DENNISON—During a special volunteer appreciation and recognition luncheon this summer, Trinity Hospital Twin City honored all members of the Trinity Hospital Twin City United Volunteer Auxiliary. Additionally, nine volunteers were awarded service pins in recognition of their years of dedicated service to the hospital, and one volunteer was lauded as volunteer of the year.

Volunteers received service pins for anniversary milestones earned in 2017, and the group recognized represented a total of 120 years of volunteer service to the hospital. Angie Jones of New Philadelphia, Debbie Heddleson and Carolyn McCoy of Tuscarawas, and Victoria Gambs of Uhrichsville were honored for five years of service. Vicky Hall of Uhrichsville was recognized for 10 years of service. Fay Zeigler of Dennison was honored for 15 years of service. Receiving awards for 25 years of service were Norma Jean McGuire of Dennison, and Emillie Blackwood and Jan Thomas of Gnadenhutten.

Trinity Hospital Twin City United Volunteer Auxiliary President Emillie Blackwood presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Vickie Lehman of Dennison. Lehman has been a hospital volunteer for 21 years, and she has faithfully served at the front desk and in the coffee bar and gift shop. She has also assisted with many fundraisers.

"She is always one of the first to help with all of our projects," noted Blackwood of Lehman. "She is someone who can be counted on to always have a willing heart."

"We are so thankful for all of our volunteers," shared Blackwood. "Without their dedication and hard work, we would not be able to assist the hospital in funding patient care equipment like the life-saving cardiac equipment we recently helped the hospital purchase."

Community members of all ages are welcome to join the Trinity Hospital Twin City United Volunteer Auxiliary. Opportunities are available to volunteer for as little as one shift a month to several shifts a month. Officers of the United Volunteer Auxiliary include President Emillie Blackwood of Gnadenhutten, Vice Presidents Jan Thomas of Gnadenhutten and Barb Besozzi of Scio, Treasurer Carolyn McCoy of Tuscarawas, and Secretaries Delecta Ditcher of Uhrichsville and Jane Modon of Dennison.

For more information about volunteerism at Trinity Hospital Twin City, call Erica Mesler, Volunteer Coordinator, at (740) 922-7450, ext. 2124 or e-mail emesler@trinitytwincity.org.