GLENDALE (July 19, 2013) – It was a difficult assignment. Betty Grenig was to be honored for her years of service as an American Red Cross volunteer at Luke Air Force Base. But how do you thank someone, now in her 90s, who has shattered the records for volunteering and is still helping others?
Senior management and members of the Grand Canyon Chapter’s board of directors gathered at Luke for a simple, lunchtime presentation to Grenig, who drives once a week from her Scottsdale home to the Glendale base to file or shred the 56th Medical Group’s confidential documents. Grenig began volunteering with the Red Cross after working for 20 years for a Scottsdale veterinary clinic, handling the front office. She managed the Red Cross operation at Williams Air Force Base in Mesa from 1962 until it closed in 1993. She then relocated to Luke, where she has volunteered ever since.
Grenig’s service to the Red Cross started in 1939, when Grenig knitted socks and scarves for troops during World War II. The military previously honored Grenig with the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Volunteer Excellence Award, at a ceremony directed by the wing’s vice commander. What’s the one thing that has made Grenig indispensable? Every week, she brings homemade brownies to Luke.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.