The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York (ARCNENY) hosted the 2013 Annual Meeting last night, June 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. Five members of the Board of Directors were re-elected to three year terms: Catherine McCann, Lisa Scott, Denise Sheehan, Richard Sleasman and Steve Trippe. New Directors elected for three year terms were: Kristen Delaney, Mary Beth Sonne, and Christopher Bonitatibus. A Youth Member of the Board, Kathleen Grabowski, was elected to a one year term. Veteran Board member Steve Madarasz, who has served nine years as a board member, the limit, was elected to the Chapter's Honorary Board.
Richard Sleasman was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors, with David Scianimanico as Vice-Chair. Augusta Martin is Secretary.
About 40 individual awards were presented to Volunteers and Employees of ARCNENY, which included representatives from a 17-county region which stretches from the Canadian border as far south as Dutchess and Ulster counties. The Regional Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Katherine Graff from the Mid- Hudson Valley Chapter. Among other major awards were the Clara Barton Award, presented to Gerald Jackson, and the Lillian Weiler Lifetime Service Award, which was presented posthumously to Joseph Maybury. Recently retired Red Cross employee Don Geurtze accepted the award for Maybury, who died in April.
Service Pin Recipients included 84 individuals who have given up to 25 years of service to the Red Cross. Frances Berg and Audrey Vanderhoef were recognized for 30 years service; Richard Bagnoli and Mary Bayham-Caraco for 35 years; Alan Hodges for 40 years, Donald Macomber for 45 years, Marjorie Finn and M. Bernadette Mayersohn for 50 years, and Rezsin Adams for 55 years of service to the Red Cross.
Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Red Cross mission and constitute 96 percent of our workforce. Our vital work is made possible by the volunteers who want to make a difference in the community. We congratulate everyone recognized at the ceremony for their achievements, and thank all of our great volunteers from across the NENY region.