Wednesday, Jan 15 2014 06:00 AM

Guest Commentary: Hospital Guild shares annual report with community

I would like to thank the Guild of Tehachapi Hospital for allowing me to be your president these past two years. I would like to thank all of you for the many hours you volunteered, whether it was at the hospital , blood pressure clinic or thrift shop. Last year, 2013, was an exceptional year as our sales greatly exceeded last year.

This annual report will detail activities for 2013:

In January the new officers were installed. They were President, Beth Ann Bowman; Vice President, Marge Wyatt; Treasurer, Eve Geisler; Board Secretary, Ellen Brown (replaced by Cathy Moats in May); Membership Secretary, Phyllis Caryll; and Corresponding Secretary, Lil Winter.

On March 29, 2013, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the new hospital grounds. What an exciting event. CEO Alan Burgess commended the Guild for all the help they have been in purchasing needed equipment for the hospital.

On May 20 the hospital hosted a luncheon for all of our volunteers. The ladies were given beautiful broaches and the men were given belt buckles.

In August, the Guild presented the hospital with a check for $94,762 for four Trans-motion gurneys and a Stryker Radiofrequency Ablation Machine.

Our Holiday Bazaar was once again held at the Moose Lodge on Nov. 2. A big thanks to Kaelene Swanson, Jean Lantz and all the workers that helped make it a success.

On Dec. 9 our annual Christmas party was held. We had 22 ladies who braved the ice and snow. We had a delicious pot luck luncheon and collected toys to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Our election of officers for 2014 was held. Incoming officers will be installed at the January Membership meeting. New officers are: President, Kandi Smith; Vice President, Cathy Moats; Treasurer, Eve Geisler; Board Secretary, Jeanetta Cowden; Membership Secretary, Phyllis Caryll, and Corresponding Secretary, Lil Winter.

Many thanks again for all your hard work.

BETH ANN BOWMAN was president of the Guild of Tehachapi Hospital for 2012 - 2013.

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