Ladies ac­knowl­edged for years of ser­vice to group

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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