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MARCH 2009

Last Meeting
Last month was the AGM, preceeded by an excellent lunch. The Committee was delighted to welcome Neil Smart, our Area Manager from Head Office, as well as new members, and members that we hadn't seen for a while. Eileen Smith, our Chairlady and Pam Turner, our Treasurer gave their reports for 2008, followed by the election of officers and committee for this year. Marian Pitt retired as Vice Chairlady, but was elected as Honorary Vice Chairlady in recognition of being our founder member and having given 20 years service to the Committee. Ken Le Quesne was nominated as Vice Chairman and duly elected. Maureen Le Feuvre was not seeking re-election as secretary, and Margaret Le Quesne was nominated and elected as her replacement. The Committee remains unchanged.
Our President, Dr Mike Richardson then spoke about brain donation, asking members to think about this positively. To donate one's brain when we die can make a significant step to help researchers find the cause of Parkinson's and thus speed up finding a cure. If you need a form or wish to discuss this matter further, please contact Pam Turner by phone on 732710.
The afternoon's proceedings were brought to an end by Eileen reading one of her "odes" about "making a baby" followed by our raffle enjoyed over a cup of tea or coffee, with plenty time left for a natter.
The following monies were raised last month:-
20.2.09 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
71 supporters raised £252.25
24.2.09 Raffle/PDS Meeting
Members purchased tickets totalling £85.00
Card sales for February 2009 amounted to £53.50
Donations via collecting boxes for February 2009 totalled £60.77
6.3.09 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
72 supporters raised £245.00
Total £696.52.
Collecting Boxes
Four collecting boxes were placed last month and our grateful thanks go to Pat Le Herissier and Ken Le Quesne who placed two each. Please do keep looking for places, the more boxes we have out there, the less fundraising we have to do and the more free advertising as well.

 Spring Crafts Fayre
Could you please display the enclosed poster advertising the above crafts fayre which takes place at the end of the month. Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to man our card stall over that weekend. We hold a large stock of greeting cards covering most occasions at a very reasonable price, so why not come along and support us and stock up on cards at the same time.
Awareness Week 2009
Parkinson's Awareness Week this year is from 20th - 26th April 2008. Pam Turner is organising a week long can shake that week at the Co-op, St. Peter, and needs your help. Please contact Pam by phone on 732710 if you can cover one or more shifts during the week. We rely heavily on our volunteers for this fundraiser and are extremely grateful to all who help during the week. We are hoping to have a display board there with photos of branch members who benefit from our outings and get-togethers, as well as members of the Neurocare team who help support you medically in a variety of ways.
We are planning our media coverage in May to coincide with the visit of Dr Kieran Breen, Head of Research for the PDS in the U.K. and our second week-long can shake at Checkers (details of which will be in next month's newsletter).
Diary Dates
Friday Mar 20th 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night /Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Saturday Mar 28th/Sunday Mar 29th 2009 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Card Card stall at Living Legend in conjunction with Jersey Craft Workers Spring Fayre.
Friday April 3rd 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Friday April 17th 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Next meeting
Our next lunch meeting is on Tuesday, March 24th 2009 at The Priory, Devil's Hole, St. Mary from 12.30 p.m. followed by horse racing at approx 2 p.m. when we will be having four races in total. To help the management could you please order your lunch on arrival, thus enabling their staff to stagger serving the meals, thank you. Raffle tickets will be on sale whilst the horse racing is being set up, and drawn at the end of the afternoon over tea or coffee.
Transport can be arranged. Please contact Ken Le Quesne (tel 854769) or Eileen Smith (tel 737128). These lunches are an ideal time to come along and meet other sufferers and carers.
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