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'Strawberry Social' plans in works

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The executive for the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary held its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 1 in the upstairs meeting room at the hospital.

Joy Lockman is gearing up for the annual “Strawberry Social,” which will take place on Thursday, June 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the hospital grounds (please note the change in time).

The contact person to pre-order and for free delivery is Helen Pattison at 274-6673 (this phone number also will be posted on the posters that will be distributed around town).

All conveners are in place and will be making call-outs for their specific booths. It's a good time to go through summer items and donate gently-used items for the white elephant table and book table (no textbooks please).

Small items are perfect for the “Pick-a-Strawberry” and, of course, lots and lots of baking.

The auxiliary's annual general meeting will take place on Monday, June 11 at noon in the basement of Knox United Church.

The cost is $15 each, with tickets available at the hospital gift shop, Pharmasave, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Three auxiliary members attended the HAAO spring conference in Thunder Bay. Education funding from HAAO was received.

The fall conference in October will be held via teleconference to keep expenses down.

The whirlpool tub that was donated in 2016-17, and the treadmill that was donated in 2017-18, have been installed and photos will be in the auxiliary newsletter as well as the Fort Frances Times.

Dixie Badiuk reported that this year's “Rock'n for a Reason” was a tremendous success and, in fact, it was the best one ever with more than $11,000 donated.

There were three “Golden” sponsors: Norbord in Barwick, the RBC, and long-time auxiliary member Maureen Blair-Leighton.

Special recognition also goes out to Janet Lambert and Judy Webster, who achieved the 10,000 Step Award by bringing in healthy amounts from multiple donors.

Tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more will be in the mail.

Thank you to the community which has been more than generous. “Generosity like this is what keeps us going,” says Dixie.

The May newsletter will be out shortly. Members are urged to provide Marnie Cumming with your e-mail address (the auxiliary would like to go electronic as there is a significant monetary and manpower savings).

Her phone number is 274-3368.

In other news, the Riverside Foundation rep reports that the annual Canada Day cash lottery tickets are available.

They are being sold in the hospital gift shop.

Dixie Badiuk also reported the “Lobby Lottery” is doing well. As of the end of June, Helene Cone will be taking over these duties.

Members are asked to support Helene by volunteering to sell tickets in the lobby and at auxiliary events.

A big thank you goes out to Dixie for a job well-done.

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary, meanwhile, is proud to announce it once again will be providing a $1,000 bursary to a Fort Frances High School graduate who is pursuing a career in health care.

Applications for the bursary are available at the high school.

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