2010 Friends of Wilson Reception

The 2010 Wilson Society members were announced and extended appreciation during the seventh annual Friends of Wilson reception held Wednesday evening, May 12, at Shelby Oaks. The event was hosted by the Wilson Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees and attendees included those who have given a substantial donation to the Wilson Memorial Foundation.

The event is held each year as an opportunity to thank traditional donors as well as formally recognize members of the Wilson Society. To become a member of The Wilson Society, couples and individuals declare their intention to include Wilson Memorial Hospital in their estate plans.

This year’s reception included a special wine and cheese tasting where guests had the opportunity to taste a variety of different wines along with specialty cheeses and hors d’oeuvres. The Ron Meyer Quartet provided music for the evening’s enjoyment.

Those welcomed into the Wilson Society this year include: June Kauffman, Maxine Kauffman, Walter Sturm and an anonymous donor. Since the Wilson Society was established seven years ago, over 60 members have joined the effort to name Wilson Memorial as beneficiary for the healthcare needs of future generations in Shelby County.

Bonnie Faulkner, executive director of the Wilson Memorial Foundation, welcomed guests to the event. “From the time we were very small, our parents always told us to remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ This event offers us yet another opportunity to say thank you--two small but extremely important words,” said Faulkner. “I recently came across a quote from John D. Rockefeller which stated, ‘you never need to apologize for asking someone to give to a noble cause.’ In our community, Wilson Memorial is a very noble cause. Because of generous donations from you and many others like you, Wilson Memorial has always grown to meet the needs of the community. As a result, we all have access to nearby healthcare, when we need it and the outstanding technology at Wilson Hospital is readily available.”

Faulkner next introduced Tom Boecker, president and CEO of Wilson Memorial, who provided the audience with an overall update on Wilson Memorial. In addition, Boecker recognized the departure of three long-time employees: Liz Custis in quality management, Mary Burns in marketing, and Jeff Partee in information systems. Boecker proceeded to introduce Dawn Knopp, a registered nurse, who has assumed responsibility in the quality management department. Also, recognized at the event were members of the Hospital Board and Foundation Board, which included: Bob Anderson, Dan Bensman, John Dunlap, Mick Given, Ken Monnier, Dr. Bob Anthony, Mike Dodds, Jerry Doerger, Frank Gilardi, Dale Peterson, Rose Swiger, Tonya Thieman, and newly elected members Rhonda Keister and Vance Stewart.

Boecker emphasized the need for a successful Foundation and increased membership in the Wilson Society. “In today’s world, you can’t generate enough net revenue from day-to-day operations to do everything you need and want to do in terms of facilities and technology. This is where our Foundation comes into play,” he said. “It is very important that we keep our Foundation active and involved and that we continue to raise money that supports the hospital.”

Following Boecker’s presentation, Dan Bensman, Wilson Foundation board chair, shared his comments. “The Hospital Foundation recently held its annual meeting and my two-year reign as Chair of the Hospital Foundation has ended,” said Bensman. “In reflecting back over my term, and the past 8 years as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, I can now fully appreciate how fortunate we are to have Wilson Memorial Hospital as part of our community. In my opinion, there are three primary reasons that Wilson Memorial Hospital has enjoyed such remarkable success: the hospital’s sound financial management, the expanded medical services provided to our community, and community support.”

Bensman continued by recognizing the outstanding community support over the years directly related to such programs as the Auxiliary’s many hours of service and support of the Foundation’s events and fundraisers.

Next, Bensman introduced the 2010 members of the Wilson Society: June Kauffman, Maxine Kauffman, Walter Sturm and one member who wished to remain anonymous. Joining the Wilson Society means making a commitment to Wilson by including the hospital in personal estate plans.

Jean Wooddell (pictured above), sister of June Kauffman and daughter of Maxine Kauffman, was joined at the podium by her daughter, Sandi Freytag. Wooddell provided a brief testimonial regarding the relationship between the Kauffman family and Wilson Memorial Hospital. “We are proud that mom and June made the commitment to the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation in their wills,” said Wooddell. “It is a wonderful facility and I know their bequests will be used to continue the excellence of Wilson Memorial Hospital.”

The Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation exists solely to contribute to the financial support and betterment of Wilson Memorial Hospital. In doing so, the Foundation assists in maintaining and enhancing patient care services by providing funding for the purchase of essential technology and enhancing services. For more information about giving to the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation, please call Karla Young at (937) 498-5572.