|Abbeville Area Medical Center hosted a special recognition dinner for the hospital Auxiliary at the Dutch Oven on April 19th honoring the more than 4,600 hours of service given by members last year.|
Meg Davis, Marketing, Foundation & Volunteer Services Director, greeted those in attendance and expressed how fortunate AAMC was to have so many devoted volunteers.
Following dinner, Davis made comments stating, “I want to thank each and every one of you for being an important part of the AAMC team,” said Davis. She also told volunteers that had AAMC paid them for the time they gave, it would have totaled almost $76,600.00, based on the South Carolina average pay rate for volunteers. Davis ended with the story “Lessons from Geese,” explaining how their support strengthens the hospital like a flock of geese flying together strengthen each other.
Ruth Merritt, AAMC volunteer and auxiliary Secretary, was the evening’s entertainment. She read a poem called “Heaven’s Grocery Store” and sang an inspirational song.
Auxiliary President Thelma Woody presented pins to the volunteers based on the number of hours they had given during their years of service. Sennia Wilson of Abbeville was honored for volunteering more than 3,900 cumulative hours – the most hours given by any volunteer. Bruce Fox of Abbeville was also recognized for giving 309 hours during 2010, the most given by any volunteer.
“The help and support you give to both our staff members and our patients is invaluable,” stated Rich Osmus, AAMC CEO. “We are very fortunate to have volunteers who are willing to give so much of themselves in so many ways.”
Recognition for cumulative hours of volunteer service was as follows: 100 hours – Robert Hawkins, Harvey Lansing, Betty Moss and Shirley Wilson; 200 hours – Alice Burgan, Jackie Calhoun, and Pauline Simmons; 300 hours – Doris Bollman, Juliette Burnett, Milton Mims, Seleda Mims, Venice Schrimp, and Willie Bell Wright; 400 hours – Louise Aikens, Cletta Brewer, Ruth Merritt, Dale Osmus, Mary Smith, and Thelma Woody; 500 hours – Shirley Emden and Josephine Martin; 700 hours – Frances Lewis, Verlie Smith, and Margie Wilson; 800 hours – Jackie Brown; 900 hours – Jennie Leverich; 1,000 hours - Adelaide Dupree and Bruce Fox; 1,100 hours – Virginia Bailey and Suzanne Smith; 1,900 – Evelyn Fossett; 3,300 hours – Mary Olsen; 3,900 – Sennia Wilson.
Mary Barnette, Evelyn Bounds, Rose Childers, Floree Cowan, Bertha Crawford, Betty Dansby, Gloria Dougherty, Jo Henry, Lottie Ibell, Martha Jackson, Hattie Paul, Daisy Smith, Alan Sturm, Barbara Sumner, Juanita Walton, Carolyn White and Jane Williams were also recognized for their service.
Abbeville Area Medical Center Auxiliary members were recognized April 19th during an annual banquet for giving more than 4,600 hours of service last year.