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Floyd Auxiliary makes record donation

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Floyd Auxiliary makes record donation

Floyd Medical Center’s Auxiliary presents a portion of its biannual gift to Floyd and Polk Medical Center. (From left) Polk Medical Center Volunteer Jean Ritter, Polk Medical Center Volunteer Lester Ritter, Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel and Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary President Betty Ford. (Contributed photo)

Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary President Betty Ford presented Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel with checks totaling $130,000 at the group’s annual meeting.

The biannual gift, which will be used for programs implemented at Floyd and Polk Medical Center, represents money raised from the Auxiliary's many fundraisers held throughout the year, including proceeds from the volunteer gift shop. During the current fiscal year, the Auxiliary has given a total of $250,000 to Floyd Medical Center and $10,000 to Polk Medical Center, representing the largest donations ever given by the Auxiliary.

"Auxiliary President Betty Ford said it best in her introductory remarks," Stuenkel said. "Referencing a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, she reminded us that life’s purpose is not to be happy, but to be honorable, compassionate and to make a difference. Our volunteers definitely meet that criteria."

The Auxiliary also inducted new officers for the coming year. Ford and Betty Kirkman were installed as President and Vice President, respectively, while April Van Es was named Secretary and Cathy Johnson was inducted as Treasurer.

Additionally, long-term volunteer service pins were presented to 37 volunteers, including Blanche Ruston, who was recognized for 13,000 hours of service. Ruston, who celebrated her 100th birthday this year, recently received the Good Samaritan Lifetime Achievement Award for meritorious service as a volunteer.

"Blanche is an inspiration for all who give their time to serve others," said Amy Astin, Director of Floyd Volunteer Services. "Even after celebrating her 100th birthday this year, she still gives of her time to help our patients and their families."

Other pin recipients include Danielle Allen, 10,000 hours; Mary Jane Nordeman, 7,500 hours; Rose Remington and Joanne Forsberg, 7,000 hours; Ruth Wilkins, 6,500 hours; and Cathy Johnson and Rochelle Teat, 5,500 hours.

Other volunteers recognized were Clara Mattingly and Jan Osborn, 4,500 hours; Lola Barnes, 4,000 hours; Betty Bishop, 3,500 hours; Dennis Nordeman, Dottie Rowles, Pat Russell and Janice White, 3,000 hours; Wanda Ingram, Betty Larson and Barbara Molnar, 2,500 hours; Lori Armstrong, Betty Baker, Bill Baker and Jessica Smith, 1,500 hours; Karen Barger, Carolyn Blackmon, Vera Brock, Charlotte Earwood and Jane Stansell, 1,000 hours; and Carol Green,Linda Hayes, Jacqueline Leonard, Phyllis McClain Glenn Mitchell, Jean Ritter,Lester Ritter, Andrea Turner and Elaine Turner, 500 hours.

Since 1971, members of Floyd Medical Center's Auxiliary have provided support for the hospital. Auxiliary members staff the hospital's gift shop, assist with newborn photography, escort hospital guests and operate the hospital thrift shop. Over the last 46 years, the Auxiliary has donated more than $4 million to support programs at Floyd.