Thanks To Circle Volunteers

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In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Payson Regional Medical Center would like to thank all the Senior Circle volunteers for their service.

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Photos courtesy of PRMC Senior Circle

Senior Circle volunteers are responsible for making the programs of the Payson Regional Medical Center’s outreach facility a success. The volunteers are (top row, from left) Ilona Swenson, Cathy Morder, Pat Rollinson, Rosalind Schuerer, Sue Pudlas, Kenny Boyd, Betty Barkubein, Blanche Ryland, Joan Koskinen, Jean Weible, (middle row, from left) Ruth Hulse, Dee Dickenson, Joanne Yamashita, Pat Graser, Rene Wakem, Phyliss Ellis, Dee Force, (kneeling, from left) Sue Hinton and Orva Aukes. Volunteers not pictured are Geri Bacon, John Swenson, Ellen Prentice and Kelly Gunderson.

The Senior Circle is PRMC’s medical outreach program that offers free health education programs and activities to the Payson community age 50 and better.

The Senior Circle volunteers are often times the first friendly face the public sees prior to building a relationship with the hospital and local medical professionals.

The Circle’s health education program introduces both current hospital staff and new doctors to the community.

Some of the duties of the volunteers include manning the Senior Circle’s free medical loan closet, assisting with the free cancer wig closet, managing the member database and leading various activities such as line dancing, feeling fit, qigong, day trip travel, digital camera and computer classes.

Every week, volunteer Sue Hinton sends cards to Senior Circle members that are in the hospital and every month John and Ilona Swenson prepare three meals for either the Lunch and Learn Health Education series or the member lunch. The list of services and the volunteers responsible goes on and on.

The Senior Circle volunteers also participate in countless fund-raising activities and do all the set up, tear down and decorating for all the events held at the Circle. Thank you volunteers for all your hours of service and we are so grateful that you said “yes” to volunteering.

This year’s Senior Circle Volunteer of the Year goes to Sue Pudlas. She was selected because of the number of hours she put into volunteering, her knowledge of the Senior Circle and its programs and her can-do attitude. Pudlas, a retired registered nurse, is also active in the Circle’s grief support group and has participated as a volunteer in just about every event at the Senior Circle. Pudlas has never missed a shift and her face is as sweet as is her personality.

Classes

Digital camera class: The next digital camera class will start at 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 18. Please register for this class by calling (928) 472-9290.

Computer class: The next computer classes will start the week of May 1. Please call to determine the appropriate class for your needs. Register by calling (928) 472-9290.

Social events

A spring potluck is planned for April 20. The Senior Circle will provide the main dish, baked chicken. Bring a dish and get in free or pay $4 at the door. Reservations are necessary, so call (928) 472-9290.

Travel bugs, this is the last chance to sign up for the April 28 Verde Valley Train ride.

There are 30 people signed up and ready to go, but there are a few seats left.

Stop by the Senior Circle to sign up and take part in this fun event. The cost of the trip is $121 and includes transportation, food and fun!

The Circle will host a swap meet Saturday, April 30. Those interested may rent a table for $10 and bring their stuff, crafts, and baked goods to sell and keep all the proceeds. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 to reserve your table.

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