Natimuk Red Cross members celebrate 70 years

SPECIAL EFFORT: Australian Red Cross zone four chair Maxine Schumann presents Marie Webb and Milly McClure with 70 year service awards at Australian Red Cross Natimuk Unit's annual general meeting. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SPECIAL EFFORT: Australian Red Cross zone four chair Maxine Schumann presents Marie Webb and Milly McClure with 70 year service awards at Australian Red Cross Natimuk Unit's annual general meeting. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

AUSTRALIAN Red Cross Natimuk Unit stalwarts Marie Webb and Milly McClure have celebrated 70 years of service.

Zone four chair Maxine Schumann presented both women with commemorative medallions at the group's annual meeting on Monday.

They were among several unit members recognised for their dedication.

Helen Hodges was recognised for 30 years of membership, Jean Taylor for 10 years, and Faye Potter for 10 years.

Unit president Glenys Fort congratulated each of their ladies and thanked them for their service.

In the past financial year, the unit's 13 members raised more than $1800 for the Australian Red Cross.

"We have an average of nine members attending each meeting," Mrs Fort said.

"We only meet quarterly."

Mrs Fort said the group's members were aged between 62 and 92 years.

With new members in scarce supply, she said the unit considered themselves more 'Friends of the Australian Red Cross'.

"It's very hard to get new members into organisations like this now," Mrs Fort said.

"The interests of a lot of the newcomers we have in Natimuk are different to what the older generation's were, but they are very good at supporting us."

Upcoming events include the group's big cake bake in October, which this year will also be a celebration of a centenary of Australian Red Cross.

The unit hosts an annual morning coffee every June, and conducts a Red Cross Calling campaign every March.

The history of the Australian Red Cross is linked to the outbreak of the First World War.

The Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society was established at Government House in Melbourne on August 13, just more than a week after the first shot of the British Empire was fired at Fort Nepean at 12.45pm on August 5, 2014.

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