Volunteers give to foundation, install new officers

Members of the Blount Memorial Auxiliary made a $137,000 donation to the Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach during the volunteer organization's annual meeting. The Auxiliary’s donation includes profits from gift shop sales, as well as community-wide fundraisers of jewelry, books and health care uniforms, and vending machine sales throughout the hospital.

The donation will be used to fund needed hospital projects and programs, according to Foundation and Community Outreach executive director Jane Andrews, who was on hand to accept the check along with hospital board of directors president Robert Redwine and hospital administrator Joseph Dawson.

Other funds allocated by the volunteer organization include a $1,300 donation for medical journal subscriptions to the hospital’s medical library and a $1,200 donation to the Hospice Mercy Fund. Rogers, also a former teacher, announced that the Auxiliary provided three $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors interested in going on to train and work in the field of patient care. Additionally, scholarships were awarded to five Blount Memorial employees’ children.

“I am proud of the many ways our organization serves our patients, their families, the staff and administration at Blount Memorial Hospital and the community at large,” Rogers said. “We have a presence wherever there is a need.”

Community members interested in volunteering at Blount Memorial are encouraged to call 865-977-5609. Opportunities are available in patient care and waiting areas, at information desks, through off-site locations, in the gift shop and through numerous other services provided.

Also, during the yearly meeting, the group installed new officers. Officers for the 2008 and 2009 fiscal year include president Dorcas Gallimore, president-elect Marlene Boehm, vice president of services Mary Alice Canon, vice president of projects Judy Mertens, recording secretary Irene Tomlinson, corresponding secretary Doris Kunes, treasurer Marian Coleman, assistant treasurers Sue Deakin and Dorothy Hanle, historian Dorothy Hanle and chaplain Janet Braun.

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