Fifty years of service to Franklin Medical Center and the community is being celebrated by FMC’s Hospital Auxiliary this year.
Known as the Pink Ladies, the group was honored with a reception held Feb. 21 at the hospital.
The celebration continued March 7 when the auxiliary members met at the home of member Gladys Edwards in Wisner.
Decorations carrying out the pink theme provided a festive setting for the meeting which began with a workshop in which the Pink Ladies fashioned bears from fabric. The bears have long been a special project of the Pink Ladies and are given to children who receive care at the hospital as a means of providing a bit of comfort. The group provides 15 bears each month.
The Pink Ladies have been a part of Franklin Medical Center since it opened in 1970. As plans were made to celebrate the opening, the Pink Ladies, under the guidance of then president Mrs. John Bostick, were reported to have 100 volunteers ready to welcome the new facility to the community.
Through the years thousands of dollars raised through hundreds of volunteer hours hosting bazaars and other fundraisers, and through the hospital gift shop, which until recently was operated by the auxiliary, have provided support to the facility.
Everything from medical equipment such as a heart monitor, to furnishings, and even flooring, have been made possible due to donations from the auxiliary.
During the meeting held in Wisner last week, new officers were announced. Serving as current officers of the organization are Wanzi Morgan, president; Beth Goodman, secretary; and Linda Bruce, treasurer.
Guest speaker for the March meeting was Rev. Joyce Harrington, chaplain of Legacy Hospice in Monroe.
Harrington gave members an overview of the hospice care system and the particular services offered by Legacy. She noted that those interested in hospice services can choose the provider which best fits their needs.
Another member of the Legacy Hospice Staff, Winter McKee, who serves as volunteer coordinator, noted that volunteers are welcomed by the agency. Magee noted that volunteers do not provide patient care, but do offer comfort and support through such means as visits, reading and prayer.
The hostess for the meeting offered the Pink Ladies and their guests appetizers of Easy Tuna Salad, Brunch Time Chicken Salad, cheese, grapes, crackers, peanuts, water and coffee. After the conclusion of the meeting, a meal was served featuring Edwards Amazing Gumbo, Down Home Taco Soup, Cajun Kicking Crawfish Soup, Fresh Vegetable Tossed Salad, rice, chips and crackers. Desserts prepared by the hostess included Gladys’ Moma Delightful Pound Cake and Must Have Sweet Potato Pie. Drinks of Pink Lady Lemonade and Perfect Peach Tea and water were also served.
Although their numbers are declining, the Pink Ladies are still actively involved in supporting Franklin Medical Center and the group welcomes new members. The group’s next meeting is set to take place June 6 at Gilbert United Methodist Church.
Members of the FMC Hospital Auxiliary are: Aba Bardin, Joan Batey, Linda Bruce, Gladys Edwards, Carolyn Fenn, Beth Goodman, Vernie Hendry, Annie Hilliard, Pat Johnson, Nancy Kimball, Ida Looney, Sue McDonald, Wanzie Morgan, Oneda Mullen, Nettie Remore, Dottie Rogers, Dee Sadler, Doris Sanders and Mabel Thomas.