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.
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.
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.
The American Cancer Society’s McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge is a temporary “home away from home” for cancer patients to stay while they are going through cancer treatments in Greenville. Since its doors opened in 2002, The Service League of Greenville has provided strong service support for the Hope Lodge.
Our own Brenda Edwards was the first to greet guest when the doors opened in 2002 and she has been a dedicated volunteer ever since.
Most weekdays there is a Service League member working the front reception desk greeting guests and answering phones. We also help with set-up and clean-up during special events, and many members drop off homemade desserts or hearty dishs for guests to enjoy during their stay and are especially welcome during holidays.
At The Hope Lodge’s 16th Annual Reunion, The Service League of Greenville was honored as “Group Volunteer of the Year”. From Katrina Combs, Hope Lodge Manager:
A big THANK YOU to all the members of the Service League of Greenville for their many hours of service and their many YEARS of service. We are so very grateful for your support in our mission to offer temporary housing when guests receive cancer treatment in our area. The dessert selection at our event was the tastiest, most delightful we’ve ever served.
Hope Lodge chair Betty LeRoux, along with Cassie Causey and Donna Moore, accepted the award on behalf of all Service League of Greenville members.
We’d like to add our thanks to all our members for their ongoing dedication and support of Hope Lodge. And, a special SLG THANK YOU to Katrina Combs and the American Cancer Society for providing such a warm and welcoming “home away from home” to cancer patients visiting our community.
Our Second Annual Spring Meet & Greet was a hit! We could not have asked for a better location, nicer weather, or a lovelier group of women interested in meeting Service League members and learning more about our organization.
Our thanks to all who contributed to the success of the day with food, friends, and door-prizes. And a special SLG THANK YOU to our Meet & Greet hostess Wendy Farrior.
Following our April general meeting, Service League of Greenville held a Spring Coffee sponsor by Sustaining members to honor our Provisional members from the last two years. The cheerful spring flowers and beautiful arrangements set the perfect mood as everyone enjoyed sampling the delicious food, catching up with old friends, and getting to know new ones.
Our April Service League of Greenville general meeting was one of those meetings that seems to be packed to bursting. We covered a lot of ground in two hours.
We signed-up for future events and activities:
We took care of current business:
SLG Recording Secretary Sherry Pofahl and SLG President Annelle West as Past President Mary Lee Hobbie explains a points of order.
We learned of other needs in our community:
Mark Anthony, Board Chairman, NC chapter of ALS Association
We celebrated our accomplishments:
Charity Ball Chair Gwen Gordon and Laughinghouse Fund Chair Brenda Philips presenting check for the net proceeds of The Service League of Greenville’s 55th Annual Charity Ball
And, we enjoyed getting to know our current members — and honoring new members:
SLG 2nd VP Danette Pugh gets to know members Debbie Adams and Becky Brittle. Meeting adjourned, members enjoy a Spring Coffee in honor of Provisional members from the last two years.
With great pride, The Service League of Greenville officially opened the doors to our new HOPE AND CARING BOUTIQUE on March 25th, 2018. Located inside Vidant Health’s Cancer Center, the boutique is a warm and welcoming oasis, encouraging patients, visitors, and staff to relax as they shop amid soothing music, muted lighting, and welcoming smiles. Please stop in and say hello.
A huge Service League THANK YOU to all who helped make this beautiful gift shop a reality, especially our Gift Shops Manager, Marianne Smith-Conway and Assistant Gift Shops Manager, Carol Frey.
Our colorful, hand-tied fleece blankets continue to be popular with both the makers and the recipients. Blanket workshops were held in February and March and many members worked on blankets at home.
Fleece material was cut to appropriate lap-blanket size and heartwarming labels were pre-sewn onto one layer of each blanket.
Plenty of fun and discussion was shared as the edges of the two layers of the blanket were fringe-cut and hand-tied together.
Blankets were then rolled and tied with bows that held book-marker style cards explaining a bit about what THE SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE does.
Hospital Activities Chair Cassie Causey, assisted by SLG member Brenda Whichard, delivered the blankets to Vidant Health’s Office of Patient and Family Experience. Leslie Spencer and Erica Janak are always thrilled to have the blankets on hand for patients needing a little boost of warmth and sunshine during their stay at Vidant Health Center.
Thank you ladies for supporting SLG Hospital Activities Committee and helping to share some love with patients at Vidant.
Our thanks to Cassie and her helpers for organizing these workshops and all the ladies who participated in making them both rewarding and just so much fun!
In case you missed this posting by Angelina Brittle, on Vidant Health’s facebook page:
We have a very special #VidantThankYou to the Service League of Greenville. They donated sodas to stock our inpatient hospice house kitchen for our patients, their families and visitors to enjoy. Words cannot express how much comfort something like this can bring to our families.
A cart full of needed soda items donated by SLG members at our last meeting and delivered to Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice by SLG Hospice House Chair Martha Bloss.
Our thanks to Angelina for the lovely posting, Martha for organizing this, and all who donated!!
There was a tell-tale sea of blue and green smocks in the audience as Service League of Greenville President Annelle West took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of Vidant Health’s new Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is an important part of improving wellness in Greenville and eastern North Carolina and The Service League of Greenville members are proud to be a part of its beginnings and providing ongoing support through our Hope and Caring Boutique and the Healing Gardens.