STAWELL - Meg Blake has taken on the role of president of the Stawell Hospital Y-Zetts.
Mrs Blake was elected at the Y-Zetts annual general meeting, along with vice president Wendy Howden, secretary Shelly Wadge and treasurer Lyn Bibby.
Meg thanked retiring president Joan Brilliant and her deputy Helena Nicholson for their leadership over another successful year. Appreciation was expressed for Lyn Bibby accepting renomination as treasurer, and Shelly Wadge was welcomed as secretary.
In delivering her Annual Report Joan said Y-Zetts were looking forward to another busy year ahead.
"Once again the year began with the preparation of our ever successful local shopping spree, raising $5000," she said.
"The shoppers look forward to this night every year and the traders agree it is a win/win situation for them to have over two hundred shoppers through their doors in a little over three hours.
"The monthly Car Boot Sale, while not a big money raiser, was gaining momentum when it was decided to make the move to join with the local Farmers Market. Unfortunately due to change of location and lack of interest, it was decided not to continue with the Car Boot Sale.
"In May this year, the Y-Zetts catered for the annual Rotary Assembly for the 13th year in a row. We wish to acknowledge the generous assistance of the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, friends of the Y-Zetts and the hospital catering staff. This activity raised in excess of $5,000.
"Members decided to include some small social activities during the year or on our meeting nights. Many thanks to Shelly Wadge and Noreen Crawford for oranising a card making night for our enjoyment. Members thoroughly enjoyed the hands on experience and a great evening was enjoyed by all.
"During the year, the Y-Zetts purchased an AccuVein for the hospital at a cost of $7,800. This piece of equipment is a new standard of care in vein illumination and is particularly useful and appreciated in our oncology department.
"In closing, I would particularly like to thank Helena for her support to me during the past year. To secretary Meg and treasurer Lyn, thank you both for a job well done.
"Thank you to Rohan who readily offers the support and assistance of the hospital whenever asked and finally to our members who are always ready and willing to join in and assist with any of our fundraising activities.
"It is this voluntary support from our dedicated auxiliary members over many years which has allowed the funding of equipment for which Stawell Regional Health has become known as one of the best equipped hospitals in rural Victoria."
Guests at the annual meeting included auxiliary members Brenda Clark, Doreen Bibby and Merrilyn Middleton, SRH Board of Management member Ross Hatton, Clinical Services Manager at SRH, Karen Conte and principal Stawell Secondary College, Colin Axup.
Mr Axup gave a very enthusiastic and informative presentation featuring his vision and strategic planning for the future of the college and he answered several questions from the floor.
Y-Zetts are currently busy planning their next fundraising event the annual 'Local Shopping Spree' which is being held on the night of Friday, November 15.
"Advertisements for expressions of interest will be published in the Stawell Times News/Ararat Advertiser shortly and we encourage traders to respond on or before the nominated deadline if they intend to participate, which enables a streamlined process for our volunteers organising this worthy fundraising event," Meg Blake said.