Here Today and Here Tomorrow
How does any single volunteer organization thrive for more than a century? It clearly must be founded on a mission that resonates with its community. And that is the case for The Winton Club. Since it was established in 1911, it has been attracting enthusiastic and committed women who are dedicated to exclusively supporting Winchester Hospital. As their cleverly artistic logo recalls, the club began with the mission of sewing linens for use in the community’s newly established Cottage Hospital. While the form of The Winton Club’s volunteering efforts may have changed over the decades, the mission to enhance patient care and services at Winchester Hospital has remained constant and vibrant.
Energy, enthusiasm, friendship — and results
President Deb G. Ciarcia, a member since 2001, described the club as “a wonderful group of women with upbeat and can-do personalities, volunteering for an important cause and having fun at the same time.” Deb is happy to give tours to prospective members and corporate sponsors alike. “It’s exciting to be able to show people exactly what our efforts accomplish. The Winton Club’s support enhances patient care at the Center for Cancer Care, the Ambulatory Surgery Center, the Healing Garden, the main campus and more. How lucky are we to have a hospital as awesome as this right here in our community?”
Over the years, the club has raised more than $3 million with help from key partners including Salter HealthCare, CareOne and Winchester Savings Bank. In May 2017, Ciarcia presented CEO Dale Lodge with a gift of $110,000. As in past years, this donation came from the club’s two biggest fundraising efforts – the Winton Shop at the hospital and the club’s annual cabaret.
Each winter, the club stages a cabaret that showcases hidden community talents, features senior hospital leaders in their own special song-and-dance number and regularly brings down the house with the club members’ fast-paced tambourine routine.
Making a difference for local families, friends and neighbors
The club’s impressive donation is already hard at work making a difference where it counts. This year’s gift supports:
- Renovations to the A1 Unit, which provides cardiac and telemetry care for patients leaving the Intensive Care Unit
- The C.A.R.E. Channel, a televised station with calming, tranquil scenes and music designed especially for patients and their families
- NICHE® (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), a nurse-driven program promoting function, autonomy and dignity for patients 65 years of age or older
- A Caring Place, a boutique located at the Center for Cancer Care and offering specialized products and personalized consultations
Shopping for a cause
The Winton Gift Shop, located in the hospital lobby, is a perfect resource for family and friends visiting patients as well as hospital employees and the community at large. “The Winton Shop has a long track record of success,” noted shop Chair Diana Deering, who recently was recognized for 25 years of service to the club. “Looking ahead, we plan to expand the shop’s offerings & services and welcome everyone to stop in.” Plans are also in the works to offer some products and services at the Center for Cancer Care at 620 Washington Street.
The Winton Club also partners with local business’ Mahoney’s Garden Center, Whole Foods, and Lord & Taylor on special days when a portion of sales goes to the Winton Club on behalf of Winchester Hospital. Another example of how the club reaches out to the community sharing information about opportunities to support the Winton Club on behalf of Winchester Hospital.
With more than 150 members, the women of The Winton Club form a strong and vibrant community, clocking more than 5,000 hours of fundraising and in-hospital service each year. Their spirit of volunteerism has been making a difference in the hospital community for more than a century, and their cause continues to resonate with the women of the towns and cities Winchester Hospital serves.
A second century of membership