CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (6/27/12) – Members of the Calloway County Chapter of the American Red Cross gathered for their Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting Tuesday afternoon. The event was held in Murray at the Weaks Community Center and was a time to recognize and thank volunteers, staff and donors.
The event began with a recollections video that showed pictures of events from the past year. That was followed by a time to acknowledge the contributions of volunteers in the various service areas over the last 12 months.
The Volunteer of the Year recognition went to Camilla Young. She has served in a variety of capacities including an on-call office worker, fundraising and community events, blood drives and swim registration. Young was also recognized for her service earlier this year by the United Way during an event in May. (Camilla Young is pictured to the right with Jennifer Wilson on the left)
Once the 2012 Annual Meeting was called to order, the members of the Board of Directors were honored for their service. It was mentioned that the chapter received 100% board giving during the past year. The chapter was honored for that achievement with a 2012 plate to go on their office plaque. The plate was sent to the local office by the National CEO and President of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern. This is the first time since 2008 to reach the 100% level. Individual board members were each given a pin as part of that recognition.
Outgoing board members Glenn Fritts, Bob West and Jeremy Phillips (leaving the board in September) were also recognized for their service to the community. New board members Roger Polo, Johnny Phillips and Mike Haven were voted in unanimously. They will serve during the next year with Kris Foster, Christi Spann, Jim Baurer, Bill Benriter, Dick Weaver and Larry Doyle.
Laura Fristoe represents Blood Donor Recruitment for the Tennessee Valley Region. She reported to the group that 35 blood drives had been held in Calloway County over the past year. This resulted in 1,371 units of blood collected and saved 4,113 lives.
Executive Director Jennifer Wilson gave her annual director’s report and said that they responded to 22 disasters in Calloway County. The 22nd actually was occurring while the group was meeting. Wilson said that two members of the Paducah Chapter who were coming to the event volunteered to work a field fire so that the Calloway County volunteers could stay and enjoy the event. Wilson says this reminds her that no disaster is purely local. She went on to praise to entire region for working together and said there are several chapters within a close proximity that cooperate whenever the need arises.
Wilson also spoke of the variety of services, fundraising and awareness events that took place over the past year. Most recently, the Summer Swim opportunities have offered 50 classes in just three weeks. She also took time to highlight the Next Generation of Red Cross Training which allows people interested in training to register and pay online at www.redcross.org.
Just before adjourning, Chairperson Kris Foster expressed her thanks to the board members. She specifically honored Wilson for all she does as for the community throughout the year as the chapter’s Executive Director.
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