Alison Cosham Winchell lives her life by the Golden Rule: treating others the way she would like to be treated.


Alison Cosham Winchell lives her life by the Golden Rule: treating others the way she would like to be treated. She applies that rule to volunteering. “I also discovered that volunteering has its own rewards,” she says.  “It has helped to increase my self confidence and given me a heightened sense of being part of the community.”
Since 1998, she’s been putting together the quarterly newsletter for the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; as well as being behind a twice-yearly newsletter for the Friends of the Pike County Public Library since 2000. “In 1994 I took the workshop offered by the Wayne-Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) and became a tutor, helping adults to read. I also tutored a couple of Spanish-speaking people who were learning English as a Second Language. Shortly after that I joined the WPALP board, and became involved with other activities including producing their newsletter, doing public relations, and special events. Later, I became active with Pike County’s Habitat for Humanity, creating their newsletter, and putting in hours of work on fund-raising efforts, special events and publicity. I was elected vice president of Habitat in 1999 ...In 1995, I joined the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. I was elected vice president for a two-year term in 1996. I have worked in The Other Shop and on the "Showtime at the Ritz" committee, chaired their Mistletoe Ball for three years from 2000,” she says.
In her spare time, the 72-year-old loves to play tennis. She and husband Alan play in United States Tennis Association (USTA) matches, she says. “Last fall, I captained a team that won local tournaments and went on to compete in the National Eastern Mixed Doubles Senior (over 50) Championship in Orlando, Florida. Alan and I spend four of the winter months in Florida and the weather allows us to play outside several times a week, sometimes three, even four, hours a day starting at 7 a.m. Great exercise!”
She’s also big on nature  “I have a passion for the country and for nature, and the house I built is on a creek, and surrounded by wild blueberry bushes, pitch pines, and, for a short period in May, a mass of rhodora (beautiful purple flowers) . Of course, the deer and the bear also come wandering through. One of my hobbies is photography, and this area presents some truly lovely sights,” she says.
The Wayne Independent looks forward to highlighting a different volunteer from the area each Thursday. If you have a suggestion of who we may interview, please contact Tammy Compton at (570)253-3055 or tcompton@wayneindependent.com. Thank you!