American Association of University Women
The Washington, Iowa Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) met Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at the Game Room of Halcyon House with 14 members and one guest in attendance. June Asper was welcomed as a new member. Linda Sturdevant, Ellen Krueger and Kitch Shatzer were hostesses for the evening.
The very informative program was presented by Jean Wollenberg, executive director of Hospice of Washington County. Jean shared that our local hospice began in 1988 as a volunteer organization and in 2013 “touched” 121 families, having an average daily census of 17. She explained about all the many services their caring staff can provide to patients and their families: physician and nursing professionals; home and health aides; spiritual support; individual and family counseling; medical equipment and supplies; drugs and pharmaceutical assistance; volunteer support; physical, speech, occupational, massage and music therapy; and bereavement counseling and support. She informed the AAUW members about all the medical and insurance regulations that must be met and she added that they willingly provide services to anyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay. In closing, Jean added that Hospice of Washington County depends on successful fundraisers and memorial donations to enable them to continue to provide loving care to all in need.
Highlights of the business meeting included an update by Julia Gamon about the proposed Little Free Library and by Ellen Krueger about AAUW’s contribution for Washington’s 175th Birthday Party in June. Treasurer Gerry Schmidt reported on the successful greenery fundraising project and the group made plans for their 2014 local scholarship. Volunteers offered to contact possible speakers for the Assure Center students. In closing, members signed up to help with the March 25, 2014 AAUW-hosted Washington High School National Honor Society Reception for students and their parents.
Anyone interested in or wanting more information about AAUW, feel free to contact Marde McConnell, 653-3884 or Jennine Wolf, 461-1497.