“The Red Cross is here because you are here”

On Wednesday, June 9, the Greater Carolinas Chapter held its 93rd Annual Meeting, at which we honor volunteers and install new board members.

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The highlight of the afternoon was honoring several outstanding volunteers with awards:

  • Keeping the Program Alive: Susan Johnson

  • Rookie of the Year Award: Beth Walters

  • Sunny Day Award: Jim Hunter

  • Weekend Warrior: Gayathri Vijayagopalan

  • In a Pinch Award: Bob Quick and Troy Reed

  • Red Cross Cheerleader: Kim Lasiter

  • Breakthrough Performance Award: Sonia Tremblay

  • Stealth Award: Ross Cahn

  • Spirit of Cliff Andrews Award: Ellen Bacon

To read about the awards and view pictures, click here.

Outgoing board chair Mike Rash opened the meeting by thanking everyone in attendance. “It has been a rewarding experience for me personally and has helped me see the tremendous impact the American Red Cross makes in the lives of people every day,” Rash said.

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Rash recognized the board members who have successfully served their board term and will be rotating off the board this month: Kourtney Bradshaw, Esther Park, Gilbert Peacock, Cutter Davis, Beverly Hammonds-Bold and Robert Gulliver. Coming onto the board will be Ben Dobson and Tracey Grooms.

The chapter installed its new board leadership: Iris Horton – Chairwoman, Randall King – Vice Chairman, Tate Ogburn – Secretary, and Obi Anyafo – Treasurer. 

Incoming board chair Iris Horton then introduce Amy and Arnie Jones, who shared their wonderful story of life and love. One night when Amy was 9 months pregnant, she began struggling to breathe, and Arnie was there to give her CPR until paramedics arrived.

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Horton then recalled several outstanding accomplishments over the past year:

  • The Chapter honored the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo with a display at the Levine Museum

  • Our Regional Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders was named “Circle of the Year” at the Tiffany Circle Summit in Washington DC

  • We sent dozens of local volunteers to large scale disasters across the country

  • Our region raised more than $2 million dollars in Haitian Earthquake relief

  • We certified nearly 100% of our Board members in CPR

One highlight of the afternoon was honoring former Red Cross CEO Pamela Jefsen for her hard work with the chapter. “Pam on behalf of all those served under your leadership – we say thank you.  Thank you for your commitment and love of the American Red Cross and thank you for your 25 years of service to this great organization,” Rash said.

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The meeting concluded as Rash handing the official gavel to Horton with a cheerful “Good luck!”

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