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    Stroke Central Region Inc. publishes a newsletter 4 times a year with news from around the region, articles about stroke and rehabilitation, tips for a healthy lifestyle and so much more. And of course there is also room for a bit of fun.

    CentreLink is posted to our members at the start of each season. Membership costs only $15.00 a year so if you would like to support us and receive the paper version of our newsletter, please contact us. The electronic version of the next newsletter will be published here.

    June 2013

    NEW PATRON FOR THE CENTRAL REGION

    05.06.13

    The Stroke Foundation Central Region is very pleased to welcome Dr Graham Taylor as their Patron. Dr Taylor is one of New Zealand's foremost administrative lawyers. He is the author of the New Zealand textbook on Judicial Review and many other publications.
    Graham brings with him a vast historical knowledge of stroke support in New Zealand. For a number of years he was the National Chairman of ‘Counter Stroke’ the original organisation supporting stroke Survivors in New Zealand for six years and is a life member of the present Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Inc. He also chaired the Central Region for several years in the early 1990s and the Disabled Persons Foundation for six years after that.

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    CENTRELINK JUNE 2013

    05.06.13

    Centrelink is the quarterly newsletter of the Stroke Foundation Central Region Inc. The publication provides news from around the central region of stroke survivors, legislative matters that may be useful to stroke survivors and their Carer's, and contact details for all stroke clubs and support groups as well as all of the Field Officers in the Central Region.

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    February 2013

    CENTRELINK NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2012

    21.02.13

    Centrelink is the quarterly newsletter of the Stroke Foundation Central Region Inc. The publication provides news from around the central region of stroke survivors, legislative matters that may be useful to stroke survivors and their Carer's, and contact details for all stroke clubs and support groups as well as all of the Field Officers in the Central Region.

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    September 2012

    MAGNA CHARTA - BUSINESS

    07.09.12

    ISSUE 25 Sept 2012

    The purpose of the Magna Charta is to provide communication between the Council and members of Stroke Clubs; to keep members informed as to matters of interest taking place in the Region; and to encourage reciprocal communication in asking for opinions on matters which concern all of our members. It is envisaged that Stroke Clubs receiving the communication will ensure all members have access to the information either by copy or reading at the meetings. Either way Stroke Clubs are requested to make the information available to all members.

    The scheduled Meeting of the Central Region Council – was held on Friday 24th August 2012, at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street Paraparaumu, with six members of the Council and the General Manager present.
    Finance – The Financial update to the end of the financial year 30th June was received from accountants Roseingrave and Vallance. The accounts showed the funding to date for the year to be as follows: Income $142,119, down on the same time last year ($206,701) Expenses $161,252,277 down on the same time last year (186,686). We have a current deficit of $19,133 as opposed to last year $18,015. This report is consistent with the current economic recession and funding has become increasingly difficult to attain. One difference in this result from the 2010/11 financial year is that we did not use up reserves. The 20% cut in hours and salary for the General Manager and administration staff helped to lessen the deficit. The accounts are currently with the Auditor and should be available shortly.
    Stroke Clubs - The reports from around the Region detailed the stroke clubs in good heart.
    a. WAIRARAPA - spoke of the sad loss of members. They were pleased to host medical students from Otago Medical School. The exercise has given these future doctors an insight into living with a chronic condition and disability.
    b. Peter Thompson spoke of the Able-X now to be available in Masterton Hospital rehab and a Speech Language Therapy programme/ software.
    c. SOUTHERN SUBURBS - celebrated our Mid-Winter Solstice meeting with a shared Pot-Luck lunch. Their first meeting in July saw their guest was double booked so had Card Housie instead. Although the prizes were good there seemed to be a need to have some chocolate as prizes. A further meeting with chocolate prizes satisfied the need. After a short break, Hydrotherapy has now resumed for the final 10 week session for the year which is due to end in October. There is some anticipation that there could be some further funding to extend this until December?
    The date for the next Carers meeting is yet to be decided. Young Stroke is thriving with their varied individual outings and meetings, at places of interest to them.
    Their AGM was held on 14th August when they announced their first Patron of the club - Fred Tucker. Gloria and John Howard were made Life Members of the club for our many years of involvement with stroke. The club gave Volunteers Certificates to Christine Morrison, Rosalind Moore and Theirs Halliwell for their services to the club. Bill Lees and Pru Wickliffe retired from the Committee and were thanked for their service. They have both been a great asset to the club for many years.
    d. WANGANUI - Continue to enjoy monthly social meetings despite the lower turnout of members because of Winter Ailments. They are due to hold their A.G.M. followed by an entertainment group from the Salvation Army. They will also have the company of a student from Otago Medical School, to experience early community contact and get a first hand understanding of what we can offer our stroke survivors.
    e. MANAWATU - Everything going well. Good interaction with the Field Officer and have had some new clients attend our groups who seem to enjoy the programmes in the Manawatu. The stroke club coordinator is proving to be a real asset to the club. Stroke Awareness is also set up, but not for the week of the Stroke Foundation as they were asked to change the day to 14th September. They have a new volunteer to help with swimming, she is also volunteering in A&E. She is a very willing helper, and enjoys the work.


