Sometimes it’s hard to dedicate yourself to something year after year, but Millie Summerlad, of Foley, has been a loyal
member of the Lincoln County Medical Center Auxiliary for the past 50 years. With such a great service, Millie is the most decorated Auxiliary member, receiving a pin for her first year of service and every five years after that.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I felt like I was really doing something to help,” said Millie.
Millie worked a majority of her time in the gift shop, helping visitors feel welcome and chatting with anyone who needed to talk. She has organized many fundraisers that helped to mold the Lincoln County Medical Center into what it is today. “I was here when the front door was where the cafeteria is now,” said Millie. “It has changed so much over the last 50 years and we have been able to make such a difference.”
Some highlights Millie mentioned where being able to hang up the stain glass window, finishing the classroom (where the Auxiliary meetings are held along with many other events in the Medical Center), and being able to work in the gift shop.
Millie represents the Co-Parliamentarian for the Auxiliary and has also been the treasurer.
Before volunteering at Lincoln County Medical Center, Millie was an insurance broker, and for a time she was a meter reader for Cuivre River Electric. Millie is very family oriented. She took care of her husband while he was sick and spends time with her three grandchildren, Jaclyn, Allen, and Travis, and her children. Millie has watched one grandchild in particular grow just as involved in the Auxiliary as she is. “Jaclyn has been a part of the Auxilairy since she was four years old when I would bring her up to the meetings while I watched her. She plans to become a member when she turns 16 in January,” said Millie.
A special presentation was held at the December 3 Auxiliary meeting where Millie was presented with another pin and a certificate of appreciation.
“I’m just so thankful to be able to do this,” said Millie. “I will continue to volunteer until I can’t anymore!”
Her son, Russell and daughter-in-law, Carolyn joined her for the presentation.