65th Annual Conference & 66th National Council Meeting

The 65th Annual Conference and 66th National Council Meeting was held at the Crown Hotel in Napier during the weekend 23-25 March 2012.

Friday 23 March

The President, Mr Wally Garrett, welcomed those present and introduced Mrs Barbara Arnott, Mayor of Napier.  Mrs Arnott's address was warm and welcoming; she referred to the Federation's history, A Challenge with Purpose, and said she had known Mrs Yvonne Francis, a Past Secretary and President of the Federation.  She mentioned the Napier earthquake, making a comparison with recent experiences in Christchurch.  Mrs Arnott then welcomed delegates and observers to Napier and officially declared the Conference open.

Saturday 24 March                                                        

The business session took place on Saturday morning when the following officers were elected: President - Simon McMillan (Mosgiel), Vice President - John Ealand (Blenheim), National Coordinator - Lorraine Peacock (Dunedin), Committee - Janis Bourne (Auckland), Jon Fitzpatrick (Wellington), Chris Fromont (Taranaki) and Chris Ross (Auckland).

Speakers on Saturday afternoon included Mr David Guest of Enable, who gave an overview of Enable's responsibility to provide funding for equipment and housing modifications for all MOH and ACC clients.  Following Mr Guest's talk, the gathering heard from Artificial Limb Board members, Claire Johnstone (Chair), Mervyn Monk (CEO) and Graham  Flanagan (National Prosthetics Manager.

 New Life Member
Eighty-three people were
 present at the dinner on 
 Saturday evening, at
 which a presentation of
 Life Membership was made
 to Mr Lindsay Trotman, the Federation's solicitor.

Sunday 25 March

 Delegates and observers went on a
 coach sightseeing tour finishing back     
 at the hotel for lunch and a debriefing
 session with the Give it a Go youths.

Photos courtesy Jane Smith

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