Township of Ocean, Ocean County, New Jersey

First Aid Auxilary

First Aid Auxiliary - How It All Started

During the Christmas Holidays in 1978, a few members of the squad and their spouses met for a social evening together. A discussion came up regarding the financial needs of the squad. Due to the high cost of gasoline during the famous gasoline shortage and other operating expenses, the squad was in dire need of additional funds. After burning the midnight oil, the four ladies present; squad members Verna Dockery, Kathy Dockery, and Sherry Zobie and Henrietta Van Oost, spouses of squad members, came up with the idea of starting the Waretown First Aid Auxiliary.

They approached Hazel Meade, squad secretary, and one of the founders of the squad. Hazel was very much enthused with the proposal.

A formation meeting was held in the squad building on February 21, 1979. Seventeen ladies attended and sixteen became members. At the March meeting, officers were elected and chairpersons appointed.

Our first venture was a cake and food sale, which turned out immensely successful. A flea market followed, and shortly after, a fashion show was set up with members as models. Door prizes were donated by local merchants. To close out the year a Holiday Bazaar was an overwhelming success. This enthusiastic group soon grew to 30 ladies.

Seven men from the squad also were accepted as honorary members. They provided the muscle power that was needed for future projects. The auxiliary members were invited to the annual Squad Installation dinner. The highlight was when Auxiliary President Sherry Zobie presented Squad President William Meade with a check for $1,500.00. Members worked diligently that year and every year since.

The Auxiliary will celebrate its 25th anniversary on February 21, 2004. We have a good group of members and are proud of our accomplishments. Our total contributions to the squad since its inception has been $87,500.00. As the saying goes, "we've come a long way, baby".

The Auxiliary welcomes new members. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in the Squad building at 7 PM. For more information, write to: Waretown First Aid Auxiliary, P.O. Box 428, Waretown, NJ 08758.

Henrietta Van Oost
Auxiliary Historian