda Swales before handing over to the Zone representative to conduct the day.

Elizabeth Akhiwu, the guest speaker, spoke of moving from Botswana in South Africa five years ago to Grenfell with a young family after her husband Dr Patrick Akhiwu was appointed as the town’s local doctor, she mentioned what a big move it was and how they are all very happy here in Grenfell.

Some more business was attended to before lunch from all branches in attendance who presented their reports.

Peter Moffitt, Weddin Shire Health Council Chair, also came along and addressed the meeting.

At 11.30am the State President introduced a new song which a group of members joined in to sing.

Soon Sister Mary from Bloomfield said grace and a lovely lunch prepared by the club was enjoyed by all.

Some Grenfell members had prepared arrangements for the tables and each person had a small succulent in a pot to take home.

The afternoon session was brief but interesting about content of the Hospital Auxiliary magazine and ideas for fundraising.

The day concluded with the raffle being drawn which was won by a Quandialla lady, three other lucky door prizes were also drawn.

The recent Grenfell Hospital Auxiliary street stall was another good success thanks to the members, workers and support from everyone in the community. The raffle was won by Barry Bradtke. Congratulations Barry.

Be sure to see State President Linda Swales’ full report on page 10 of today’s Grenfell Record.