Times have changed as has the hospital location, but the purpose of the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Auxiliary remains the same after 60 years: to assist the Troy Community Hospital in any way possible. They recently celebrated this milestone anniversary with a special membership luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Special effort was made to include the many people who served as presidents over the first 60 years of the Troy Community Hospital Auxiliary. There were 40 guests in attendance at the luncheon, including several past auxiliary presidents.
The hospital auxiliary began six decades ago when a group of Troy ladies saw a need to help the hospital with the purchase of “extras” not in the hospital budget. The first president was Marion Ballard, and that first year the membership totaled 80. Since then, the list of auxiliary contributions has continued to grow, and its purchases have kept up with the changing times. One early project involved the sewing of draperies; a recent project was the purchase of Martii, a translation machine used in the ER.
The Auxiliary has done many projects over the years to benefit the hospital. For many years the auxiliary has organized and sponsored a summer concert and ice cream social event on Davison Green. This social is enjoyed by many, and in addition to benefiting the auxiliary coffers, it is an event that brings the community together for a night of good times and fellowship.
In addition to the ice cream social, the Auxiliary continues to conduct several fundraisers throughout the year: jewelry and accessory sales, linen sales, and the ever-popular flower sales: poinsettias before the Christmas holiday season, and hanging baskets before Mother’s Day.
Singer Martha Kress provided entertainment during the 60th Anniversary luncheon.