The 67th Annual Meeting of VNS was held on May 24th at Oceancliff Resort on Ocean Drive in Newport. A lovely afternoon and a full agenda made for a memorable event. After a welcome to new trustees Jane McDurman, Dr. Harold Sanders, and Linda Bombach, the meeting went on to award the Mary A. Dwyer Award for Community Service to staff member Joyce Dawson Watts. Not only has Joyce Watts been a CNA at VNS for 3 years, she also was a CNA at Newport Hospital for 40 years before that and has community volunteer service in food drives and social services. Ms. Watts gave an inspiring and tear-inducing acceptance speech about the role of God in motivating her to help others.
The Distinguished Service Staff award was presented to Joan Pierce, Director of Information Technology, for shepherding the agency through the many months and angst of changing our agency EMR software to Homecare/Homebase.