A Tribute to Special Members

Gail Hamm celebrating her birthday

Gail Hamm celebrating her birthday

Dear Toberman Auxiliary Members,

This past few years we have lost a few of our most diligent, hardworking members. These ladies gave their time, hard work and their own personal donations to further the work of the Auxiliary. We could not have done many of the activities we have without their assistance. They have been a blessing to all of us and will be greatly missed.

Gail Hamm

Gail became a member of the Auxiliary in 1988 but before that, having been a teacher, she tutored children at Toberman. Gail was tireless. Even while ill she would do her best to work her scheduled day at the shop and then volunteer for more. She had a very dry sense of humor but was always ready with a quip to bring us to much laughter. Gail was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2003 ,an award that she so richly deserved.

Rosemary Zettler, Diana Martin, Shirley Thomas, Leigh Ann Lentz, Miep Bergkamp at Tree luncheon at Shirley Thomas home 2012

Rosemary Zettler, Diana Martin, Shirley Thomas, Leigh Ann Lentz, Miep Bergkamp at Tree luncheon at Shirley Thomas home 2012

Shirley Thomas

Shirley became a member in 1991 and never stopped moving! She was tireless and completed all of her tasks with grace and enthusiasm. She was President of the Auxiliary for 2 different terms and even while holding this office she would work with the committees at all of our functions. During the many years we had the Parade of Trees, Shirley was the one who made sure that there were plenty of Christmas Trees to be decorated and the ladies that would decorate those trees. Whatever they needed she would see that it was provided. She did this with every position she held on the board and she held almost ALL of the offices. Shirley always had a big smile on her face and her speech was always filled with laughter. Shirley was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2007 but was worthy of the award each year.

Colette Regan and Jerry RIdgway at New Member Tea 2012

Colette Regan and Jerry RIdgway at New Member Tea 2012

Colette Regan

Colette was one our many most valued members. She very quietly completed all of her tasks on the board with grace and efficiency. She was not only our Recording Secretary for many years but during those years raised many of the funds for the Auxiliary and the many functions that were presented. She was an artist and painted many a picture for our auctions and sales. Her many connections with members of other organizations and individuals enabled her to raise funds and provide many speakers at our various luncheons and events. She was tireless, never thinking of herself, only of others. She devoted many, many hours to the Auxiliary even when ill. With her recent passing, a large void has been left in our organization that can never be filled. Colette was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2008.
 

Jerry Ridgway, Sue Ware with Melodie

Jerry Ridgway with Sue Ware, and Melodie at the TNC Gala 2011

Jerry Ridgway

Jerry was one of the founders of the Auxiliary but before that had been President of the Board of Directors of Toberman Settlement House. She, along with the other founders including Ruth D’Arcy, Maxine Miller, Elin Vanderlip, Lucy & Homer Toberman, were asked to form an organization that . initially would create a means to raise funds for Toberman. Thus the auxiliary was founded. Jerry held the position of President of the auxiliary in 2006 – 2007 and had been active in some capacity in all of the years that she was a member. She was tireless, gracious and generous in everything she did. During her years on the Toberman Board of Directors she enrolled and completed the Grantsmanship Center Grant writing certification/training programs so she could assist Howard Uller with his grant writing efforts. This helped the agency to double the funding stream for grants. She was such an effective Board Chair that as soon as her term ended, the local United Way grabbed her off to their task force on the emerging problem of homelesness- particularly homeless women and their kids. Harbor Interfaith Shelter was the result of that task force.
I was informed of her many gifts and her commitment to helping hurting families by a former member of Toberman. She has left an indelible mark on not only our auxiliary but on all of those she has touched. She will truly be missed.

Thank you for reading the musings of a member of our group. We are all blessed and fortunate to have known them and to have been able to work beside them for these many years.

God Bless, Evelyn Morgan

 

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