It is great when a long-held dream starts to take shape. This newsletter is a shout of triumph as the old sheds come down and the Multi-function (MF) room rises.
The drive to succeed is a common denominator for Board, Manager, staff and residents. Recently I had the pleasure of assisting the residents in their fundraising venture to provide for their and future residents’ recreational activities. The residents washed cars, baked and sold biscuits and cakes and sold sausages, raising $644 for the purpose.
Great to know that Blenheim South Rotary Club continues to support St Marks with the annual Charity Dinner which will be at the Marlborough Convention Centre on Friday 8th September, 6pm.
Ian Cameron - Compiler email@example.com
ANNUAL CHARITY DINNER
Thanks to Blenheim South Rotary Club, Marlborough District Council for donating use of the Convention Centre and the many other generous benefactors who have ensured that the Annual Charity Dinner can proceed.
The guest speaker is Councillor Henare O’Keefe QSM. Henare brings together warmth and drive in a combination that supports people to make a positive change in their lives. From his social housing discussions at a central government level to his late-night operation of a mobile BBQ, he battles family violence head on. He empowers individuals and champions social growth.
2010 awarded the Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust Honoured Membership. Only the second time in its 30-year history it has been awarded to someone outside of Lions.
2011 awarded the Queen's Service Medal.
2012 named New Zealand's Community Hero of the Year.
2013 presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award by Rotary International.
MESSAGE FROM ACTING CHAIR
This is a new experience for me in having to share a few thoughts as the current Chairman of St Marks Board. I took over this role recently as our previous chairman John Inder had stepped aside for personal reasons but I am pleased to say he continues with his Board involvement as an active and valued member of our team.
The most exciting news I need to comment on is that after many months of planning and preparation the site behind the support house has been cleared and at the time of writing the concrete floor has been poured for the new "Multi-Function Room".
This building is going to be a major asset to St Marks and will enable staff, clients and their families to have a place to meet for a variety of different events. The room will be equipped with audio/visual equipment.
I look forward to seeing its completion later this year!!!
PETER RIJHNEN'S UPDATE
MF Room: As you will see by the photos the site has changed quite drastically with the removal of the garage, small outer shed and two large trees. Building is underway, concrete was laid Friday 18 August. The builder tells me just now, they hope to have frames up by Friday. We were given a time frame of 7 weeks to complete the build however we anticipate it will be more likely 10 – 12 weeks.
We are currently submitting a funding application to the Lion Foundation for audio/visual equipment for the MF Room and office furniture etc for the new office space. This will be the current Hobbies Room. Once the MF Room is completed and the group sessions etc can be held in the new room, we will then start the upgrade of the Hobbies room – conversion into office space with 6 work stations for the Counsellors, Nurse and Volunteers. The current Staff Lounge will become a new office/Reception area with the two Administrators based in this office.
Support House: The Support House refurbishment is moving along with our staff, clients and board members lending a hand. It is expected to be ready early September and can be furnished with the new beds purchased with the Havelock Lodge donation.
The use of the Support House is under discussion, with some different configurations being considered, for example: Overflow of residents, additional funded beds and graduate reintegration into the community.
Peter and resident undertake the refurbishment.
IT/Website: A first design has been developed and Peter is happy with the work done so far. The website will be undergoing more change over the next few months and will have information and photos regularly updated. Programme content will be updated on a regular basis also. It is our goal to have the website as a portal for referrers to submit their referrals. Exciting times ahead as we streamline our processes.
The website went live on 24th August 2017: www.stmarks.co.nz
Nelson Marlborough Health Review: St Marks was included in a region-wide review of mental health and addiction services. The purpose of this review is to develop a strategy to improve the quality, safety and experience of care that is delivered. Part of the strategy will be the consideration of how and which services need to be financial (funded) supported and the investments that must be done by the NMH while living within the means. We received a positive report on the outcome of our review. The Review Team spoke highly of our willingness, co-operation and the way in which our Management/Clinical team are looking at service delivery and meeting the needs of clients. The review team expressed they were pleased to meet and talk with board members who were able to share their vision for our service.
