HURON — The Huron Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Recognition Luncheon took place Monday afternoon at the Legacy Plaza Auditorium.
An introduction was given by David Dick, President/CEO, where a thank you was extended to Auxiliary members, volunteers, staff and guests. Good news and updates in the hospital were also heard before lunch was served.
Co-presidents, Jackie Spillum and Renee Goldammer, presented scholarships to this years winners, Samantha Dowling, Megan Rawstern, Lexy Glanzer, and Shannon Katz, and congratulated last year’s scholarship winner Taylor Flanery, who was also present at the luncheon.
Scholarships are awarded every year to students in the healthcare industry. This year there were eight applications, which were assessed at a board meeting, based on academics and scores, where four were chosen as winners.
Auxiliary members pay $10 per year, which goes toward funds for the scholarships and two luncheons. Funds are also raised through gift shop sales for students to receive scholarships.
The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Opal Houck.
She has been a volunteer since 2006, who was surprised by the award and by her family being there to congratulate Houck for her award. She was presented with a certificate, pin, flowers, and a clock, donated by the hospital.
Pins were handed out to 13 new volunteers, and service awards for 10 volunteers, who have given 100 hours, one volunteer with 1,000 hours, and two volunteers who have given 1,500 hours.
Lyza Mendel from RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), spoke to the luncheon attendees about the program for volunteers 55 and older, whose dedication to making a difference in the community added up to 19,155 hours last year divided among 124 volunteers. Mendel thanked volunteers for their work and said new volunteers are welcome.
Door prizes were also handed out to a few winners, and Judy Tschetter had a table display of gift shop items available for purchase.
Spillum and Goldhammer extended thank yous to those who attended the recognition luncheon, all the volunteers, and the food service department for a wonderful lunch.
Anyone can become an Auxiliary member and apply to become a volunteer, they said.
“We are always recruiting and looking for new volunteers and members, we love to have volunteers whenever we can.”