At the Buffalo Valley Chapter Annual Heroes Dinner on March 29, three dedicated volunteers were honored for giving selflessly of their time. This year’s honorees included Lucy Bardell, John Gletne and Roger Dewald.
“I am honored to work with these three American Red Cross Heroes,” said Beth Dewald, Buffalo Valley Chapter Executive. “They give of their time and talents to serve our community.”
Bardell is completing her second three-year term as a Buffalo Valley Chapter Board Member and has served as the group’s secretary for the majority of her service. She also serves on all event planning committees, the disaster action team, and is a trained Emergency Response Vehicle driver.
“Lucy has been instrumental as an active board member,” Dewald said. “She is irreplaceable because she is hands on, serving our community in disaster response and fundraising to help the Red Cross offer our programs and services.”
Gletne served on the board of directors for over six years, most of which was as treasurer. He attended disaster training and assisted in planning for the chapter expansion project. Gletne has been instrumental in the Safety Village program, which has provided education and safety for hundreds of children and partnered with numerous agencies to make the Safety Village a reality.
“John has supported the chapter as a great volunteer and also serving on the board of directors,” Dewald said. “Our community appreciates all that he gives to all organizations he is involved in, especially with the planning and support of the Safety Village for Children.”
Roger Dewald has served as a volunteer since 1996 and is married to Beth. Roger is a trained ERV driver, assists with all food preparation and deliveries, and DAT response calls. He is most famous for his barbeque skills at previous Heroes events and the Bluegrass Festival. His biggest responsibility, however, is supporting his wife, 24-hours a day.
“Roger has been a Red Cross disaster volunteer since he said “I do” on our wedding day,” Beth Dewald said. “He is a disaster volunteer and has prepared many pounds of smoked meat for special events.”
This year’s Heroes Dinner raised over $6,800 for local programs and disaster relief.