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Fall 2005

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The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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Women: Life Blood of the Red Cross

Women: Life Blood of the Red Cross

It's an understatement to say that the American Red Cross would not be what it is, or where it is, today without the leadership and support of American women.

Starting with Clara Barton, women have historically served not just as key volunteers but as financial supporters of the Red Cross, as well.

A perfect example is Elizabeth Chicado, who has contributed her time, talent and treasure for the last 33 years and recently established a Red Cross charitable gift annuity.

"As my husband served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, I had plenty of opportunities to see the Red Cross in action," Liz recalls. But our family never needed assistance until this year, when the condo belonging to my granddaughter and her husband burned and they were evacuated. A Red Cross team helped them with immediate needs."

Liz's listing of her Red Cross volunteer activity consumes two pages, singlespaced, and includes committee work, teaching, public speaking, leadership positions and awards.

My husband says the Red Cross is my pulpit," she explained. It embodies principles in which I deeply believe. The Red Cross helps people based on neediness, not worthiness. Whether the home lost in a disaster is worth $25 or $25 million, it's still a personal disaster, and the Red Cross is there to help with food, shelter and comfort."

In addition to her gift annuity, which provides her with quarterly payments for the rest of her life, Liz intends to make the Red Cross a beneficiary of her estate plan.

"I hope that my gift will provide motivation to other Red Cross members to do something similar," she added.

Liz and her husband, Fred, have three children and six grandchildren. She retired in 2002 from the faculty of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. In retirement, she enjoys photography, computing, reading, music, theater, opera and keeping in touch with family and friends around the world. Oh, yes and volunteering with the American Red Cross!

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