“Women Have A Special Sense of Community”

Written by: Connie Ross-Karl,  Major Gifts Officer, Coastal SC Chapter of the American Red Cross

Barefoot Resort Ladies Luncheon, co-chairs, Martha Green (left) and Nona Renee Fonda (right) welcome me (middle) with open arms to their September Luncheon.

Barefoot Resort Ladies Luncheon Group enjoys gathering at a variety of restaurants to socialize and learn more about each other and topics of mutual interest throughout the Grand Strand, especially in North Myrtle Beach.

I was honored to have been invited to their recent September meeting at Ocean Creek Resort to talk about the mission of the American Red Cross with an emphasis on updates from our local Coastal SC Chapter and presenting our FY12 Annual Report. 

At the luncheon, I also discussed how we meet the needs of our local communities by working side-by-side with other Red Cross chapters across the country to respond to the needs of those suffering from major disasters.  The Coastal SC Chapter alone, deployed 14 trained volunteers this summer to assist with Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf.      

I shared with them that everyday Red Cross workers respond across the United States –  from wildfires in Washington, to flooding in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to disasters right here in our backyard. The Red Cross is always there.  We train volunteers, replenish supplies and provide emergency relief to the next family or individual affected by a disaster. 
At the event, I announced the new expanded Blood Service office in the Kroger Shopping Center in Carolina Forest, which can now provide platelets for cancer and other chronically ill patients needing blood. 
Barefoot Resort Ladies Luncheon has been under the successful co-chairmanship of Nona Renee Fonda and Martha Green for six years as part of Barefoot Resort Residents’ Club Lifestyle Committee activities.  In that time, attendance has increased from 25 to more than 100 women from all around the Barefoot development.  I am amazed by the hard work and dedication that these ladies have invested into this group.  These women sure have a special sense of community!
Fonda shared with me that they meet once a month and provide a feature program that will be of interest to the ladies.  She also said that she looks forward to having the Red Cross back in April.  

We  too are excited to come back in April to speak to the group.  Our Coastal SC Chapter Executive Director, Nanci Conley, will present the April 2013 program, commemorating the four-year anniversary of the Horry County Wildfire, celebrating the Red Cross response and the recovery and healing of the community.

For information on Barefoot Resort Ladies Luncheon, contact Nona Renee Fonda by email at pigaroni@aol.com.

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