Fifty-seven years is a long time to work anywhere — particularly when there is no paycheck attached. But longtime Arlington resident Ethel Reeder says she has loved every minute of the 57 years she’s been actively serving as an Auxiliary volunteer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.
Reeder was among those feted at the recent Years of Service celebration at the Omni Hotel in Dallas hosted by Texas Health Resources for employees and long-term volunteers who work in all the company’s area hospitals.
Also honored at the event was June Holbrook, another Arlington Memorial volunteer, with an impressive 45 years of service. Recognized for 20 years of service were Patty Baker, Kathy Clare, Anne Flannery and Judith McLean.
A large, appreciative audience applauded the service of nearly 600 employees and more than 20 volunteers at a beach-boardwalk-themed event that included the festive antics of jugglers, balloon clowns, a fortune teller and a DJ who kept the crowd moving. There were even caricature artists to mark the occasion and a memorable balloon drop at just the right moment to add a touch of drama.
“After all these years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in many areas of the hospital. It’s been amazing to see it grow and expand since I began volunteering in 1958 shortly after it opened,” said Reeder. “One of my favorite assignments was working in the very busy day-surgery waiting room because I enjoyed the contact with the people there who really needed the information I could provide to them.”
Linda Sconyers, manager and buyer at the hospital gift shop, said the inclusion of volunteer service along with employee service validates the importance of their roles at Arlington Memorial. “Both Ethel and June have achieved outstanding years of dedicated service. Both women represent our hospital with grace, humility and compassion.”
Reeder said she made time for volunteering even before she retired from teaching elementary school in the Arlington school district because it was important to give back to her community. “After I retired in 1990, I had time to increase my volunteer hours and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Trying to help people during a stressful time is its own reward, and working with the professionals at Arlington Memorial is a privilege and pleasure,” she added.
Sconyers said she relies heavily on the Auxiliary members since the hospital gift shop she manages is staffed entirely by volunteers. “I’m truly honored to say they are a part of the Texas Health Arlington Memorial family.”
To become a part of Arlington Memorial’s volunteer program, complete an application online at www.texashealth.org/arlington/pages/Volunteer.aspx or stop by the Volunteer Services office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to complete one in person.
Arlington schools update at Aug. 10 luncheon
The annual State of the Arlington ISD Luncheon is set for Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the district’s professional development center, 1111 W. Arbrook Drive. Hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the always popular event gives attendees a snapshot of how the school district is doing and where it’s headed for the coming academic year.
Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and the board of trustees will present an update along with an overview of the strategic plan Achieve Today. Excel Tomorrow. Chamber officials say the event is a “must hear” for faculty, administrators, parents and business and civic leaders because details of exciting new initiatives will be unveiled.
Legacy of Women honorees announced
Congratulations to four Arlington/Mansfield-area women who were recently announced as winners of the Legacy of Women Awards presented annually by SafeHaven of Tarrant County.
Along with honorees from Fort Worth and Northeast Tarrant County, the following local women will be feted at the Legacy of Women luncheon on Oct. 1: Heather Simmons from Creative Arts Theatre & School, Letatia Teykl from Southwest Bank in Mansfield, Anita Copeland from Arlington schools, Andrea Wilson from Mission Metroplex and Barbara Thompson-Beaucham, community volunteer.
The annual event includes a mimosa reception and raffle followed by a luncheon featuring guest speaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning filmmaker and advocate for women and girls. Tickets are available at www.SafeHavenTC.org, or call 817-535-6462. Watch for event details in an upcoming column.
Nominations for women’s awards are due Aug. 26
The Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Hero and the Rising Star awards until Aug. 26. Now in its fifth year, the award program aims to honor women for a connective and collaborative approach to leadership.
According to the nomination criteria, the Hero Award “will recognize a woman with demonstrated leadership capabilities who has the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution within our community by her pursuit, courage, enthusiasm and zeal.” The same criteria applies to the Rising Star award but targets women earlier in their career.
Past recipients include Mary Lee Hafley, Kristin Vandergriff, Joan Bergstrom and Diane Cravens. The awards will be presented at the Inspired Women Luncheon on Oct. 23.
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For women using these hashtags to search for ways to get involved in the community, your search is over. Make plans to attend the Prospective Member Mixer hosted by the Junior League of Arlington on Aug. 6 at Rio Mambo, 2150 E. Lamar Blvd.
Guests at the event will have a chance to enjoy drinks and appetizers while they get acquainted with league members and get the scoop on what it means to join the women’s organization.
“It's an exciting time to be a part of the Junior League.,” said JLA President Emily Swanson. “We are a group of dynamic women building lasting friendships and making a significant impact in the community. We hope you will join us to help us make a difference.”
No reservations are needed, and the event is free. Direct inquires to Junior League headquarters at 817-277-9481.