    President’s Report from National Council:
    1. National Council AGM will be held on Saturday 10th November 2012
    2. Other Dates: Draft The national council met on Saturday 18 August in Wellington. The much awaited working group report was not tabled and it most probably it will not be tabled in time for the November 10 meeting. This means a new timetable is going to be drawn up so voting can be achieved before 31 March 2013.
    3. Despite this set back we are worried at the priorities being given to the proposed trust new deed. The current constitution has the prime priority as helping and assisting the stroke community but the trust deed proposes a prime priority of saving lives!
    4. We do not countenance giving a priority to stroke survivors for the envelope appeal but then using the money donated for other purposes such as additional national office staff salaries.
    5. The 2011 AGM, by a unanimous vote, agreed not to accept a unity system structure and the abolition of regional councils. I have no reason to change that decision made by our membership and I recommend that we retain our regional independence and work in unison with the new national council only when our independence is not threatened.
    6. It goes without saying that a percentage of monies collected in the central region and funds received from national activities are allocated to fund our activities.
    7. An update of the Unification process will be available at the AGM on October 6th.

    Field Officer Services - All areas functioning well with all Field Officers doing a sterling job. The new Field Officer in the Hutt Valley is working well and proving to be a great asset. The Wellington North Field Officer has resigned citing tine for study and family reasons. Both Wellington North and Wanganui will be advertised and hopefully filled in September.
    There was a valuable two day national Field Officer conference in Wellington in 25/26 June hosted by the National Council. There were great learning opportunities for the staff which they all enjoyed immensely.


    AGM / Fun Day – Saturday 6th October 2012
    a) Subcommittee Beryl Fishlock & Joan Davies
    b) Peter Thompson to demonstrate Disability resources, confirmed
    c) The Regional Office need to have numbers of Bowls and Boccia teams ASAP
    d) There is still a need for a Bowls coordinator for the Fun Day. Please contact the regional office if interested.
    e) Both Boccia and Bowls Cups in Palmerston North .Stew Murray to organise engraving of last year’s names onto the cups and ensure they will be at the Fun Day.
    f) Morning tea and Lunch will be provided to financial members free of charge. Afternoon tea will not be provided due to the tight programme and waiting transport. The kitchen will close after lunch for cleaning up and will not be able to continually supply drinks. If people need to have a drink after lunch could they please bring this with them?

    The Brian Stokoe Award - for the Most Outstanding Stroke Survivor - Call for nominations for Brian Stokoe Award from Stroke Clubs. Please request application forms from the Regional Office.

    Volunteer Awards – Stroke Clubs are asked to nominate volunteers for Regional Awards to be presented at the Fun Day. Please enquire through the Regional Office.


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    CENTRELINK NEWSLETTER SEPT 2012

    07.09.12

    Centrelink is the quarterly newsletter of the Stroke Foundation Central Region Inc. The publication provides news from around the central region of stroke survivors, legislative matters that may be useful to stroke survivors and their Carer's, and contact details for all stroke clubs and support groups as well as all of the Field Officers in the Central Region.

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    August 2012

    DISASTER AWARENESS

    22.08.12

    Earthquake? Flood? Tsunami

    Are You Disaster Ready?

    Do You have a Plan for Your Own Survival for at Least Three Days?

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    July 2012

    THE MAGNA CHARTA ISSUE 24 JUNE 2012

    02.07.12


    ISSUE 24 JUNE 2012

    The purpose of the Magna Charta is to provide communication between the Council and members of Stroke Clubs; to keep members informed as to matters of interest taking place in the Region; and to encourage reciprocal communication in asking for opinions on matters which concern all of our members. It is envisaged that Stroke Clubs receiving the communication will ensure all members have access to the information either by copy or reading at the meetings. Either way Stroke Clubs are requested to make the information available to all members.

