Outgoing Auxiliary President Sue Adams recalls organization's achievements

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 10 at the Purcell Parish Center in Margaretville. The event also marked the last official duties for Sue Adams of Arkville, who has served as auxiliary president for two years. Margaretville resident Peter Molnar will take over as president on Jan. 1.
In her remarks, Mrs. Adams expressed her appreciation to the many volunteers who assisted her with auxiliary duties.
“The Wellness Committee has truly gotten a shot in the arm under the leadership of John Riedl and his committee. They have definitely brought wellness to Main Street with health-related presentations and informational materials,” stated the out-going president.
Mrs. Adams also cited the Margaretville Health Foundation for its efforts in helping to acquire grant money from the O’Connor Foundation to provide materials for the Wellness Committee.
She noted that since the membership drive kicked off in May, 332 members have already been signed up. Mrs. Adams expressed her appreciation to Membership Chair Fentriss Stickeler and her committee members for their hard work.
Bob and Eleanor Barrack were lauded for co-chairing the holiday float project and “for creating a winter wonderland of Disney characters.”
“Thank you Bob and Eleanor for always stepping up and taking on the projects that seem to pop up,” Mrs. Adams stated.

Fund-raising success
On the financial end, Mrs. Adams pointed out the auxiliary’s fund-raising efforts have made it possible to donate significant amounts of money to the hospital and Mountainside. Recent donations include $18,545 to the hospital for a medical records back-up server, wound care training and Mountainside’s Resident Sunshine Fund. Another $120,000 is reserved to purchase a four-wheel-drive ambulance. The membership also voted at the Annual Meeting to disburse $50,000 to Margaretville Hospital to buy a blood chemistry analyzer.
Mrs. Adams also provided an overview of the auxiliary’s work during 2009.
This year has proven to be quite a busy one. The events have been very successful with net proceeds of approximately $65,000.
“Thanks to chairs Doug Hinkley and Lee Austin (Antique Craft & Flea Market), Lyle Smith (Golf Tournament), Eleanor Barrack (Fashion Show), Adele Siegel (Harvest Moon Ball), Roni Daley and Joan Holly (Holiday Fair), the Catskill Mountain Quilters’ Club (quilt raffle), and all the volunteers for making these events so successful,” she stated.
Mrs. Adams also recalled that a major project had to be undertaken when the group learned last January that the Masonic building in Margaretville was being sold. The auxiliary’s Thrift Shop had been located in this building for 12 years and a new location would have to be found.
“The volunteers sprang into action and started looking for a new building. There was some skepticism on the location but when all was said and done, the choice was made and the move to the new location began. We have managed to make quite a nice shop,” Mrs. Adams commented.
“There is still one more month to go but gross sales have already surpassed last year’s and we are hopeful to hit $65,000 by year’s end. The Thrift Shop has also partnered with ARC of Delaware County and welcomes our newfound source of volunteers. This is a great program that has room to grow,” she added.
Mrs. Adams also thanked Lola Kurtzer who served as chairperson of the shop from January 2008-May 2009 and Kathie Herbst and Tami Conine for taking over and continuing the leadership needed to make the shop a success.
In addition to its fund-raising efforts, Mrs. Adams noted that Residential Luncheons were scheduled every three months at Mountainside. The residents came to Club Med and enjoyed a meal provided by the auxiliary. The usual menu was pot roast, mashed potatoes and all the fixings. I’m not sure who enjoyed this event more, the residents or the volunteers who serve. At the end of the meal, all residents were invited to take a teddy bear to show our appreciation for attending these special luncheons.
In closing, Mrs. Adams stated, “I would like to thank my officers, Kathie Herbst, first vice president; Rita Abarca, second vice president; Tami Conine, secretary and Betty DeSilva, treasurer, and auxiliary members. Your support gave me the strength to fulfill my obligation as president. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with all of you.”