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Maclean Hospital Auxiliary….our new committee

The AGM of the Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary was held on Monday July 20. Dan Madden the CEO of Grafton and Maclean District Hospitals, Nurse Manager Anne Farrell, Jeanette Coulter the Deputy Regional Representative for North Coast and president of Ballina UHA, Narelle O’Donnell treasurer at Ballina and patrons Vera Montague and Judy Brown were all given a special welcome. The retiring president, Joyce Bell OAM, presented her annual report and announced that two long serving members are standing down, namely Judy Brown who was treasurer for sixteen years then assistant treasurer and Gwen Dowling who was president for seven years then vice-president for four years and recently assistant secretary. The treasurer, Rita Nutt, reported that nearly $68,000 has been spent on equipment for the hospital over the past year and there is another $32,000 worth on order. All positions were declared vacant and Jeanette Coulter took the chair to conduct the elections. Results are as follows. President: Sandra Bradbury (66461564). Vice-Presidents: Edie Quick and Margaret Annand. Secretary: Rhonda Shaw. Assistant Secretary: Alida Morley. Treasurer: Rita Nutt. Assistant Treasurer: Janine Adams. Publicity Officer: Maggie Combley. Jeanette then presented Long Service badges to the following members. 10 years: Jean Bredon, Judith Coulson, Betty Calloway, Betty Chapman, Jan Carlin, Mr Laurie Nutt, Mr Graeme Quick, Jenny Stratford, Elena Turner, Irene Williams and Hazel Kratz. 15 years: Bev Anderson, Vicki Gulaptis and Dot Gleeson. 20 years: Barbara Wallace. 30 years: Sandra Woods. President Sandra thanked Joyce for her outstanding work as vice-president for five years and president for the past eight years, mentioning the valued support given by her husband, Allen. She presented pot plants to Joyce, Judy and Gwen as tokens of appreciation. A vote of thanks and a gift was given to Jeanette Coulter. Dan Madden spoke briefly, expressing appreciation for the committee and members of the auxiliary saying that the hospital could not do without them. He described how he recently found a centenary booklet with the hospital logo on the cover. He intends to digitise the booklet and get some badges made with the logo on them. The next main fund raiser will be the annual Golf Day at Yamba Golf Club on Sunday August 9. It will be an 18 hole 4 ball Ambrose at a cost of $25 which includes a sausage sizzle. There will be raffles, numbers board and lots of prizes. Ring the pro shop on 6646 1646 to book. Times are available from 9.30am. Thank you for a donation of $10,000 from the estate of the late Peter Boston, $12,500 from the estate of the late Florence Armstrong, $2,185 from the Maclean Charity Golf Day, $1,000 from Maclean Lions Club, $550 from the Anglican Op Shop and $1,000 from Trevor Maddeley. The hospital has requested the following equipment be purchased: a plaster saw, a vein checker, a treatment recliner and a sliding tilt table, the money for the last item coming from the Peter Boston estate. The meeting agreed to buy them. The next meeting will be on Monday August 17 at 2pm in the conference room of Community Health at Maclean District Hospital. New members are welcome.