February 7, 2013, Brooklyn, NY…The Lutheran Medical Center Auxiliary elected and installed new board and nominating committee members at a recent luncheon at Harbor Hill.
The 114 member auxiliary appointed Margherita Clemento as president,
Astrid Bjune as first vice president and Eleanor Petty as second vice
Ms. Clemento has been an auxiliary member since 2011. She is also an
active member in the Bay Ridge Garden Club, Bay Ridge Professional Women
and Richmond County Professional Women's Clubs. This is the first year
that Ms. Clemento has held a leadership position in the auxiliary.
Ms. Bjune, a six year veteran of the auxiliary, has previously served
as treasurer and as a special project volunteer and member of the
annual fundraising committee. She was previously honored by the Bay
Ridge Community Council as one of the "Hidden Treasures of the
Community" for her work as a Lutheran volunteer and auxiliary member.
Ms. Petty, an auxiliary member since 2009, has previously served as
first vice president. Ms. Petty is active in the local community as a
member of the Dyker Heights Civic Association, Community Board 10, Bay
Ridge Garden Club, and the McKinley-Leif Erickson Parks Alliance.
Former president, Jane Kelly, has taken on the role of nominating
chairman. Ms. Kelly, a well-known leader in the Bay Ridge community, has
served the auxiliary for over 20 years. She is also an active member in
the Bay Ridge AARP, Bay Ridge Community Council, Bay Ridge Mental
Health Association, State Committee on Delivery of Police Services to
the Elderly and the Bay Ridge Council on Aging.
Additional appointments included Adelaide Johnson as treasurer,
Muriel Niemi as recording secretary, Florence Schwer as corresponding
secretary and Carol Hille as financial secretary. Members-at-large now
include Lorraine Caramico and Corrinne Korn. All officers serve a two
The Lutheran Medical Center Auxiliary is an integral part of the LMC
family. Started in 1906, the auxiliary supports the work of the medical
center through service-oriented projects and fundraising activities. The
men and women of the auxiliary are dedicated to serving patients and
their families, supporting medical center staff, helping with community
relations, providing health services information and fundraising to
support services for patients. Over the years, Lutheran's auxiliary has
donated over $2 million to support the renovation of the surgical
waiting area, the Emergency Department and recovery rooms, as well as
the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit, an orthopedic fracture table, a
cardiac monitoring system for the Telemetry Unit, a new ambulance and
much more. Funds are raised through the auxiliary gift shop, annual
luncheon, special sales and other events. For more information on the
LMC Auxiliary, please click here or call 718-630-7296.