2010-04-08 / Local & State

FCMC Auxiliary News

Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary has been very busy during the last several months. A bake and soup sale was held on February 12 and a general membership meeting took place on March 1. Several workshops were also held, the first on February 5 to get ready for the February sale, one on March 15 to make lanyards and the last on April 1 to make Easter baskets for the long-term-care residents.

The auxiliary is selling raffle tickets for a hand made penguin motif 55-inch--by- 65-inch quilt. The proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the FCMC Foundation’s Zoom-Zoom Campaign. The Zoom-Zoom Campaign is a fundraiser to purchase a new 14-passenger van with wheelchair access. This van will provide the residents of the longterm care safe and reliable transportation and enable them to participate in various outings. The drawing for the raffle will be held at the FCMC dinner/auction April 17 at the Hustontown Firehall. Contact an auxiliary member to get your raffle tickets before April 17 if you will not be at the auction. We hope Fulton County residents will attend the auction and support the Zoom- Zoom Campaign.

Planning for the April 17 auction was a major topic at the meeting held on March 1, 2010. The fundraising activities during 2009 were quite successful thanks to the leadership of our officers and dedication of our members, with support from the FCMC staff. The third payment of our $20,000 pledge for the patient services building was made in January. The year 2010 is off to a good start. The valentine bake and soup sale on February 12 included more than 100 quarts of soup, assorted pies, cookies and snacks, as well as a variety of craft items made by auxiliary members. Color coordinated kitchen towel sets (towel, dishcloth and a scrubbie), including some with valentine and St. Patrick’s Day motifs, were a big hit at the sale this year. Megan Ramsey was the winner of the valentine basket raffle.

Sales of the lanyard, a beaded necklace used to hold an identification badge, have been steady. A number in varied colors were purchased at the bake and soup sale and requests for additional colors were received. In order to handle the future demand, a workshop was held on March 15 so that willing members could learn this craft and add to our stock in time for the next sale on May 7. The lanyards sell for $10 and up, depending upon the type of beads used.

On Thursday, April 1, members met in the activities room to assemble Easter baskets for the long-termcare residents. Auxiliary members were ably assisted by 9-year-old Nicholas Cover. The baskets were then delivered to the residents with warm wishes for a Happy Easter.

We encourage Fulton County residents of all ages to join and be a part of our efforts to support 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 Monday, May 3, 2010, at 10 a.m. in the activities room. Planning the May 7 sale will be a major agenda item. Watch the Community Bulletin Board in The Fulton County News for notices of meetings and other activities during 2010. The 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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