Members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary made history Tuesday evening by electing the first male president of the organization.

Boyd Vieregge, of rural Greenville, assumed the leadership role during the Auxiliary’s General Membership Meeting.

Vieregge has previously served as Second Vice President of the Auxiliary, Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Steering Committee, Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Public Auction Booth, Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar Collectible Booth, and Co-Chairman of the Apple Butter and Peach Butter Projects.

Vieregge regularly volunteers as a Surgery Department Host and a Health Fair volunteer.

“If there is work to be done on behalf of the Hospital Auxiliary, Boyd willingly offers his assistance,” said Auxiliary Treasurer Sharon Alger, during the installation ceremony. “Boyd has served the Auxiliary with dedication, skill, and generosity.”

As Auxiliary President, Vieregge will lead the quarterly meetings of the organization’s officers and general membership. He will serve as a liaison between the various fund raising projects and volunteer service opportunities.

Also recognized Tuesday evening was outgoing Auxiliary President Nancy Machmer. “Nancy has sacrificially offered her time, resources, and talent to the Auxiliary for the past five decades,” commented Alger. “Nancy is creative, organized, and faithful to the mission of the Auxiliary. She is currently Co-Chair of the Thrift Shop Committee. Her other assignments have included Chairman of the For Women Only Booth and What’s In the Kitchen Booth.”

Tuesday marked the conclusion of Machmer’s second term as president. She was first elected to the position in 2006. As Immediate Past-President of the Auxiliary, Nancy will serve for two years on the Auxiliary’s Executive Committee and will assist the organization’s President, officers, and volunteers.

Michael Zilm, Interim President and CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital, addressed Auxiliary members in attendance. Zilm highlighted the hospital’s great potential, noting the facility’s physical plant as an asset. Zilm said he had, “…very good, very positive feelings about Greenville Regional Hospital, Greenville as a community, and all of the people I’m working with.”

Zilm provided a brief update on happenings at Greenville Regional Hospital and thanked the Auxiliary for their dedication and hard work. “The Auxiliary is a part of the hospital and a part of this community,” said Zilm. “Your level of support speaks volumes about Greenville Regional Hospital.”