National Nurses Week is an established recognition event that begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12 — Florence Nightingale’s birthday. As of 1998, May 8 is designated as National Student Nurses Day.
Clinton County Voiture 992 (V-992), a small charitable veterans group, has been involved in the 40 & 8’s Nurses Training Program since they received their charter in 1984. Every year since then, if they had an applicant(s), they have awarded a “Nurses Training” scholarship that has now grown to $2,000 per recipient.
In 2003 the scholarship was renamed the “Jeanette Payne Memorial Nurses Scholarship” in honor of her lifelong dedication to the nursing profession and her years training nurses at Clinton Memorial Hospital. The V-992 members are committed to doing all they can to meet the ever increasing demand for nurses and the increased number of scholarship applicants.
V-992, for the first time last year, awarded two $2,000 scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year and will be doing the same for the 2018-19 academic year, thanks to the generosity the Post 49 American Legion family.
Also, for the first time, the 30 Clinton County veterans that make up the organization are turning to the community for financial assistance.
The members have set a goal of $30,000 in donations, in addition to their ongoing fundraising activities like breakfasts, raffles, etc.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the “Jeanette Payne Memorial Nurses Scholarships, make your check payable to: American Legion Charities (memo: Jeanette Payne Scholarship) and mailed to Jack Rose, 267 N. Lincoln St. Wilmington, OH 45177 or drop it off at Wilmington Veterans Post 49, 140 E. Locust St., Wilmington, marked “Attn: Jack Rose.”