8/28/2013 10:55:00 AM VMH Auxiliary membership drive underway; quilt raffle, cookbook sale going on now
The members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital are actively recruiting new and returning members to join them during their annual membership drive. The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary also holds annual fundraisers, such as the Women’s Health Day Luncheon each fall, the Pillow-Perk in early November, quilt raffles and the annual membership drive each July. All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment. The Auxiliary has purchased numerous items for the hospital, including a new patient weigh bed, maternity services birthing beds, a new mammography viewbox for Radiology, two digital cameras, two ice machines, a chemotherapy chair, blanket warmers, a NuStep exercise machine, EKG machine, an infant hearing testing machine and the Maternity Services Birthing Tub. The Auxiliary currently is sponsoring a quilt raffle for a beautiful, large (100” x 122”) quilt in bright blue and pink tones with hand-embroidered blocks all completed by members of the Auxiliary. The quilt was pieced, machine quilted and finished by Mary Kay Winke, Carolyn Clark and Linda Siegrist. The quilt is currently on display at Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank. Raffle tickets are on sale now at Veterans Memorial Hospital as well at Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank, and will also soon be available at the other local banks, as well as at the Women’s Health Day event scheduled for September 24. The drawing for the quilt will be held that day at the end of that event. The Auxiliary also has a hard-cover, three-ring cookbook available for sale at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital collected recipes from all current hospital staff and volunteers, and included all the recipes from past hospital cookbooks dating back to 1964. Over 1,000 recipes are included in the book, including a special diabetic section with many recipes submitted by the Diabetic Support Group as well as the Youth Diabetic Support Group. A full history of Veterans Memorial Hospital, including photos from the start in 1950 to the present, is also included in the book. Special sections on healthy tips for traveling, grocery shopping and preparing meals, as well as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are also included. In addition, the inside front and back covers of the book include a fill listing of substitutions for lowering fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium when cooking. These Veterans Memorial Hospital Staff and Volunteer cookbooks were compiled in honor of the hospital’s 60th anniversary in 2010 and are available for sale at the hospital’s main entrance for $15 each.
The Auxiliary meets the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The Auxiliary also holds a monthly euchre marathon tournament to raise funds the third Thursday of each month. Auxiliary membership dues are $5.00 for active members and $12.00 for inactive members. Dues can be paid at the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Hospital or given to any current Auxiliary member. For more information about becoming a member of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, call Nona Sawyer at 563-568-3105 or Lillian Larson at 563-568-2330.
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