Uvalde Memorial Hospital Celebrates Volunteers at 2011 Luncheon

Uvalde Memorial Hospital Celebrates Volunteers at 2011 Luncheon

Pictured, left to right: Elena Sanchez, Emma Jean Everett, Cleo Lemon, Evelyn Hutchison and UMH Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator Iris Jimenez

Uvalde Memorial Hospital (UMH) hosted its annual volunteer luncheon on April 13, 2011, at 12 p.m. at the Uvalde Country Club.

The luncheon took place during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16.  The luncheon celebrated the UMH Auxiliary, Uvalde Hospice, and Friends of Hospice volunteers. 

Uvalde Hospice chaplain Nathan Lefrenz gave the invocation.  UMH administrator Jim Buckner offered the opening remarks and thanked volunteers from all three organizations for their generosity, dedication and countless hours of service. 

Guest speaker Hector E. Gonzales, UMH Board of Directors President, spoke about the Auxiliary and its contributions to the hospital and the Uvalde community.  He also presented a Resolution from the UMH Board of Directors to Auxiliary President Cleo Lemon in recognition of their generous pledge of $25,000 towards the purchase of digital mammography equipment.

Merry Pitts, daughter of a graduated Hospice patient, spoke about how kind, loving and compassionate Uvalde Hospice volunteers were during a difficult time for her family.

Tony Gruben, President of the Friends of Hospice Board of Directors, acknowledged the contributions Friends of Hospice has made to the community.  He also talked about the act of volunteerism as a whole and expressed his appreciation to all volunteers present.

Iris Jimenez, Director of Community Relations, and Buckner awarded certificates to several Auxiliary members for their hours of service. Elvira Meier, who was not present, was the year’s top volunteer with a total of 312 of hours worked.  Elena Sanchez worked 299 hours.  Emma Jean Everett was also presented a certificate for 296 hours worked.  Evelyn Hutchison received a certificate in appreciation of 10,000 hours contributed over several years. 

Lemon was presented with a certificate in recognition of her leadership of two years as Auxiliary President.

Uvalde Hospice volunteer coordinator Melissa Alejandro spoke on behalf of Hospice and presented volunteers Barbara Abbott, Luis Beltran, Ann Fleming, Janice Griffin, and Toni Ward certificates commemorating their hours of service.  Those who were unable to attend the luncheon will have their certificates presented at a later time. 

UMH Auxiliary president Cleo Lemon and Friends of Hospice volunteer coordinator Venesa Davila also offered remarks on behalf of their respective organizations.   Lemon also introduced the incoming President of the Auxiliary, Sharon Colwell. 

Buckner, Gonzales, and UMH Chief Financial Officer Valerie Lopez also accepted a $35,000 check presented by Davila. 

All volunteers were presented with gifts on behalf of Uvalde Memorial Hospital. 

For more information on volunteering, please call Iris Jimenez at (830) 278-6251 ext. 1152.