In 1957 the
Michigan Association of Hospital Auxiliaries created the North
Central District (NCD). The NCD is composed of the 20 most
northern counties of the Lower Peninsula.
Central District is the second largest district in area in the MAHA.
It stretches from Lake Huron on the east, to Lake Michigan on the
west, to the Mackinac Bridge on the north, and to West Branch on the
south. There are 12 hospitals affiliated with the NCD, with
approximately 2,188 auxilians/ volunteers.
North Central District
Association of Healthcare Advocates
The North Central
District (NCD) is part of the state organization, Michigan
Association of Healthcare Advocates, and is what your hospital
auxiliary and you, the volunteer, are all about. It is people
loving and caring about people. Over the years the role of the
hospital volunteer has changed and expanded. The NCD helps to
meet these changes and needs and seeks solutions to problems by
providing a forum for education and the exchange of ideas.
are eleven hospitals in Northern Michigan that belong to NCD.
We annually donate more than 300,000 service hours and more than
$1,000,000 in funds to Michigan hospitals.
Association of Healthcare Advocates (MAHA) was organized in 1948.
Its main objective is to provide support to the Michigan Hospital
Association (MHA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).
It also provides assistance to hospitals and health care facilities
in the six MAHA districts in Michigan.
As a hospital
auxilian/volunteer you are encouraged to attend the district and
state meetings. NCD holds two meetings per year; the Annual
Installation Meeting in May and a Fall Meeting in October with
district hospitals taking turns hosting.
The state (MAHA)
holds two meetings per year. The Annual Meeting is held in
June at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The installation of
state officers is conducted at this time.
Conference is held in Mt. Pleasant at the Soaring Eagle, with each
district taking a turn as hosts. NCD hosts every sixth year.
At both the district and the state meetings an effort is made to
bring in speakers who are experts in their field to inform, educate
and entertain. Advance registration is required. Each
hospital auxiliary pays for two attendee’s registration, or as many
attendees as each organization can afford to send.
Central District assists member auxiliaries through:
information concerning health legislation
opportunity for the exchange of ideas
volunteers to better serve hospitals and take leadership roles in
The purpose of
North Central District is:
To encourage the
development of existing hospital auxiliaries and to assist in the
organization of new auxiliaries when requested by hospitals in the
To coordinate and
exchange information mutually helpful to auxiliaries of the district
and to promote fellowship and goodwill among these auxiliaries.
hospital auxiliaries/volunteers to continually assist their hospital
in the improvement of patient care.
To participate in
such other activities and/or programs as may be suggested and
approved by the NCD Board and the MAHA, to the mutual benefit of
health education and awareness of its importance.
familiar with current health legislation and to become active in
the passage of legislation beneficial to the needs of all Michigan
hospitals and patient care services.
History of the North Central District
In 1948 the need
for an association of Hospital Auxiliaries became a reality.
At a meeting of the MAHA in 1957 the North Central District (NCD)
was created. It is composed of the 20 most northern counties
of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and has 11 active hospitals.
The North Central
District has the largest geographic area of the six MAHA districts.
It stretches from Lake Huron on the east to Lake Michigan on the
west, to the Mackinac Bridge on the north and as far south as West
The North Central
District Board consists of seven officers. Individual
hospitals are under the direction their own volunteer Boards.
We encourage you
to serve on the NCD Board. There are two board meetings per
year occurring before each district meeting.
also serves on MAHA state Board
serves in absence of President / prepares for
prepares directory and compiles statistics for Highlights
informs membership of updates
collects dues/keeps financial records
prepares slate of officers
Positions as needed:
Policy & By-laws
Member at Large
provides assistance as needed
meets nine times a year for general meeting with the executive board
meeting two weeks earlier. They have several very successful
fund-raisers, plus the gift shop. Their biggest event is a Christmas
Ball. They usually raise over $30,000 dollars at this event.
meets 11 times a year with no separate board meetings. At
Christmas time they have the “Lights of Love” sale. The gift
shop is the biggest moneymaker.
They meet 12
times a year with about 12-15 members at meetings. They have
between 80-100 active members. The Gift Shop is the big money
producer. They enjoy a picnic in July and a potluck dinner in
They have 6
luncheon meetings a year with 55-60 members present. The Gift
Shop is a good moneymaker plus the “Tree of Lights” sale, from which
a large profit is realized. Another big fund-raiser is “Tag
Day,” when auxilians stand on the street corner on a specific
planned day (much like the Salvation Army), and to solicit donations
for the hospital. They make from $3,000-4,000 with this
They have a
board meeting every month with 25-30 members attending. There
is one general meeting in the spring when the awards, etc. are
presented. Some interesting ways of raising money are a Home
Tour, and a book on Benzie County, which has raised over $30,000.
They meet every
month, with the executive board and general membership together, and
approximately 35-45 members present. In addition to bake sales
and the “Pink Awning” gift shop, they have a Dinner Dance in May.
One of the bake sales is a “Choco-Mania” sale at which everything
must have some chocolate in it! At Christmas time, they have a
“Cookie Walk,” which brings in approximately $1,000.
The board meets
every month with general meetings in December and in the spring.
Approximately 15 members plus the board attend. The auxiliary
is run “by committee,” with various people on the board taking turns
conducting the meeting and doing other jobs. This method seems
to be working well for them. They have been doing this for 3-4
years. They have a big Golf Classic in the spring, Lights of Love at
Christmas time, and they sell many, many pasties in the fall. This
generates a lot of money, but is a lot of work.
They hold a
summer picnic and a membership luncheon, that approximately 30
members attend. The Gift Shop opened over a year ago,
and it is doing very well. They hold a Charity Ball in
December and raise $6,000 or more. They have an ongoing cookbook
project, which continues to be successful.
They hold 12
board meetings a year, and 6 general meetings sponsored by the
hospital. One of the big money makers besides the gift shop is a
Christmas Craft/Bake Sale/Raffle which brings in over $5,000.
People buy tables and only auxiliary members are allowed to
participate. The merchants help with prizes. The
auxiliary also has a “Tag Day” which also brings in a lot of money.
meetings are held each year (no meeting in July and August), with
about 12-15 members in attendance. There is a Recognition Day
and general meeting held in November, and a general meeting at the
awards luncheon in April during Volunteer Week. The gift shop
is the biggest moneymaker raising over $75,000. They also hold
gold and uniform sales. The auxiliary has pledged $300,000
over three years to the Capital Campaign for the enlargement and
improvement of Northern Michigan Hospital.
Medical Center Volunteers held 11 board meetings and two general
meeting last year. The gift shop provides almost all of their
funds with an unbelievable $86,000 for the month of December 2002,
compared to $73,000 during December 2001. They held two,
two-day jewelry sales and raised over $10,000 at each. One was
held at the hospital and one at the Munson Community Health Center.
In hopes to get people to join, the volunteers marched in the Harbor
Days parade in Elk Rapids. They were not able to get into the
Cherry Festival Parade.
The board meets
every month with between 20 and 25 attending. They have redone
their chapel with some help from the community. They staff the
Seton Center, which is a cancer center and a heart center. They are
both connected to the hospital. The auxiliary staffs a gift shop,
and has a uniform sale.