SIH Auxiliary

The Southern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary was organized in 1956. It was called "Women's Auxiliary to the Southern Inyo Hospital." Its purpose was "to raise money to be used for the purchase of items and supplies needed at the Southern Inyo Hospital." Today the purpose remains the same. However, the membership has been expanded to include men, and we are now called "Southern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary."

Our mission is to support the hospital through fundraising, publicity and direct service. Our membership is comprised of local volunteers who provide assistance to this important community resource. We focus on raising funds to buy new equipment. In 2010 we purchased an audiometer for the clinic, a surgical pump for the ER and tables and chairs for the lobby of the hospital, for a total of $7,348.19.

In addition to fundraising, we also collect Christmas gifts for the Skilled Nursing Facility residents each year and offer support for activities for the residents, assist with the annual blood drive, and help with other hospital events. Currently the auxiliary decorates the bulletin boards in the hospital corridors.

Our leadership for 2011 consists of:

Donna Carson, President
Mary Kemp, 1st Vice President
Susan Tyner, Recording Secretary and 2nd Vice President
Elsie Ivey, Corresponding Secretary
Grace Webb, Treasurer
Jean Crispin, Membership Chairman
Bette Sisson, Past President

To make a donation, please mail a check or money order to:

Southern Inyo Auxiliary
P.O. Box 1009
Lone Pine, CA 93545

For more information on joining the Auxiliary, please contact Jean Crispin at (760)876-5435.

Your contribution will be used to purchase much needed equipment and supplies for this essential community resource.

Volunteer Spotlight

Zelda Butler, pictured here with SIH Human Resources Director Mary Gonzalez and SIH Axillary President Bette Sisson, is one of the Auxiliary's most long-lived and most dedicated volunteers. She began volunteering in 1954, making curtains for the new hospital building. In 1965 she became coordinator for the local blood drive, a position she held for many years. In 1978 she worked on the committee to move patients from the old Pangborn Skilled Nursing Facility to Southern Inyo Hospital, which was ultimately accomplished.

At the hospital, she was known as the "Cookie Lady." Every Wednesday and Friday she and her sister, Cydena Lorenz, brought cookies and homemade banana bread to the Skilled Nursing Facility residents.

Zelda is now unable to continue her carding volunteer work due to ill health, but she will not be forgotten by the residents and staff of Southern Inyo Hospital nor by the members of the SIHD community.