A former Memorial Volunteer Auxiliary president recently accepted his new statewide position in the Texas Association of Healthcare Volunteers (TAHV). At an installation ceremony during the annual convention of TAHV volunteers in San Antonio, Don Newland was named the state’s President Elect for 2013-14. Mr. Newland has served with the Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin’s Volunteer Auxiliary since 2006 and was President for five successive years. Mr. Newland is the first member of the Memorial auxiliary to reach this prestigious position with the TAHV. His duties include working with more than 200 member hospitals and 4,500 volunteers throughout the state. “As President Elect for the Texas Association of Healthcare Volunteers, I have virtually unlimited opportunities to help volunteers throughout our state further enhance their already wonderful assets by helping provide more educational opportunities via our associations programs for volunteers in healthcare,” Newland said. Since the TAHV’s inception in 1941, there has only been one male president. Mr. Newland will become the second man to serve in this role when he becomes TAHV President in 2014. The TAHV supports healthcare volunteer organizations by providing educational opportunities, which enhance the delivery of medical services statewide. The organization also keeps members informed on pertinent healthcare matters and sponsors scholarships for students in the healthcare field.