The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild is hosting a speaker series starting with a presentation on local first responders that is open to the Sequim community.
Clallam County Fire District No. 3 Assistant Chief Dan Orr will be the first speaker of the series to discuss information such as who are first responders, how they are trained and statistics on what kind of calls they respond to.
The presentation also includes a tour of a paramedic vehicle.
The discussion will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Fellowship Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. 5th Ave., Sequim.
The Guild is an all-volunteer group formed in 1970 that collects membership dues and operates its Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell St. in Sequim in order to raise funds to donate money to health and medical organizations in the community, such as Fire District 3, Olympic Medical Center, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic and scholarships to local students studying in medical-related fields.
It also holds an annual fundraiser luncheon, silent auction and fashion show in the spring to raise money for these health and medical organizations as well.
Guild Interim president Nancy McGovern said it has donated about $800,000 to Fire District 3 and about $2.5 million total towards health and medical organizations in the community.
“I’m always excited about anything that focuses on the particular health services available for our community’s health needs,” McGovern said.
McGovern has been a member of the Guild for about three years after moving to Sequim from California and is a retired registered nurse of 44 years. She also is a Community Emergency Response Team instructor with Fire District 3.
She said these speaker series bring focus to specific health topics for the Sequim demographic and encourages the public to attend.
The next speaker series event will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the same location. The speaker is to be determined but McGovern said in the future she has invited a neurologist to give a talk on health conditions such as strokes and aneurysms.
McGovern said the Guild is always looking for more volunteers and the requirements to be a volunteer includes two 3-hour shifts each month to work in the Thrift Shop or 6 hours total.
The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 204 W. Bell St. For more information about the Guild or to become a member, visit the thrift shop in the afternoons Monday-Friday.