The Directors of WOOMB International are delighted to announce the John and Evelyn Billings Award to three worthy recipients – Dr Elena Giacchi, Dr Paola Pellicano and Dr Aurora Saporosi. Italy has a strong team of Billings Ovulation Method® teachers who have been trained at some point by one or all of this team. Other countries, like Romania and Albania have also benefited from their dedication to spreading the authentic Method. They were well known and loved by John and Lyn Billings who will be very pleased that they are being honoured in their name this evening. With our gratitude, we have pleasure in awarding John and Evelyn Billings Awards to Elena, Paola and Aurora for their roles in spreading the good news of the Billings Ovulation Method® throughout Italy and further afield.
Woman is unique amongst females of all species in that her reproductive capacity ends in middle life. There is a progressive decline of fertility until, at about the age of 45 to 50 years, when perhaps she has another 25 or 30 years of active life ahead of her, she become infertile. The years during which fertility decreases are known as the climacteric (change of life). The term “menopause” is more strictly applied to the cessation of the menstrual bleeds.
Patrick has been actively involved with the management of the financial and legal requirements for both the Australian Affiliate of WOOMB International, OMR&RCA, and for WOOMB International Ltd, acting as Company Secretary and Treasurer. His role has covered a half-century of selfless dedication. He worked closely with Dr John Billings in the management of all WOOMB finances and the incorporation of WOOMB International Ltd in Australia. During the 1990s, the AusAID funding of the work in China and their reporting requirements was an additional task that Pat readily accepted. We know how much John and Lyn depended on Pat’s knowledge and integrity to support the work they knew was their mission to the world.
The Directors of WOOMB International Ltd wish to acknowledge and thank Joan Clements for the contribution she continues to make for the Billings Ovulation Method® and take pleasure in awarding to her the John and Evelyn Billings Award.
The fact that we are honouring two couples, seems very appropriate in our organisation in which many of us were privileged to witness the mutual love and support of the life shared between Lyn and John Billings. We all pray for their elevation together to sainthood.
Gerard and Marie and Caroline and François have been catalysts for change in the spread of authentic teaching of the Billings Ovulation Method® in their home country, France, and the wonderful success of spreading the message to other French speaking countries of Africa, which we witness here at this gathering, is testament to their dedication to truth.
Lien On first came to Australia from Vietnam many years ago. When in Australia, she met with Drs John and Lyn Billings, and immediately became interested in their work. She became accredited as a Billings Ovulation Method® teacher and worked with the team at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Maria first started her career with the Billings Ovulation Method® when she was certified as a Billings Ovulation Method® teacher with BOMA-USA and she became the Coordinator of NFP for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this capacity Maria was involved with teaching Hispanic couples the Billings Ovulation Method® and was concerned by the discrepancies in the information both in the English and Spanish material available at that time.