The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross opened its doors to the Disaster Operations Center and gave the public a taste of how their disaster response team would handle a disaster in the area at its 108th Annual Meeting on June 12. The live simulation allowed visitors to see how the Red Cross responds, prepares and mobilizes for local and national emergencies. Individuals were able to visit disaster stations and talk with disaster response team volunteers about what it is like to respond to emergency situations.
During the meeting the chapter welcomed new board members, elected new officers and CEO of the Cincinnati Area Chapter, alongside of the Chapter’s Board Chair, Ralph S. Michael III, presented several prestigious service awards to volunteers and community leaders. “Everything we do is because of the commitment of thousands of volunteers…and because of the generosity of our donors,” said Mike Michael, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, and Chair of the Board of the Cincinnati Chapter. “Every gift of whatever amount counts.”
Six awards were presented to Red Cross honorees. The Mission Choice Award was presented to Indigo Life Media, a Dayton based media firm, for their promotion of the Red Cross mission through unique and creative multimedia messaging.
The Youth Volunteer Award was presented to Nathan Grosser for his service as an invaluable Leadership Development Counselor for three years.
The Good Neighbor Award was presented to Toyota Dealers Association of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky and George Joseph, President of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Toyota dealers for their donation of the bright red Toyota Tundra truck that was displayed at the Great American Ball Park in 2012.
“Toyota’s partnership and support of our local programs and services makes a difference for those who rely on the Red Cross in disasters and other emergencies,” said Trish Smitson. The Red Cross has used the Tundra to pull equipment trailers, assist in bulk distribution and to haul supplies for disasters.
The David Pollak Award was presented to Stanford T. Williams, Jr. for his leadership of the Chapter’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the past three years.
The William Cooper Procter Award was presented to Moe Rouse. Rouse has done many things to support the Red Cross since becoming a board member in 2008, including becoming a lifetime member of the Tiffany Circle National Council.
One of the most prestigious awards to receive, the Clara Barton Honor Award, was presented to Pamela D. Sibcy of Sibcy Cline Realtors for her years of volunteerism. Pamela is a founding member of the Red Cross Cincinnati Tiffany Circle, which has raised $750,000 in the past three years for the organization. She also served on the Cincinnati chapter’s board and committee that raised $3 million for the Red Cross building located on Dana Avenue.
This past year, the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region responded to 867 disaster incidents, helping more than 1,222 families. They provided emergency messaging, presentations and training to 6,770 military families, and provided disaster education and preparedness programs to more than 125,000 people. They trained 63,657 in Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED and Water Safety Courses and educated 13,382 people about the measles initiative and international humanitarian law. They also served 525 youth through the Leadership Development Center and other volunteers.
The American Red Cross could not fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies without its volunteers and generosity of donors. Thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters who make it possible for the Red Cross to jump into action during times of disaster.