NorthBay Volunteers are Real Gems!

Posted: July 1, 2020

Two longtime NorthBay Guild volunteers were honored in June for outstanding contributions to the Vacaville community.

Lynn Gallagher and Pat Dennis were both recipients of the Soroptimist International of Vacaville’s prestigious Ruby Award.The honor was bestowed during a Zoom meeting on June 16.

Lynn, a charter member of the NorthBay Hospice & BereavementLynn Gallagher. Volunteer Program, has been helping families through end-of-life challenges since 1987.

Her first encounter with a hospice program came when her mother was dying in 1986.

“It was such a huge help, so impactful to me and my father,” she recalls. When NorthBay Healthcare began its program in 1987, she was among the first to sign up for training. She continues to serve to this day, as the program’s most veteran volunteer.

“The Hospice team can bring stability at a difficult time, offering comfort and support and really help them and their families share their stories in those final days.”

She has also been active in her church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and in food distribution programs to help those in need.

Pat Dennis is a volunteer extraordinaire in Solano County and is Pat Dennis.currently president of the Saturday Club. She has held leadership positions with the NorthBay Guild, the Wednesday Club of Suisun and the Vacaville Museum Guild.  

Pat says if it wasn’t for her involvement with the NorthBay Guild, she wouldn’t know anyone in Solano County.

“When my husband and I moved here 22 years ago, we didn’t know anyone. NorthBay was my stepping stone. I got to go to everything and meet wonderful people, thanks to NorthBay.”

In addition to serving 21 years on the NorthBay Guild, Pat also put in five years as a Hospice and Bereavement volunteer.

Soroptimist International of Vacaville is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with the access to education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

The Ruby Award is named after the first president of the Washington, D.C., Soroptimist Club, Ruby Lee Minar. It has also been known as the Woman of the Year award.

The Ruby Award acknowledges outstanding community achievements and comes with a $1,000 donation in each winners’ name, made to their charity of choice.

Lynn’s charity of choice is NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. Pat’s charity of choice is the Saturday Club’s scholarship program.

“We are so proud of the contributions these two women have made, not only to NorthBay Healthcare, but to their community overall,” said Lou Lopez, Volunteer Services supervisor. “Their awards are well-deserved.”


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