Brooks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary installs officers at luncheon

The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital recently held its September Lunch and Learn Program at Shorewood Country Club. The guest speaker following lunch was Dr. Tawsufe Majid, Obstetrician/ Gynecologist, who sees patients at G & P Gynecare Women’s Healthcare Center located at 306 Central Ave., Dunkirk.

Dr. Majid spoke of his personal and professional background and held a question and answer session. Dr. Majid noted he has a special interest in the gynecological needs of women of all ages. He uses the latest techniques to treat bladder dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse. He answered questions about osteoporosis, which is a prevalent health issue for women, especially those who are postmenopausal. Diet, exercise, taking calcium with vitamin D and medical management, with medication as needed, all help to control osteoporosis. He encouraged all to get more calcium and vitamin D from food, eat in moderation and drink enough water.

Corrine Heid then installed the officers and chairpersons of Auxiliary events for the 2013-14 year: Lisa Muldowney, president; Maria Orosz, vice president; Shirley Scott, secretary; Joanna Banach, treasurer and Cathy Berner, assistant treasurer. Diane Andrasik and Kathy Kolodziej are publicity co-chairwomen, with Andrasik also serving as official photographer. chairpersons of Auxiliary community activities and fundraisers include Kyle Muldowney, Ready for School Campaign; Joanna Banach, Membership Drive and Tree of Lights holiday event; Alona Forbes and Shirley Scott, Lunch and Learn Programs; Maria Orosz, Lobby Sales; Shirley Scott, Election Day Spaghetti Dinner; Arlene Hine, Brooks Memorial Hospital Tray Favors and Auxiliary Memorial Fund.

The success of the Auxiliary the past year was recapped and copies of the Annual Report for 2012-2013 were distributed.

Upcoming events sponsored by the Auxiliary were highlighted, including the following sales being held in the Brooks Memorial Hospital lobby from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.: Tower Gifts on Oct. 24 and 25; multiple vendors on Nov. 21 and 22; and Books are Fun on Dec. 16 and 17. The major fall fundraiser is the Annual Election Day Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dunkirk Elks Club. When making a dining choice that day the Auxiliary asks that the public choose this long-standing and delicious meal, the proceeds of which benefit various departments at Brooks Memorial Hospital. The Tree of Lights Ceremony and Carol Sing will take place in the Brooks Memorial Hospital lobby on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary or in assisting with any of the fundraisers or community events may call Joanna at 366-2973 or Lisa at 679-4774. Memorial donations to the Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital may be made at any time.

The next Lunch and Learn Program, which is open to the public, will be held at Shorewood Country Club on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon. The cost is $12. Guest speaker will be Natalie Hobbs, Speech Therapist TLC, whose topic will be the Overview of Speech Services. For more information and to make a reservation call Alona at 366-1640 or Shirley at 366-5046.