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Published on July 23, 2012

Kish Hospital Auxiliary Awards 2012 TAGS Volunteer of the Year

July 23, 2012 

Gwen Bromeland and Sally BrotckeGwen Bromeland, graduate of DeKalb High School, received the Teen Age Group Service (TAGS) Volunteer of the Year Award at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital Auxiliary Annual Meeting on May 24, 2012. Gwen volunteered for three years and made her volunteer service a priority in her life. During her three years of volunteering at the hospital, she accumulated 235 hours of volunteer time. Gwen received a check from the Auxiliary for $250 and a certificate of achievement as well as a TAGS Volunteer of the Year pin.

Sally Brotcke, TAGS program director, said, “Gwen was an outstanding high school volunteer, volunteering many holidays and with very few absences. She was also on our substitute list and always willing to fill in for those TAGS volunteers who could not make their shifts. She grew to be such a wonderful volunteer, always smiling, friendly, and able to anticipate others' needs. Her rapport with both staff and fellow TAGS was wonderful.” Brotcke added, “We wish Gwen well as she moves on to the next phase of her life.” Bromeland will attend Kishwaukee College in the fall to pursue Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.

Requirements for the TAGS Volunteer of the Year stipulate that the volunteer must have been volunteering for at least one year, demonstrate outstanding service to the hospital, has a willingness to perform activities beyond the service description, and does not have any “no show” letters. Award committee members, Sally Brotcke, Diane Oltman-Wells, and Paula von Ende, selected the recipient.

Receiving TAGS Top Hours Awards for their impressive hourly totals were Anita Ness with 208 hours, Matthew Browder with 120 hours, and Karina Marquez 108 hours. Each received a Target gift card. These volunteers have gone above and beyond the TAGS hourly requirement of 35 hours a year. The Auxiliary also said good-bye to 12 seniors: Sara Atkins (three years), Elena Baj (three years), Gwen Bromeland (three years), Matt Copple (two years), Andra Dobbel (two years), and Samantha Hepker (three years), Karina Marquez (one year), Katie Poorten (three years), Randi Provost (one year), Aaron Russell (four years), Nicole Sanchez (two years), and Samantha Walberg (three years). Brotcke said, “These TAGS volunteers provided invaluable service on the weekends to the hospital. We wish all of them success as they move on beyond high school.” 

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