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Working The Phones At Children’s Miracle Network Telethon 2017

We’ve always had a strong history of support for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Sunday was our turn this year working the phone bank  to benefit the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Over the years, The Service League of Greenville has donated $3,827,033 to CMN for the children in eastern North Carolina facing life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

CMN 2017 – Lined up to do our turn on the phones…
CMN 2017 – Thoughtfully answering questions…
CMN 2017 – Settling in at the phones…
CMN 2017 – Getting ready for the first call…
CMN 2017 – Receiving instruction for presenting the check…

Our thanks to service league members who took time to work the phones again this year and to all our members for their on going support of CMN.

The Children’s Miracle Network telethon total for this year was — $1,011,904!  Way to go eastern North Carolina!

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Service League In The News: Service Awards Luncheon and Attendee Photos

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Service League of Greenville’s Service Award Luncheon:

In case you missed it — in the Sunday, May 21 issue of The Daily Reflector was an article on the Service League of Greenville’s Annual May Luncheon and featured a nice picture of our three service award recipients – Wilma Shackelford, Linda Osborn, and Frances Mallison.  To see and read the article on-line, just click on this link — League members honored.

Attendee Photos:

The Daily Reflectors’ Scene Around also took many pictures of the colorful and creatively hatted luncheon attendees. Those picture are available on-line for viewing and purchase.  To view this Scene Around galary, click on this link:  Scene Around Service League Awards Luncheon May 17

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In Honor Of Those Who Serve And In Remembrance Of Carrie Oakley

Carrie Oakley was 86 years old when she started volunteering weekly at McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge shortly after it opened its doors in 2002.  She was well on her way to becoming 101 years old when she worked her last day at the reception desk there.  Her dedication and commitment to The Service League of Greenville and to McConnell – Raab Hope Lodge epitomizes community service and volunteerism.

On May 12th 2017,  McConnell – Raab Hope Lodge honored the memory of Carrie Oakley and all who serve with a small reception and unveiling of a plaque over the reception desk with Carrie’s name and picture.

From the facebook page of McConnell- Raab Hope Lodge:

It is with great pleasure the McConnell- Raab Hope Lodge and the Service League of Greenville, Inc. honor the memory of 100 year old Volunteer Carrie Oakley and her many years of service as a front desk attendant. Her shining example of a warm smile, happy greeting, and faithful service still inspires all of us.

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In Memory of…

It saddens us to recognize the passing of these fine Service League of Greenville members:

Jacquelyn Buck

Eleanor Burnette

Jackie Coggins

Joan Crane

Della Dayson

Nina Guice

Peg Haigwood

Carrie Oakley

Peggy Pryor

Martha Snowden

Mary Ann Waldrop

We are forever thankful for their many years of fellowship, their dedication to the goals of the Service League, and their commitment to serving the needs of their community.

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2017 President’s Annual Report and Awards

The Service League of Greenville President, Annelle West, presided over our annual May Luncheon at Rock Springs.   As we enjoyed our delicious lunch, she gave the President’s Annual Report and walked us through The Service League of Greenville year that was 2016-2017.

We welcomed those new within our ranks:

New Service League members  — Kathy Baxter and Kay Gooding

New Gift Shops Assistant Manager — Carol Frey

We gave recognition and thanks to dedicated board and committee members who make the functioning of such a large organization possible.

As we thanked board members — Beth Harman, Blanche Sullivan, and Jo Ann Jones, for completing their two year terms, President West set in motion the hands of Service League change by installing and welcoming new board members:

Sherry Pofahl as Recording Secretary
Dorothy Smith as Corresponding Secretary
Janiffer Fraizer as Treasurer

(A complete list of our 2017-2018 Service League of Greenville Board can be found by clicking HERE.)

We celebrated our many accomplishments that can only be achieved through the continued commitment of time, talent, and treasure from all our membership.  Here are just a few worthy accomplishments from our 2016-2017 service year:

79 — Years of continuous service to Vidant Medical Center and our local community by The Service League of Greenville members.

162 — Total membership (99 Active, 54 sustaining, and 9 associate).

15,536 — Total volunteer hours served by membership.

4307 — Volunteer hours served in our gift shops and snack carts.

107 — Fleece lap blankets completed and shared with Vidant Health patients.

43,643  — Net Laughinghouse Funds generated through this years Charity Ball.

101 — Volunteer hours served in support of American Red Cross Blood Drives

22 — Members with more than 35 years of volunteerism with The Service League of Greenville.

67 — Years of membership completed (longest) by Betty Lou Howard.

751 — Volunteer hours served in support of McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge.

80 — Christmas Food Boxes purchased by our members and donated to Greenville families.