ST MARKS SUPPORTER'S LUNCH
Our next bi-monthly lunch for volunteers and supporters will be on Tuesday 12th September at 12 o’clock. Peter, staff and the residents would enjoy your company there and would enjoy sharing their joy of the Multi-Function Room. Please let Ali Crossman know if you are able to come. Telephone her on 578 0459 (ext709) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW WEBSITE DESIGN
The team have been busy with a new website design. The link is: www.stmarks.co.nz
Have a look and let Ali know what you think.
HAVELOCK MASONIC DONATION
A year’s planning came to fruition in May when Havelock Lodge members were invited to dinner with residents, manager and staff at St Marks and presented a cheque for over $7,000 from the proceeds of a raffle, subsidised $ for $ by Grand Lodge Charity.
The prize, a child’s fort was built by Havelock Menzshed, who donated their labour and tickets sold by Lodge members and St Marks’s staff.
Funds raised are being used to purchase new bedding and beds.
Presentation of the cheque: L to R: Ian Cameron (Havelock Lodge), Board Acting Chair Jim Hasseldine, Manager Peter Rijhnen, Chris Bowhill (Havelock Lodge).
Multi-function Room- first steps
THE VAVASOUR TRUST
St Marks is constantly amazed and gratified by the
generosity and good-will it experiences. The Vavasour
Trust is a recent example. The Vavasour Charitable Trust was started by contributions that the late Phillip Vavasour and his brother Father Frank Vavasour paid into a UK Jesuit investment fund when Father Frank took up an appointment with the order in UK and transferred to NZ in the 1980's when Father Frank
retired and returned to New Zealand.
The charity is now governed by a board chaired by Rollo Vavasour, a son of Phillip, but otherwise independent of the family.
THIS EDITION’S QUOTE
Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Charles Reade 1814 – 84, English novelist and playwright.
INTRODUCING BOARD MEMBER LIZ McELHINNEY
Liz brings a diverse range of business management and community development skills, owning and operating two hospitality businesses Paddy Barry’s Irish Pub and Dolce Cafe and Pizzeria in Blenheim with her husband and daughter, life is very busy. Liz has a degree in Business Studies, has studied towards a MBA (Henley) and completed a leader’s development course (LAMP) sponsored by DHB NZ.
Liz was GM of Rangitane Iwi Trust and has held the position of Chief Executive of a Maori Development Organisation which gained significant growth of Maori health services in the Nelson Marlborough region.
Prior to this she has spent 15 years in Inland Revenue Department working predominantly as a small business advisor, auditor and was instrumental in the development of Maori Community Advisory positions within the department.
Liz has experience of a number of governance boards including the Marlborough Regional Development Trust who were successful in gaining recognition for their regional development projects particularly in the establishment of the Viticulture and Aviation Centre’s of Excellence and regional cluster development. Other governance roles included, Marlborough Girls College Board of Trustees, Te Runanga A Rangitane O Wairau trustee, Ngai Tahu Whanau trustee and more recently Blenheim Business Association and St Marks Board.
Liz is of Rangitane, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Apa and Ngai Tahu descent.
THIS MONTH’S RECIPE: Caramel Banoffee Trifle
1 can Highlander Caramel Sweetened Condensed Milk
¾ cup thick vanilla custard
1 rounded unfilled sponge cake, sliced horizontally so you can have two rounds
1 cup Nestle Caramel Bits, reserving 2 Tbsp. for garnish
4 medium bananas, sliced
2 cups thickened cream, whipped
2 Tbsp. toasted coconut
How to make:
Place condensed milk into a bowl, whisk until smooth.
Gently fold in custard.
Arrange half the sponge over base of 2 litre bowl. Top with half the caramel mixture, half Nestle caramel bits, half the bananas, top with half the cream.
Top trifle with toasted coconut and Nestle caramel bits.
In this issue, we direct you to Jason’s story. Be inspired by the two-minute video of a former resident, imprisoned five times, who turned his life around and is now writing children’s books.
Click on this link:Jason’s Story
You will meet Jason at the St Marks Charity Dinner on 8th September.
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ADMINISTRATOR ST MARKS SOCIETY 61 MAIN STREET BLENHEIM
Or if you would prefer to pay by Automatic Payment or Internet Banking our bank details are:
St Marks Society 03 0599 0292678 00. Please insert your name as the reference. A receipt will be issued for all donations and will be emailed to you.
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