Now for the words…

Gala Dinner

Movers and shakers at the Gala Dinner

Last week you saw 12 photos illustrating the pictorial record of our week in Griffith and simultaneously avoided approximately 11,500 words from me attempting to explain the array of activities depicted. The other five hundred I’ll use to provide some finer detail (give or take!)

  • $3,165.80 from the collection at the Ecumenical Service on Sunday evening will go to Anglicare Riverina.
  • Crohn’s Disease was again chosen by delegates to be the Annual Health Research Project for the 2014 year and during the week I had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for $33,500.00, to Lauren Mann from Crohn’s and Colitis Australia, representing the amount raised by members for 2013.
  • During the opening ceremony I reported that during 2012-2013 members gave $513,369.00 to outside organisations, events or projects valuable to their communities. In addition they raised $114,548.00 for medical research and International projects, almost $168,000.00 for our education grants and in excess of $320,000.00 for other Association funds and programs.
  • Members also voted convincingly to sell our Potts Point site and exciting times lay ahead as we adapt to this historic change and the positive affect it will have on our ability to meet the needs of women, families and communities. We will maintain our presence in the city, affording us accessibility to decision makers and partners, so that we can continue the advocacy we do on behalf of rural communities whilst still providing affordable accommodation for members, without burdening them with the ongoing costs associated with ageing buildings.
  • Other decisions made include; opposition to the breeding, rescue or domestication of European Red Foxes and that they be declared a feral animal in line with other Australian States; that we will urge the Federal Government to establish an agricultural fund or entity to lease rather than sell land to foreign companies or governments; to ensure adequate State and Federal funding for palliative care and; in order to provide equitable healthcare for country patients we will be calling for every tertiary referral hospital in NSW to provide onsite (or nearby), affordable (IPTAAS rebate rate) accommodation that is wheelchair accessible and includes cooking facilities. These are just some of the other issues raised and carried by delegates for the Executive Committee to progress during the coming year.
  • Many trophies were presented and prizes given for the hundreds of entries in the various competitions, most of which were on display for all to admire and in the near future I will post the winning essay in our Garry Prize Competition of “Will books become obsolete?”

The community of Griffith welcomed us with open arms and the Gala dinner on Thursday night proved to be a fitting end to a most enjoyable week, although I’m hoping there is not too much photographic evidence of my lack of dancing prowess, particularly Ike and Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits! However as next year’s conference is to be held in Tamworth, home to the Australian Line Dance Championships (among other things) should we all be practicing?

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