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7 August, 2022

Gilgandra Red Cross holds annual general meeting

Gilgandra Red Cross held their annual general meeting in Coo-ee Village Hall, which was an ideal venue.

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Two guests from Eumungerie branch of Red Cross joined members and their company was much appreciated and enjoyed. Some of our members and guests were unable to attend due to various illnesses.

Trust everyone will feel better soon. Final preparations were made for the upcoming soup and slice lunch. Information from Australian Red Cross (ARC) was received, including the Bake-a-Cake fundraiser, which will be held again this year. Prior to COVID-19, Gilgandra high school students were actively involved in this popular event.

ARC has also advised that this could activity be held virtually. Members decided not to take part this year because of a number of difficulties, including no street stall.

The AGM commenced with the singing of the national anthem, all members recited the Red Cross pledge and president Hilda Newstead listed the seven fundamental principles of Red Cross: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Ms Newstead then presented a comprehensive report on the branch’s activities over the past 12 months.

The branch was delighted with the response from the local community to their winter appeal with $1,550.00 being forwarded to ARC.

The branch was also able to support Red Cross Calling, drought and bush fire, flood relief, Beirut and flood appeals throughout the year. Due to the generosity of people in the local government area the branch was able to provide gifts for those in hospital at Christmas time.

Marj Josephs co-ordinated the making and delivery of the popular trauma teddies to the ambulance, police, preschools, and other organisations. Marion MacKenzie, Eumungerie branch, took the chair for the election of officers for the coming year.

Most positions continue to be occupied by the same people, so no special training required. Ms Newstead concluded the meeting with the following words, “I would like to thank secretary Deirdre (Duncan) and treasurer Shirley (Marks) for their support during the year. Thank our members for their support during the year as without the members we do not have a Red Cross branch. This year we have held our meetings at various members’ homes which makes for a lovely afternoon, with a very enjoyable cuppa to follow. Thank you to all.”

Marion Cox from Eumungerie drew the lucky door number which was won by secretary Deirdre and this was followed by a lovely afternoon tea and chat.

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