Retired Gift Shop Manager Recognized for Years of Service

At their March luncheon held in Marlow Hall, the RiverWoods Auxilary honored Jan Bender, who recently retired as the manager of the Auxiliary Gift Shops, having served in that position for more than seven years. Jan was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a bouquet of flowers. Jan also assisted a newly formed Gift Shop committee in reorganizing the RiverWoods Auxiliary Gift Shops.

Pamela Mauger chairs the gift shop committee and Sharon Lowry agreed to purchase merchandise to stock both locations, with the assistance of Dick Stover from the RiverWoods Wood Shop and Liz Pursley from the RiverWoods Studio. Other committee members include Loella Bishop, Sharon Cawley, Jan Field, Clara Ellen Kemmerer, Joanne Semanchick, Joann Kreisher, Sue Jamison and Lennea Brown.

Since the beginning of January, the committee has been hard at work reorganizing the gift shops to address current needs of residents, patients, staff and visitors on the RiverWoods campus. A volunteer orientation was held recently, and a spring grand opening took place in late March. The committee plans to have a table at the Car Show on May 19 to sell the items no longer being sold in the gift shops.

There has been positive feedback from volunteers, staff, residents and visitors about the new look and direction that the gift shops are taking. However, it has been suggested that hours be extended at the gift shops, which will require more volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering a minimum of 2 ½ hours a month in the gift shop located at the Adams Center lobby can contact Pamela Mauger at 570-523-9528. The Auxiliary uses funds from gift shop sales to fulfill their mission of providing equipment, services and benevolent care on the RiverWoods campus. Currently, the RidgeCrest Café location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Adams Center location is open from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The committee also thanked Rose Gibson for scheduling volunteers, Randy Laubach for repairing the book kiosk (now located in the therapy lounge), Rachel Mitchley for signage design and publicity in newsletters and local newspapers, the receptionists at the RidgeCrest front desk who receive payment for items sold at the RidgeCrest Café location, Bill Miller and food service for grand opening refreshments, Linda Satteson who spent many volunteer hours to set up the display of merchandise, and all of the volunteers who worked in the gift shop, assisted with making new tags and cleaning out the storage area.

The committee also thanked the Auxiliary members for their ongoing support and look forward to continuing to provide a valued service to the residents, employees and visitors on the RiverWoods campus.



Pictured: Pam Mauger, gift shop committee; Jan Bender; Shirley Cornell, Auxiliary President; Jan Field, gift shop committee


Pictured: Pam Mauger and Jo Vogt, RiverWoods resident and volunteer at the Adams Center Lobby Gift Shop, drew the winning name for the gift basket prize from the recent Spring Grand Opening.