The SoutheastHEALTH Auxiliary honored the contributions of two of its volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau.
Judy Brown of Cape Girardeau received the Margaret Foster Roberts Spirit Award and Madeleine Launius of Dexter, Mo., received the Ilena Aslin Service Award. About 140 Auxiliary members attended the annual dinner.
The spirit award was established in 2003 in honor of Margaret Foster Roberts, who was an innovative and dedicated Auxiliary president and an exceptional fundraising chairperson. She died in February 2004.
The service award is named for Ilena Aslin who continues to serve as a volunteer at the Hospital, in the community and throughout the region. A past president of the Auxiliary, she was Missouri’s Auxilian of the Year in 2002 and served as president of the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries from 2008 to 2009.
Brown was recognized for her inspiration, commitment and leadership. A volunteer at Southeast Hospital since 1995, Brown has donated more than 5,500 hours of service. She is completing her second term as Auxiliary president. She previously served as vice president and recording secretary of the Auxiliary Board.
Brown also chairs the Auxiliary’s fundraising committee and helps plan and carry out all special sales events at the Hospital. For the past two years, she co-chaired a special event that raised over $10,000 annually to benefit the Hospital. Together, all of these fundraising efforts under Brown’s leadership have raised more than $51,000 over the past two years.
Brown serves as volunteer manager of the Auxiliary’s Wishing Well Gift Shop. In that role, she has overseen everything from remodeling of the shop to its daily operation. “She has devoted an untold number of hours to the gift shop and some of us think she is living there because you can find her in the gift shop early in the morning, midday, late at night and on weekends,” said Auxiliary Vice President Nancy Bray in announcing the award.
Launius was recognized for her exceptional volunteer service with the cardiac rehabilitation program at the SoutheastHEALTH Center of Stoddard County. Ten years ago, Launius suffered a heart attack. She was treated at Southeast Hospital. As a longtime Dexter resident, she completed her cardiac rehabilitation at Southeast’s rehab clinic at the Dexter hospital. She subsequently started volunteering at the Dexter hospital.
She has contributed more than 7,800 hours of service. She volunteers three to four days a week for five to six hours each day. She assists the cardiac rehab staff. Launius is a role model and inspiration for patients, encouraging them to embrace exercise and healthy eating. Bray said, “Staff members sing her praises and patients love here.”
At the dinner, Brown, the Auxiliary president, presented a “check” to SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Wayne Smith. The “check” represents the $872,233 worth of volunteer labor provided by Auxiliary members over the past 12 months. Volunteers contributed nearly 46,000 hours of service to SoutheastHEALTH, staffing everything from waiting rooms to the gift shop.
SoutheastHEALTH Auxiliary President Judy Brown, left, presents a “check” to SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Wayne Smith and Volunteer Services Director Cathy Goodman at the Auxiliary Appreciation Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. The “check” represents the $872,233 worth of volunteer labor provided by Auxiliary members over the past year. Volunteers contributed nearly 46,000 hours of service to SoutheastHEALTH.
Madeleine Launius of Dexter, Mo., center, receives the Ilena Aslin Service Award from Auxiliary President Judy Brown, left, and Ilena Aslin.
Auxiliary President Judy Brown, left, receives the Margaret Foster Roberts Spirit Award from volunteer and 2012 award recipient Jane Grimm.