I think famed anthropologist Margaret Mead said it best: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

In October 1958, a group of Culpeper women came together for the sole purpose of bringing a hospital to our community. They wanted to be able to have their children locally and not to have to drive to another county when an emergency arose. Town and county governments heard their plea and in January 1960 Culpeper Memorial Hospital opened its doors.

On this 61st anniversary of our Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the present and the previous auxilians who have been faithful in supporting what is now Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. Your smiles greet the community each day and each of you are greatly appreciated.

Volunteerism is seen throughout our community and I’m proud that our 170 auxilians are working toward making Culpeper a better place for us all.

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Joan Proctor

Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary Board Chair

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