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Gritman volunteer Carolyn Strong honored by Gov. Little

Gritman Auxiliary President Carolyn Strong was awarded the 2020 Leader of Volunteer Excellence Award by the Idaho Hospital Association. For her dedication and amazing volunteer efforts, she was recognized by Gov. Brad Little during a ceremony at the capitol in Boise.

“In a community of outstanding volunteers, Carolyn rises above in her dedication, service and joyful volunteering,” Gov. Little said.
After a full career as a teacher and school administrator, Carolyn decided to continue devoting herself to the service of others and became not only part of the hospital’s volunteer team but a true leader in it.

Carolyn has been the president of the Gritman Auxiliary for the past three years, and she held the secretary position for three years prior. Whether Carolyn is in the gift shop helping patients and visitors get what they need, offering assistance at the information desk or working with local businesses to sponsor the annual Holiday Delights fundraising event, Carolyn has made a noticeable difference at the hospital and in the community.

Carolyn demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to Gritman and the community as well. She takes it upon herself to provide exceptional support and service to new Auxiliary members and has taken a lead role on many of the Auxiliary committees. Carolyn has participated on the scholarship committee for the past six years and played a major role in awarding over $7,000.00 yearly to local area students. Carolyn works tirelessly in Bertie’s Gift Shop to help make it successful so scholarships can continue, and her work with volunteer scheduling, recruitment and training has been essential to Gritman.

Through hundreds of hours of service put in every year, Carolyn has been a steadfast leader of the Auxiliary. Providing comfort and support to those entering the gift shop or stopping at the information desk, Carolyn is there to provide a cheerful smile and a helping hand. Carolyn’s relentless drive to provide exceptional care to patients is seen in the compassion she devotes when providing patient escorts or serving those waiting to be seen in the Wound Healing Center. Additionally, Carolyn’s devotion to Auxiliary fundraising events has been significant, especially in keeping the main annual event going to reach the 51st year celebration. Carolyn’s strong ties to the community and the relationships she has built with area businesses has made the sponsorships consistent and, in turn, has secured tens of thousands of dollars in support and sponsorships to fund much-needed equipment for the hospital.

Carolyn’s volunteer service extends outside of the hospital walls. Her passion for serving others can be seen in her involvement with numerous groups and nonprofit organizations. After a full career as a teacher and school administrator, Carolyn now devotes her time to her community. Besides her volunteer activities at Gritman, Carolyn is secretary of the Latah County AARP chapter, treasurer of the St. Mary’s Altar Society in Potlatch where she prepares students for confirmation, member of the board of the Potlatch Historical Society and the Potlatch Riverside Festival Association, and member of the Moscow Chapter of the League of Women Voters. She actively volunteers at the Potlatch Museum in the WI&M Historic Depot and at the annual Return to Riverside music festival in August each year.