Most Valuable Volunteer-November
Meg Steele is an integral part of our volunteer fabric. Dedicated to the hospital, Meg has served over 22 years in various areas of the health system. Currently, she is the gift shop manager, and is charge of purchasing, pricing, buying, and running a successful and much adored gift shop. The shop is used daily by patients, visitors and staff and is operated by an all-volunteer army of dedicated men and women.
Meg has been married to Harry for 44 years and has a son and daughter; two stepchildren and six grandchildren. A graduate of Geneve College, Meg came to the hospital after working at Hankison International for 18 years in the Marketing, Sales, and Production departments.
Rarely a day goes by at Washington Hospital that you don’t see Meg. You would think she’s well-paid for the amount of time she spends at the hospital, but on the contrary, she’s one of the hardest working and most dedicated volunteers you will ever meet. Typically, Meg is here five and sometimes, six days a week. Meg keeps aware of the trends affecting retail stores and meets the purchasing demands consistently given by customers. The gift shop is the largest source of income for the Auxiliary, whose proceeds benefit the hospital’s unmet needs.
During her time in the gift shop, she oversaw the expansion and renovation of the shop, which hadn’t been updated in 35 years. She brought in a very sophisticated point of sale system that has been an asset in helping track and run a very busy store.
In addition to managing the gift shop, Meg serves on the Auxiliary Board-in which she has served as President and helps with special events such as Brunch with Santa or the Grateful Gathering.
Meg also gives her time to her church, Faith United Presbyterian, where she is an elder and has served as deacon, treasurer, and clerk of sessions. She also ran the Daffodil Days campaigns for the local American Cancer Society for several years.
Meg and her husband, Harry, are founding members of the 1897 Society of the Washington Hospital. Meg and Harry have traveled the world, and she’s happy to tell you about the next adventure they are planning.
The health system has been greatly impacted by the Auxiliary and volunteers for 100 years. Meg has made sure, through the advances that have occurred during her tenue, they will be instrumental for at least 100 more.
Please congratulate Meg Steele on this much-deserved recognition given by her peers. We are fortunate she chose the hospital to volunteer and are better because of her passion, dedication, and drive in making our hospital vitally important to the community it serves.