I hope you all had a relaxing Australia day. Mine was particularly lovely as along with our President Christine Nicoll, I attended the Menzies Community Australia Day awards. We went along to see one of our long term volunteers, Denise Farran, receive an award. Denise has volunteered with the Neighborhood House for many years, in many roles. She has made a significant contribution on our Committee of Management, volunteers in our office every week, helps run our Film Society and helps us at many other events too numerous to list. Denise also volunteers with the Arts association, at Tarra Warra Gallery and where ever else she can (again, too many contributions to list). Along with Denise were lots of other people dedicated to helping others in their community. It was a wonderful reminder that despite the doom and gloom of the news, their are lots of people doing wonderful work and helping each other. Congratulations Denise and many thanks for all your work.