Violet E. Carlson Guild

Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild

What is our purpose?

Donna Carlson Overly and Sandy Carlson and friends envisioned the Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild as a way to honor Violet E. Carlson and keep the spirit of the Harrison Medical Center Festival of Trees alive. The Guild, as a fundraising arm of the Harrison Medical Center Foundation, will use the mini-tree idea as the driver for the fundraising activities. Members wish to serve as advocates for Harrison Medical Center through volunteer, philanthropic and educational endeavors to ensure excellent care for patients in our region. Our fundraising projects will make possible programs and services for Harrison, resulting in a healthier community.

How to I become a member?

Download your membership form today!

Annual membership dues are $20 for Active members and $30 for non-voting supporting members. Members are encouraged to attend as many regular meetings as possible and participate in our fundraising event.

Guild meetings will be organized around our fundraising event, however we will have educational, hospital-related speakers as well. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 PM in the Harrison Annex Meeting Room, 750 Lebo Blvd., East Bremerton. For further information on membership please contact Guild President RayAnn Randall or Membership Chairman Donna Overly or the Harrison Medical Center Foundation office at 360-744-6760.

Our Table Top Christmas event is scheduled for November 17, 2013. Event location will be the Harrison Medical center – Silverdale, Garden Room. More information will be available closer to the event.

Who was Violet E. Carlson?

Violet Ellen Tannahill was born in Kansas in 1925. During WWII she met Robert A. Carlson (Bob) a Bremerton (Manette) resident. In 1946 she joined Bob in Bremerton where they were married and raised their family. As support to their daughters, Sandra L. Carlson and Donna L. Carlson Overly, Violet volunteered for the Girl Scouts, 4-H and PTA besides being a homemaker. Also during those years, side by side with Bob, she helped built a house from scratch. In 1986, Bob suffered a lingering, fatal illness and Violet became his primary care giver. For three years, Bob was in and out of Harrison Hospital. Violet earned the admiration of the physicians. At the same time the family appreciated the care and support they all received from doctors, nurses, other hospital staff and hospital volunteers during this difficult time. This inspired Violet and her daughters to become active in the Harrison Foundation's Festival of Trees along with other members of the family.

After Bob’s death, Violet became an active volunteer with Harrison Hospital’s Festival of Trees, Selective Swim Program at the YMCA, East Bremerton Friends of the Library, and Manette Community Church. She was a “tirelessly-behind-the-scenes” volunteer—those volunteers who are the foundation of all volunteer work. She was honored by the Bremerton Sun Newspaper as an “unsung hero” in 2001 and also awarded the YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award for 2001. Vi continued to help friends and family everyday until her death. Violet Carlson died of a stroke on November 14, 2001.

VEC Guild

Violet E. Carlson


Thank you to our Table Top Christmas Sponsors:


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