WCGH AID donates $20,500 and 9,457 volunteer hours
The Waldo County General Hospital Aid held its annual meeting May 28 at Penobscot Shores, capping off another successful year. During fiscal year 2014, the group donated $20,500 to the Hospital, $13,500, which they earned from a series of fundraisers and $7,000 from profits in their Hospital Gift Shop.
And then they turned around and donated another $10,000 toward their 2015 contributions.
Aid members also volunteered more than 9,457 hours in the Hospital, on community events and on fundraising activities.
Executive Director Mark Biscone said serving as the interim CEO at Pen Bay Medical Center should help the two hospitals to share more services. He said the two hospitals already share the services of doctors in urology, nephrology and vascular medicine, and in the future will be doing more of that, including sharing an oncologist.
Biscone said a number of excellent new doctors have been added at Waldo County during the past year, along with some new programs and upgrading of equipment.
In other action at the meeting, members elected as officers for the upcoming year: Sally Millhorn, president; Jane Doak, vice president; Ellen Kenney, secretary; Judy Whitney, treasurer; Phyllis Gaul, corresponding secretary; and Lois Aitken, gift shop treasurer;
Members also honored Ed Kelley and Ellen Kenney for attaining 5,000 hours of volunteer hours; and Muriel Krakar, who lives in Chicago for 8,000 hours of volunteer hours (she still makes doll clothes and mails them to the gift shop to be sold). Made special mention of Wilma Moses, who has the most volunteer hours, 8,335 (she serves as a pharmacist technician, is a past president more than once and is garden walk chair);
Members also thanked Connie Woitowitz, who is retiring as the tray favors coordinator after 20 years of service; Priscilla Withee, who is retiring as clinic volunteers chair; and Phyllis Gaul, who was completing her term as president;
Outgoing President Phyllis Gaul thanked Jean Russell and Geary Tibbetts for going above and beyond in helping her during her term.
Finally, members were reminded of the Summer Silver Tea to be held Thursday, July 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the former Anne Crosby Johnson manor, now the residence of George and Marcia Smith, and the spring raffle of gift cards to six downtown businesses. The winning tickets will be drawn at the tea.