Seek­ing an apol­ogy

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

On Jan uary 30 Neerim District Sol­diers Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal had a meet­ing to dis­cuss is­sues raised by mem­bers and pri­mar­ily to change the cur­rent con­sti­tu­tion.

It was to my sur­prise that I found out on at­tend­ing this meet­ing as a mem­ber of the association of the hospi­tal that in fact my mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tion had not been ac­cepted along with four other ap­pli­ca­tions. Never in the his­tory of the health ser­vice has this been done.

The board of man­age­ment have no rea­son for this and re­fused to ex­plain why monies had not been re­funded or let­ters writ­ten prior to this meet­ing.

It was hu­mil­i­at­ing to have to put up my hand as an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion process at the meet­ing. There were more than 50 res­i­dents in at­ten­dance.

I feel it is ap­pro­pri­ate that I re­ceive a pub­lic apol­ogy. I have been in Neerim South/Noo­jee for nearly 25 years and have al­ways been on com­mit­tees for the ben­e­fit of this town.

Since my re­tire­ment from the NDSMH theatre as a reg­is­tered nurse I have been a mem­ber of the ladies guild of the hospi­tal for 15 years. I have par­tic­i­pated in the Neerim District Li­ons Club for 12 years.

I have been in­volved with the Neerim District Food re­lief group from 2012 and as­sisted in the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the group to be­come president in 2014 and I still hold this po­si­tion and work within the group as a vol­un­teer.

Each Fri­day I run the meat raf­fle at the lo­cal ho­tel to raise funds for food re­lief and have been do­ing this for the past three years.

I have been on the Neerim District show com­mit­tee and vol­un­teer for the last nine years.

I am a mem­ber of the Neerim South Se­nior Cit­i­zens since 2002 and am also a mem­ber of Drouin Se­nior Cit­i­zens for the past five years.

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