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Skiff Auxiliary holding annual membership drive

Published: Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 10:14 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 10:19 a.m. CDT

The Skiff Auxiliary annual membership drive is currently underway. Our members are the backbone of our organization whether it is through their membership donation and/or through volunteer opportunities. It is the membership, along with our community support, that provides the Skiff Auxiliary the ability to be a major supporter to our local Skiff Medical Center.

The Skiff Auxiliary provides funding of important equipment and supplies for the hospital and also offers scholarships to students pursuing a career in health care. Through membership dues, gift shop proceeds, and donations the Auxiliary in the past few years has funded the remodel of an Emergency Department room to be a safe exam room for psychiatric patients, purchased an upgrade to the Dexa scanner and a nuclear medicine camera for the Radiology department, contributed to the purchase of a Lucas device and a Radiofrequency Ablation machine, and supported the purchase of new equipment for the endoscopy suite.

The organization also coordinates volunteers who donate more than 7,000 hours annually at the hospital by greeting visitors and patients at the ambassador desk or the cancer clinic, delivering flowers and magazines to patients and serving as a clerk at Skiff’s gift shop. Other volunteer opportunities include surgical waiting room greeter, assisting with blood drives, fundraising committees and serving on the Auxiliary Board.

“The beauty of an Auxiliary membership is that you may be as active as you chose within the organization,” said Jane Repp, Auxiliary President. “Members may volunteer, assist with fundraising or serve on our Auxiliary Board of Directors. Or if you don’t have time to dedicate to the organization, you may choose to provide financial support through your annual membership dues.”

Membership is open to all community and Jasper county residents. As appreciation of your membership, new and renewing members will receive a 10% off coupon for the Skiff Auxiliary gift shop.

Membership forms are available at the Skiff Auxiliary gift shop, just inside Skiff’s main entrance. An individual or family membership is only $20 and a lifetime membership is $250. Completed enrollment forms and payment (debit/credit card, cash or checks payable to Skiff Auxiliary) may be either dropped off at the Skiff gift shop, or mailed to Skiff Auxiliary, Attn: Membership, 204 N. Fourth Ave. E., Newton, IA 50208. For those who mail their membership forms/payment, the gift shop coupon will be mailed to the address on the membership form.

For questions about the Skiff Auxiliary, or to learn more, contact Membership Chair Ellen Graber at 641-831-0412.