Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 15, 1976 · Page 16
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 16

Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, July 15, 1976
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.. .And Now and Then, A Little Prayer Is Said for Her DETROIT (AP) - From Thailand to Tanzania, from Greece to Ghana, the name of Irene Auberlin is known with affection and gratitude. And now and then, a little prayer is said on her behalf. For Mrs. Auberlin, a widowed 80-year-old grandmother, is the guiding force behind an organization which for the past 23 years has distributed more than $240 million in free medicial and dental supplies to missionary hospitals and clinics in every corner of the globe. Mrs. Auberlin is president of World Medical Relief, Inc., a nonprofit, nondenominational organization dedicated to helping the world's destitute sick. Operating out of a drafty, eight-story brick warehouse deep in Detroit's ghetto, World Medical Relief neither buys nor sells supplies. Yet is has furnished hospitals in countries around the world with equipment and supplies ranging from bedpans to iron lungs. Many medical facilites have been furnished from the ground up. Countless letters in Mrs. KLA District Meeting in City The southwest district • meeting of the Kansas "Livestock Assn. will be con.", ducted Saturday evening, ; August?, at the Eagle's Lodge in Garden City. " Cliff Mayo of Garden City, chairman of the meeting, said the speaker for the annual stag affair will be Kansas ; First District Rep. Keith JSebelius. ; Mayo said the social hour :and dinner will be com• pliments of a number of southwest Kansas firms, but that i, reservations will be needed. ' Non-members may attend the ' meeting by joining KLA at the , door or by paying the $10 ."registration for non f members. Reservations for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m., can be made by writing to the Kansas Livestock Association, Box N, Garden City, Kan., 67846. Women also are invited to attend the annual social hour and banquet sponsored by the Southwest Kansas CowBelles. These activities will begin at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Kansas Plaza in Garden City. Reservations for the ladies program can be made by sending $7.50 to Ms. Sue Reed, Box 1032, Garden City, Kan., -67846. Following both dinner meetings, there will be a joint dance at the Elks Lodge. Aubelin's file attest to' the gratitude of those helped by her organization. "We operate differently than any other chairty organization," said Mrs. Auberlin in an interview. "All our supplies are donated to us. "Hospitals send over used but still serviceable equipment. Pharmaceutical houses donate drug samples, moving companies contribute trucks and drivers, national firms ship carloads of items being replaced by new products on the market. "Some comes from hospitals installing new equipment to replace older stuff, which they turn over to us. But it's still usable equipment. If hot, we won't accept it." Despite the millions of dollars in supplies that have passed through World Medical Relief, the organization is managed on a threadbare financial shoestring. World . Medical Relief operates with an unusually low overhead for an organization that has collected, sorted, crated and shipped more than 60,000 tons of medicines and equipment since it began in Mrs. Auberlin's basement and garage in 1953. "We don't pay freight of any kind, incoming or outgoing — nothing," she said. "I'm not paid, and ourexecutives never have been paid here. Among our volunteers, we don't pay the four Mennonites who work here, because they are doing Christian services. "We don't buy anything. We beg-our trucks and our typewriters, and their repair." In a way, it could be said that a Korean waif started it all. The orphan appeared on a 1953 network television newscast with a chaplain who had adopted him. The chaplain pleaded for help for the untold numbers of other children whose parents had been killed in the Korean fighting. "Something struck me to get some clothing and vitamins together," Mrs. Aubelin recalled. "So I collected some from friends and neighbors — and I haven't stopped since." World Medical Relief moved to its present location in 1965 after it outgrew three successively larger warehouses.' Money to purchase the building and its adjoining parking lot came mainly from a major gift of stock from the .Kresge Foundation, augmented by gifts from corporations, clubs, societies and individuals. Much of the task of sorting and packaging medicines or repairing surgical instruments and • hosptial eqiupment is performed by retired pharmacists, accountants, doctors and nurses. Most give a day a week of their time, some give more. There is some paid help, including a secretary, a crater and helper, and a drug room supervisor. Not all of World Medical Relief's concern is about overseas problems. The organization is also involved in setting up medical clinics for Indians in Oklahoma and other regions of the Southwest and Far West. In her own backyard, Mrs. Auberlin has equipped a two chair dental clinic in Royal Oak Township, a nealy all- black community bordering Detroit. Gain Scholastic Honors at KSU I See • By The Telegram Cadet Bruce D. Ochs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Ochs, 2512 N. 7th, was among those cadets earning academic honors for the second semester at Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College, Lexington, Mo. Bruce qualified for the semester honor roll. Place, is a member of the 1976 incoming class at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mark Turrentine, Diana Boots and James Fishback, all of Garden City, have been named to the Dean's Honor Roll for the spring term at Southwestern College, Winfield. Among those awarded degrees during spring commencement at the University of Northern Colorado was David J. Foltz, 1407 Fair. Outstanding scholastic achievement won' honors for eight area students graduating from Kansas State University this spring. Four were among 132 seniors graduating ma'gna cum laude, and four were among 353 graduating cum laude. Those graduating magna cum laude (with high honor) had a grade point average of 3.70 or better (on a scale where A equals 4). They were D. Duane McGuire, Ulysses, Timothy Eugene Myrick and Brian K. Roehr, both of Hugoton, and John H. Yoakum, Scott City. Those graduating cum laude (with honor) had a grade point average of 3.30 or better. They included Verlyn Royce Engler, Deerfield, Roger Dennis Kepley, Ulysses, Deborah Lynn Martin, Garden City, and Craig J. Ramsey, Scott City. Page 16 Garden City Telegram Thursday, July 15,1976 Other than financial troubles plague the operation, which is located less than a mile from where Detroit's 1967 , race riot originated. There have been numerous attempted break-ins at the warehouse, where Mrs.' Auberlin lives with a trained police dog. Security precautions have turned the building into a veritable fortress, with double steel doors, chains and locks. Quarter-inch steel guards the alley windows, and a locked mesh fence surrounds the parking lot. During the day, an off-duty policeman is on guard. But Mrs. Auberlin hopes to carry on her work regardless, bolstered by the gratitude of people thousands of miles away. Dr. Howard T. Curry Chiropractic office 24 Hr. Emergency Care 276-8284 IF NO ANSWER 276-7606 708 No. Main • Garden City Alice K. Raynesford, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. Dale Raynesford, 1001 Theron believes in... active separates to take you from season to season by KORET OF CALIFORNIA Make your own fashion.statement in. these imaginative sportswear separates... perfect put-togethers from Koret of California Kolortron. Beautiful clothes for active people in rich colors and prints. Select the look of blazer and vest combined with a smart print shirt. Blazer, 40.00. Skirt, 20.00. Vest, 20.00. Print shirt/21.00. 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