‘Spirit of Christmas’ plans coming along

Irene Laing

The monthly La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive meeting, held Nov. 1 in the hospital boardroom, focused on the fundraising activities of the group.
Monica Sus advised that plans for the “Spirit of Christmas” event are progressing nicely.
Many craft and other items already have been donated, with the expectation of more items yet to come.
She also expressed delight with the quality and variety of items that have been donated.
The committee will be meeting shortly to pull together the final touches for the event, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 20 from 3-6 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Dixie Badiuk then presented Mary Jane Pearson’s report on the fall tea that was held Oct. 15.
Some 100 guests enjoyed sandwiches and dainties in the beautifully-decorated hall at the New Beginnings Church.
Tables were decorated with fall centrepieces donated by Josie Schill.
A pledge in the amount of $31,800 also was presented to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care for a whirlpool bath and comfort chair.
The New Beginnings Church hall will be booked for next year’s tea, which will be held on Oct. 14.
In other matters, Linda LaRocque advised that the October newsletter was delivered to all members.
As well, plans are underway to have pictures of auxiliary activities taken for the next issue, which will be out in February.
Social director Janet Lambert advised that the Rainycrest auxiliary will be hosting a joint Christmas party there on Dec. 14.
She reminded members that the date will be a Wednesday (not the usual Monday).
Dixie Badiuk, the “Lobby Lottery” convener, advised the lottery is going well but more workers are needed.
Please contact her at 274-9740 if you are interested in taking a shift.
The hours are from 1-3 p.m., and the lottery operates in the hospital lobby on Monday-Friday.
Bev Johnson, meanwhile, reported 93 memberships have been renewed to date.
Membership fees are due in January but can be paid now at the hospital gift shop (memberships also will be available at the “Spirit of Christmas” fundraiser).
New members always are welcome, with the membership fee being $5.
In shop news, Monica Sus advised that more baby sweaters and afghans are needed.
As well, lap afghans for adults would be appreciated. She also is accepting donations of wool for the knitters.
Donations can be dropped off at the hospital gift shop between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.