2015-03-11 / Health

Auxiliary starts membership drive

Group has goal of 500 members

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center is embarking on what organizers hope will be a record-breaking membership drive.

Auxiliary officials have established a goal of signing up 500 members during the March drive, which is now underway. Annual dues are just $5, but donors are welcome to contribute greater amounts, if they wish.

Membership drive Chairman Tom Ackerley said that his team welcomes full-time and parttime residents to join the organization. The committee is also hoping to get 100 percent membership participation from local businesses.

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Terry Cohen, 96, is a 50-year auxiliary member and continues to be a vital cog in the organization’s efforts. A resident of Mountainside, Terry has been slowed somewhat by mobility issues in recent years, but has never wavered regarding her longtime efforts on the auxiliary’s behalf.

“I’m very anxious for us to reach our goal. I think it will be exciting and we can show that the auxiliary is fabulous,” Terry stated. “I see the drive basic to everything that’s happening in our local communities.”

Terry noted that visible community support for the group is important for many reasons.

“A strong membership drive demonstrates the public’s commitment to the hospital and Mountainside and shows what vital resources we have here. We use this type of activity not only to raise much-needed money for auxiliary operations, but also as supporting documentation when we apply for grant funds,” she explained. “The auxiliary’s success is farreaching.”

She pointed to the Auxiliary Wellness Committee as one example of how the group

The communities to be canvassed and their coordinators are as follows: Arkville, Eleanor Aulino; Fleischmanns, Arlene Stanford; Halcott Center, Lee Austin; Halcottsville, Doris Kelly; Margaretville, Gary Marks; New Kingston, Jim Howie; Roxbury, Ellen Stewart; Margaretville Hospital, Butch Williams; Mountainside Residential Care Center, Kathy Roberts; Roxbury Senior Citizens, Betty Sherwood.

Other membership drive committee members include: Sue Adams, secretary; Eleanor Aulino, Terry Cohen, Peter Molnar and Arlene Stanford.

Economic support

Membership dues help pay for the organization’s operational costs, including accounting fees, mailings, information brochures and other printed materials to help publicize the services provided by the hospital and Mountainside.

In addition to financial contributions, community members are being asked if they are interested in serving on any of the following committees: Wellness, Blood Drive, Thrift Shop, Harvest Moon Ball, Antique Craft & Flea Market, Baking and the Residential Care Center Luncheon.

Volunteers who would like to assist, or who would like more information regarding the membership drive are invited to contact Mr. Ackerley at 518 441- 7987.

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