(EFFINGHAM, IL) – The HSHS St Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently honored Auxilians at the Auxiliary Appreciation Event held in early-May during Hospital Week at the hospital. 
At the event, service awards were presented to the Auxilians for their volunteer hours given to the hospital.  The following 28 Auxilians received awards for their cumulative hours of service to the hospital:
40,500 Hours
Rose Boggs
14,000 Hours
Donna Zerrusen
9,500 hours
Marilyn Schaefer
9,000 Hours
Lois Repking
8,500 Hours
Bernadette “Bernie” Niemann
4,500 hours
Mary Jane Koester
3,000 hours
Marilyn Cline
Ken Joslyn
2,500 hours
Kathern Upchurch
1,500 hours
Melissa Kruse
Pat Wendt
1,000 Hours
Doris Hammer
Marilyn More
Robert Tripp
800 Hours
Joyce Kabbes
500 Hours
Judy Bennett
Louise Schaefer
300 Hours                  
Bernice Broom
Abby Dowling
Jack Dowling
Mary Haag
Elaine Tegeler
100 Hours
Gail Althoff
Jane Having
Tamra Kuester
Judy Loafman
Elaine Martin
Betty Zumbahlen
The new Auxiliary Executive Committee officers were also installed during the meeting. The members installed as the Executive Committee for the 2018-2020 term are Donna Zerrusen, President; Mary Jane Koester, Vice President; Kathern Upchurch, Secretary/Treasurer; Rita Thoele, Membership Chair; Marilyn More, Special Events Chair; Rosemary Vonderheide, Guest Services/Gift Shop Chair; and Marilyn Schaefer, Past President.
At this event, the HSHS St Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary announced the recipients of the new scholarship program this launched this year for Effingham County high school seniors pursuing a degree or certification in a health care field. Each recipient receives a $500 scholarship to be used toward their education.  The Auxiliary Scholarship Committee chose three individuals based on their applications, essays, and letters of recommendation.  The 2018 recipients are:

  • Danielle Gullett (Beecher City High School): Gullett plans to attend Lake Land College in Mattoon, to ultimately pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

  • Elizabeth Feldhake (Dieterich High School): Feldhake will be attending Kaskaskia Community College in Centralia to obtain certification in x-ray technology/sonography.

  • Jamie Lawrence (Beecher City High School): Lawrence plans to attend Lake Land College in Mattoon, seeking a degree to become a physical therapist assistant.

The Auxiliary was founded in 1956 by a group of women who wanted to help patients of St. Anthony’s hospital.  Since that time, the men and women of the HSHS St Anthony’s Auxiliary have recorded over 500,000 volunteer hours, sharing in the hospital’s Mission.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, please stop by the hospital to pick up an application, or contact Valerie Engelbart, volunteer coordinator, at (217) 347-1829 or by email at valerie.engelbart@hshs.org
Photo Caption #1: Honored at the Auxiliary Appreciation Event for reaching milestone hours of service this year were: (front row, left to right) Marilyn Cline, Bernie Niemann, and Donna Zerrusen (back row, left to right) Louise Schaefer, Pat Wendt, Judy Bennett, Judy Loafman, Betty Zumbahlen, Marilyn Schaefer, Mary Jane Koester, Marilyn More, Ken Joslyn, Doris Hammer, Kathern Upchurch, Rose Boggs and Joyce Kabbes.
Photo Caption #2: At the recent St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Appreciation Event, 2018-2020 Auxiliary officers were installed in office (left to right): Rita Thoele, Membership Chair; Kathern Upchurch, Secretary/Treasurer; Marilyn Schaefer, Past President (at microphone); Mary Jane Koester, Vice President; Rosemary Vonderheide, Guest Services/Gift Shop Chair; Donna Zerrusen, President; and Marilyn More, Special Events Chair.
Photo Caption #3: (Left to right) Marilyn Schaefer, Auxiliary past president, presents Elizabeth Feldhake with one of the three $500 health care scholarships awarded by the Auxiliary this year.
Photo #4: Danielle Gullett (submitted photo).
Photo #5: Jamie Lawrence (submitted photo).

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