President’s report March 2019

Welcome to the New Year every one, the weather is going well here in Wellington just the right temperature for us.

Rob will be greatly missed by us all here in Wellington and on our National committee. Rob had a positive attitude till the very end, always cheerful and he was always coming up with different ways of looking at things. Rob and his wife Chris gave great support to Scleroderma New Zealand as a whole and especially to us here in Wellington and Palmerston North, I believe there was only one meeting that they missed in the
three years.

Rob is survived by is lovely wife Chris and three children. We also say farewell to Barbara and John Spavin as editors of this newsletter. We all owe them both a great deal of gratitude for their commitment to Scleroderma New Zealand over the last 10 years.

It is time for them both to enjoy their retirement together, but we will continue to appreciate them as members and I hope the committee too. Once again Barbara and John thank you both so much for all the great work you have done for us over the past years, it has been greatly appreciated, and has helped so many of us in many ways.

Gordon and I recently took a trip down south to see family and we were lucky enough to meet up with Heather and Graham, Jenny and Jeff from the Invercargill group and Beth and Ron, Rosemary, Terry and Lisa, and Lexus from the Nelson area.
It was a great pleasure seeing you all, we all had a great talk, and both Gordon and I valued your time and effort for coming out to meet us. Having these get-togethers is valuable and we learn quite a bit from each other. We both wish you all the very best for the coming year.

We are currently working at putting a National Scleroderma seminar together here in Wellington for the 18th of May. The programme is outlined later in the Newsletter.

I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible for the event, we have a great venue and a great line-up of speakers, and a great opportunity to catch up with friends and share information.

Take Care and keep warm with the change of temperature coming our way with the onset of Autumn.

All the Best Dianne and Gordon