The Rockford Health System Auxiliary hosted its 83rd Annual Meeting Thursday, Nov. 2, at Giovannis in Rockford. At the meeting, the Auxiliary honored volunteers, elected a new slate of officers and presented its 2006 donation of $205,000 to Rockford Health System.
Since its founding, the Auxiliary has donated more than $6 million to Rockford Health System. The Auxiliary raises money for Rockford Health System through donations, memorial gifts and sales at its Gift Shop and Thrift Shop. Among the programs funded in 2006 were a renovation of the D-1 Outpatient Pediatric Surgery Department, featuring artwork from Rockford-area artists; development of the Clinical Excellence Learning Lab, which helps train clinical staff in various techniques and procedures; and continued funding for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile clinic that provides medical and dental care to underinsured and uninsured children in a five-county region in northern Illinois.
A highlight of the meeting was the announcement of the Alma Fringer Award winner. This award is given each year to a volunteer who exemplifies the spirit of caring and commitment to the Auxiliary and the community. The Auxiliary board created the award in 1995 to honor Alma Fringer, who founded the Auxiliary in 1923.
This years winner of the Alma Fringer Award was Jean Kramer. She has demonstrated her loyalty to the organization and to Rockford Health System for decades with her words and deeds. She has volunteered at Kids Castle, Childrens Fairs, Healthy Woman seminars, the Thrift Shop and Gift Shop and on a variety of ad hoc committees, as well as served as assistant treasurer, treasurer and president of the Auxiliary board. In addition to volunteering in Surgical Waiting and the Gift Shop, she is bringing her experience and dedication to the state level by serving on the state board of the Illinois Hospital Associations Constituency on Volunteers.
From the Nov. 22-28, 2006, issue