2009-12-24 / Local & State

Medical Center Auxiliary News

The Fulton County Medical

Center Auxiliary wishes to thank

e very one w ho atte n ded the

Christmas bazaar held at the

Medical Center on Friday, December

11. Because of the enthusiastic

support of FCMC staff,

visitors and others we had a larger

profit this year. More than 100

dozen cookies were donated by

auxiliary members. The plates

with a variety of cookies were a

big hit. There was a great selection

of other homemade goodies

– candy, snacks, cakes and

pies. We sold lots of crafts that

were made by auxiliary members

–decorat ive cubes, Christmas

towel sets, scrubbies, hats, and

st arf i sh or n ament s. A my

Headl ey won the raffle of the

Christmas basket.

A meeting of the auxiliary was

held on Monday, December 7,

with 15 members and staff in att

enda n ce. Pla n ning f or the

Christmas bazaar and the Tree of

Love ceremony were the main

agenda items. Officers were elected

for a two-year term, 2010-2011.

An update on activities at FCMC

was provided and there was discussion

of events happening in

early 2010 to be sponsored by the

auxiliary. There will be a bake

and soup sale on February 12; we

will again be selling pre-ordered

soup by the quart. See the Bulletin

Board in the local paper in

January for details.

We are especially pleased with

the decision of the FCMC Foundation

that the proceeds from

the FCMCF auction in 2010 be

used toward the purchase of a 14-

passenger, wheelchair accessible

van for long term care. The auxiliary

approved a sponsorship of

$5,000 and will be the gold sponsor

for the auction. We also plan

to donate two Longaberger baskets.

We hope the community

will support the auction by donating

items and by participating

in the event to be held on April 17,

2010, at the Hustontown Fire hall.

The annual Tree of Love ceremony

was held on Sunday, December

13, in the activities room

at the Medical Center. A small

group of auxi l iary members,

FCMC staff and the public braved the inclement weather to

participate in this very special

tradition. The lights on the

Christmas tree in the long-term

care courtyard were the backdrop

for the reading of the names

– 237 with 277 lights in memory of

family and friends; 55 names with

60 lights in honor of individuals

and groups deserving of recognition,

especially at this time of

year. Participants also enjoyed

some great refreshments provided

by the FCMC Nutrition

Department.

Works h op s are o rg anized

throughout the year to make

items as fundraisers. During 2009

we held workshops to make lanyards,

starfish ornaments and

decorative cubes. On November

16, in anticipation of the Christmas

bazaar, 12 auxiliary members,

with guidance from Vickie

Gordon and Susie Schmidt,

made 11 hard-candy flavors. The

tasty multi-colored candies were

packaged in half-pound bags for

sale at the bazaar. The making of

hard candy requires careful cooking

and delicate handling to get

it right. Our members met the

challenge, even to almost keeping

all of the powdered sugar on

the candy where it belonged.

We encourage Fulton County

residents of all ages to join us for

some good times and be a part of

our efforts to support Fulton

County Medical Center. You can

find an application on the FCMC

Web at http://www.fcmcpa.org/auxiliary.html

or pick up a brochure in the

lobby of the hospital.

The next meeting is scheduled

for Monday, March 1, 2010,

at 10 a.m. in the activities room.

Watch the Community Bulletin

Board in the Fulton County

News for notices of meetings and

other activities during 2010. Our

Officers for 2010-2011 are Betty

Shelley, president; Judy Shade,

vice president; Nancy Younker,

recording secretary; Linda Garber,

corresponding secretary; and

Carol Mellott, treasurer. Committee

chairs are Membership,

Elaine Armstrong; Ways and

Means, Linda Garber; Publicity,

Sandy Land; Gift Shop, Judy

Shade; and Food, Sally Cover.

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