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What We’ve Been Up To — March, April & May 2018

service-league-sealService League of Greenville volunteers were hard at work in the months of —  March, April & May 2018.

Here are just some of the ways our members shared their Service League time and talent with their community:

  • Service League Gift Shops & Snack Carts -— 1133 hours
  • Charity Ball Fundraiser —74 hours
  • Vidant Medical Center Activities —-55 hours
  • Ronald McDonald House — 101 hours
  • Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice —176 hours
  • McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge —-198 hours
  • Layettes Program —44 hours
  • Other Projects —820 hours
  • Meetings — 893 hours

Total    -— 3493 hours of service to our community!

Way to go Ladies!

A few picture highlights from March – May

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New Board Welcome Retreat

The Service League of Greenville is on its summer break, but the new board already got a jump on the 2018-2019 year with a New Board Welcome Retreat.   Surrounded by amazing views of Chocowinity Bay and the Pamlico River, board members had the opportunity to meet and greet each other and share a delicious twenty-two salad feast…

Then it was time to get down to the business of asking questions, discussing ideas, presenting new opportunities for SLG to explore, and identifying challenges that may lie ahead.


A huge SLG thank you to Communications Chair Susan Thornton for spearheading the retreat, President Ann Taylor for her leadership during the retreat, Treasurer Janiffer Fraizer for hosting the event and creating the perfect environment for everyone to connect and feel energized. And to all who attended for their wisdom, enthusiasm, laughter, and salads!

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Gift Shop Encounter — Hamilton & Brittany

Working in one of the Service League of Greenville gift shops we never know who or what we’re going to encounter.  Sometimes, it really makes our day…

From SLG member Beth Harman:

I met Hamilton, a therapy dog at the cancer center, and his owner Brittany.  They stopped by to see our Hope & Caring Boutique.  Hamilton is such a great therapy dog.  He is deaf and only has one eye.  He is a Great Dane and is 6 years old.  There are about 6 therapy dogs that they (recreational therapy department) use at the cancer center.  I loved the picture they took because it has the outside of the shop and the shop plaque above us… I just loved that dog!

Back in March, The Daily Reflector did a wonderful article on Brittany Dail and Hamilton highlighting their therapy work and efforts to educate others about responsible pet ownership and special needs pets.

Here’s a video from the article:

A huge Service League of Greenville thank you to Brittany and Hamilton for their amazing service to our community by bringing comfort and joy to patients and helping to make pet ownership better for pets and people.

( Please check out the full online article at the Daily Reflector — CLICK HERE.)

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Continuing Our Decades Of Support For Children’s Miracle Network

The Service League of Greenville continued its decades of support for the Children’s Miracle Network by working the phones during the 33rd annual telethon and delivering a donation for $5,000 on behalf of our members.

Over its 33 years, the CMN telethon has raised an impressive $27 million to fund everything from neo-natal medical equipment to special designed/educational books and toys. The Service League of Greenville has proudly contributed nearly $4 million of that total.

SLG President Ann Taylor showing that through our decades of support, the Service League of Greenville has contributed a whopping $3,832,033.
Waiting for our turn working the phones
Settling in
Working the phones …
And we received a plaque in recognition of our many years and many dollars in support of CMN

Our thanks to all who found some way to participate and/or contribute to CMN this year!

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Service League of Greenville Sponsors Military Women Attending Health Symposium

It is with great pride and honor that The Service League of Greenville announces its sponsorship of military women attending the 2018 Military Women’s Health Symposium.

The interdisciplinary conference is to raise awareness of the unique health needs of active duty and veteran women and to improve care by updating providers on best practices in screening, prevention, and intervention of health conditions specific to military women.  It is a combined effort by Vidant, the VA, EAHEC and Duke AHEC.

And, what better way for our new SLG President, Ann Taylor, to start her two year term, then with a $5,000 donation from The Service League of Greenville to 2018 Military Women’s Health Symposium.  The funds will help cover the meals and ticket costs for veteran and active-duty military women.

Pictured above (l to r): Todd Thompson, Vidant Vets Committee; Ann Taylor, President, Service League of Greenville: Karen Goble, Assistant Director of Continuing Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Education, EAHEC; Dr. Janice Busher, Women’s Health Care Provider, Greenville VA: Patricia K Grabania, Women’s Health Coordinator, Greenville VA.

As we continues to celebrate our 80th year, it is inspiring to know The Service League of Greenville is still finding opportunities to serve our community in new ways.

