2009-03-12 / Local & State

Medical Center Auxiliary News

Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary met on Monday, March 2, 2009, at the Medical Center, with 12 members and Medical Center staff in attendance. With three recent new members. The auxiliary has 16 active, 26 lifetime and 38 inactive members.

Fulton County residents of all ages are encouraged to join and be a part of the auxiliary's efforts to support the Fulton County Medical Center. You can find an application on the FCMC Web page at http://www.fcmcpa. org/auxiliary.html or pick up a brochure in the main waiting room of the hospital.

The fundraising activities during 2008 were quite successful thanks to the leadership of the officers and dedication of the members with support from FCMC staff. The year 2009 is off to a fantastic start; proceeds from the Valentine sale on February 13 were nearly double the amount raised last year. Sales included 91 quarts of soup (preordered), pies, assorted cookies and snacks, as well as a variety of craft items. Four Valentine baskets were raffled off; the lucky winners were Ashley Love, Misty Hershey, Robin Morris Swope and Wendy Farling.

The newest craft item is the lanyard, a beaded necklace used to hold an identification badge. A number in varied colors were purchased at the Valentine sale and requests for additional colors were received. In order to handle the expected demand, a workshop will be held on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so that willing members can learn this craft and add to our stock in time for the next sale on May 8. The lanyards sell for $10 and up, depending upon the type of beads used.

The auxiliary is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for the long-term care residents. FCMC staff shared information on plans of the Happy Days Committee to organize special activities throughout the year. An egg hunt for residents and families of staff is to be held in April. FCMC auxiliary voted to provide financial support as well as to help with the organization of the event. We will once again also provide Easter baskets for the Residents; the baskets were a big hit last year. They will be prepared and distributed to residents on Monday, April 6.

Since we are now holding our craft and bake sales in the front lobby of the hospital, setting up is a bit more challenging. One of the regular fundraisers - sale of Rada knives and kitchen utensils - requires an attractive display of the items, a place to store the items between sales and an efficient way to move the display from the auxiliary office to the front lobby. Don Ray has been commissioned to build a wooden cabinet on wheels to satisfy these multiple requirements for the Rada display and storage.

The cost of the new display cabinet is to be covered by some of the donations being received from the distribution of the book, "Just About Ready - Memories of Dining with Nanny." The book was published by the family of Shirley Prager, a longtime auxiliary member; the family has suggested that a donation for the book be made to the FCMC Auxiliary in her memory. As well as many of Shirley's favorite recipes, it contains great photos of family and friends. The book is available at auxiliary activities or by contacting a member.

FCMC is expanding volunteer opportunities and strengthening the volunteer program, which includes the work of the auxiliary. An orientation is being organized for March and May for all hospital volunteers. CEO Jason Hawkins will attend a future auxiliary meeting to talk about the new patient services building and other Medical Center news.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 4, at 10 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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