year our End-of-Year Lunch was a roast dinner at the Glenview Club. 19
of us enjoyed the delicious meal and a time of sharing with each other.
Although it was only the end of November, the decorations that Sue put
on the table gave a foretaste of Christmas. Most of us were from
Hamilton, but Kay and Neil came all the way from Thames, and Eileen and
Cynthia from Kaiaua.
Waikato president John Forbes gave us a brief account of the
Christchurch Conference. His points were 1) the need to promote the
Duncan Fund, 2) the need to align ourselves with other like-minded
disability groups, 3) the problems with getting good Orthotics
services, and 4) the Conference theme was Shake, Rattle & Roll.
Griffin recently attended a Polio Australia Strategic Planning
Conference held in a Sydney convent. Each State organisation sent two
representatives, plus Dr John Tierny, a former Liberal Senator who is
also Polio Australia’s President and Patron, and other Polio Australia
From the meetings,
Sue reported their priorities:
Education – both to the medical profession and to the community. This
is primarily through publications.
Advocacy – lobbying Government. There is a “Parliamentary Friends of
Capacity building – i.e. fund raising. This is to support paid staff,
media, publications etc. 10% of their funding comes from Rotary. Other
evens like “Walk With Me” are sponsored by major companies.
Partnership Development – Polio groups in each State. These also
help with funding and resources.
Some of the positive
Health and Wellness Retreats, which seem to be very effective.
paid Manager, who has attended conferences in USA and Sweden, and has
brought back new ideas.
There will be an International Conference in Sydney in 2016.