120 — Christmas and Easter bags filled by our members and donated to Ronald McDonald House children.

85 — Children and adult coats donated by members and given to the Salvation Army following Hurricane Matthew.

67 — Meal items prepared by members and shared with Ronald McDonald House families during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

1724  — Layette items donated by League members

We honored those Service League of Greenville members who display extraordinary commitment and service:

Board member Wilma Shackelford was awarded the President’s Tray.  Sustaining member Linda Osborne was honored with the Agnes Wilkerson Award.  Service League member Frances Mallison was presented with the Ormond Service Cup.

Congratulations Ladies!

For more pictures from our luncheon, click HERE.

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A Parade of Hats Luncheon — Service League Style

Rock Springs Center was a beautiful sea of color and creativity as Service League of Greenville members “hatted up” for our May luncheon.   Of course, just any hat won’t do.  A little competition adds to the fun.  So hat categories were established — Beautiful Bloomers, Culinary Cuties, Service League Sister, and Funny & Funky.  Celebrity judges (as played by Service League members Kay Gooding, Kathy Baxter, and Bonnie Porter) were brought in.

And then each member’s imagination took over…

(click on any image to see enlarged)

A Service League thank you to all who attended and participated, Rock Springs for a lovely and delicious meal, and Service League 2nd VP, Danette Pugh and her amazing luncheon committee for organizing such a fun and enjoyable event.

For a recap of the Service League President’s Annual Report and Service League Awards, click HERE.

The Daily Reflector’s Scene Around has more pictures of Service League May Luncheon attendees (click HERE).

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Giving Comfort and Peace Through Memory Bears

Service League members were on hand to provide sewing assistance during a Vidant Home Health and Hospice Memory Bear Workshop on May 13, 2017.

Memory bears are a way to bring comfort and peace to grieving families.

Using fabric from a favorite garment of a beloved one who has passed away, a memory bear is stitched together during the workshop and given to the participating families as a keepsake.

Hospice House Manager Angelina Brittle with Service League members Donna Moore and Martha Watson (sitting).

Several Memory Bear workshops were held this year.  Our thanks to all the Service League members who volunteered and supported this effort to give comfort to the grieving families.

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Fifteen Years Of Volunteer Service Honored

During the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge annual reunion in April,  The Service League of Greenville, Inc. was honored with a group award for 15 years of volunteer service and support.  Hope Lodge manager, Katrina Combs, and Hope Lodge Regional Manager, Sundi Herring, presented the award to Becky Brittle, our Hope Lodge Chairwoman, on behalf of all our members.

From the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge facebook page:

The members of the Service League of Greenville, Inc. are dedicated volunteers who have served the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge since we opened our doors in 2002. Members have generously given of their time and talents at the front desk each day of the week for the past 15 years. They bake tasty desserts for our annual reunions and look for ways to serve the cancer patients and caregivers of Hope Lodge on a daily basis. This year, they helped us spruce up our outdoor seating areas by sponsoring the making of beautiful teal colored cushions.

A huge Service League thank you to the Hope Lodge organization for the much appreciated recognition of our work, to McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge staff for all they do for the community and to our many Service League members who give willing of their time and effort to such a worthy cause.

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A Wonder Women Luncheon

Service League of Greenville President Annelle West gave thanks and praise to her WONDER WOMEN team for their hard work and many accomplishments during our annual board luncheon at the Hilton.  Special recognition was given to outgoing board members — Recording Secretary, Beth Harman; Corresponding Secretary, Blanche Sullivan; and Treasurer, Jo Ann Jones.  Thank you Ladies!

And we would like to thank you, Madam President, for your Wonder Woman leadership!

4 Workshops — 104 Blankets — Unlimited Love & Compassion

The Easter Bunny made blanket deliveries to Vidant Cancer patients on Easter morning — with a little help from Service League members.

In April, Hospital Activities Co-chairs Cassie Causey and Cathy Marsh made a final blanket delivery to Vidant Hospital.  30 hand-tied, fleece blankets were entrusted to Leslie Spencer’s capable hands.  She, in turn, organized their special delivery to enliven Easter Sunday for Vidant cancer patients.  (Santa’s elves could take some pointers from these ladies.)

Additional blankets will be gifted as other cancer patients finish with their infusion treatments.

All told, 104 blankets were made during 4 workshops by many nimble and willing Service League hands (supported, of course, by plenty of lively conversations) and gifted with love and compassion to patient throughout Vidant Health.

Huge thanks to all the Service League members and Vidant staff who helped make these blanket gifts so special.

And, of course, Cassie, Cathy and Leslie — You ladies are awesome!

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