April 28, 2003

Contact:      Jennifer Kurczek
      Community Relations Director

      (920)361-5481 or jkurczek@partnershealth.org



National Volunteer Week April 27-May 3, 2003


CHN wines and dines volunteers at Annual Appreciation Banquet,

names Human Service Award winner


Community Health Network (CHN) kicked-off National Volunteer Appreciation week during “An Evening of Elegance” at the Berlin Knights of Columbus on April 24th.


As more than 150 of CHN’s volunteers arrived at the venue, they were greeted with nostalgia: dance cards were distributed for use later in the evening. After cocktail hour concluded, Volunteer Services Coordinator, Teri Meyer, welcomed guests and introduced the Rev. Harley Tretow, who provided the invocation prior to dinner.


Following dinner, catered by CJ’s of Ripon, and numerous prize drawings, Cathy Schmidt, member of the CHN Volunteer Services Council, gave an overview of the group’s activities throughout the past year. Upon conclusion, she introduced Craig Schmidt, CHN's President and CEO, who shared his gratitude on behalf of the physicians and employees of CHN.


"I’d like to thank you all for coming out this evening as Community Health Network honors you -- and the contributions you provide to our employees, physicians, patients, residents and visitors,” he said.  “As Community Health Network has evolved through the years, we've done so only because we've been privileged to have the enthusiastic support of your volunteer team. For that, we are eternally grateful.”


The program was then turned over to Tretow once again, to present the 2003 Human Services Award, which honors one individual, recommended by hospital employees, peers and the general public, who has gone above and beyond the call of volunteer duty for CHN Volunteer Services.


As last year’s recipient, Tretow presented Laura Chier with the 2003 Human Services Award. An obviously stunned Chier accepted the Award in front of her peers and numerous family members and friends who discreetly arrived at the event to share her accomplishment.


According to those who nominated her, Chier is "a person who always loved working with the sick,” and even received training as a nursing assistant and in physical therapy. She is “always willing to help others” and is “still faithfully dedicated to her volunteer work.”


Chier has been part of CHN’s volunteer team for more than 50 years – starting as a “Grey Lady” at Berlin Memorial Hospital and volunteering through the years in roles such as Gift Shop Attendant, Mobile Meals Driver, Surgical Waiting Room Attendant and assisting residents during physical therapy at Juliette Manor.


Other nominees for the Human Services Award included Charlotte Abel, Bernadine Bahn, Irene Hochrein, Joan Krause, Mary Ellen Krebsbach, Jean McGee, Lillie Peck, Debbie Reid, Dorothy Schrader, Cathy Schmidt and Audrey Zamzow.


The recognition evening continued with music provided by “Just the Two of Us,” setting the stage for those in attendance to dance their hearts out.


Committed to helping others, the dedicated team of 221 active CHN Volunteers provides nearly 900 hours of monthly service at Berlin Memorial Hospital, Juliette Manor and other CHN locations. In addition to donating their time, the volunteer group also makes generous donations in the form of scholarships to area students, as well as support and funding for special equipment at CHN’s facilities through its “Wish List” fund.


More information about volunteer opportunities at CHN is available by calling Teri Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, at (920)361-5522 or 1-800-236-1283 x 5522.