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2018 President’s Annual Report: Scholarship, Skit, Honoraries, Awards, & Officers

Our Annual May Luncheon is a time when we recognize our members and their many individual and collective accomplishments within The Service League of Greenville. There was much to celebrate for the 2017-2018 year as our outgoing President, Annelle West, presided over the final meeting of her tenure and a delicious meal at Rock Springs.

We announced the establishment of the SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE scholarship — an endowment for a medical or nursing student in the Brody School of Medicine. With Mark Notestine, President, ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation President  and Jeff McPherson, Director of Development, ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation on hand to accept the “big” endowment check for $200,000.

 

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We welcomed twelve new members into our ranks — (in alphabetical order) Jean Askew, Beth Beasley, Eleanor Broderick, Linda Byrd, Mary Lou Cherry, Cynthia Cox, Arlene Ferren, Cyndra Gasperini, Donna La geese, Laurie Maloney, Judy Plymale, and Lorie Wagner — who entertained us with a hilarious skit:

 

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We added five new Honorary Members in appreciation of their many years (45 – 68) of service and continued enthusiasm and participation in the league: Lorriane Brody (64), Martha Coffman (60), Betty Lou Howard (69), Esterre Lautares (57), Janet McGlohon (45).  Pictured below: Past President Annelle West with Honorary Members Betty Lou Howard, Janet McGlohon, and Lorriane Brody.

 

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We recognized outstanding members with our highest awards — Peggy Christopher received the Agnes Wilkerson Award; Brenda Philips, the President’s Tray; and Donna Moore, the Ormond Service Cup.

We set the wheels of change in motion by installing and welcoming our new Service League of Greenville President, Ann Taylor; 1st VP, Danette Pugh; and 2nd VP, Wendy Farrior.

 

And last, but not least — To each and every member of the SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE:

788px-Love_Heart_symbol.svg  Congratulations on a year of amazing accomplishments.  And THANK YOU for all that you do.  You are indeed wonder women!! 788px-Love_Heart_symbol.svg

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Celebrating Eight Decades With Heart, Passion — and Fashion

Rock Springs Center was a buzz as the Service League of Greenville celebrated — with heart, passion, and fashion — eight decades of service to our community during our Annual May luncheon.

 Happy 80 years — SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE!

To celebrate in true “Service League Style”, Members picked a decade — from our formation in the 1930’s to the present day — and dress the part.  Needless to say, the results were colorful, creative, and fun!

More May Luncheon Pictures:

And here is to 80 more years of heart, passion & fashion from THE SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE!

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In Recognition and Appreciation From Vidant Health Foundation

The Service League of Greenville was featured in the Vidant Health Foundation newsletter, THE GIFT:

Photo credit Jenni Farrow for Vidant Health Foundantion

“The Service League of Greenville made their first $300,000 payment towards a $2 million pledge to help fund Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.  This contribution to the new facility is the group’s largest to date. Through their generosity, the Service League of Greenville chose the public healing garden as the area to give towards that will provide tranquility and peacefulness to cancer patients and their families.”

Our beautifully worded greeting at the entrance to the healing garden speaks to the Service League of Greenville’s commitment to the health and wellness of our community.

Enjoy many more pictures of the Service League of Greenville, healing gardens and Cancer Center  at jennifarrow.com.

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The Service League of Greenville was also honored by a lovely THANK YOU cake from Vidant Health Foundation at our May general meeting delivered by Blaire Vick, Event Coordinator along with Bobbie Lapiejko, Director Annual Giving and Crystal Corbett, Major Gift Officer.

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Annual Board Luncheon at Colonial Inn

President Annelle West presided over the last official meeting of the 2016-2018 Service League of Greenville Board.  Held at the Colonial Inn in Farmville, everyone enjoyed the chance to do a bit of socializing among the lovely antiques and decor before settling down to finish this year’s Service League of Greenville board business and eat a beautifully presented and delicious lunch buffet.

The Service League of Greenville’s Hospice House Chairman Honored

Our own, Martha Bloss, Hospice House chairman for The Service League of Greenville was honored for her outstanding volunteer work with The Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice.

Angelina Brittle, Hospice Social Worker and Volunteer Coordinator & Martha Bloss, Hospice House Chairman, The Service League of Greenville.

The hospice house cares for patients who have pain or other symptoms that are hard to manage at home. The eight-bed facility offers medical care in a home-like environment and allows hospice patients and family members to be together. Service League members who volunteer there provide non-medical support and are specially trained to assist at the front desk and to read to patients. Non-trained Service League members bake treats and take meals during the holidays for patients’ families and visitors.

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