Plunket future up in air over roles

The future of West Otago Plunket is up in the air, as it desperately seeks a new president and secretary-treasurer.

Outgoing president Zita Young said four other positions on the committee were filled at the branch's annual meeting earlier this month, but the group had called an emergency meeting to try to fill the other two key roles.

The clinical side of the organisation - Plunket and Karitane nurses - is not in doubt, but the community could lose its volunteer Plunket committee, which organises coffee groups, guest speakers, parenting education classes, activity sessions for preschool children, CPR lessons, play dates and a float in the Christmas parade.

Between 30 and 40 people used Plunket's services each month, Mrs Young said.

''We've actively been looking for the past five months ... It is now crunch time. We desperately need to fill these two roles.''

The group had emailed Plunket parents but was now appealing to the wider community.

''We need you. It's not that hard and it's just so rewarding.''

She estimated the president's role would involve one to two hours a week, but this varied as things were generally quiet over January and busier at other times.

Mrs Young has been president for the past two years, and also has served as the secretary-treasurer.

In the meantime, the Tapanui-based Plunket was uncertain about its future.

''I don't know whether we will combine with Heriot ... We will try to do anything to keep the doors open.''

The emergency meeting will be held at the Tapanui Plunket Rooms in Northumberland St on Sunday, December 1, at 7.30pm.

''I'm just hoping someone - two people - will come out of the woodwork.''


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