What Would We Do Without You ???
|Vol. 8, No. 4||¨ A Newsletter for the Volunteers of Wellness House ¨||June 1998|
Sue Besio and Bethanne George as Co-Chairs for the event spent the hours necessary for organization, coordination and trouble-shooting to insure that the pieces came together seamlessly for those who provided the financial and in-kind support for the walkers. New Board member Greg Besio and Board member Rick George provided some troubleshooting ahead of time and major coordination the day of the walk. We applaud their tireless efforts and heartfelt dedication. Because of them the groundwork has been laid for a successful fundraiser for many years to come.
Theresa Henderson and Sallie Silvey co-chaired the Walk Coordination Committee. With three starting sites and three routes to cover, recruiting and training volunteers was a big part of their jobs, above and beyond the simple logistics. Their consistent attention to detail provided for a safe, expedient and enjoyable time for all who joined in the Walk. Hinsdale Hospital provided first aid kits and Carolyn Helf, RN organized Ci Littlefield, June & Paul Zogas, and Claire Schafer to serve as nurses for each of the routes.
Our professional staff, as well as other professionals in the area, was mightily impressed with the job that Sarah Donovan and Suzy O’Toole did with the Publicity Committee. Somehow, these two had brochures in almost every business and organizational office in the area. Governing Council member Kathy Dietz’s husband secured $5,000 in advertising from the Chicago Tribune and found printers to help with the walk brochure and program.
Susan Greenman and Jane Zaug co-chaired the Celebration Committee – feeding and entertaining over 1,000. Where did all of those cupcakes come from??? New Governing Council and Board member Chris Schramko worked with Jane Zaug and Bill Walker to secure the Corner Bakery’s participation in the event. New Governing Council member Maureen Bingle magically made the stilt walking "Flying Fool", a crew of face painters, and Benny the Bull appear. And what would we have done without the connections of Hollis Haxby whose calls produced the tent, tables, chairs and other numerous equipment needs? New Governing Council member Ernie Sadau, President of Hinsdale Hospital and Judy Leach and Ronda Klocko who helped coordinate the Hinsdale Hospital survivors day event with the Hope Starts Here celebration.
The staff of Wellness House and many of their family members participated in the walk and volunteered to help with the event. Thanks to Nancee Biank, Jeannie Cella, Cathy Carroll, Marna Dysart, Ann Filipski, Carol and Jim Gallagher, Kristine Hargreaves, Peg LaPlante, John Murphy, Marilyn Perlman, Vince and Emily River, Howard Stidwill, Kay Thurn, and Bill Walker. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT YOU!!!! Walkers also included a team from The Courtyard led by Courtyard Coordinator Carol Forbes and decked out in their own special t-shirts. Most of them went immediately to work when they arrived at the House. That group just knows how to serve!!!!
Many of the Junior Auxiliary members participated at some point during the weekend – from stuffing Goodie Bags on Friday evening through clean-up on Sunday afternoon. President of the Junior Auxiliary, Jackie Zimmer, was everywhere for almost the entire weekend providing great support and great leadership.
As you might suspect, the list goes on and on and on…. So in appreciation of Everybody who so generously gave of their time and talents, Wellness House has taken out a full-page ad in the Friday, June 12th edition of The Doings. The reduced copy, located on page 4, truly shows the amount of effort that went into this tremendously successful event. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT YOU???
An additional thanks to Janet who has shared her artwork with the Wellness House community for the month of June. Her self-expression through art chronicles her recovery from cancer, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well.
The Junior Auxiliary who spent several hours of their free time on Sunday, April 26 at Wellness House cleaning all the windows and glass doors. And to Joe Fenton and new Governing Council member Kevin Jesswein who stepped up to supervise this effort. Thanks for allowing the sun to shine brighter each day.
|See the. . .|
|April 1998 News Letter|
|February 1998 News Letter|