Ladies acknowledged for years of service to group
THREE members of the Friends of Violet Town Bush Nursing Centre have all now passed a 90th birthday and have given a goodly number of years in fundraising for the benefit of the residents of this facility.
They are Lorna Palmer, Dot Rae and Peg Armstrong.
The Violet Town Ladies Auxiliary was formed on Wednesday, June 20, 1928.
The first meeting was held on July 12 with Sister Gillies of the Bush Nursing Association addressing a large group of ladies with advice on running an Auxiliary.
Mrs Baird was elected the first president.
Soon followed Boho and Warrenbayne Auxiliary group. The Auxiliary groups worked well together raising funds organising functions such as community fetes.
Boho and Warrenbayne Auxiliary finally disbanded in 1958 after 30 years of service to the community.
The Violet Town Ladies Auxiliary weathered the difficult war years and apart from fund raising to provide much needed essentials such as sheets, pillow cases and towels for the Bush Nursing Hospital even got involved in stitching and repairing torn linen for the facility.
Meryl McDiarmid was president from the beginning of the 1990s until 2006. Ella Davis ended 29 years of service as secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary in 1993 and a new member Pam Ellis stepped in and served as secretary for 17 years.
With the opening of a new nursing home in 1985 the group’s name was changed to the Violet Town Memorial Bush Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary.
At the 1985-1986 annual general meeting Lorna Palmer and Dot Rae’s names were listed as financial members and have been ever since.
Peg Armstrong joined at a later date.
With the development of General Purpose Hostel and Special Care, the widening of services has meant that the funds raised go to a wide variety of products for the enhancement of residents’ lives.
The original intent back in 1928 was to provide funds for whatever was needed (if agreed to by membership) but not infrastructure and that remit has been followed ever since.
The latest purchases are a stove and fridge for the newly reconstructed kitchen area in Day Care and a bench top fridge and dishwasher in Special Care’s new kitchen.
YEARS OF DEDICATION: Dot Rae, Lorna Palmer and Peg Armstrong were recognised for their many years of service to the Violet Town Bush Nursing Centre.