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Mendota Community Hospital Auxiliary 2012 Annual Meeting
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April 18, 2012

                  The Mendota Community Hospital Auxiliary held its annual meeting during the hospital’s Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, Wednesday, April 18 at the Mendota Civic Center.  Mendota Community Hospital Administrator, Lynn Klein, opened the meeting by thanking all of the volunteers for their dedication and service to the hospital. 

            Kim Kennedy, MCH’s Auxiliary Liaison, welcomed the volunteers and provided an update on this year’s membership drive.  Auxiliary memberships are the organization’s largest fundraiser throughout the year.  This year 138 individual or corporate memberships have been returned to the hospital, the majority of which are general memberships.    Individuals may donate towards general, sustaining, life and patron membership levels. 

Next, Ms. Kennedy  presented award pins to In-House Volunteers & Escorts celebrating continuous years of service to MCH including Elaine Zimmerlein, 30 years; Florence Kuebel,   25 years; Joanne Montavon and Mickey Baird, 20 years; Colleen Zinke, 15 years; Eric Tarr,      10 years; and Shirley Jackson, Ramona Noble, Betty Snuffin, and Carol Klein, 5 years. Many volunteer opportunities exist for anyone interested in donating their time at the hospital.  Contact Kim Kennedy at 815-539-1484 for more information. 

Deb Stachlewitz, Gift Shop Coordinator, reported that 32 volunteers, including new volunteers Helen Algiere, Norma Schultz, Carol Fountain and Kennedy Gahan, currently donate their time to work in the hospital’s new gift shop.  Deb wanted to thank all of the many volunteers who helped sort, pack, unpack, and set up the gift shop during its move to the new facility.  The shop has a new look and new merchandise is added monthly to provide a great selection of gift items for employees, visitors and the general public.   It’s a great place to find a gift for that special occasion.  The public is invited to stop by during shop hours:  Monday – Friday                9 am – 5 pm.

Molly Pyszka, Meals On Wheels (MOW) coordinator, explained how the MOW program, begun in 1976 by Judy Merritt, continues to expand and provide a hot noon meal for individuals who are home-bound or unable to provide their own hot meal.  During this past year, 8,666 meals were delivered to homes, an increase of 1,207 meals from the previous year.   Currently there are 32 individuals receiving meals.  Anyone interested in signing up to receive a meal, for themselves or a family member, should contact Ms. Pyszka by calling 815-539-7461 ext. 3208.   Ms. Pyszka explained that beginning in December, 2011, the program switched to a new tray system for delivery of the meals.  The new system is lighter in weight and uses two disposable containers for each recipient, one for hot food and the other for cold food.  A large insulated bag holds the containers for each route.  The new system is working out well for the    41 volunteer drivers and meal participants.   Interestingly, Ms. Pyszka shared that employees from several local companies deliver meals for the program including First State Bank, Northern Partners Co-operative, and MCH.  She further explained that it takes approximately 45 minutes – one hour to drive for one route.  Drivers may volunteer for one or more routes per month.  Six new drivers began volunteering this past year including Heather Bomstad, Beth Hubbard, (substitute Joanne Kidd), Ava & Dale Denault, Rob & Sue Guardiola, Marlene Gillispie, and Georgia & Dale Mathesius.  Anyone interested in driving for the program may call Ms. Pyszka at the number listed above.   

Sandi Maas, Events Chair and Publicity, gave an update on the past year’s fundraisers including two Book Sales, the Bake and Produce Sale, the Harvest Bake Sale, two Tastefully Simple events, the annual cookout at Save A Lot, a pizza sale, and the annual pie and cookie dough sale.  New fundraisers held this past year include a Cash for Gold Sale, Luxury Bed Sheet sale, Kristen’s Shower event, and a Masquerade Jewelry sale. The Luxury Bed Sheet sale was overwhelmingly popular with most of the bed sheet colors selling out.  A second sale has been set up for August 1 at the hospital.  The Cash for Gold event also was very popular and a third sale will take place in time for holidays, on November 7 & 8.

 Ms. Maas announced that this year’s Save A Lot cookout will take place on September 8 and that a bus trip to Gurnee Mills Shopping Center will be offered on November 10 for all those interested.    

At the conclusion of the meeting Deb Stachlewitz presented a large sized replica of a check written out for $11,500, this year’s Auxiliary 2012 donation to the hospital, an increase over last year’s donation, to Ms. Klein.  The check, gratefully accepted by Ms. Klein, will be used for a future project at the hospital’s new facility.   Details will be publicized at a later date.

The meeting was adjourned and door prizes were given away.