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Hospital auxiliary once again offering bursaries

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The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive met on March 5 in the small meeting room at the hospital.

The auxiliary is pleased to announce that two bursaries, valued at $1,000 each, will be offered to students in the graduating class at Fort Frances High School who are entering a medical field and meet the auxiliary's requirements of excellence in marks and community service.

Marnie Cumming reported the changes to the hospital gift shop, including the new Personal Care Items area, are being very well-received.

Lap blankets, cozy socks, and support stockings, as well as delightful toques for newborns, are among the new offerings. It is worth a visit.

Among the new additions are the old favorites like used books and puzzles, as well as snacks.

Pop-up shops also are being offered in the gift shop, with the first to join this venture being Betty's. On offer is an array of ladies' sweaters, mugs, and coffee thermos decorated with Native American art.

Cumming also reported that the Valentine Lobby Sale was a success.

Kris Krag's Once Upon a Spoon had many of her creations available for sale while O for Fudge Sake also donated a basket of their delicious confections.

In conjunction with the lobby sale, Diane Glowasky convened the Staff Appreciation Coffee Break. Staff attendance was good and many compliments were received.

The door prize of a springtime wall coat rack was won by Virginia Caul.

In other news, the auxiliary's annual spring luncheon was held on Monday (March 11), with the theme being “Memories.”

Mary O'Connor of the Alzheimer's Society was the guest speaker.

Irene Laing reported that volunteers continue to provide activities and entertainment on the CCU floor at the hospital. Patients continue to enjoy the events, especially “Storytime” with Ruth Caldwell and the variety of singers and piano players.

Coffee and goodies are served after the activity.

The nomination committee still is in need of a vice-president and communications and advertising director. If you are interested in either position, contact Irene at 274-9560.

Membership reported there are 233 paid members and 19 Rainycrest members. Thirty-three members still are outstanding for their 2018-19 memberships.

Memberships are available in the gift shop and the auxiliary's winter newsletter, which was sent out in February.

Dixie Badiuk and Helene Cone, meanwhile, are starting to prepare for the auxiliary' annual “Rockin' for a Reason” fundraiser, which will be held at the Fort Frances Curling Club on May 24-25 in conjunction with the Spring Market.

The Strawberry Social is scheduled for June 13 (a convener is needed for this event).

The Quilt Raffle will be held at the Strawberry Social.

The quilt is available for viewing in the gift shop, with tickets available from auxiliary members.

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