What we have been up to in Eastern Southland

By Lyn Hakes

Hastings and Districts Grey Power have taken up the challenge set down at our last Zone 4 meeting to increase membership, discussed at National AGM.

Harry Bryan and Lyn Hakes pushed a decorated wheelchair at least four kilometers in the Hastings Blossom Festival, handing out at least 80 membership forms /flyers. More have been given out to interested people at the Abbeyfield AGM.

A local hairdresser, who has shops in Taradale, Havelock North and Napier has interested clients. Ron Wilkins, Harry Bryan and Lyn Hakes weathered a cold windy pension day in Hastings city center where at least four joined up and flyers were handed out; there is a plan to be in Havelock North next pension day. Ron, Gladys and Lyn manned a stand at the Older Person Expo which was successful with good contacts made.


Older Persons Expo

Lyn interviewed Ron on Radio HB about Grey Power, which aired for the month of October. We are hoping to report a good increase in our membership at the next zone meeting in November.

Candidates meeting

Public meetings included ASB (scams/internet banking), candidates, ACC, social welfare, Neighborhood Watch, Citizens Advice and the national president. The committee have met with police, social welfare, hospital board and the Mayor. At the AGM Jan Pentecost got to present our first lifetime membership certificates to Gaile and John Porter. We also had a friendly potluck dinner with other local associations.

– Lyn Hakes

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