Auxiliary earns over $107,000 for MMH, Mountainside; Adams succeeds Austin as president
The Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center raised more than $107,000 in 2007, it was reported at the organization's recent annual meeting.
Arkville resident Sue Adams, who will be president of the organization for the next two years, began her duties at the meeting.
Lee Austin of Halcott Center, whose term expired as auxiliary president after two years in the position, offered the group a summary of the year‚Äôs activities.
He reported that the Thrift Shop on Margaretville‚Äôs Main Street continued to be the organization‚Äôs top money producer, netting more than $43,000. Thrift Shop Chair, Edna Gavette and her staff were offered special thanks for another outstanding year of volunteer service.
Other auxiliary events during the past year that raised over $64,000 were the Easter Fair, the Flea Market, the Golf Tournament, the Harvest Moon Ball, the Fashion Show and a Christmas Fair.
‚ÄúI want to thank all the people who chair these functions and work so hard to make them so successful and profitable,‚Äù Mr. Austin told the auxiliary members gathered at the annual meeting.
Mr. Austin reported that more than 400 members joined the auxiliary in 2007. He thanked committee chairs John Riedl, Terry Cohen and all the ‚Äòzip coordinators‚Äô who worked so hard to achieve this membership goal.
The auxiliary sponsored three successful blood drives during the past year and Mr. Austin recognized chair Kathie Herbst for her efforts.
Among the items for which the auxiliary funds helped to pay for in 2007 at the hospital and Mountainside were: remodeling bathing suites, medical equipment (a urine analyzer, a cell washer and an EKG machine) and the Mountainside Residents‚Äô Sunshine Fund.
‚ÄúWe should be proud of all that we accomplished this year. Ultimately it takes all of us being committed to this auxiliary to make us so successful,‚Äù commented Mr. Austin.
He also gave special thanks to officers, Sue Adams, Edna Gavette, Betty Sherwood and Betty DeSilva who helped guide the auxiliary last year.
In her remarks, Mrs. Adams said she‚Äôs looking forward to the challenges of the new position.
‚ÄúI am honored to be your president for the next two years. My focus is to keep this auxiliary working like the fine oiled machine that has been since its inception. I have always been amazed by the cohesiveness of the community in their efforts to make sure that the needs of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center are met. This is a model organization,‚Äù stated Mrs. Adams.