Pioneer Memorial

Pioneer Memorial Honors Community Volunteer


The Annual Pioneer Memorial Volunteer Luncheon went underway on April 24th, 2018.  It was a time to say thanks to the many community volunteers that help make our health system one of the best in the area.  The theme for the luncheon was “An All-Star Thank You!  Volunteers are the Heart of Our Team!” 

Each year during this event Pioneer Memorial gives out an award to the Community Volunteer of the Year.  This year the award was presented to Melanie Parsons.   Director of Activities, Jenn Eli, presented the award, whom Eli stated, “Melanie is nominated because of her dedication to all of the events at Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, always presenting a positive attitude towards our facility.”

Melanie, along with her husband Jay, are always present at most of the fundraising events for Pioneer Memorial.  Born and raised in the Viborg / Centerville area, she and her husband have been business owners in Viborg for over 22 years.  She has been a board member for Pioneer Memorial since 1996 and is currently serving as Board Chair.

Melanie & Jay have a daughter, Jolyn, who is married to Paul Munson and have two daughters – Aubrey (8) and Lillian (4 months).  Melanie is a dedicated person – she dedicates herself to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, her family, her customers and her work.  God is always first in her life, and her co-workers and staff feel she is one of the most caring people they know. 

Lindsey Hauger, Pioneer Memorial’s Assistant Administrator, stated in her closing remarks that she thanked everyone for coming and all of the time and service they give to volunteer.  “Every volunteer is sincerely appreciated and is so important to the work of the organization.  Each contribution is valued by Pioneer Memorial and the residents and patients we serve.”  She closed with the final quotes:  “Never doubt your ability to change someone’s life,” by Jackie Kennedy, and “Life’s most urgent question is:  What are you doing for others?” by Martin Luther King

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