Almoner
What is an Almoner?
 
Originally it was the role of distributing money to the deserving poor in medieval times.

In France, in the 13th century, almoners were attached to the French court to distribute the royal alms - charity such as money, clothing or food. In 1486 the office of the grand almoner was a high ecclestial dignitary who was in charge of the clergy attached to the court and who supervised charitable works. The office was forcibly put an end to in 1790, but revived by Napoleon 1 and Napolean 111 and was finally abolished in 1870.

In England, the offices of Hereditary Grand Almoner and High Almoner still exist as part of the Queens Household.

The High Almoner, usually a Bishop or other prelate, distributes the royal alms on Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday).
In modern times the term almoner has also been used in Britain for a trained social worker who was usually a woman qualified to work in a medical setting.

In 1964 the almoner title was in a sense superseded by the title social worker and nowadays it is a pastoral function.

In England it is a role in a hospital, and is a person who looks after the social and material needs of the patients.
 
Soooooo ….

What does this mean in the context of Waikato Sunrise Rotary?
I see the role as a kaitiaki, a guardian, of our Rotarians and their whānau.

It is manaakitanga of our holistic health and well being.
 
As the WSR Almoner Kaitiaki,  I need your eyes and ears to let me know if one of our Rotarians well being needs support - a little message to say we care, we send our aroha, we can stop and give you our time.

I can txt, I can do coffee, I can send a card, I can do flowers and plants that help you to feel your hauora being mended and know someone has taken the time to show they support and care for you.
 
I have Almoner Helpers with a little extra or more flexible time who can help me and are sometimes the deliverer helpers.
So let me know --  I'm a positive cup half full almoner who wants to show we at WSR care. Make sure I know. 
 
Di Pollard-Williams 
021 2718 660