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Hospital auxiliary has regrouped and is growing strong

After almost disbanding several years ago, the Philip Health Services Auxiliary has grown to include 58 active members and 20 official sponsor members.

Coinciding with the creation of the new hospital, the membership and activities multiplied. A $10,000 pledge toward construction of the hospital has already been paid in full. The “woman of the prairie” wood carving in front of the Silverleaf Assisted Nursing Home was commissioned and completed. Combining efforts with other groups, the auxiliary helped create the hospital courtyard, including donating the swing-glider for wheelchair patients. The auxiliary also helped with the purchase of the CAT-scan machine.

Every year, the nursing home has an auxiliary-sponsored Christmas party. Santa Claus distributes gifts to each resident and door prizes to some of the staff.

The organization’s basis is, “Our auxiliary program is composed of caring volunteers who donate their time to support a variety of projects within the health care system.” The auxiliaries in the neighboring communities disbanded and combined with the Philip auxiliary many years ago. They pooled their monies with Philip’s and have been combined ever since.

Fundraisers and activities reach different areas of the community. The group helped serve at the First National Bank’s open house. Every year they decorate a tree for the annual parade of trees at the Haakon County Courthouse. The group also offers prizes for the best float entries in the November 26th “Glow and Go” Parade of Lights in Philip.

Next year will be their third annual brown-bag raffle, which has been held in conjunction with other events. The first year was with the bank's open house, last year was with an Easy Sounds dance. Basically, the auxiliary asks for donations of new items to raffle. The public can then buy tickets and place their ticket(s) in the brown bag attached to the item of their choice. A ticket is then drawn and that person wins the item.

Such activities spring forth from only four official meetings per year. These meetings are on the first Thursday of February, April, September and November at the nursing home dining room at 7:00 p.m. Membership dues are $10.00 for two years. President Lois Porch said, “We can always use more members. We are looking for people with innovative ideas, and who love to have fun as well as make money.” The annual membership drive will peak this year at the night of the Glow-and-Go parade.

There are 20 official sponsors so far, but every person and every organization may donate. According to past President Arnis Knutson, “The whole community is an auxiliary sponsor. Everyone helps out.”

The officers are: Lois Porch, president; Chris Coyle, vice president; Vonda Hamill, secretary; Cheryl Dick, treasurer; Charlotte Gabriel, Fay Hauk, and Arnis Knutson, directors.

For more information, or to join, please contact any officer.