VIC Xmas Get Together

We had a great little Xmas party in 2015 at the ACMI café/bar in Fed Square with around a dozen Victorian members catching up and some of us meeting for the first time over a nice dinner and a few drinks or two!


It was a great little venue, easy for everyone to find & get to, and asides from the good old Melbourne weather being predictably unpredictable and forcing us all to sit inside, it was a really good opportunity for all of us with previous and ongoing pituitary conditions to catch up, network and compare a few experiences and stories.

With the Xmas party on the same weekend as the GPCE at the exhibition centre at Southbank we also had a few interstate visitors with Malini Raj, our new Non-executive Director and Treasurer and Director Sue Kozij down from Sydney and Brisbane to run the Pituitary Foundations stand at the GPCE. Melissa Muratore, also a new Non-executive Director came along with her son, Gabriel, who everyone adored.  


Vic Members at Xmas Party


The BoatBuilders Yard Cafe


    

Jack Kagan certainly picked a great spot at the Boat Builders Yard Café, South Wharf. It was a typical beautiful Melbourne autumn day. 

10 people attended. The aim of the discussion was to address the fact that "we are not alone”.

We mixed up the discussion by changing where people sat, so that everyone could talk to everyone else.

As always, it was apparent that people needed to talk about their unique experiences. Although most people who sat at the table did not know each other, by the end of the afternoon everyone had created a new friend.

The value of these discussions cannot be underestimated.

To know that there is someone to turn to, to discuss what you believe is unique, is a cathartic experience.


High Tea in Ballarat

Our much loved member, Lynne, made a wonderful suggestion to gather at Craig’s Royal Hotel in Ballarat for a traditional High Tea which we thoroughly enjoyed. The ten attendees were treated to a selection of delightful finger foods, champagne and, of course, teas in the formal dining room before being taken on a tour of the establishment that comprised wistful tales of the building’s history and viewings of the resplendently renovated rooms…including the cellar! Thanks to Lynne, Lisa, Tracey, Pam, Barbara, Romany, Dave, Michael and Megan for a most enjoyable afternoon.

       

Lunch on the Beach

We finally managed to gather a small group of members in October for an informal social catch up and decided (due to the small numbers and forecast pleasant weather) to relocate our meeting to the waterfront at Williamstown. Tasty Fish and Chips were enjoyed along with an animated chat on the lawn, overlooking the yachts, in the sun.

Daylsford Fun

Our Daylesford relaxation afternoon was fantastic! We were given big fluffy robes and towels and left to our own devices in the many different bathing pools. The salt therapy pool was a favourite, you could literally feel the tension melting away and we were all quite floppy by the time we got to our afternoon tea, which was delicious. There was some discussion about perhaps trying the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs in the warmer months.


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Christmas Dinner

We celebrated Christmas 2012 here in Victoria with a lovely dinner in Williamstown at a great venue overlooking the ocean, where we also enjoyed some very informative discussion. It was really great to see a few new faces, both new members and paediatric attendees.


Dr. Margaret Zaccharin from the Royal Children’s Hospital gave us all an insight into the pituitary problems encountered by the younger members of our community and Zoe Nicholson imparted a wealth of knowledge about nutrition and healthy eating. Everybody was surprised by the demonstration of portion sizes. We were pleased to be told that chocolate and wine were perfectly ok to be included into a healthy diet. Which was lucky as most of the Christmas Choccie boxes were empty at the end of the evening! 

All in all we had about 40 guests who, once again, appreciated the opportunity to share their experiences, catch up with and make new friendships. 


Raffael’s Café – Werribee


Despite not realising that our social gathering had been booked for the same day as both the Melbourne Grand Prix and also the first weekend of the AFL season, we had an entertaining group of 14 for lunch at Raffael’s Café in Werribee.

The venue proved to be a success with everybody finding access easy enough and enabling some of more regional members the opportunity to participate. Of the 14, only a couple had met previously and we had a great time getting to know one another and sharing our stories. Everybody commented on the reassurance they gained from being able to speak freely and ask questions of others, proving once again the importance of group support.

Observatory Cafe at Botanical Gardens

VIC 02 April 09.jpgVIC 01 April 09.jpgSome of our Victoria Members got together at the Observatory Cafe in the Botanical Gardens. Whilst it wasn’t it a huge turn out, we still had a few eager members there. It was a typical pre winter Melbourne afternoon so the Observatory Cafe was a perfect place to catch up for a coffee! We also had a new enquirer Susan and her two daughters attend. Susan had only recently been diagnosed with a Pituitary tumour and has since gone through surgery.