VOLUNTEER AWARDS: The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is inviting volunteers and one guest to attend the “Breakfast of Champions,” its volunteer recognition event from 9-11 a.m. May 11 at the Phoenix Zoo, at 455 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. Winners will be announced for the Bill Bombeck Disaster Volunteer of the Year Award, the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award, the Disaster Preparedness Award, the Good Neighbor Award, the Partnership Award, the Randi Knappenberger Exceptional Volunteer Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Youth Volunteer Award. All volunteers who attend will be honored for their service – please update your hours in Volunteer Connection. RSVP to Marcial Bolina at 602-336-6699. Your RSVP includes zoo admission. Space is limited, so RSVP today!
TEAM FIRESTOPPER: The Grand Canyon Chapter is doing fire canvassing in Mesa neighborhoods. The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Mesa Fire Station No. 201, at 360 E. 1st St. in Mesa.
SUPPORT TEAM COOP: The Grand Canyon Chapter is offering a 15 percent discount on all health and safety classes to support KPNX-TV Channel 12 sportscaster Bruce Cooper, who recently returned to work after suffering a heart attack. The coupon code “TEAMCOOP0413” is valid through April 30. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
YUMA OFFICE OPEN: The Grand Canyon Chapter opened an office April 8 in Yuma, at 2197 S. 4th Ave., Suite 203. It’s staffed by Cynthia Snyder, the Red Cross emergency services specialist for Yuma County. If you’re in Yuma, stop by to introduce yourself!
TRAINING COURSE: The Grand Canyon Chapter is hosting Disaster Services Technology training April 23-25 to introduce participants from several states to the equipment that’s used on a Red Cross disaster relief operation. Participants have an opportunity to practice working with the equipment in various situations that they’ll encounter during DROs. If you’re a technically minded person with time to invest in this activity, contact Dan Curtiss at 602-347-6506. This course is closed for registration, but Curtiss is keeping a list of those interested in future training.
RED CROSS STORE: Looking for a new Red Cross shirt or that hard-to-find Red Cross pin? Volunteers can order Red Cross merchandise at www.arcmerchandise.com.
PEOPLE NEWS: Krist-Anah Watkins has resigned as the Grand Canyon Chapter’s Northern Arizona Emergency Services Specialist, effective May 3. Watkins began her Red Cross career as a volunteer in 2009, and she became paid staff in 2011. … Scottsdale resident Sue Lennox has shared the Grand Canyon Chapter’s disaster health services lead with Kay Jones, also of Scottsdale, providing guidance to Red Cross nurses since 1993. Lennox is stepping away from her leadership position, but she’ll continue to serve as a Red Cross nurse. … The Grand Canyon Chapter is seeking a replacement for Payson resident Roxey Bowers, who is temporarily stepping aside as Gila County Disaster Action Team coordinator, having recorded more than 9,000 volunteer hours since 2002.
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