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News - March 2012

March 2012

The Renewal of Spring Brings the Promise of Hope

Spring Daffodils

In February, our volunteers gave a combined total of 267.5 hours of their time, and drove a total of 3,191 miles to provide 116 care receivers with rides to medical, dental, legal and social appointments as well as helping with errands, shopping, chores, home repairs and friendly visits. ECHHO also provided 128 pieces of medical equipment to our friends and neighbors who cannot afford to buy or rent them. Included were walkers, wheelchairs, bath chairs, bed tables, hospital beds, canes, commodes, exercise bikes, and a Hoyer lift for transporting immobile patients from their beds or into their beds.

ECHHO’s volunteers remain steadfast in their dedication. Sixteen veterans are in their twelfth or greater year of service. Eight of them joined not in the previous decade but in the last century during ECHHO’s early days in the late 1990’s. Congratulations to them and all of the heros who have become ECHHO volunteers. If you are not a volunteer but are considering joining us, you will find that the rewards are many and immeasurable. Call us at (360) 379-3246 or email us at Join the community of selfless heros who are making a difference in our community!

ECHHO Pleased to Welcome New Board Member Mark Getzendaner

Mark GetzendanerMark Getzendaner of Gardiner has been
elected to the ECHHO board of directors. He moved to Jefferson County in 1999 after managing marketing and servicing organizations in the financial products and services industry in Wisconsin and on the west coast.

Getzendaner, a Washington native and a graduate of Shoreline High School, attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. An active volunteer, he is a former member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington executive board, and currently serves as a bone marrow courier for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, math coach at Chimacum Elementary School and Stephen Minister. He is a member of Peace Lutheran Fellowship.

ECHHO Welcomes Our New Volunteers
This month we would like to introduce you to Ashley White

Ashley White

I'm a recovering lawyer and have been
married for about twenty years to Ivy. We've been in Port Townsend for about 6 1/2 years, having moved here in late 2005 from a beautiful little town called Murphys in the Gold Country of (dare I disclose this?) California. I grew up in L.A. and went to college at Pepperdine University in Malibu and then law school at UCLA. I became a litigation lawyer, but on two occasions, I "dropped out" to go on long trips (nine months-plus) covering parts of South America, Africa, and Asia . That was great--but not so great for my career path, and it nudged me toward an early retirement.

International travel has remained a big interest for me, along with sports, particularly college basketball and football, and reading on a number of subjects. I like to stay pretty active, and Ivy and I have come to enjoy hiking in the Olympic National Park and other beautiful sites nearby. We love living here, and it stuns friends and family in California when we say that one reason we moved up here was for the weather. I learned of ECHHO through seeing a flyer about it in the lobby of our church, the Church of Christ at the corner of Sheridan Street and Discovery Road, and my only regret is that I didn't get involved sooner.

TOTAL Rides to Medical Appointments Other Volunteer Services Miles Driven
116 267.5 175 92.5 3,191 128

To make a monetary donation, mail your check to
ECHHO, 1110 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
If you would like to donate medical equipment or volunteer, please call us
at (360) 379-3246 or email us:
Thank you for your support!

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