(4/23/12) Black River Memorial Hospital celebrated National Volunteer Week with a banquet at Castle Hill Supper Club, Merrillan, on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The theme was “Our Volunteers are Superstars”.
All who volunteer with Partners, Hospice, PERS (formerly Lifeline), or transportation were invited to attend and walk the red carpet into the star-studded ceremony.
The first group to be recognized was the Diabetes Education and Support Group (DESG) which is a new addition to the Partners program. Those board members include Margie Fait, President; Greg Krueger, Vice President; Rose Peasley, Secretary; Janet Barney, Treasurer; Mary Peterson, Co-Secretary, Meeting Registration and Statistics; Darlene Hansen, Historian and Mailing List Coordinator.
Other new members who have joined Partners since last year are Gene Brown, Kate Phillips, Judy Flick, Brianna Paauwe, Jeannine Lund, Mary Skaar, Kelli Herbert, Marjorie Martinez, Carla Melvin and Jane Peasley.
Ila Lindner was awarded “honorary” status for her years of service and dedication to the Partners. A moment was also taken to remember the volunteers who have passed away since our last banquet. Those members were Barb Salveson, Lori Hopkins, Dorothy Kalina, and Lifeline installer Ethel Engebretson.
Partners hours of service awards were given out as follows: 200 hours: Chris Kinley 401, Linda Fischer 214, Joan Ferrario 246, and Margie Fait 317; 500 hours: Barb Gates 533, and Diane Johnson 503; 1,000 HOURS: Barb Brower 1566, Mary Bue 1264, Sun Gorski 1103, Jennifer Mattson 1079, and Ann Pederson 1385; 8000 Hours: Bonnie Harmes 8042. Barb Hanson was also recognized for her many hours working on entering every piece of inventory into the new Gift Shop cash register system with Bonnie Harmes.
Barb Gates, Pat Londre, Mardi Fries, Judy Seguin and Clarice Salsbery were honored for their service as former Partner board members or chairpersons.
Fundraiser chairs or committee members recognized were Carolyne Hensel, Barb Brower, Ellen Relyea, Deb Marg, Rosemary Smetana, Barb Hanson, Jill Kaphengst, Laura Pentecost, Amy Yeager, Mary Bue, Margaret Legois, Chris Kinley, Judy Hansen, Ann Pederson, Bonnie Harmes, and Kathleen Peterson.