DENNISON -- During a special volunteer appreciation and recognition luncheon in late May, 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 2014, and the group recognized represented a total of 160 years of volunteer service to the hospital.

Nancy Rufener of Uhrichsville was honored for five years of service. Receiving pins for ten years of service included Pamela Green of Dennison, Patricia Stratton of Gnadenhutten, and Helen Gordon of Tippecanoe. Barb Braun of Gnadenhutten received a service pin for 15 years of service.

Janet Abbuhl and Gloria Rentsch of Uhrichsville were honored for 20 years of service.

Barb Besozzi of Scio was recognized for 30 years of service, and Margie Zanon of Uhrichsville received a service pin for 40 years of service.

Trinity Hospital Twin City United Volunteer Auxiliary President Emillie Blackwood presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Richard Hodkinson of Uhrichsville.

Hodkinson has been a hospital volunteer for about six years and currently helps staff the coffee bar and the hospital information desk at the lobby.

During the recent hospital renovation project, Hodkinson coordinated the scheduling of extra volunteers to help patients find their way throughout the hospital.

"He always has a smile and offers sincere friendliness," said Blackwood of Hodkinson. "He is a great representative of our hospital."

"We are so thankful for Richard and for all of our volunteers," shared Blackwood. "Without their dedication and hard work, we would not be able to assist the hospital in funding much-needed equipment for patient care."

Starting on Saturday, July 11, the volunteer auxiliary is providing free blood pressure checks every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gnadenhutten Farmer's Market.

They are also busy planning fall fundraisers.

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, Secretaries Helen Gordon of Tippecanoe and Connie Colvin of Dover, and Assistant Treasurer Debbie Heddleson of Tuscarawas.

For information about volunteerism at Trinity Hospital Twin City, call Kelly Bowe, volunteer coordinator, at 740-922-7450, ext. 2124, or e-mail kbowe@trinitytwincity.org.