BUSY YEAR RECORDED
The financial -membership of 'Auckland War Amputees'/ Association, has increased during me year just ended from 203 to 235, the men of the 2nd N.Z.E.F. who are members having risen from 1 0 to 82. This strength Is exactly 100 below 100 per cent membership. Although 82 men of the 2nd N,Z,E,F, are shown as financial members over 100 are on the association's mailing list and their joining the ranks of the association is anticipated.
During the year the association's contact officials have kept in close touch with amputees, especially those from the present war, advising and helping in matters connected with rehabilitation and pensions and in regard to limbproblems. Cordial relations have been maintained with the R.S.A., Pensions and Rehabilitation Department, the Disabled Servicemen's Re-establishment League and the Services' Commercial Contact Centre.
A number of meetings and one conference dealing with the limb-fitting service were attended. As a temporary measure the present facilities available are considered reasonably satisfactory. The limb centre in Cook Street, under the supervision of Mr. R. Taylor, is showing a marked improvement in both quality and volume of work being done. Mr. A. L. Nugent is in England on a refresher course to study modern methods of manufacture arid fitting. Dr. Kennedy Elliott, orthopaedic limb-fitting surgeon, has returned to New Zealand after making a survev of the limb centres in England and the U.S.A. Season's Bowling Tourneys The season's tourneys held by the association, during which six all-day competitions have been played, were recently concluded when Ihe Wilson Trophy and Buttons were competed for on the West End Club's green. After six games had been played the winners* proved to be the unbeaten riijk skipped 11. Smith, and including H. E. Kelly, J*. C. England and J. Newsome, two each, members being from the first and second world wars. The trophy will be Held for a year, while the buttons, which accompany it will become the property of the members of the team. The trophy and the buttons were presented by Mrs. L. Wilson, wife of the donor.
The secretary of the Amputees' Bowling Committee, Mr. C. C. King, expressed deep appreciation of members for the sporting gesture of the different bowling clubs who had given the use of their greens, and the kindness of the ladies' committee of these clubs for providing afternoon tea for the players. It is hoped that next season will see an increase in the number of players, the game being a most suitable means of recreation and social enjoyment for amputees. The association records its gratitude for the financial support of many staunch friends whose special contributions, amounting to £.'>2l, enabled the officers to carry on the special work of contact throughout the year. The annual subscription was raised, but the revenue could not allow of the necessary work being done. The accumulated surplus for the year, exclusive of special donations, amounts to £IS7, giving a bank balance as at March ;!1 of f'3l(>. During the year IM-t had been spent on oflice equipment, and £42 15/G on indoor bowls, all of which would be non-recurring.
A general meeting of the association will be held on Wednesday of next week, July 25, in the R.S.A. rooms at 7.-15 p.m. An agenda of important items of business lias been prepared and a large attendance is requested.
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AMPUTEES' ASSOCIATION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
AMPUTEES' ASSOCIATION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
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