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.
♥ Thank you Sustaining Members! ♥
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.
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.
Service League of Greenville members came out in force to set the stage for “A Taste of Mardi Gras” at our 55th Annual Charity Ball. Decorations are the last cog in a well oiled Charity Ball committee. It takes a lot of hands (wielding hammers, glue guns, ladders, staples, beads, feathers, lights, masks, etc) and discussions to put together a ball for over 270 people.
Of course every year is different. This year, the only thing that beat the number of member/workers were the number of beautiful masks used in the decorations…
Here is a little pre-ball taste of Mardi Gras.
Thanks to all who added their own taste of Mardi Gras magic to the Service League of Greenville’s 55th Annual Charity Ball for the benefit of The Laughinghouse Hospital Fund.
With every big event there are just some jobs that no one likes to do — Grab a mop anyone??
And then there are jobs that require tough decisions and steely determination to see them through — like the job of taste testing a Mardi Gras menu at Rock Springs for The Service League of Greenville’s 55th Annual Laughinghouse Fund Charity Ball.
Yeah, taste testing is a tough job and here is the group of ladies who managed to marshal their forces to get it done.
Doesn’t it look like they were really suffering through this “job”?
Shared from Vidant Home Health and Hospice News letter —
THE LINKS January 2018
DEAR HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS …
I trust that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I wish to take a moment to sincerely thank you for all your services provided for our hospice patients and their families. I am reminded daily of so many great volunteers who share their precious time and talents. Over the past two weeks, I have had many such moments and I wanted to share some of them with you.
Nearly every day that I go to the inpatient hospice house to see patients, I am warmly greeted by people who attend the front entrance. I know that the families and friends who come to visit our patients are greeted just as kindly and lovingly. When I talk with the visitors there, they frequently mention how wonderful it is to have volunteers greet them at the entrance and show them where to go. I hear comments like “I want to do that sometime in the future” from the people who have been helped. Our volunteers clearly leave a strong positive impression on the people who enter the building and provide a welcoming atmosphere.
So many people express gratitude for the food brought in to the hospice house by our volunteers. Having delicious and nutritious food in the building allows for families to be able to focus spending time with their loved ones and not worry about where and what to eat. People who eat this food constantly think about the kind hands that brought them. People thank me and the staff at the hospice house for the food, but we have to explain to them where the food came from, then they are amazed.
People are often astonished that our beautiful prayer shawls are hand-woven by volunteers. Patients cling to them in comfort and feel the gentle hands that made them. I see the peace that these shawls bring to families in stressful times. Personal items that mean so much are often clipped to the prayer shawls. The families will have them at home to remember patients by because of the comforting power of the shawls.
Lastly, during our regular meetings to discuss our home patients, the entire hospice team frequently discusses how certain patients and families have benefitted or will benefit greatly from having a volunteer spend time with them. It is so helpful to have people who can connect with patients and spend time with them to bring them joy. Our patients express how they look forward to having volunteers come to their homes.
These are just some of the examples in the past few weeks that demonstrate how valuable our volunteer services are. Of course, there are lots more that the volunteers do than what I mentioned above, and each person’s contribution is unique and awesome. Thank you so much for being a big part of our hospice team to provide care that is loving, kind, and gentle.
With gratitude, Tae Joon Lee, MD
“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.” ~~ Thema Davis
With a few highlights from our February meeting, we’d like to show you just some of the reasons why each and every one of you make The Service League of Greenville NC a special organization and why The Service League of Greenville is 80 years strong!
You are — PROFESSIONAL!
You are — THOUGHTFUL!
You are — RESOURCEFUL!
You are — RESPECTFUL!
You are — GENEROUS!
You are — COMMITTED!
You are — CARING!
You are — ENTERTAINING!
You are — GRATEFUL!
Thank you for being you! And thank you for all the amazing ways you contribute to our community as a member of The Service League of Greenville!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!