Volunteers Honored at 2011 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2011 Annual Meeting, Down the Street, Across the Country, and Around the World. A very special thank you to all our volunteers who help make the Red Cross mission a reality 365 days a year and to Mayor Steve Benjamin for delivering the keynote address!

Volunteer Award recipients Al Nooft, Larry Nettles, Drew Marrs, and Gloria Faircloth with Mayor Benjamin

George Hall Award – Al Nooft

Al Nooft received the George Hall Award for his exceptional personal leadership, dedication, and perseverance in developing and leading other volunteers. Al serves as the Disaster Services Mass Care Lead for the Central South Carolina Chapter. He recently returned from North Dakota, which was his third deployment this spring. While in North Dakota, Al displayed great leadership in training volunteers to assist in conducting shelter surveys and updating locations as changes occurred.  During the local storms in the Greenview community earlier this spring, Al opened his first shelter, and, in doing so, brought theEau ClaireBaptistChurchand its congregation into the world of the Red Cross. In addition to his work with shelters, Al is also an Emergency Response Vehicle driver and crew member, and has the training to represent the Red Cross as an EOC liaison at the county and state levels should a large scale disaster occur.

Clara Barton Award – Larry Nettles

For serving as an exemplary volunteer who embodies the same humanitarian compassion as our founder Clara Barton, Larry Nettles received the Clara Barton Award. Larry started his service with the Red Cross as a disaster volunteer after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. After serving on the Disaster Action Team for two years, he soon realized that money had to be raised to provide the services he loved so much, and his desire to make a difference, coupled with his passion in telling the American Red Cross story has resulted in him helping to secure over $300,000 for the Red Cross.  Even though Larry spends most of his time fundraising, he is still a disaster volunteer and is on call at least one week every month. Larry has also been nominated for national recognition through the Red Cross headquarters in Washington, DC.

Bill Carroll Award – Drew Marrs

Drew Marrs received the Bill Carroll Award for work that has resulted in the more effective delivery of health and safety education. Drew has been an integral part of both the Health and Safety and Regional Chapter operations, and he is an indispensible part of the back office team. As a volunteer Drew provides excellent customer service and subject matter expertise for any and all who call on the Red Cross.

Elizabeth Poat Award – Gloria Faircloth

Long-term volunteer Gloria Faircloth received the Elizabeth Poat Award for her continued creativity and service in a number of capacities. As the lead Disaster Volunteer Management Team member for the Central South Carolina Chapter, Gloria assures that all paperwork and background checks are accurate and complete, conducts in depth interviews, and assists with the necessary training for all incoming disaster services volunteers. Gloria also serves as an Emergency Response Vehicle driver and crew member, basic disaster instructor, and assists with disaster assessments in the field. She has been deployed inSouth Carolinacountless times and throughout the country at least 7 times.

Charlotte Berry Award recipient Ann Berry (BCBS) with Charlotte Berry

Charlotte Berry Ambassador of the Year Award – BlueCross Blue Sheial of South Carolina

The Charlotte Berry Ambassador of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding leadership volunteer who unselfishly promotes the values and mission of the Red Cross on both the Blood Services and Chapter Services side.  BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina received this year’s Charlotte Berry Award for their tremendous support of the Red Cross mission down the street, across the country, and around the world.  

Down the street, BlueCross BlueShield started sponsoring blood drives in the area in 1998, and they are currently the largest corporate blood drive sponsor in Columbia. During fiscal year 2010, they held 28 blood drives and collected a total of 787 units of blood. Over the past few years, BlueCross BlueSheild has also provided countless In Kind supplies and annual financial support, which together have played a key role in bringing the services of the Red Cross to our local community. Their generosity made this year’s Annual Meeting, as well as our Annual Gala, possible and a huge success. 

BlueCross BlueShield has also helped around the world, especially in Haiti and Japan. When Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7 earthquake last year, BlueCross BlueSheild stepped supported the Red Cross by implementing a 2 to 1 matching employee campaign.  When the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami struck earlier this year, the response from BlueCross BlueSheild was immediate and powerful, and living up to their reputation of corporate philanthropic giving, BlueCross BlueShield challenged their employees yet again and raised over $165,000.

Without the hardwork and dedication of exemplary volunteers and sponsors like these, the Red Cross mission would not be possible.  Thank you for all you do!

Click here to view pictures from the 2011 Annual Meeting.

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