Para­medic en­ter­tains our CWA mem­bers

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

KYABRAM Am­bu­lance team leader Amelia Kohn spoke of her ex­pe­ri­ences since train­ing 11 years ago as a para­medic.

Amelia grew up near Nu­murkah and at­tended the lo­cal High School, trained in Mel­bourne and spent time in Shep­par­ton and Swan Hill be­fore com­ing to Kyabram eight years ago.

The sta­tion was then staffed with five but has ex­panded to 15 full-time staff but cov­ered by 22 in to­tal who work in 12 hour shifts.

Amelia is mar­ried with two pri­mary aged boys.

The new am­bu­lance sta­tion was built in 2010 and cur­rently has 3 ve­hi­cles.

De­mands to cover a huge ra­dius around Kyabram some­times can leave the town with­out a car which can cause alarm, how­ever there is al­ways help from neigh­bour­ing towns made avail­able in the short­est pos­si­ble time frame.

Ad­vice to those with pri­vate health cover, is to check with your provider re­gard­ing avail­abil­ity of in­ter­state cover.

At the con­clu­sion of her talk, Amelia was thanked and given a small gift in ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Mem­bers have at­tended Harston 60th and Rod­ney branch 50th birthdays, bap­tist church soiree and manned a suc­cess­ful stall on bush mar­ket day.

The fi­nal branch craft for 2016 was at Ber­rie McMil­lan’s place when book­marks were made.

All en­joyed a shared lunch cul­mi­nat­ing with a tra­di­tional Christ­mas pud­ding thanks to Ber­rie. Ber­rie was pre­sented with a small gift in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of her ef­forts through­out the year.

At Group Craft Poly­mer, brooches and Christ­mas fab­ric wreaths were made.

This day too was fol­lowed with a shared lunch among mem­bers of other GV West branches.

Since all branch an­nual gen­eral meet­ings have been com­pleted, sadly both McEwen and Murchi­son branches have closed due to lack of num­bers.

Plans have be­gun for a Christ­mas stall at the Kyabram P-12 Col­lege Christ­mas Fair to­mor­row, be­tween 5.30 and 7.30pm. Four helpers will at­tend and sell­able items are re­quired.

The branch Christ­mas din­ner is at Jen’s on De­cem­ber 7, start­ing at 6pm.

Gifts to the value of $5 for ex­change and the Christ­mas bowl ap­peal will be sup­ported.

Many Christ­mas good­ies were do­nated by mem­bers and will be given to St Vincent’s for dis­tri­bu­tion near Christ­mas time.

Sheri­dan was suc­cess­ful at the Kyabram Show with both en­tries from the branch win­ning first prizes.

Sev­eral in­di­vid­ual awards were gained and stew­ards.

Sheri­dan will host the GV West Group an­nual meet­ing and con­fer­ence at St Andrew’s Hall, Kyabram, on Fe­bru­ary 14, start­ing at 10am. A shared lunch will be pro­vided.

In­ter­na­tional Of­fi­cer Melva Kightly spoke about Den­mark, the new coun­try for study for 2017. Copen­hagen, the cap­i­tal, now home of Princess Mary and Hans Chris­tian An­der­son. We look for­ward to fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about this in­ter­est­ing coun­try. oth­ers acted as

Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Hand­made Christ­mas card: B McMil­lan 1, A Roberts 2 and D Napier 2.

Six pieces short­bread: D Napier 1, B Berner 2. Bloom: D Napier 1, M Kightly 2. On be­half of pres­i­dent Ann and mem­bers, we ex­tend Christ­mas greet­ings to our readers and wish all a happy and safe new year.

I per­son­ally wish to thank the Free Press and staff for their loy­alty in print­ing our monthly reports and wish all a safe and happy fes­tive sea­son. We will be back in 2017. Doreen Napier, Sec­re­tary Sheri­dan/Kyabram branch of The Coun­try Women's As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria.

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