Australian Board AGM October 2020

The AGM of the Australian Board of the Vellore, CMCH Ltd

Saturday 17th October 2020

The AGM of the Australian Board of the Vellore Christian Medical College & Hospital took place via Zoom meeting on Saturday 17th October 2020.

The meeting commenced at 2 PM (AEDT). Stephen Aseervatham, the president of the Board chaired the session. The special guest was Dr. J.V. Peter, the Director of CMC.


In Attendance:

Board of Directors:

Stephen Aseervatham                     President

David Runia                                      Vice President

Richard Caitens                               Treasurer

Jenny Olver                                       Acting Secretary

Chellam Kirubakaran                       Publicity Officer

Board Members:

Bella George                                     Immediate Past President

Mahiban Thomas                             Alumni Association

Isaac Muthiah                                   Alumni Association

Robyn Bradley                                  NSW FOV

Sharon Thomas                                QLD FOV

Neeta Wilfred                                    QLD FOV

Ken Gilbertson                                  VIC FOV

Neil Champion                                  VIC FOV

Renjy Nelson                                    SA FOV

Daryl Teague                                    SA FOV

Ian Olver                                           AVB Invitee

Shoma Baidya                                  AVB Invitee

Anu John                                           AVB Invitee

Ian Roberts-Thompson                    AVB Invitee


The devotions were led by Dr. Peter and was based on Jeremiah 17: 7: But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him , pondering whether we could still delight in the Lord in an ‘off season’ such as Covid-focussed 2020. The answer is definitely affirmative based on God’s promises.

Presentation by Dr J V Peter

JVP painted us a clear and up to date picture of CMC’s response to the COVID pandemic. From the initial request from the authorities to establish 150 dedicated beds which grew up to the current 910 dedicated beds, it has been a constant problem-solving exercise. Responding to the evolving needs, the institution saw the preparedness of the hospital and the staff. Undergirding all of this was the statement, ‘We could not have done this alone’ and the declaration that God’s guidance has and will continue to be pivotal. JVP was clear that this has come at personal cost to all the staff and has brought many close to breaking. He also expressed gratitude to all sources of financial donations and prayer support.

The presentation was followed by a very robust and productive session of Q & A with very pertinent issues raised, mostly by the alumni participants.

The Board thanked JVP for his participation and contribution to the proceedings which was very much appreciated

Minutes of the previous AGM 24/8/2019

 Jenny Olver tabled the minutes which were accepted as an accurate record.

President’s Report

Stephen presented his report. The main points raised were:

Auditing of our Accounts: We were three years behind with the auditing and they were done during the year. We also got the accounts for the year 2019-20 audited on time for it to be presented at this AGM.

Constitution: We have done a revision of our constitution which was more than 17 years old, to clearly specify the current set up of the organisation and the relationship between the Board and the state groups.

Annual National Newsletter: The long promised newsletter was finally sent early in the year and it was well received by the Friends from the state branches.
There was some dis