Australian Red Cross  –  Boolarra Unit – Sep, 2011

On May 7th, three of our members and guests attended a luncheon at the Morwell Bowls Club to celebrate the birthday of Henri Dunant, the founder of the International Red Cross movement.  Representatives from all the Units in Region 9 were present, and we all enjoyed a delicious lunch and the words of the guest speakers.  Needless to say there was a raffle, with numerous prizes to be won!  We also enjoyed a Fashion Parade, with the clothes provided by the Red Cross Shop in Warragul, and modelled by three of their ladies.  This was a great social occasion, which also raised funds for the Red Cross.

On May 31st, the Boolarra Unit hosted the Region 9 Conference.  Key guest speaker was Ms. Toni Aslett, Executive Director of the Victorian Red Cross.  She spoke about the vital importance of volunteers in making a real difference to the lives of people in crisis..

June 20th saw the return of Bev’s Fashions  –  always a fun afternoon with lots of laughter, some retail therapy, a delicious afternoon tea, and of course, another raffle!  At the end of the day, when all had left, we found a grey ladies jacket.  Despite notices at the Top Shop and Post Office, and advising the members of the Christian Fellowship Church, no one has claimed the jacket.  If this lovely jacket is yours, please contact Glenys on 5169 6721.

July 4th was our Annual General Meeting, and once again we were happy to welcome visitors from the other Units in Region 9.

The following ladies were elected to these positions:  Chairperson – Gladys Hall,  Vice Chairperson – Sue Warren,  Secretary – Gay Henry,  Treasurer – Glenys Morgan,  Regional Representative – Gladys Hall.

The Boolarra Unit is primarily a fundraising Unit, and during the last 12 months we raised over $4,000.00.  This is a wonderful achievement for a small group of dedicated ladies  – what a great team effort!  Once again, we sincerely thank all the people in the townships of Boolarra and Yinnar, for their continuing support of Red Cross.

Our guest speaker at the A.G.M. was Dave O’Brien, who was ably assisted by Michelle Birbeck.  Dave talked about basic safety first measures in the event of a house fire, and we all appreciated his sound advice on smoke alarms, fire blankets and extinguishers.

Now, for something new!  In October, Australian Red Cross is launching an exciting community fundraiser, the first  “BIG CAKE BAKE”! Our Boolarra Unit will hold a Morning Tea in the Mult-Purpose Room on Monday, October 10th at 10.30am.  Come and enjoy a scrumptious morning tea with us  –  admission is $5.00, and all funds raised will support the work that Red Cross carries out every day, including caring for the most vulnerable families in our communities.  In addition to the morning tea, we will also have celebrity recipes and home-baked goodies for sale.  Join Boolarra Red Cross on October 10th, and “Bake the world a better place”!

Glenys Morgan,