CLRS celebrates healthy financial position at AGM
COMMUNITY Living and Respite Services (CLRS) has recorded an 11.5 per cent increase in revenue from operating activities in the past financial year.
During its annual general meeting last week, CLRS also recorded a 9.3 per cent increase in overall expenditure; mainly reflected in salaries and oncosts.
‘‘Our aim is to ensure we continue to deliver high quality, value for money services to our clients in an NDIS environment,’’ treasurer Jim Cosgriff said.
Mr Cosgriff said revenue from operating activities remained strong at $9.1 million, compared to $8.1 million in 2016.
‘‘This includes $210,000 of the $350,000 government grant for the Opening Doors Project and $274,519 from fundraising and donations for the project,’’ he said.
‘‘We continue to ensure we have sufficient liquid funds available to meet any ongoing commitments both day to day and for future expansion projects such as the Opening Doors Project Moama and expansions to Recyclability.’’
Chief executive Suzanna Barry said CLRS had remained in a healthy financial position, which was reassuring in the NDIS environment.
Since introducing the NDIS in Campaspe Shire in May, CLRS now has 209 clients with active NDIS plans.
During the meeting, Beth Kimball was presented with the Cletus Gilmour Fundraising Award, established in memory of Cletus who died in December 2015.
Beth became involved with CLRS in 2010 and has devoted countless hours to increasing CLRS’s profile and raising funds for the Minor Street and Opening Doors projects.
She was also a strong supporter of the Greek Luncheon and an advocate for the establishment of the Recyclability Program.
Beth helped CLRS gain widespread community support for the Murray River Tea Rooms and has regularly volunteered at CLRS events and fundraising activities over the past seven years.
A life membership was also awarded to Ann Bennett and 20-year service awards presented to Jan Maddick, Kaylene Barker and Di Huber.
Peter and Fleur Gilmour with the Cletus Gilmour Award recipient Beth Kimball (centre).
New life member Ann Bennett.
CLRS chief executive Suzanna Barry and president Brendan Hogan with CLRS staff member Di Huber who was recognised for her 20 years of service.
Life member Fran Galvin with new life member Ann Bennett.
Peter Gilmour and Brendan Hogan.
James McIntyre and CLRS board member Leanne Willis.
Guest speaker Martyn Lawrence and CLRS staff member Annie Middleton.
CLRS patrons Noel and Maughan with Shannon Johns.
CLRS staff Liz Rowsell and Amanda Kay.
CLRS fundraising committee member James McIntyre with Di Huber.
Glen Rogers from Murray River Tea Rooms, CLRS board members Andrew Cowin and Claire Goodman and guest speaker Martyn Lawrence.
Beth and Rob Kimball.