Holbrook to Lead FMC Auxiliary

GREENFIELD — Marian Holbrook, of Northfield, has been elected president of the Board of Organized Work, Franklin Medical Center’s auxiliary.

By operating the FMC Gift Shop and holding a number of special events, the BOOW raises funds to support programs and services at Franklin Medical Center.

Though Holbrook rose from the “ranks” to the BOOW presidency without holding any other office in the auxiliary before, she is well versed in wielding a president’s gavelis an experienced leader of volunteer organizations. Holbrook has served as president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children, master of the Northfield Grange and the Connecticut Valley Pomona Grange, and Worthy Matron of the Turners Falls Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Holbrook currently serves as president of the Franklin County Women’s Republican Club. Her leadership role as a volunteer in many Franklin County organizations earned her the coveted title of Franklin County Citizen of the Year in 1998.

One of Holbrook’s goals for the year is to increase membership in the BOOW. “We particularly would like to attract more young women to round out our membership a bit and to help ensure that this great organization that began in 1895 will continue to serve Franklin Medical Center long into the future,” she noted.

During its 110-year history, the Board of Organized Work has served as one of the key donors to Franklin Medical Center. Since 1996, donations from the BOOW have totaled over $563,000 and enabled FMC to purchase such major pieces of equipment as a mammography machine, ultrasound equipment, laparoscopic equipment, a birthing tub, an infant abduction alarm system, and an anesthesia machine. BOOW donations have also helped fund the Reike program and construction of the Ethel Lemay Healing Arts Garden.

“When you consider that all the members of the Board of Organized Work are volunteers, it’s pretty impressive to see how much they contribute to the success of Franklin Medical Centerour hospital,” Marian Holbrook concluded. “Though I’m a little nervous about this somewhat daunting role, I am honored that my fellow BOOW members have entrusted me with the presidency. I’ll certainly do my best to lead them through another successful year of supporting Franklin Medical Center.”

For more information about joining the Franklin Medical Center Board of Organized Work, contact the BOOW Gift Shop at 413-773-2294. For information on other Franklin Medical Center programs or services, contact “The Professionals at Franklin Medical Center” at 413-773-8557 or, if calling from outside the area: 1-800-377-HEALTH. Your calls will be answered seven days a week: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; and weekends and holidays, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can also visit our website atbaystatehealth.com/fmc.

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