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
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
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
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
"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!