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Profile: Sue Rehwaldt Hays (AFSCME Local 2992)

BACKGROUND:

Sue Rehwaldt Hays is an Occupational Therapist at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute. She assists the acute psychiatric patients with skill building in order to facilitate personal growth and build life skills. She works with geropsychiatric patients to assess and provide care based on their individual needs.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: QUILT GUILD AND BETA SIGMA PHI

Sue is active in a quilt guild. This group of individuals who love quilting gets together monthly to share ideas and discuss the hobby. They also undertake projects to put their quilting skills to use on behalf of charitable causes. Sue coordinated the sewing of two quilts which were donated to the American Legion, which auctioned off the quilts to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Sue’s quilt guild also makes “cuddle quilts” which they donate to the girls at Clarinda Academy. Sue and the guild also participate in the “Quilts of Valor” project, which makes quilts for veterans. The guild also raises scholarship funds for local students who are considering a career in textiles.

Sue joined Beta Sigma Phi (Chapter Eta Epsilon) twenty-five years ago and has held various officer positions over the years. The members of this service oriented sorority seek to improve themselves and their communities. Some of Sue’s chapter’s service projects have included providing Easter gifts to residents of Terrace View resident care facility and raising funds for the Sheriff’s Department and Police Department’s Operation Blessing, which provides holiday gifts for underprivileged children.

Sue is also active in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Clarinda. She is currently the interim Sunday School director and previously served as the permanent director for ten years.

WHY SHE VOLUNTEERS—IN HER OWN WORDS:

“The quilt guild and Beta Sigma Phi has given me a chance to connect with women I would not otherwise get to know. It is nice to be able to meet new people and then work together with them on behalf of good causes.”

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