Lorraine Hupman, one of the members, says volunteers should join the group to help residents.
The group meets in the library at Queens Manor at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
Since its inception in 1982, the auxiliary has had a lot of fundraising events for buying things for Manor residents, such as wheelchairs, geriatric beds, dishes, mattresses and card tables. Fundraisers have included suppers, auctions, food sales and card parties.
On the executive are a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. There are also seven committees that help lessen the executive’s load: publicity, social, ways and means, membership, sunshine, house and telephone.
The publicity committee advertises meetings and special events, the social committee plans and prepares for various events such as birthday parties, the ways and means committee plans fundraisers, the membership committee distributes membership cards and the sunshine committee sends well wishing cards to residents and auxiliary members. The house committee works with Tara Smith, activity director, to find out how the auxiliary can help with special events. Finally, the telephone committee has a caller in each district to contact for special events.
As Christmas approaches, Queens Manor’s auxiliary is busy buying gifts and stuffing stockings for each resident, which money is set aside for, explains a write-up.
High school graduates planning to go into the healthcare profession have the opportunity to win a $200 bursary.
Thursdays, members take turns shopping for the residents who want to buy personal things not provided. In addition to above-mentioned contributions, auxiliary members help any many other ways, such as feeding and visiting residents, reading to residents, and palliative care.
The write-up says the Spring Day Fair is the biggest event of the year. It’s a joint effort between the auxiliary and Manor staff.
“Money raised that day is used by the Manor for large items not included in the regular budget,” says the write-up.
For more information about becoming a member of the Queens Manor Auxiliary, call 354-3451.