2009-06-11 / Local & State

Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary Meets

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Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary met Monday, May 4, and Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Medical Center. Fifteen members and Medical Center staff attended the May meeting; 19 attended in June. The highlight of the May meeting was a presentation by CEO Jason Hawkins on the patient services and administration building project, followed by an exchange on topics of interest to auxiliary members. The annual auxiliary appreciation luncheon was held following the June meeting.

Proceeds from the Mother's Day bake and crafts sale held on Friday, May 8, were about the same as the previous year. There was a nice selection of homemade goodies, including 12 pies and several kinds of fudge. Sherry Metz had the winning raffle ticket for the Mother's Day bouquet decorated with gift cards worth $150.

Plans have been finalized for several fundraisers to be held during the summer months. Bruster's ice cream coupon books, worth up to $45, are being sold for $12 each. If you make regular trips to Chambersburg, you will want to purchase one of these books. We will also be selling Marianna hoagies and pizzas in June. Orders will be taken until June 18 in the morning. A 14-inch hoagie or a 12-inch pizza sells for $6. The orders will be delivered on Thursday, June 25. It will be a perfect meal for either a quiet or hectic summer evening. Contact an auxiliary member or the FCMC Development Office at 485 6842 regarding these items. Don't miss out on these delicious offers.

Planning is also under way for the craft sales to be held in the fall and in time for Christmas shopping. Several craft items are to be added to our regular selection. On Wednesday, July 8, a workshop will be held to make starfish Christmas ornaments. On Wednesday, August 5, we will make decorative lighted cubes. Both workshops will begin at 10 a.m. in the activities room at the Medical Center.

Twenty-seven members attended the annual auxiliary appreciation luncheon. It was a gay, fun-filled and memorable event. Welcoming remarks by CEO Jason Hawkins were followed by the auxiliary prayer led by Betty Shelley and the invocation by Nancy Younker. The delicious meal was served by Medical Center staff. New and old members alike enjoyed the FCMC auxiliary trivia game. With a bit of coaching we came up with most of the answers. The first president was Nell Barmont; the first regular meeting was held in May 1948; the first fundraiser was a cake sale; and dues were $1 when the auxiliary began. The first FCMC auxiliary pledge to a FCMC building fund was for $2,000 in 1949. The beautiful flower arrangements on the tables were given as door prizes. There were the usual prizes - traveled farthest, longest member, newest lifetime member, most grandchildren, etc. However, there were also a couple of more interesting ones this time - a permanent tattoo and a safety pin in a piece of clothing. Members who attended the luncheon can tell you who won those door prizes.

The tradition of pledges for the building fund that began in 1949 continues. We recently made our second $5,000 payment of the $20,000 pledge we made for the patient services and administration building fund.

The auxiliary also supports activities organized to improve the quality of life for the longterm care residents. Easter baskets were prepared and distributed to them on Monday, April 6. They were a big hit again this year even though it is a challenge to fill a basket for residents who can't have candy or snacks. We also helped with the Easter egg hunt held on April 25.

Sixteen auxiliary members have attended the orientation programs held in March and May for all hospital volunteers. We learned about hospital policies and regulations on a number of topics, including infection control, safety, confidentiality and the FCMC disaster plan. The orientation is designed to protect FCMC patients, residents and staff as well as the volunteers themselves. Feedback from the members who attended was very positive.

Including three new members, we now have 17 active, 27 lifetime and 37 inactive members. We encourage Fulton County residents of all ages to join and be a part of our efforts to support the Fulton County Medical Center. You can find an application at http://www.fcmc-pa.org/auxiliary.html or pick up a brochure in the lobby of the hospital.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2, at 10 a.m. in the activities room. We will be planning the Fall Folk Festival food and craft sale at that meeting. 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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