THURSDAY 16th MAY 2013.

  1. 1.            Welcome and Opening:

Rev. Sally Boothey opened the meeting with a prayer at 8.05pm

 2.            Present:

Rev Sally Boothey, John Stammers, Judy James, Bev Leaf, Rob Elliott, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Muntz, Bev Patrick, Robyn Pendlebury, Carol Lugg, Merle Cobbledick, Kieth Schier, Wendy Watson, Win Knight, Tony Whittaker.

  1. 3.            Apologies: Lou Hamon, Heather Stammers, Marj Smith, Ron Cobbledick.

 4.       Confirmation of Minutes:

            Bev Leaf indicated an error in the minutes – at 11.1 Holy Trinity Ladies’ Guild Report – that   

    $1000 was not forwarded to the Parish Council.

MOTION: “That the Minutes of the Parish Council held 18th April 2013, with this deletion, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

Moved: Margaret Mitchell.                   Seconded: Bev Patrick.                                 Carried.

 5.        Business Arising from previous minutes:

 5.1   Termite inspections – see Inwards Correspondence.

5.2   Telstra reduced pricing – application sent.

5.3   Rectory gas heater – no action as yet.

5.4    Mission Dinner – food and setting up of hall organised.

5.5   Strategic Plan – 25th May 9am-12 noon in Hamon Parish centre.

5.6   Gourmet Fiesta/Fete – to be discussed in General Business.

 6.       Correspondence:


 6.1.    Bunnings: Application for Community BBQ was too late. To be made in Sept/Oct this year.

6.2.    Solar City Pest Control: Rectory and St George’s Church were clear of any termite

    activity. However there is powder post borer damage to one bearer under the church.

6.3.    Registrar: Viva Barocca Italiano concert with Wangaratta Choristers in May/June.

6.4.    SUV/BS/CBM requesting donations.

6.5.    Bishop: Ad Populum. Death of Fr Laurie Allot.

6.6     Anglican Women of Australia: Annual Rally 18th June at Wangaratta.

6.7     Belgrave Heights Convention: brochures for 3 upcoming events.

6.8     Lions Club of Shepparton: seeking sponsorship for ‘Circus Quirkas’. Mary Muntz to

    contact Lions Ladies, Nathalia to make an appropriate donation.


 6.6.   Registrar: Parish annual returns.

6.7.   Church Resources: re Telstra reduced pricing.

6.8    Letters of thanks re Deb Ball: Gary Swann, Lorraine Farrar, Rhonda Walsh, Wendy

    Watson, Kaye Jensen, Judy Grenness, Lynette & Tracey Grenness.

Letters are also to be sent to John Decker, Louise Hall & Ingram Taylor thanking them for their assistance with the Deb Ball.

 MOTION: “That the correspondence inwards be accepted and outwards adopted”.

Moved: John Stammers.                       Seconded: Bev Leaf.                                   Carried.

 7.         Rectors Report:

      Written Report tabled and discussed.

                Since last Council meeting, we have had the Deb Ball and Anzac Day Both were public occasions where the local Anglican minister could be identified in the Numurkah community and were great opportunities for me to meet some more people. Although a parishioner asked about my involvement in the Anzac Day dawn service at Nathalia, I received no communication from the RSL organiser, so presume I wasn’t required. The Deb rehearsals enabled me to meet the debs and their escorts – some of the local young people – and our paths may never have crossed in our ordinary day to day life.

It has been lovely to be welcomed at both the St George and Holy Trinity guild meetings and I am pleased for this opportunity to get to know people better. It has given me an insight, too, into just how much work goes into fundraising!

I have also been welcomed to a Mother’s Union meeting and it is good to see this well respected arm of the church active in our parish and to have Mary Muntz as Diocesan President. She and Judith James must do a lot of kilometres in a year! Mary and Judith took me to a special, and very interesting, MU birthday meeting at Wodonga this month.

The Mass Reading Sheets are now being used and they seem well received. Although the psalm is not presented for responses, the format doesn’t preclude that and in some centres, an ‘alternate verse’ reading is used. Thank you to Heather for continuing with the pewsheets and for including the psalm response.

Services at Barwo, Banawah, Karinya and Pioneer’s Lodge continue.

There was a Memorial Service at Pioneer’s Lodge for Freda Penney and a service for the interment of the ashes of May Wall at Numurkah General Cemetery.

The deanery farewelled Rev’d Andrew Neaum, Rector of Shepparton Parish, this month and I have agreed to be on a list of emergency contacts for that parish during the vacancy.  It is mainly for funerals or other pastoral situations.

Shirley Cohen and I have attended the first of a series of 7 sessions on the book ‘The meaning of Jesus’ by Marcus Borg and NT Wright. They are being held at St Stephen’s Rutherglen on the second Saturday of each month. The first raised interesting questions and three folk from Wakiti/Barmah have ordered copies of the book so that some discussions can be had in the parish. Probably a study group will emerge. We also have access to the ‘Living the Questions’ DVDs which I believe have been used as study tools before in the parish. If there is an interest and time available for people, I would be happy to convene or facilitate study groups at any of the centres. Rob Whalley has also offered his time and expertise to the parish.

