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Avenel (21 July 1943)
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The Annual meeting of the Avenel branch of the Red Cross Society was held in the Oddfellows Hall, on Wednesday, 21 July. Owing to so much sickness in the district, the attendance was smaller than usual.
Before opening the meeting, the president spoke of the work of the foundation president, the late Mrs Mary Shelton, of her enthusiasm for the Red Cross, and said how deeply regretted would be the death of one so highly esteemed. As a tribute to her memory, the members were asked to stand and observe a minute’s silence.
The balance sheet for the year, 1942-1943 was presented. As the committee work alternate months for the Red Cross and Comforts Fund. This represented their efforts for six months of the year.
The President thanked the committee for their help so willingly given during the year, especially mentioning the collectors and those who work regularly to make the dance a success. She also thanked Mrs S. Underwood for a series of interesting and instructive lectures given during the year.
Mr and Mrs Stewart and “Joe” were others who earned the gratitude of the Branch for their unfailing support. Mr Stewart’s work in connection with the Waste Products is so well known that comment was superfluous — by the 30th June 1943, he had sent to headquarters over 50 tons of waste. Thanks were due to him also for the help he had given the Branch in packing and consigning the fleeces of wool so generously donated by the graziers of the district.
Other helpers mentioned were those who were handing in stamps. Mrs A. E. Gadd has found time during her busy life to tear off over 1000 stamps.
Those holding office we re-elected for the year 1943-44 — President, Mrs Law rance; vice-presidents, Miss Gadd and Mrs F. Vearing; hon. Secretary, Mrs E. Shelton.
It was decided to ask the Golf to co-operate with the Red Cross in holding mixed foursomes tournaments on Saturday August 14th, and September 15th, when it is hoped a substantial sum will be raised to argument the funds of the Branch. Entry fee for players was fixed at 1 Shilling and 6 Pence. Ladies are asked to provide afternoon tea.
To date the Branch has raised over 900 Pounds and looks forward to the increased membership for the following year. Help by the people of Locksley, is raising this amount is gratefully acknowledged.
At the conclusion of the meeting the members present partook of a delightful afternoon tea provided by the president, who was thanked for her kind thought by Miss Gadd.
Courtesy Euroa Gazette "Avenel Snipperts"
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