The American Red Cross in Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties honored volunteers at its Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at American Legion Post 96 in Lima.
Those recognized include volunteers who help with blood drives, assist at fundraising events, help in the office, and are on the scene assisting disaster victims, locally and nationally.
The Clara Barton Award and Volunteer of the Year Award were given to an individual in each county. The Clara Barton Award recognizes a volunteer who has displayed significant leadership and commitment to the Red Cross mission. The Volunteer of the Year Award honors a volunteer who tirelessly carries out the mission of the Red Cross. Several other awards were also given in each county. Honorees include:
The Allen County Chapter’s Clara Barton Award was presented to Becky Hauserman of Pandora. Hauserman, a nurse, has volunteered on more than 25 deployments nationally since becoming a volunteer in 1985. During the power outage last July, she coordinated the medical needs of many people who came to shelters at the Allen County Chapter and Forest Park United Methodist Church. She volunteers both for the Allen and Putnam county chapters of the Red Cross.
The Allen County Chapter’s Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to two volunteers who have each been deployed several times in the past year on national disasters, including Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. Tim “Bo” McComas and Steve Newman, both of Lima, also serve on the local Disaster Action Team, assisting fire victims. As well, McComas volunteers with the Service to Armed Forces program of the Red Cross.
The Allen County Chapter’s Youth of the Year Award was given to Jacob Wall, a senior at Lima Senior High school. Wall has volunteered with the chapter for the past two years through a school program, helping out at the chapter four days a week.
Forest Park United Methodist Church in Lima received the Organization of the Year Award in Allen County. The church stepped forward during the power outage last July, opening its doors as a shelter to many elderly Lima residents who didn't have power in their homes. Their warmth and willingness as a church to open their doors earns them this much-deserved honor.
The Allen County Chapter’s Frances Miller Award was presented to Allen County Chapter board member Tom Benjamin of Lima for his service, commitment and dedication to the Red Cross. Benjamin is a board member and has helped coordinate many fundraising events, including Mardi Gras and the annual Golf Outing.
The Allen County Chapter’s Flickinger Leadership Award was presented to past board chairman Ed Rinehart of Lima. Rinehart was chairman of the board during structural changes at the chapter level the past two years, always pitches in to help with special events and is a strong advocate for the Red Cross.
The Auglaize County Clara Barton Award was presented to longtime Red Cross volunteer Edward Voisard of St. Marys. Voisard has volunteered on more than 20 national deployments, including the 911 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers, Hurricane Katrina, among other disasters.
The Auglaize County Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Richard and Colleen Bekemeier of Wapakoneta. The Bekemeiers deployed to New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy, helping in shelters and also working at Red Cross headquarters. They serve on the local Disaster Action Team and Colleen is on the Red Cross board.
The Auglaize County Youth of the Year Award was presented to New Bremen High School Future Farmers of America Club under the leadership of FFA Advisor Katy McGovern. The club organizes coordinates the school blood drives as one of their community service projects.
The Auglaize County Organization of the Year Award was presented to the New Knoxville American Legion Post 444, which holds six blood drives a year. Donald and Florence Schroer coordinate the drives.
The Hardin County Clara Barton Award was presented to Madelyn Lowery of Kenton. Lowery is a long-time board member. She has been the chapter’s liaison with United Way for several years and helps at the Day of Caring Blood Drive with United Way in July.
The Hardin County Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Don Castle of Ada. A board member, he is active in helping with special events, garnering financial support from the community whether it be for the annual Pancake Breakfast or Golf Outing.
The Hardin County Youth of the Year Award was presented to Upper Scioto Valley High School in McGuffey. Students, with assistance from staff member Deb Baker, held two blood drives in 2012, exceeding goals for both drives.
The Hardin County Organization of the Year Award was presented to the Forest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1182 in Forest. Kathy Cain was instrumental in establishing the blood drives at the post, along with coordinating volunteers to help at the drives.