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.
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
Trust everyone will feel
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
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
Ms Newstead then presented a comprehensive
report on the branch’s activities
over the past 12 months.
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.
continue to be occupied by the
same people, so no special training
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.