    The scheduled Meeting of the Central Region Council – was held on Tuesday 5th June 2012, at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street Paraparaumu, with seven members of the Council and the General Manager present.
    Special Guest: Rick Lowe joined the Council meeting for lunch. The Central region Council thanked him for his generous donation to enable the Region to purchase 12 reconditioned laptop computers to enable the Able-X project to be rolled out across the Region to those clubs which currently do not have access.
    Finance – The Financial update to 30th April was received from accountants Roseingrave and Vallance. The accounts showed the funding to date for the year to be as follows: Income $99,954, down on the same time last year ($134,097) Expenses $129,277 down on the same time last year (147,760). We have a current deficit of $29,323 as opposed to last year $13,663. This report is consistent with the current economic recession and funding has become increasingly difficult to attain. The General Manager announced a 20% cut in hours for herself and administration staff in order ease the financial situation.
    Stroke Clubs - The reports from around the Region detailed the stroke clubs in good heart.
    a. WAIRARAPA -April John Wells - Wellington Free Ambulance spoke at South Wairarapa club and North Wairarapa Club in May. North Wairarapa -slide show and talk from Claire Bleakley, (homeopath) trip to Kenya. May, she attended South Wairarapa club - slide show and talk China.
    b. Peter Thompson is trying to arrange for AbleX to be set up in Masterton Hospital rehab
    c. SOUTHERN SUBURBS Visit -Miss Daisy, Mora McKenna. An outing to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden - afternoon tea attended by about 20. April - Physiotherapy followed by the franchise holder of Driving people. May – the Wellington College Choir which was quite exceptional. 25 boys present who sang a range of songs. May -the Guest was to be Andrew Dunning from the Wellington Free Ambulance to talk about what happens to stroke patients. Mark Bailey; Clinical Services Manager came in his place.
    Hydrotherapy is still continuing and is now under a different sponsorship. In total there will only be 3 × 10 week sessions this year. Next Carers meeting is to be on the 12th June with (Garth McVicar from the Sensible Sentencing Trust).
    d. WANGANUI On 4th May held a stand at "Disability May Affect You Day” representatives talked to many people, handed information and had a very successful raffle.15th May -30th Birthday Pot Luncheon was most enjoyable. Entertainment by the "Golden Girls" from the RSA.


    President’s Report from National Council: National Council AGM will be held on Saturday 10th November 2012 Other Dates: Draft Budget & Business Planning Saturday 19th June - Budget discussions by tele conference
    Other Meetings - 18th August , 18th September tele conference ,13th October, 4th December tele-conference
    a. Since the last Central Region meeting there have been two National Council Meetings and a separate informal meeting with the Northern & National Presidents.The major issue in all these meetings have revolved around the proposed unification structure which we at Central do not support in its present framework. At the meeting of 18 February the Central Region came under a lot of pressure to alter our stance. It was because we stood firm that Northern agreed to mediate our position. This meeting took place on 14 May with Steve Davies (President CR), John Howard (Vice President CR) Stewart Germans (President Northern Region) and Dr John Gommans President National Council). This was a productive no holds barred meeting and whilst no minutes were recorded it soon became clear that our concerns mirrored the reservations that Northern had expressed. We agreed to work together and keep each other informed of respective progress in the unification process.
    b. Their Excellencies the Governor General, Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mataparae and Lady Janine Mataparae have advised of their acceptance to become joint patrons of the Stroke Foundation.
    c. Central Region representation requested that costs involved in the unification study be advised and to include the time of the CEO.
    d. The latest unification report from the working group has been distributed. Clubs are encouraged to read this document as background to further reports we will be asked to approve later on at our AGM. Nothing has been finalised and nothing has been approved.

    Field Officer Services - All areas functioning well with all Field Officers doing a sterling job. There will shortly be a new Field Officer in the Hutt Valley as the appointee is currently training. The Wanganui Field Officer who, has been in the role for twenty years announced her retirement, to spend more time with her new grandson.
    There will be a two day national Field Officer conference in Wellington in 25/26 June hosted by the National Council.

    A Submission was made to the Government on the Gambling Amendment Bill - to oppose the Flavell bill and the changes to have the Licenses and funding from gambling machines distributed by Local Councils.

    AGM / Fun Day – Saturday 6th October 2012
    a) Subcommittee Beryl Fishlock & Joan Davies
    b) Peter Thompson to demonstrate Disability resources, confirmed
    c) There is a need for a Bowls coordinator for the Fun Day. Please contact the regional office if interested.
    d) Both Boccia and Bowls Cups in Palmerston North .Stew Murray to organise engraving of last year’s names onto the cups and ensure they will be at the Fun Day.
    The Brian Stokoe Award - for the Most Outstanding Stroke Survivor - Call for nominations for Brian Stokoe Award from Stroke Clubs. Please request application forms from the Regional Office.

    Volunteer Awards – Stroke Clubs are asked to nominate volunteers for Regional Awards to be presented at the Fun Day. Please enquire through the Regional Office.

    Stroke Awareness Week - Monday 3rd to Sunday 8th September 2012
    Orders for Resources for Stroke Clubs to Central Region Office by Mon 20th August.

    Meeting Date change – Central Region Council Meeting 7th August has changed to be held Friday 24th August.

    Central Region Council Meeting Schedule 2012 Friday 24th August , Tues 27th September, Tues 4th December
    NB: If you wish to make comment on any matters outlined above, please contact the Regional Office 04 298 8585 or e-mail: central@stroke.org.nz with your details before 15th August 2012 to allow time for addition to any agenda items prior to the Central Region Council meeting.

    It would greatly assist circulation of this information if Stroke Clubs could nominate a member who has access to e-mail to receive and circulate the information.




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    CENTRELINK NEWSLETTER JUNE 2012

    02.07.12

    Centrelink is the quarterly newsletter of the Stroke Foundation Central Region Inc. The publication provides news from around the central region of stroke survivors, legislative matters that may be useful to stroke survivors and their Carer's, and contact details for all stroke clubs and support groups as well as all of the Field Officers in the Central Region.

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