Red Cross celebrates volunteer, centennial


For the Daily Call



GREENVILLE — This year’s American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter annual meeting has a twist — it’s outside. That’s correct, an annual meeting complete with hotdogs, pulled pork and fierce corn hole completion.

On May 20, the chapter is blending its annual meeting with a volunteer recognition celebration. The meeting, which is being held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, allows both indoor and outdoor resources, so regardless of the weather, the American Red Cross will recognize the contributions of over 200 volunteers and donors as well as continuing the celebration of the Chapter’s centennial year.

Drinks, food and table service are being provided. However, the Red Cross asks that those who are attending bring a dish to share.

Prior to the meal, the Red Cross is handing out several community, partner and volunteer awards, with the award winners being revealed at the meeting.

• Centennial Clara Barton Award: For the volunteer who is inspirational and iconic, who volunteers with passion and clarity of mission.

• Centennial Henry Dunant Award: For the volunteer who is willing to volunteer without being asked; is always there when needed, whatever the task.

• Centennial Dr. Charles Drew Award: For the volunteer who is selflessly giving in our Blood Services Mission.

• Centennial Major Charles Lynch Award: For the volunteer who exemplifies the high standards of our First Aid and CPR classes and encourages us to care for and save lives.

• Centennial Janet Wilson Award: For the volunteer who sets an example by their work of One Red Cross.

• Centennial Commodore Wilbert E. Longfellow Award: For the volunteer who advocates for the American Red Cross mission, who carries our story into action and who energizes others to join.

In addition to recognizing those who help the Red Cross continue to thrive, the Annual Meeting is yet another event in the slew of occasions this year centered around the celebration of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter centennial.

In 1917, Red Cross chapters came into existence in Darke, Miami, Shelby, Clark, Champaign and Logan counties, and for the last 100 years the Red Cross has been helping prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of disasters in the area. From health and safety classes to supporting members of the military, the Red Cross has helped to make the community safer and more prepared.

The meeting takes place May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 Ohio 502, in Greenville. It is free and open to the public. In addition, to the Red Cross event, the nature center, as well as the log cabin, blacksmith shop and nature trails will be open.

For the Daily Call