Meeting minutes from 1921 unearthed by 50-year Taieri Plunket
volunteer Val Burridge show how the organisation has changed
through the years.
The discovery was made before last Friday's public meeting,
at which executive members with voting rights voted to
''unincorporate'' the Taieri branch.
Plunket's Otago area president Georgina Dunstan said there
would be no change to Plunket's services, and the move was a
''Really, it's just reducing a layer in the organisation,''
Mrs Dunstan said.
Plunket groups in Mosgiel, Lee Stream, Outram, Green Island
and Middlemarch previously reported to the Taieri branch
office, which reported to the Otago area board.
The amendment means the Plunket groups would now report
directly to the Otago area board.
Mrs Burridge, who has been a Plunket volunteer for 50 years,
has seen many changes through the years.
''I've seen a lot come and go, a lot of changes. But we were
always prepared to move with the times, and change is
Mrs Burridge found the minutes inside a box of Plunket papers
that had been passed to her.
The first page, dated February 22, 1921, recorded the forming
of the Taieri branch, but did not note who was present at the
Mrs Burridge said that was very different from today, where
those absent, present and who voted on decisions were
From the minutes
''A representative meeting of ladies from Dunedin and
surrounding districts was held in the Coronation hall on
Friday, December 9, 1921, to consider the advisability of
forming a branch of the Plunket society on the Taieri. All
the ladies present to be formed into a committee.
''The following people to be elected as office-bearers; Mrs
Allan-reid as President, Vice-president Mrs C Findlay,
Treasurer Mrs Shand. With all the business and the usual
thanks being passed, the meeting adjourned.''