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6A Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Feather River Bulletin End of an era: Pink Ladies disband after 48 years James Wilson Staff Writer The Quincy Community Hospital Auxiliary, better known in the community as the Pink Ladies, conducted its last order of business May 11 at Plumas District Hospital. The group donated the remainder of its funds ($3,000) to go toward the construction of a vegetable garden at the hospital. After making the donation, the group of volunteers disbanded. The Pink Ladies formed in 1967 as an auxiliary to the Quincy convalescent hospital. Volunteers would frequently visit its elderly residents and work towards identifying their needs. Leslie Wall explored the , history of the Pink Ladies in a newsletter sent out in March by Plumas Rural Services. Wall explained the origins of the "pink" part of the Pink Ladies. "It was agreed that auxiliary members would wear pink pinafores as uniforms to indicate their volunteer status and visitations began in earnest. The volunteers soon became known to everyone as the 'Pink Ladies,'" Wall wrote. For the next 48 years, the Pink Ladies took their role at the convalescent home seriously. The group held weekly Bingo sessions, played piano for the home's residents to sing along and dance to, and shared countless stories, memories and tears with the residents. i ii III Members of the Pink Ladies present a check for $3,000 to Dr. Jeff Kepple on May 11 to be used to construct a vegetable garden at Plumas District Hospital. The event marked the last official action of the group that has volunteered in Quincy for the last 48 years. From left: Eldora Duniphin, Marilyn Hoffman, Carol King, Norberta Schmidt, Irene Walkemeyer, Kepple, Arline Harrison, Judy Williams, Marilyn Johnson and Phyllis Golla. Not pictured: Betty Hoskins, Tina Connolly, Sherry Kumler, Bernice Cook, Geri Bernard, Rosemarie Heater, Kathy Scully, Nancy Wertenberger, Estress Wellings and Judy Buck. Photos by James Wilson The Pink Ladies took on sewing chores, baked fresh goods and raised money to buy chairs, draperies, microwaves and various other items for residents of the home. Many of the volunteers joined the Pink Ladies because they had friends in the convalescent home. The rest made friends along the way. When the Quincy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center closed its doors and its residents moved on to other nursing homes in early April, the Pink Ladies were left wondering what to do next. They obviously could not have an auxiliary for a closed facility. Furthermore, they had funds leftover they never got the chance to spend on the convalescent home's residents. Plumas District Hospital CEO Jeff Kepple approached the Pink Ladies with an idea of starting a garden to grow vegetables for use in the hospital's kitchen. "Given the conditions this year, we plan to plant all drought-resistant vegetables," Kepple said, expanding on the idea. The Pink Ladies decided the donation would be their last hurrah. Members of the group showed up May 11 to make the group's final donation in person. Kepple told the group that a bench, honoring the Pink Ladies, would be set up overlooking the garden. Members of the Feather River College honor society Phi Theta Kappa began .00,II.00I'IIER PLUMB i N G ! Professionals who Full ServicePlumbing e New & Remodel Construction o Radiant Heat Systems e Full Service Electrical are always there for you! ........ e Alternative Energy Systems Drain and Sewer Service Full Heating & Cooling Services Back-up Generator Systems (.o) 257.8274 (s=o) 258 3474 Protect Your Investment/ Hire a L/censed Contractor CA Lic. #C-36 396522 CA Lic. #C-20, C-IO, 963154 painting the buildings around the garden earlier this month, contributing to the aesthetic look of the garden. In her spotlight of the Pink Ladies, Wall summed up the contributions of the group by describing its legacy. "The Pink Ladies are an inspiration to so many. Their perseverance, dedication, and commitment to helping others has left a legacy -- one that we have a responsibility to recognize, appreciate and carry on." The Pink Ladies may have disbanded, but the group's members still plan to stay active in the community. It would not be a surprise to see the volunteers taking action in one form or another in the near future. Just maybe not while wearing pink. Dr. Jeff Kepple shows off the progress made to the new garden at Plumas District Hospital. The garden will grow fresh organic vegetables to be used in the hospital's kitchen. 530.283.9001,150 N. Millcreek Rd., Suite H, Quincy, CA 95971 LADLES, YOU'RE INVITED! I:::VERY MONDAY AI=TI=INOON AT NAKOMA We invite atl the ladies to join the Dragon Ladies 9-Hole Club, an easy-going golf group for all skill levels-beginners welcome! Bring a friend or come meet a new group of ladies. [:very Monday at 4 for reservations or more information. 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