This week, it has been interesting to go to the different churches in Numurkah and spend 15 minutes in fellowship with fellow Christians of other denominations. It was good to see Win Knight and Lyn Murdoch there too! Good inter-church relationships are crucial in smaller country communities where the gospel is proclaimed more often, and perhaps more powerfully, in actions than in words.

Personal: Denis has had some days of teaching at Numurkah Secondary College. I am hoping to take a week of leave – about the last week of June, coinciding with the Queensland school holidays – to visit our daughter and grandchildren in Brisbane.


            Discussion followed regarding assessing interest for Study Groups at St George’s &


 8.                     Financial Report:

Cheque Account                                         $    4437.44

Investment. Account                                   $  18957.20

St George’s ladies Guild                             $      992.39

Holy Trinity Ladies Guild                            $    2458.63

Holy Trinity Mother’s Union                                   $      334.05

Holy Trinity Strawberry Festival                 $    1498.45

Holy Trinity Diocese Wang.                       $      181.87

Betty Daniel Scholarship Term Deposit   $    8186.56

Offertory                                                         $    5116.50

Accounts Payable                                       $    1671.00


The profit from the Deb Ball stands at $4933.07 at this time.

$1000 to be transferred from Holy Trinity Ladies’ Guild account to the Parish cheque account.

 MOTION: “That the financial report be received and accounts passed for payment”

Moved: Wendy Watson.                  Seconded: Judy James.                             Carried.

 9.       GST Business:

             9.1.      Catering: 22nd April Funeral D. Carter, 3rd May Funeral T. Carter

            9.2.     Hall Hire: 22nd April D. Carter funeral, 3rd May T. Carter funeral, 8th May Community

Meeting, Orana Day Care.

            9.3.      Funerals:  

            9.4       Fundraising: 26th April Deb Ball, 3rd May Holy Trinity Street Stall

                     MOTION: “That the fundraising activities be Input Taxed”.

          Moved: John Stammers.                   Seconded: Bev Leaf.                                               Carried.

  10.       Warden’s Reports:

                    St. George’s: 10.1. Nil report.

                  Holy Trinity:   10.2. Scott Parker inspected the church for white ants – no         activity and no charge.

                                                 10.3. Graham Gemmill inspected trusses in sanctuary. Needs  closer inspection.

The corner of the vestry has sunk due to weather conditions. No further movement at present.

                                           10.4. GV Water installed a new stop tap.

                                           10.5  Painting of church ceiling held off for now.

               11.    Other Reports:

                       11.1 Holy Trinity Ladies Guild

                                  Bank balance $ 3458.63

                                  Cheque for $1000 forwarded to the Parish cheque account

                                  Street Stall profit was $603.50

                                  Catering for Kath Botterill funeral on Sunday 19th May. 250-300 people expected.

                       11.2. Mother’s Union.

                                  75th Birthday, 10th September. It was decided to order meat platters and salad platters

from the Supermarket for the lunch, with the Lions Ladies to serve.

A quiet day to be planned for the near future.   

                              11.3. St George’s Ladies Guild.

                                  The meeting suggested a return to a Church Fete rather than a Food Fiesta, with the possibility of a letter-box drop to advertise the event.

                         MOTION: “That the Reports be received”

                      Moved: Marg Mitchell                      Seconded: Merle Cobbledick.                                  Carried.

                    12.      General Business:

                                   12.1. Mission Dinner.

                                           46 attending St George’s Mission Dinner, Friday 17the May. Many ladies cooking.

        The Parish Centre is to be set up in the afternoon.

                                         12.2. Strategic Plan.

                                           Meeting on Saturday May 25th, 9am start at Hamon Parish Centre. Parish Councillors to attend to review and plan ahead. Interested parishioners to be invited to attend.

                                            12.3. Gourmet Fiesta/Fete.

                                           Discussion about possible dates if we return to a Fete; Cup time in November was

suggested; the retention of a separate Food Fiesta was also raised. Final decision to be made next Council Meeting

                                           12.4. Deb. Ball.

                                           Eleven debs presented.

                                           Excellent help from many people.

                                           Need to consider a different band for next year as few were dancing during the night.

                                           The logistics of the serving of food needs to be discussed at a follow-up meeting.

                                   12.5. Food Bowl Festival.

                                           St George’s to organise, sell tickets and hostess tables for the High Tea on the Foodbowl weekend 20th October. Robyn Pendlebury to co-ordinate.

                                   12.6. Church Service times in Numurkah Leader.

                                           Rev Sally to update Leader on new times for Wakiti & Barmah

                                   12.7 Brown Jars

                                          Notice to go in Pew sheet to return jars on 26th May or 2nd June. Money to go to Bishop’s Horn of Africa Appeal.

                                    12.8 Decanters for St George’s

                                          These have been inscribed. A date for their dedication is to be arranged.   

                          Next Meeting: Thursday 20th June 2013 – Hamon Parish Centre, Numurkah.

      Meeting closed with the grace at 9.23 pm.


  Minutes confirmed…………………………………………….         Date………………………………….

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