2012-01-12 / Church News

Medical Center Auxiliary News

December was a busy month for the FCMC Auxiliary. The annual Christmas bazaar and Tree of Love Ceremony were held. At the December meeting these activities were planned. Also held was election of officers for the next two years.

At the Christmas bazaar on Friday, December 9, the auxiliary sold 50 of the decorated packages with a variety of cookies made by auxiliary members. They have become popular the last four years. There was also a good selection of other homemade goodies – hard candy, snacks, cakes and pies. For early Christmas shopping the auxiliary offered crafts, kitchen towel sets, scrubbies, hats, etc., RADA knives and much more. Anyone who missed the bazaar but wants to purchase scrubbies or towel sets, they can find them at the Corner Gift Shop near the lobby of the Medical Center.

The annual Tree of Love Ceremony was held on Sunday, December 11, in the activities room of the Medical Center. It was the second year for lights on the Norwegian spruce Christmas tree in the long-term care courtyard. During the lighting ceremony auxiliary members read 269 names in memory of family and friends and in honor of individuals and groups deserving of recognition, especially at this time of year. Participants enjoyed holiday refreshments provided by the FCMC Nutrition Department. The auxiliary thanks everyone who made a donation for the lights and attended the ceremony.

A meeting of the auxiliary was held on Monday, December 5, with 16 members and guests in attendance. The agenda included planning for the Christmas bazaar and the Tree of Love Ceremony. Members were encouraged to volunteer for activities organized for long-term care residents and to staff the Corner Gift Shop. The auxiliary approved a donation to join with the Medical Center to support Christmas gifts for local children. There was also discussion of events happening in early 2012, including the soup, craft and bake sale to be held on February 10, workshops and other fundraising activities.

Workshops are organized throughout the year to make items as fundraisers. During 2011 workshops were held to make towel sets, fold and cut netting for scrubbies and make hard candy. In November auxiliary members, with guidance from Vickie Gordon and Susie Schmidt made hard candy – 14 flavors. The tasty, multi-colored candies were packaged in halfpound bags for sale at the bazaar. This year we again had some help from several young volunteers, Lindsey Randler, Ian and Johnathan Farling.

The auxiliary encourages Fulton County residents of all ages to join in for some good times and be a part of the efforts to support Fulton County Medical Center. Find an application on the FCMC Web Page at http://www.fcmcpa.org/auxili ary. html or pick up a brochure in the lobby of the hospital.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the activities room of the Medical Center. Watch the Community Bulletin Board in The Fulton County News for notices of meetings and other activities during 2012. The new officers for 2012-2013 are Sally Cover, president; Judy Eisaman, vice president; Nancy Younker, recording secretary; Linda Garber, corresponding secretary; and Carol Mellott, treasurer. Faye Elvey is membership chair. The auxiliary thanks outgoing officers Betty Shelley, president and Judy Shade, vice-president, and membership chair Elaine Armstrong for their leadership and service.

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