Volunteer gives many hours on a regular basis

Anne Hinkle

Anne Hinkle

April 29, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

She works behind the bar at The Maryland Theatre, behind the desk at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic Recreation and Community Center and visits patients at the Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Anne Hinkle, 90, makes volunteering her full-time job.

She moved to Washington County in 1938 and has volunteered "since the first Sunday I was in church," she said.

She served as a deacon and an elder and worked with the Sunday school for her Presbyterian church, she said.

Her volunteer efforts recently prompted Hinkle to take a bartending class.

As a volunteer at The Maryland Theatre, she helps run the refreshment counter. Because of new state regulations, she had to obtain a bartending license because the theater needed a licensed bartender on the premises.

"I have a license, but I don't know anything about mixing drinks," she said.

Hinkle started volunteering at The Maryland Theatre more than 50 years ago. She took her children to shows there and then started volunteering, she said.


For years, Hinkle has logged three to four hours a week at Western Maryland Medbank doing clerical work.

Hinkle keeps track of the hours that all the other volunteers log at the Western Maryland Hospital Center, greets visitors at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and checks in patrons at HCC's ARCC.

"I do a lot of counting people," Hinkle said.

She lives alone and doesn't like television, so volunteering is the best way to stay busy, she said.

"I don't like TV. I watch 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!' if I'm home."

She also knits and crochets in her downtime, but looking for ways to stay busy hasn't been a problem for Hinkle. Most of her volunteer jobs "just fell on me," she said.

Friends of hers were already volunteering at the ARCC when Hinkle signed up for the job. She's been working there since before the building was completed.

Hinkle decided to volunteer at the Western Maryland Hospital Center after her husband was a patient there, Hinkle said.

Working at the hospital visiting patients and at the ARCC talking with students is the most interesting work she does, Hinkle said.

At the hospital, "I feel I'm really there for somebody," she said.

And, she said, "I have a lot of fun with the basketball players" at the ARCC, Hinkle said.

"They play jokes on me. I have a lot of fun with those kids," she said.


Name: Anne Hinkle

Hometown: Hagerstown

Occupation: Volunteer

What was your proudest moment?: Creating her family made Hinkle proud. She adopted a child, had a daughter, and then had twin boys.

Whom do you admire most and why?: Pastor Steve Wagoner because he was there when Hinkle needed him five years ago after her daughter died.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received and who gave it to you?: To work at the YMCA. She worked there about 23 years.

What is the next goal you would like to achieve?: To live to see a great-grandson.

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