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Franklin Hospital Auxiliary gears up for a busy season

 
 
updated: 9/6/2017 11:10 AM

The Franklin Hospital Auxiliary the auxiliary has a busy schedule coming up.

Suzanne Baker has been named a southern Illinois "Leader Among us" for her years of service as an auxiliary volunteer coordinator. Baker has been volunteering her time for at least 15 years, according to auxiliary member Judy Courter.

"She coordinates the front door greeters and also takes care of scheduling and getting the pink ladies for the surgery days upstairs," Courter said. "When the auxiliary started back up, she was one of the first members."

Baker will be honored at a luncheon Sept. 19 at the Carterville Community Center.

Joy Cash is another volunteer whose services are vital to the auxiliary. Cash oversees the gift cabinet that brought in more than $300 over the past two months. She will also handle a raffle project. A Studio 56 Christmas Village was donated to the auxiliary and will be raffled at the Christmas Tea Dec. 18.

Phyllis Petty announced at last week's meeting that Paula Alters has donated a quilt to be raffled at the scholarship dinner in April.

Courter also said the annual Tree of Life campaign will kick off on Oct. 16. The campaign got a kick-start from hospital staff when representative Roberta Williams presented the auxiliary with a $240 check representing money raised from "Casual Friday" donations.

Keeping the facility looking nice is another area where auxiliary members pitch in to help. Becky Lewis and her committee maintain the gardens. Janice Richardson and Mary Lou Thomas recently brought in new fall decorations for the reception area.

The auxiliary also will participate in the 31st-annual Women's Health Conference Sept. 16 at John A. Logan College.

Pinckneyville Hospital has invited the auxiliary for lunch and a hospital tour Oct. 16. Reservations for that event can be made at the next auxiliary meeting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18 in the hospital conference room.