March 25, 2009 Edition

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Auxiliary is small in number,
makes big difference at LHS

Auxiliary member Irene Vance (right) assists Lawrence Hall resident Pauline Pitcher during a bingo game on Friday at the nursing home. The auxiliary supports the nursing home and hospital in many ways.
Submitted Photo ~ Sonya Stocker

Although few in number, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary donated 1,075 volunteer hours to Lawrence Health Services in 2008.

Once primarily active in the hospital, the auxiliary has evolved into providing services to Lawrence Hall Nursing Center and raising monies for projects in the hospital.

Currently the group has pledged $5,000 to furnish a patient room at LMH.

In the past few years, they have purchased the table and chairs for the conference room and furnished the family waiting room. They have also provided a copier, some lockers for nurses, recliners for all hospital patient rooms, awnings for the cardiac rehab unit and have also purchased a glider for the LHNC courtyard.

The auxiliary's primary money-making activities are book fairs and jewelry sales.

At the March 2 meeting, Sonya Stocker, activities director at Lawrence Hall, spoke to the group about numerous ways volunteers can help. Among them were laminating and cutting out decorations and pictures, helping with games, activities and programs, providing ideas for more activities, promoting and helping with monthly money-making events to fund special activities, posting monthly calendars on the three large bulletin boards and in all resident rooms and playing dominoes, checkers and other board games with residents on Saturday or after 5 p.m. weekdays.

Officers for 2009 are Fern Eaton, president; Irene Vance, vice president; Susan Johnson, secretary-treasurer; Lillian Brannon, reporter; and Junior Briner, vice president of support service of Lawrence Health Services, who also serves as advisor and liaison.

Other members of the auxiliary in 2008 and/or 2009 are Jackie Kipper, Beulah Evans, Rose Davis, Bob Burns, Queen Dickson, Barbara Gibbens and Milissa Gentry.

A concerted effort is being made to recruit more men and women volunteers. The cost of membership is $6 annually. A tuberculosis skin test may be required.

The group meets at noon on the first Monday of each month in the hospital conference room.

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