Monday, December 18, 2017

Bored on the Board?

First, dear Reader, I should apologise for another post that is "all about me" - but, frankly, I am pumped.

A month or so ago I applied for a seat (along, I now know, with 25 others) on the Board of Castlemaine Health, the Corporate entity that represents this hospital and the Aged Care facilities - one of which is now my home and where I will grow old.

I was invited to a meeting this afternoon with the Chair of that Board and the Chair of the Corporate Medical Compliance committee to be told that I was one of those eight who had not met the requirements to be considered for the Board. My heart sank - it would be the second such failed application in three years.

Instead though, I was honoured and humbled, to be invited to sit on the Corporate Medical Compliance committee. 

I realise, and they realise, that I was never a good fit for the Board. Apart from not meeting the requirements, the legal Corporate responsibilities, and consequent focus on the finances, would have bored me.

Instead I have been offered a seat on a committee that is much more closely involved in the actual, medical, running of the organisation. This is much more my "scene". Along with the top executives in Castlemaine Health this committee seeks to ensure that, for the sake of argument, no babies die here as they have elsewhere in Victoria.

I am grateful to my sister in England who woke me, phoning, so that I could write this post but most of all to Ros, my wife, who has kept me alive to this point at the expense of her own career and who, paradoxically, dropped in a quarter of an hour before the meeting and helped me look good by shaving me (very quickly). Of course appearances do not matter but they do and mine was noted.

In terms of Aged Care it has lifted my spirits. I had been feeling, at 66, that I still had much of my career ahead of me and I had also been sensing the "there, there dear" edge of the home's estimation of a Resident's endeavours. I can hold my head high now in way that I could not before.

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  1. That's wonderful David to see you finding a new outlet for your advocacy and technical skills and passion. You are right that you would have been so bored on the Board. But I expect that confidentiality issues will mean that we won't be able to hear all about it the way we have for so many years about TrailRider. Lots of love, Cousin George

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    1. It really delights me to be able to tell "everyone" - which, in the case of this blog it literally is (Facebook, generally, just friends) but the real icing on the cake George is the few, the dwindling few, that write as well as read here - 80,000 reads and 500 comments - half of that being my replies. So, thank you.

      That is what really excites me about Facebook. As a "micro blogging" platform it has, well and truly, lifted the lid - concern about privacy? shyness? humbleness? - off people's fingers and now two billion, out of eight for dog's sake, have their own blog. What used to be an elite activity has become democratised. Thank you Mark Zucherberg. Of course there are downsides, like Trump and Brexit, but I am basically optimistic. But when was I not?

      I did the maths once and a person is many hundreds of times more likely to write something on Facebook than a blog. I *love* the conversations that unfold on Facebook.

      A favour, if you have time before Thursday, would be to read (as single, but full) page, my "other thoughts". In red writing on the front page here or https://daves--raves.blogspot.com.au/. I crave feedback.

      xxx

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  2. Wonderful, Dave! I especially relate to the bit about being 66 with a career still ahead - that's what I'm loving about running the festival! I hope i is a respectful group who truly believe in what they are doing. Kelly xx

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    1. I think, in talking to George just now, I was also talking to you. One of my other (very few) Blog Buddies.

      As you know, I think the Festival rocks and I often ponder how brilliantly you have localised it.

      Being Executives, my fellow committee members will *not* (or at least will be less) "axe grinders"

      I rather suspect that my wood-chopping tool may be one of the blunter in the room! Ros, when you read this, recall with me, your Dad showing Wendy how to, literally grind her axe.

      Thanks for the time you spent commenting Kel, and if you can find a little more - "other thoughts"

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  3. That is such wonderful news Dave....as you say, you are much more value in the role they have offerred you in your abilities of direct advocacy!!!! Congratulations! Much love to you and Ros for the Christmas season. Best wishes, Di

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    1. You, I sense, have some similar involvements. Thank you for your email this morning - but I couldn't tell what gave rise to it - I think it arose from something non-electronic perhaps?
      I wish you and yours a cool yule

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  4. Well done, persistence pays off, as you have so often mentioned. You are in a unique position to offer insights from so many of your perspectives to benefit others who aren't able to make their views & needs known.

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    1. Yes and yes. Well placed is the key. Thanks for commenting B

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  5. I am proud of you and your indomitable spirit. xxRos

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    1. Thank you my darling. As always you were right about the Board being wrong for me.

      Did you see Screen Time? The "Big Sick" ( they showed 9/11 - "We lost 19 of our best guys") was one of the four panellists pick of the year.

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