New blood saves Hospital Auxiliary

Pictured right: Leanne Preinbergs – Tumut District Hospital Secretary, Linda Swales – State President, Vivien Cook – Treasurer, and Maureen Dowling – President at the Tumut District Hospital Auxiliary AGM.

An infusion of new blood was just what the doctor ordered for the Tumut District Hospital Auxiliary, and that was exactly what it got at Friday’s annual general meeting.

The auxiliary, which has being raising money to buy important equipment for the hospital for over eighty years, was in danger of folding, because although it had plenty of members, it needed more to get involved in administration and fundraising.

However, the cavalry arrived in force at the AGM, which was held at the hospital conference room. “We got 11 new members; that was wonderful,” Auxiliary member Val Veitch said.

“We even got a few younger members; it is a dream come true. We are up and running again. Many of the positions filled at the AGM were taken up by new members. This keeps us going for at least a few more years.”

The timing was good, because Hospital Auxiliary State President Linda Swales oversaw the meeting. Maureen Dowling, a new member, is president, Jackie Green and Trish Clee are vice presidents and Ms Green also takes over from Val Veitch as publicity officer, Liane Preinberg is secretary, Vivien Cook treasurer, Bernadette Walker assistant secretary, Jean Hoad and Mary Brown patrons and Jean Kell trolley lady.

“We were very impressed with the number of people who turned up (to the AGM),” Ms Veitch said. “We didn’t even have enough chairs for all of them. We would like to welcome everyone on board.” The Tumut Auxiliary’s next Wynyard Street stall is on December 14.