Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital announced their Volunteer of the Year at their annual awards dinner.
This year’s Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Duane Money. Duane began his relationship with Providence as a volunteer in the LTCU back in 2004. He was prompted by his wife Kathy (also a LTCU volunteer). Kathy as a volunteer had hosted a successful tea party for the lady residents of a nursing home back in Minnesota and she thought her and Duane talents could be put to use to help meet similar needs in our facility.
Duane and Kathy moved to the Valley area in 2004 after Duane retired from the University of Minnesota at Moorhead where he was their Chief Engineer. Duane the father of two sons, volunteered for 26 years in the youth football program as a coach, equipment manger and outfitting uniforms demonstrating a long commitment to volunteerism. About 7 years before retirement the couple visited one of Duane’s brothers who lived in the Chewelah area. They liked the rural area and milder climate which both suited Duane’s pursuit of his favorite pastimes, hunting and fishing, so they purchased their property in preparation for retirement.
As an avid fisherman Duane fishes year around, he knows some of the best lakes in our area and has a handful of fishing buddies who accompany him. Not only close to home, Waitts Lake is his favorite fishing hole, he likes to fish from a boat and he prefers the Northern Pike but states there is not much of those left. Duane makes and often shares his own lures. When he has had a good day of fishing, he is generous and some of his homebound buddies receive some choice fillets (skillfully de-boned). Duane hunts white tail deer on Dunn Mountain and Elk around Ellensburg.
As a volunteer at Providence Duane has made a practice of weekly visits to have manly conversation with the fellows (who are grossly out numbered at LTCU). During those visits they spend a good deal of the year strategizing the next fishing trip and the rest of the year recounting fish tales as well as hunting stories.
Due to Duane’s encouragement and generous offer to outfit our resident with fishing gear back in 2007 we began a tradition. With the assistance of OUR “Foremost Fishing Outfitter” the residents of LTCU went on the 6th Annual fishing trip to Winona Beach at Waitts Lake in June.
Along with all the gear, Duane recruits a few of his fishing cronies to assist with baiting the hooks, and removing the catch from our lines. He is equally skilled at doling out just the right amount of trash talk to keep it fun and competitive. Some of our past trips have yielded nothing but “salad” (a.k.a. seaweed) and memories. Other trips have rewarded us with enough fish for a special fish dinner and bragging rights to carry us through the winter Either way we have lots of fun.
True to character Duane has volunteered at the Valley Food Pantry since 2004 and is involved in his Church offering rides to attend Sunday Services. Duane is a worthy recipient of this award and we are grateful that he chooses to volunteer at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner was May 2. The event was as a Cinco De Mayo celebration with mock margaritas, chips with Mango and Cabbage salsas served during the social hour, a “Build your own… Mexican Bar” for the dinner menu and for dessert a decadent Margarita Cake. Volunteers where encouraged to have their photos taken in our little “Cantina Vignette” where they posed with a giant Margarita glass, and a donkey piñata while wearing a sombrero.
Along with awarding the volunteer of the year, we recognized nominees which included Dean Proszek, Gretchen Bynum and new comer Janice Burya who have all made an impression for their service to Providence.
Auxiliary Years of Service Pins were awarded to Karen Catlow for 5 years and Edith Keogh for 15 years.
Certificates of Appreciation were distributed as individuals were recognized for their individual contributions.
Providence has a strong volunteer program with 20 Auxiliary Members, nearly 40 individuals and 25 plus churches or volunteer groups including Mrs. Bolender’s 1st and 2nd grade class who had four student representatives at the dinner.
We live in a community that appreciates the value in caring for our most poor and vulnerable individuals and Providence is grateful to have so many outstanding volunteers that continue to support their ministry.
Angela Proszek is the Activity Director/ Volunteer Coordinator at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Submitted by Angela Proszek
In This Photo: Angela Proszek, the Activity Director/Volunteer Coordinator, with Duane Money, Providene St. Joseph’s Hospital Volunteer of the Year.