John and Dawn Lovett photograph.

John and Dawn Lovett OAM

The Hunter Valley Laryngectomee group recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Formerly known as the Newcastle Lost Chord Club, the Hunter Valley group was formed in 1972 by Reita and Trevor Loveday after their nephew had a serious car accident resulting in the removal of his larynx. Dawn and John Lovett OAM, pictured above, started attending the group in 1977. Dawn was elected President in 1985 and John was elected as Secretary in 1994, with outstanding service records of 37 and 22 years respectively.

The 50th Anniversary was celebrated at an evening event on the 3rd of May, 2022 at the Mayfield Bowling Club, the group’s monthly meeting venue.  With almost 100 people in attendance, it was great to see so many Laryngectomees, family, friends, and medical colleagues. John and Dawn warmly welcomed the guests and John read a potted history of the group, outlining important dates and milestones.  He paid tribute to past Presidents, Treasures, and Secretaries and acknowledged the long-standing support of local Speech Pathologists and Doctors.

Guests enjoyed a splendid dinner with drinks included.

A 50th Anniversary is not complete without cake!

And prizes for everyone with the traditional HVLG tombola.

Since the formation of the Hunter Valley Layrngectomee Group there has been:
3 Presidents
Harold King – 11 years,
Ron Hyde – 2 years
Dawn Lovett OAM – 37 years and still going!

Six Treasurers
Trevor Loveday – 17 years,
Cliff Youngberry – 16 years
Robbie Reid – 7 years
Jennifer Mudd – 3 years
John Peden – 4 years
Mel Rissler – 3 years (current)

Two Secretaries
Ellen Privett 22 years,
John Lovett OAM 28 years (current)

“On behalf of the Laryngectomee Association of NSW Inc., the officers, the committee, and our members, we thank you for your devoted service to the Association and wish you a wonderful 50th Anniversary celebration.”
Les Byrnes – President LANSW