CAH Auxiliary to host dinner meeting Nov. 14

CAH Auxiliary to host dinner meeting Nov. 14

CARLINVILLE (Oct. 26, 2017) – Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual fall dinner meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the dining room of the United Methodist Church, Carlinville. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting segment to follow at approximately 6 p.m.

The cost of the dinner for current members is $12 per person. A guest of a current member or a single individual who wants to join the Auxiliary may attend the dinner meeting for free. RSVPs are required no later than Nov. 7. Checks should be made payable to CAH Auxiliary and mailed to Mary Kay Berry, 29 Eastland Court, Carlinville, IL 62626; the check will serve as the members’ RSVP for the dinner.

“We do, of course, conduct Auxiliary business at the meeting, covering old and new business and hearing reports from our various committee leaders, but the dinner meeting is also a good way for potential members to discover what it is we do, how we do it, and what benefits we provide to the hospital through our active volunteer work and our fundraising programs,” said Auxiliary Co-president Beth Young.

Dues for 2018 will be collected at the meeting, or members may send their checks in advance to Kelly Kaganich, 27 Eastland Court, Carlinville, IL 62626. Dues are $10 per year for active members and $15 for inactive members.

Active members are those who are willing and able to volunteer their time and energy in one or more Auxiliary programs. Inactive members are those who want to support the Auxiliary but have limited time and other resources to do so. They may at any time choose to become active and apply their time and talents to an Auxiliary project.

“We welcome volunteers of all ages, occupations, incomes, genders and talents,” said Kaganich, the membership coordinator. “We want to increase our membership with emphasis on men and younger adults. We have a lot of retired members who volunteer in part because they generally have more time than working men and women and want to be involved in their community. But the time demands of Auxiliary membership are pretty modest. We have only four meetings a year — another dinner meeting in May, like this one, and then meetings in February and August. Even active members have no formal requirements or obligations imposed on them. They decide which of our programs they want to be involved with and for how much time. So we want working people to know that they, too, can fit the Auxiliary into their schedules at some level.”

The Auxiliary raises money to help support the hospital through four ongoing programs that are managed by member volunteers: the Retail Therapy gift shop in the hotel lobby, the commemorative brick campaign, the CareLink medical alert program and the 5K to Wellness fitness event held each September. In addition, the Auxiliary sponsors several blood drives each year conducted jointly by volunteers and the staff of the Springfield-based Central Illinois Community Blood Center. Volunteers also serve as greeters and escorts in the hospital lobby. The organization also provides a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Macoupin County high school student who plans a career in medicine; the third scholarship will be awarded in April 2018.

For more information, contact Jamie Bray at (217) 854-3868 or visit cahcare.com/community-outreach/hospital-auxiliary.