Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held its annual general meeting) on May 3 at the hospital. A beautiful lunch was provided for the 38 members and nine guests. Judging by the turnout of members present, holding the meeting during the daytime excelled,
Massage therapist Sharon Neufeld was guest speaker and spoke about how people should treat our back correctly while sitting, standing and getting in and out of our vehicles. Needless to say she was very interesting to listen to and kept our attention the full time of her presentation.
There were five guests from the hospital. These included Berni Easson, who gave a brief explanation of the equipment that the hospital could use. The list totaled $12,250. The members voted unanimously that the hospital could proceed to buy this equipment as needed.
Other guests were Sandra Borden, our OMA representative from Armstrong, and Joanette Goddard from Kamloops. Borden presented certificates and pins to some of our members celebrating years of service. Goddard did the installation of officers for the coming year.
Each year the British Columbia Association of Health Care Auxiliaries has a competition in which your local auxiliary can submit pictures and/or a write-up. This past year the theme was “Lend a Helping Hand.” A picture was taken with some of our members weeding and getting the flowerbed at the front entrance of the hospital ready for spring. This was submitted and lo and behold the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary won first prize. This was presented to president Gail Capostinsky at the meeting and was a great surprise!
Following the meeting there was a tour of the hospital, including the extended care.
Garden party sold out
The auxiliary’s annual garden party, which was held on May 6, was again a complete success as all the tickets were sold.
There was a hat competition this year and first prize went to Joan Slingsby. We were entertained throughout the afternoon by our guest auctioneer, Gordon Murison from Alberta. The garden items were fantastic, and included beautiful decorated birdhouses – built by students at the high school with final decorating touches by Lynn Sherk.
Several ladies had individual vendor tables present. Many volunteers helped put on this fun event. Jeanette Ketch of the Blue Loon Grill and her staff produced a beautiful array of food. No one went home hungry. All enjoyed the day and everyone is looking forward to next year.
Golf coming up
Our next fundraising event is the Golf Tournament put on by the Sunshine Valley Unit. This will be held at Lacarya on June 4, starting at 9 a.m.
There are a few spots left so come on out and support the Hospital Auxiliary.
– Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary