SUBMITTED BY: Abigail Gerard, CRC Intern
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”–Albert Einstein
It’s already been a year since we’ve been in our new Headquarters/DisasterOperationCenterand what a year it has been. On June 22, 2011 we held our 106th Annual Meeting. New and continuing board members were elected and a year in review report was presented. We also honored some of our volunteers and outstanding supporters that allow for our work to be possible. The Youth Volunteer Award went to Alicia Williams and Kevin Phillips, both outstanding volunteers and products of our annualLeadershipDevelopmentCenter teen camp.
The Good Neighbor Award went to Cincy Magazine and WCPO News for having made a significant humanitarian contribution to the local community in support of the Red Cross. In March of 2011, Cincy Magazine created the highly praised Disaster Preparedness Guide which highlighted American Red Cross preparedness programs in first aid, CPR and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). WCPO – TV has been a key media partner in times of disaster for the Cincinnati Red Cross. Whether it’s a local fire or a National disaster, WCPO has consistently supported the Chapter’s communications efforts. With the station’s help, our region was able to host its first telethon in support of local disaster relief, raising over $15,000 to support emergency assistance to victims of disasters.
The William Cooper Procter Award was given to Fifth Third Bank who brings extraordinary resources to the American Red Cross, enabling us to respond or train people to meet the needs of others. Since 1997 Fifth Third has contributed over $850,000 to the Red Cross, including $400,000 in disaster funds in support of the 1997 flood inCincinnati, Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina and last’s year devastating earthquake inHaiti. Fifth Third has also provided invaluable support through its private trusts including the Jacob G. Schmidlapp fund, which gave $200,000 for our wonderful new disaster operations center. Additionally, our Chapter has received more than $240,000 from the Dornette fund which, among other projects, has annually supported our Saving Lives Society Breakfast helping the Chapter build its fundraising capacity by increasing the number of multi-year, major donors.
The David Pollak Award went to George Long, who has provided long-term dedicated service and important expertise to the Red Cross, helping the chapter meets the needs of those who rely on our services. George began his volunteer career with the Red Cross 14 years ago in disaster services. During his tenure he has taken on leadership roles with the Disaster Teams, helping develop processes and procedures for working with disaster victims, and provided input and direction on our Long Range Planning Committee where he identified crucial areas for improvement.
And finally the Certificate of Merit was presented to Jerry Schulte and Jeff Thomas. On July 16, 2010, Jerry and Jeff, trained in American Red Cross Adult CPR, helped save the life of Leslie Maass. While working at home on his computer, Leslie Maass’s wife noticed he was struggling to breathe and called 911 who put her on hold. Knowing help couldn’t wait she ran next door to a nearby company and called out for help. Jerry Schulte and Jeff Thomas responded and followed her home. They found Leslie unresponsive and began CPR. Jerry started with full CPR and then took over breaths while Jeff focused on giving compressions. CPR was continued until localEMSarrived and used an Automatic External Defibrillator (an AED). Without a doubt, the skills learned in the American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course and used by Jerry Schulte and Jeff Thomas saved Leslie Maass’s life.
Some of the work our Chapter has achieved this past year includes continuing our partnership with United Wayof Greater Cincinnati and working with businesses in our area to generate more than $9 million in campaign contributions, all supporting the 150 United Way funded agencies in our region. Each year the American Red Cross recognizes the services from our troops and sign Holiday Mail for heroes. Over 3,000 cards were sent out from our area to service men and women. The 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hitJapantouched so many and just as after the earthquake inHaitiso many in our Tri-State region showed their generosity and we were able to raise nearly one million dollars to help provide relief in Japan.
We congratulate all of our honorees because they are truly the ones who enable theAmerican Red Cross to fulfill its mission and we are proud to work with each of you. Our address has changed, but our mission continues to be as strong as ever, supporting the community down the street, across the country, and around the world.