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Opinion

October 25, 2013

125 years and still giving

Bad news is forever with us. Good news is as well, but it doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Making it over some 125 years should, and I was fortunate to able to share it with the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association members at their annual meeting on Oct. 17.

Reports for the year past and elections for the coming year make for annual business luncheons everywhere. Would that they could be as uplifting as those reported by association president Mary Zerigian.

The short of it is the Aid Association raises as much money year after year as members are able in support of Anna Jaques Hospital, and they do it by way of volunteer commitment and the public responds to it.

That’s what the beginning of the Aid Association was about, and it remains unshaken throughout history.

The taproot would become the Aid Association in 1888 following what was called “Hospital Sunday” back in 1885 when it netted $1,400 from 25 participating churches.

Its originators could not have foreseen what followed in the years leading to this one.

I have had the good fortune to attend a number of the Aid Association annual meetings, and I can’t recall a one that was anything but upbeat over what had been done and enthusiastic as to what lay ahead.

Presidents give their summaries of the printed annual report, crediting all who have contributed to the planning and outcomes, even as those who have accepted responsibility are already engaged with what will lie ahead.

They had successes to build upon next year.

President Zerigian reported the fiscal year incomes ending on October 2013 as follows:

The AJH gift shop’s contribution to the hospital was $50,000.

Great Chefs’ Night — its 25th — netted $46,662.

The ever-popular “Christmas Tree Light” netted $4,543.

Sales of art paintings lining the walls of the main floor netted $1,797

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