Cape Fear Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

WILMINGTON, NC, June 13, 2013 The American Red Cross – Cape Fear Chapter held its 104th Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on June 11, 2013, at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington. More than 40 community members attended the event which included highlights of the vital programs and services provided by the local Red Cross to Cape Fear area residents during the current fiscal year.  Pictures from the event can be found on the Cape Fear Chapter Facebook page. Special recognition was given to the following award recipients for their exceptional service:

Executive Director, Vicki LaBelle, receives the Employee of the Year Award

Executive Director, Vicki LaBelle, receives the Employee of the Year Award

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award

Abby Bowman

Services to Armed Forces Award

Bill Ritenour

Blood Services Support Award

Mary Jo Conlogue

Disaster Services Award

Chuck Thurlow

Chapter Support Services Award

Bev Murtaugh

Employee Excellence Award

Vicki LaBelle

Volunteer Leadership Award

Debra Duna and Mike Seigh

Outstanding Community Partner Award

Brunswick County Emergency Services

Tiffany Circle Recognition

Jessica and Monica Watson

Blood Donor Recognition

James Mahony – 10+ gallons

William Roesink – 13 gallons

Ruth Jordan – 13+ gallons

Susan Jackson – 13+ gallons

Stephen Abarno – 15 gallons

Klaus Schagat – 15+ gallons

Worth Olive – 17+ gallons

William Cottingham – 16 gallons

Lee Pierce – 16 gallons

David Eggleston – 16+ gallons

James Stasios – 23+ gallons

Carole Bryant – 50 gallons

Additionally, the Cape Fear Chapter unanimously elected its 2013-14 Board of Directors officers and members.  The following leadership team will take office on July 1, 2013.

Officers: Bradley Coxe, Chairman; Brad Barth, Vice Chair I & Board Development Committee Chair; Peggy O’Leary, Vice Chair II & Philanthropy Committee Chair; Connie Reeves, Secretary; Larry Matheny, Immediate Past Chairman

Members At Large:  Kent Anderson, Kathleen Baylies, Craig Chancellor, Jay Briley, Drew Haley, Yvonne Hughes, John Roberts, Dr. Andrew Simpson, Nolan Smith, and Tony Stroud

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. The Cape Fear Chapter serves Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties in southeastern North Carolina.

Red Cross Disaster Exercise in Goldsboro

GOLDSBORO, NC, June 3, 2013— Thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding and other disasters are all common occurrences across eastern NC. That’s why it’s imperative that the American Red Cross, an organization responsible for bringing comfort to those affected by disaster, is as prepared as possible in advance of any unexpected event.

The Red Cross of Eastern NC will hold a disaster training exercise in Goldsboro on Thursday, June 6 from 9am-3pm at the Wayne County Chapter at 600 N. George St., Goldsboro, NC 27530. Disaster staff and volunteers across the region will participate in a mock disaster scenario and run-through all of the steps involved in a response.

“We’re a high risk area for hurricanes in eastern NC so we have to prepare ahead of the storms,” said David Garrison, Director of Disaster Services for the American Red Cross. “The time for training is when the sky is blue.  This training will help ensure we are ready to respond as we begin the first week of hurricane season.”

The Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross is made up of a network of nine community chapters across 33 counties serving the NC coastal region from I-95 to the Outer Banks all the way to the SC and VA borders.  Red Cross workers from all nine chapters will travel to Goldsboro to participate in the disaster exercise.

“The more we train through exercises like this one, the better we can help our communities when they truly need us,” added Garrison.

The public and media are welcome to view the disaster exercise in action (space permitting).  For more information about the disaster exercise, please contact David Garrison at 910-515-8174.

 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross..

New CEO for Wayne/Greene & Lenoir County Chapters

GOLDSBORO, NC, June 3, 2013 The Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross is pleased to welcome Tammy Forrester as the new CEO for the Wayne/Greene and Lenoir County Chapters effective May 28, 2013.  She has been working as the interim Chapter CEO since December 17, 2012 and brings 6 years of Red Cross experience to her new post.

Forrester started her American Red Cross career as a blood drive coordinator for Wayne County and later became the health and safety director responsible for all of the first aid and CPR training courses.   Forrester was also in roles that supported fundraising and volunteer management before she accepted the CEO position.  Prior to joining the Red Cross, she worked as a sales rep for a local company selling first aid and safety supplies.

“We are very excited to have Tammy Forrester accept this leadership role for the Wayne/Greene and Lenoir County Chapters. Tammy has demonstrated her commitment to her constituents, her community and the American Red Cross. We are confident that her strong leadership will continue and enhance the chapter’s impact on our clients, partners and our paid and volunteer staff,” said Bill Brent, CEO for the Red Cross of the Eastern NC Region.

Forrester has been a resident of Goldsboro for 23 years and has been actively involved in the community both through the Red Cross and outreach efforts at her church.  She and her husband Andy Forrester, a native of Goldsboro, are the proud parents of 3 boys who received their education through the Wayne County School System.