A groundswell of support for the Cobar Hospital Auxiliary has ensured the organisation will be able to continue its good work for the Cobar Hospital.
Prior to their annual general meeting on Monday, the Cobar Hospital Auxiliary committee was in danger of folding after two executive committee members declared they would not be seeking re-election.
Outgoing president Phyllis Budd was one of those who stood down at Monday’s AGM.
“I think after 13 years in the job it’s time for someone else to take over the president’s role,” Mrs Budd said.
“I’m happy to stay on the committee as a worker but I think it’s time to pass on the reins to someone younger with fresh ideas.”
Sharon Harland, who has been a committee member for the past three and a half years, was elected as the group’s new president.
Mrs Harland said initially she had been reluctant to take on the president’s role but didn’t want to see the organisation fold.
“The committee has a long history in Cobar and has played an important role fundraising to buy items for the hospital to provide some extra comfort for patients and their families,” Mrs Harland said.
“Without the community’s help the staff would have to rely only on the allocated health budget which doesn’t cover things like televisions, recliner chairs or even a blender for use in the kitchen.
“The staff and many patients who have passed through the hospital very much appreciate the work this organisation has done and I hope we can continue to help the hospital for many more years,” she said.
Mrs Harland will be supported by vice presidents Lesley Fryer and Glenis Prisk; Beryl Martin was returned as the group’s secretary and Barbara Bartlett agreed to continue as the interim treasurer.
Leslie Fryer was again named as the committee’s patron.