Friends of New London Hospital July/August 2012
Celebrating New London Hospital’s Volunteers
Over 90 volunteers gathered at the Wilmot Community
Center on a balmy June evening to enjoy a special
dinner prepared and served by hospital staff to honor
and thank them for the more than 12,000 annual
hours given to the hospital. Bruce King, President &
CEO, welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their
generosity of spirit and gift of time.
Marian Biron of New London was recognized with
a special plaque for her commitment to the Friends
Art Program.“Marion’s eye for the beauty of our New
Hampshire woods makes her work especially meaningful
to the hospital,” said Anne Holmes, Board Trustee, as
she thanked Marian for her many contributions to the
The evening’s program included a new element,
A generous anonymous donor made a
gift that was to be used to fund five hospital programs
as designated by the volunteers themselves. Each
attending volunteer received an envelope with a similar
number of “volunteer bucks” inside. Five hospital
department directors took the microphone in turn to
pitch” their program to the audience. At the end of the
presentations, the volunteers “voted” with their bucks!
The truly wonderful outcome was that all five programs
received the funding needed in the end because several
other anonymous donors came forward to ensure that all
the projects are realized.
This is a terrific example of the kindness and generosity
that our community extends to NLH on a consistent
basis. I am very appreciative for the support from the
donors and NLH volunteers who made it all possible!”
said Matthew Petrin, Director of Sports Medicine and
Rehabilitative Services, who had described the need for
a special piece of equipment used to help patients re-
learn how to maneuver stairs.
Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who already
give their time (which is priceless) yet found still another
way to give to us, and thank you to the generous donors
who made these projects a reality! We are forever
grateful,” expressed Tina Walker, Director of ABC’s Child
Care Center. ABC’s will soon be purchasing a special
indoor table that can hold sand or water for fun activities
for the children on rainy or cold days.
In addition to the two programs mentioned above,
also made possible the purchase of
an industrial strength bread-making machine for the
Clough Center residents, a flat screen TV for one of the
Emergency Department treatment rooms, and a special
serving cart for the Food & Nutrition Department.
The evening ended with several lucky raffle prize winners
of items or gift certificates donated by the following
community businesses: Clarke’s Hardware, Country
Club of NH, Old Courthouse Restaurant, Morgan Hill
Bookstore, New London Dry Cleaners, Pizza Chef of New
London, Arctic Dreams, and Dunkin Donuts.
Joan Robinson (left), Friends Hospital Day Volunteer and
Cheryl Weinstein, Coordinator of the Friends Pillows for
Scholarships Program at the Barn Playhouse.
Marian Biron (left) receives
special recognition for her
many contributions to the
Friends Art Program from
Anne Holmes, Trustee.
Rita James (left), Friends Gift Shop co-Chair
and Sis Lewis, Hospital Front Desk Volunteer,
enjoy the delicious dinner.