Hannibal Regional Auxiliary was pleased to recognize Kim Ahrens as the Volunteer of the Year at their annual Service Awards luncheon on April 15, at the Hannibal Country Club.

Since joining Hannibal Regional Auxiliary, Ahrens has given over 2,200 hours in service and has been part of the Board of Directors for four years.  

She volunteers her time in a variety of areas including the reception desk, in Judy’s Boutique, in waiting rooms and at the Caring Cup.  

Ahrens also serves as chairperson of the Recruitment and Retention Committee.  

One of the projects she enjoys the most is being part of Project Community Connect and helping to distribute hygiene bags and birthday kits.

Ahrens has been a lifelong resident of Hannibal and celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with Cliff Ahrens in 2018.  

Aside from the auxiliary, she also gives her time to several other community organizations and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Other presentations during the annual Service Awards Luncheon included honorary memberships which were given to Jim Mitchell, Marvin Bringer, Joan Thompson, Patty Scott and Mary Jane Wilgus.  

Special Recognitions were presented to Karen Sutor, Robert Bixler, Linda Lake, June Ann Piper, Gwen Wilgus and Debra Burditt.  

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary also presented an Outstanding New Member award to Shirley Jackson.

Another very special award presented this year was the President’s Call to Service Award, which was presented to Nancy Cruse.  

Cruse has been part of Hannibal Regional Auxiliary for  19 years and has served in a variety of roles.  

She also represents Hannibal Regional Auxiliary at the state level by serving on the board for the Missouri Association for Hospital Auxiliaries.

The Hannibal Regional Auxiliary was formed in 1993 to help patients, families and visitors in a variety of ways and contribute to the community.  

Today, with more than 260 members, the auxiliary donates approximately 25,000 hours of service each year.  

The auxiliary provides service in several areas including Judy’s Boutique, James E. Cary Cancer Center, Hannibal Children’s Center, reception desk, waiting rooms and more.

If you like to help others, organize, create, cook, network and contribute to your community, come join us as part of the Auxiliary.  For more information, visit hrhonline.org or call 573-248-5272.