The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive held its first meeting of the New Year on Feb. 5 in the hospital boardroom.
Judy Webster reported the auxiliary continues to volunteer in the Continuing Care Unit. Several new auxiliary members have come on board and are assisting with the programs being offered to residents there.
A Valentine's party also is being planned, with June Keddie to donate heart-shaped cookies from Tess's Kitchen for the event.
Marnie Cumming gave a report and update on the hospital gift shop, noting the Christmas stocking-stuffer table was very well-received.
The promotional draw for the Christmas stocking was won by Helen Pohanka
February will see some new changes in the gift shop with the addition of a Personal Care Section. Kits containing toothpaste and brush, Kleenex, lip gloss, and comb will be available for $4.
Other items planned for the Personal Care Section will be fleece blankets, PICC line covers, and knitted toe covers for those in casts.
These kits also will be available in the vending machines.
Feb. 12 will see a Valentine's “lobby sale” and the staff appreciation coffee break. ris Krag will be at the sale with her Once Upon a Spoon creations.
Fudge from Rhonda Howells has been donated for the event.
In other news, the nomination committee has met and all positions have been filled except for vice-president and advertising/promotion.
If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Judy Webster (274-3190), Irene Laing (274-9560), or Shirley Scofield (274-2327).
Janet Lambert reported the Winter Newsletter was distributed at the end of January. If you did not receive your copy, call here at 24-2713.
Membership reported there are 229 members, plus 10 RCHA members. Forty-two members have yet to renew their memberships for 2018-19.
When renewing, please update your personal information (membership forms are available in the gift shop and also were distributed with the newsletter).
Diane Glowasky, meanwhile, stated plans for the March luncheon are underway. The speaker will be Mary O'Connor from the local Alzheimer's Society.
And “Rockin' for a Reason” 2019 is coming up quickly. Watch our Facebook page and notices for updates.
A quilt raffle also is occurring, with tickets available in the gift shop, Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, and Fort Frances General Supply.
The quilt is on display in the gift shop.
A reminder the Riverside Foundation for Health Care is planning an open house on Feb. 12. Come out and see the new office.
Their annual luncheon, set for April 27, will be held in Emo this year at Donald Young School. The theme is “Mama's Gone Country Chic.”
The annual Canada Day Draw early-bird will be drawn on May 25 at the spring market event at the Fort Frances Curling Club.