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Food memory is as important as food taste when meals are ordered according to many experts. This is the case when people order their meals through Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels.

When the orders come through, it is clear that the memory of foods from the past plays a big part in the selections being made. Old favourites such as Bread and Butter pudding are regularly ordered. Recently this dessert was in such high demand and we sold out. It is back in stock and continues to sell well.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels has a Food Panel which meets four times a year to discuss the menu options and to ‘taste’ the food being offered. This happened last week as the Christmas menu was finalised.

At the start of December, the Christmas menu will be delivered to those who order meals through us. Bethany McLean, our Client Services Officer, has spent a considerable amount of time making sure there is choice and something special on the menu this year.

The Food Panel considered these options at their recent meeting. They were very happy with the choices being recommended said Chairman Les Carter. The options were exciting and will make Christmas day special for these people.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels regularly surveys those receiving meals and the Food Panel looks at this data. The information guides the choices offered.

It is obvious that memory, as well as well as taste, assist with decisions. Often, we hear, “it is just like mother use to make."

 

 

The students at St Mary’s Catholic School in Moruya have been invited to prepare Christmas cards for our clients. Cards have been taken to the school and the students and staff will decorate them and include a message for the festive season.

“This is a great way to bring joy to our clients,” said Alan Russell. “We look forward to great art works and lovely messages bringing joy to people who can be lonely over this time of the year.”

“Commercially printed cards are great to receive but there is something special when the card is done by a young person.”

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels are delighted to be involved in this project which wil no doubt bring much pleasure to all of those involved. We hope to be able to share some of them here soon.

At the Annual General Meeting on Monday 23 October, the Returning Officer Terry Ingram conducted the Board election. Five members were elected to the Board. These people join the two members who were not up for election.

The elected members were, Jim Greenshields, Margaret Quigley, Phil Armstrong, Cathy Milliken and Allan Schuback. They join Les Carter and Linzea Robson as the Board for the new year.

Following the AGM, the new Board met and elected the officers for the coming year.

President: Phil Armstrong
Vice President: Jim Greenshields
Secretary: Margaret Quigley
Treasurer: Linzea Robson
Food Panel Chair: Les Carter
Public Officer: Alan Russell

The Finance and Audit Committee was also appointed and will include Linzea Robson, Phil Armstrong and Allan Schuback.

The Board meets every fourth Monday of the month and they will next meet in November.

The Annual Report was presented and available for download here

Alan Russell brings a long history of working with people to his new role as Manager of Meals on Wheels Eurobodalla. Born and educated in New Zealand, Alan comes from a teaching background and most recently was Head of College at St Peter’s Anglican Collage in Broulee.

A Scout from a young age, Alan ‘grew up’ to become the Scouts National Commissioner for Cubs. “I enjoy working with people and getting teams of people working together to achieve something great,” he says.

His community service also extends to Batemans Bay Rotary, Alan will be President again from June 2018, having already served a 12-month term in 2014/15.
Here at Meals on Wheels, Alan takes over from retiring manager Carol Meindl who was farewelled late last month after five years of dedicated service.
“Carol has done a marvellous job, she came in at time that called for strong leadership and she has really delivered, leaving the organisation in a position of strength,” Alan says.

Having played a volunteer role as President of Meals on Wheels Eurobodalla for the last two years, Alan comes to the manager’s job well informed and ready for work. “Funding changes mean we need to rethink how we do things,” he says. “We are operating in a more competitive market, where our clients have more choice and control over the support they receive. “These are positive changes, but we do need to adapt and that is my focus,” Alan says.

With the organisations new marketing strategy in place one of Alan’s priorities will be raising the profile of Meals on Wheels locally. “We have a great product and services that enrich the lives of people from Batemans Bay to Narooma,” Alan says. “We need to make sure those who need us, know about us.”

Alan says he is grateful for the welcome he has received and already feels ‘settled in’. “The people of this organisation are very impressive,” he says.
“My job is to support the work of the many volunteers that make us strong and our community strong.”

Manager Retires

Carol Meindl has retired after devoting more than five years of service to the Eurobodalla community as Manager of Meals on Wheels.

On Friday 29 September Carol passed the Managers key to her successor Alan Russell.

Earlier in the month the volunteers from the three centres gathered at Moruya Jockey Club for their annual luncheon. The Board, the cooperatives members and volunteers acknowledged the devotion and commitment shown by Carol.

Carol commented that she had enjoyed every minute of her time. “It is a special organisation. It was the first time I had worked directly with a Board. That was an interesting experience but the commitment of these people has been amazing”.

“The volunteers are the cornerstone of this organisation and I wish to thank everyone of them for what they have done,” Carol also stated.

Carol plans for the future starting with time overseas and when back volunteering through a range of groups in Narooma. “I will also be assisting meals on Wheels as a support person at the Narooma centre,” she said.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels holds its Annual General Meeting in Narooma later in the month. Members will elect new members to the Board and it is exciting that nominations have been received from outstanding local people.

“The Cooperative is as strong as its volunteers”, said Ms Meindl. “So please encourage your friends to join with you to assist the older people in our community. And if you know people who require the services we offer, please ask them to be in touch. The organisation is more than a meal.”

About Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a household name and of course we do provide meals to people in their home, but did you know we are offer more than just a meal?  We also provide support to people to maintain and expand their social connections, through our Out and About Centre and through other in home social sevices. See our service page for more details

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