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|Another St. Francis volunteer receives Points of Light award|
For the second time in a week, St. Francis Medical Center has an employee selected as the nation's volunteer of the day.
On Tuesday, the hospital announced that Lucille Calk, volunteer and auxiliary member, was selected to receive the Daily Points of Light Award.
Last week, St. Francis volunteer Talma Turrentine also was recognized as the nation's top volunteer.
St. Francis now has the distinction of being the first organization in the state to have three members win the award.
The Daily Points of Light Award was founded in 1988 by former President George H.W. Bush. It is given each weekday in honor of recipients "who exemplify the best in volunteering, a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and solves community problems. The Daily Points of Light Awards are designed to honor those who have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities, especially focused on the goals for children and youth set by the Presidents' Summit for America's Future."
Calk is the 46th person from Louisiana to receive the award and only the sixth resident of northeast Louisiana to get it.
Calk began volunteering in August 1983 when North Monroe Hospital opened its doors to the community. In November 2005, St. Francis Medical Center bought North Monroe Hospital, which is now known as St. Francis North.
As of July 3, 2007, Calk had volunteered 10,387 hours of service cumulatively to North Monroe Hospital and St. Francis North.
"During the transition, Mrs. Calk has been steadfast in her commitment to serving others," said Jimmy Touchet, public relations coordinator for St. Francis. "With humility and compassion she has brought comfort and hope to patients and their families during their times of need."
Her many volunteer duties have included volunteering at the information desk where she delivered flowers and patient's mail, assisting the nurses in the women and children's unit, helping to register and transport patients in the outpatient surgery area, comforting families in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and working in the hospital gift shop.
Calk, 81, currently works four days a week in the gift shop.
Since 1983, Calk has held several positions on the St. Francis Auxiliary executive board. She has been president for four years, vice president for four years, secretary for four years and a member-at-large for six years. She currently holds the position of vice-president on the Auxiliary executive board.
As a member of the St. Francis Auxiliary, Calk has helped raise $200,000 to help address community concerns. Over the years, approximately $150,000 of these funds has been contributed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the form of scholarships for students studying in the allied health fields.
Funds in the amount of $20,000 have been given to community non-profit organizations such as the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank, the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans home and the American Heart Association.
In addition, a benevolent fund in the amount of $5,000 has been established to aid needy families in the community. Most recently, $25,000 was donated to St. Francis North for renovations that will benefit its patients, physicians, and staff.