2008-12-11 / Local & State

Medical Center Auxiliary Meets

Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary met on Monday December 1, 2008 at the Medical Center with 12 members in attendance.

Plans were finalized for the snack and craft bazaar to be held on Friday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to noon in the main lobby at the Medical Center. Members are busy baking and making crafts for the event. This is the time of year to enjoy the cookies, candy and other treats that our members faithfully prepare for purchase by our fellow county residents. We will have the traditional crafts - scrubbies, hats, baby sweaters and jewelry, as well as a few surprises for shoppers searching for that special Christmas gift. Come early so you get the flavor (treats) and color (crafts) of your choice. You can also order yard flags at $5 each.

Several fundraisers are being planned for next year. On February 2, 2009, we will meet at 10 a.m. in the activities room to prepare for our soup and bake sale to be held on February 13. We will be selling soup for $4.50 per quart. Orders will be taken in advance for homemade chicken corn, chicken noodle, beef vegetable, ham and bean soups, and spicy Southwestern chili.

In June we will be selling coupons for Brewster's ice cream in Chambersburg.Our November cookie dough sale was not as successful this time. It turned out that we were in competition with other fundraisers. But we will schedule another sale next year because we have had very favorable comments from those who bought the cookie dough last time.

The December meeting was a good time to have our picture taken presenting a $20,000 check to the FCMC Foundation Board in support of the new patient services building.

Quite a few auxiliary members and guests attended the Fulton County Medical Center Christmas party at the American Legion on Friday, December 5. We enjoyed the slide show, the music and, of course, the food. We were especially proud when two of our members, Nancy Younker and Judy Eisaman, took first place in the "basketball" contest with a score of 525. The rendition of "Two Turtle Doves" was also superb, probably second place after "Five Golden Rings," presented by the board/administration group. A great time was had by all.

The Tree of Love ceremony, a highlight of the holiday season, was held on Sunday, December 7, at 5:00 p.m. in Fulton County Medical Center activity room. A small group braved the bitterly cold evening to attend the event. Rev. Richard Bernhard offered the invocation and benediction. A total of 312 lights were designated in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special family member, colleague or friend. Dick and Esther Miller entertained with holiday songs; then all sang "Silent Night" and "Away in A Manger." Punch and cookies were the perfect ending to a very special evening.

We welcome new or returning members. Come to one of the activities or speak to one of us. Annual dues are $5 for active and $10 for inactive members; a lifetime membership is $100 or more. Meetings are held about every two months. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in the activities room. The officers are Betty Shelley, president; Jean McLucas, vice president; Nancy Younker, recording secretary; Sarah Gordon, corresponding secretary; and Carol Mellott, treasurer. Elaine Armstrong is membership chair.

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