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Volunteers Honored At Local Red Cross Chapter Annual Meeting

Awards were presented to the wonderful volunteers who give selflessly of their time and energy to the community.

Sacramento, CA, June 23, 2015 — Volunteers who help fire victims immediately after their homes or apartments have burned down as well as aid in other disasters were honored Tuesday evening at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. The event was held at the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club at Raley Field in West Sacramento and welcomed approximately 80 family, friends, honorees, staff and volunteers of the local Chapters.

Awards were presented to the wonderful volunteers who give selflessly of their time and energy to the community. The Henri Dunant and Clara Barton Awards are among the highest achievement awards that the American Red Cross confers.

“We simply can't fulfill our mission without dedicated volunteers who respond to disasters throughout the 24-county region,” said Kathleen Weis, CEO of the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. “We thank them as much as we can, but tonight is the night to honor them.”

Henri Dunant of Switzerland founded the International Red Cross movement with the intention of giving battlefield relief and saving lives. He saw a need and did some-thing about it. His work ultimately was the impetus for the founding of the American Red Cross. This year’s recipient was Pat Day.

Clara Barton dominates the early history of the American Red Cross. In 1881, she organized a durable society in America whose role went beyond the battlefield relief originated by Henri Dunant. Clara’s society would serve America in peace, as well as war, in times of disaster and national calamity. This year’s recipient was Bob Bradley.

The James H. McColm Lifetime Achievement Award is named for retired Chief Executive Officer, Jim McColm. During his 25-year tenure, Jim brought the Sacramento Sierra Chapter to national prominence elevating it to one of the top 25 Red Cross Chapters in the U.S. This year’s honoree was Gail Keeter.

The Linda Brandenburger Legacy Leadership Award demonstrated significant leadership contributing to the advancement of the region’s estate and gift planning efforts. This year’s recipient was Sam Leask.

The Frank Corti Development Award was named for long-time friend and Red Cross supporter Frank Corti in honor of his tireless and exemplary volunteer work on behalf of the Sacramento Sierra Chapter. This year’s recipient was the Grainger Industrial Supply and the Grainger Foundation.

The Joyce Raley Teel Humanitarian Philanthropy Award is named in honor of a long-time supporter of the local chapter given to an individual, business, church, school or organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership fighting to help local area people who benefit from Red Cross Services and programs. This year’s recipient was Integral Investments Advisors.

As part of the business meeting, new members were elected to the Chapter’s Board of Directors. The 2015 – 2016 board members are as follows:

  • Justin Matheson, Board Chair, Revolvis Consulting,
  • Jim Horning, 1st Vice Chair, Integral Investment Advisors
  • Traci Van, 2nd Vice Chair, Sutter Health
  • Robin Bevier, Secretary, Law Offices of Robin C. Bevier
  • Kim Box, Immediate Past Chair, KBI Ventures
  • Dore Bietz, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians
  • Carol Burger, Burger Rehabilitation Systems
  • Vinny Catalano, Arthur J Gallagher & Co.
  • Greg Coletti, Sacramento River Cats
  • Julie Freischlag, University of California, Davis School of Medicine
  • Roxanne Gould, Roxanne Gould Government Relations
  • Pramila Kriplani, Community Volunteer
  • Daniel Kaufman, Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies
  • Carol Miller, Nationwide Insurance
  • Michael Miller, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Dan Munson, Air Force Reserves
  • Andy Navarrete, PG&E
  • Abey Rajan, General Mills
  • Eileen Reynolds, Tejon Ranch Company
  • Jose Rodriguez, El Concilio
  • Duffy Segale, Wells Fargo
  • Lisa Stanton, Sacramento County Department of Airports
  • Kate Stille, Nugget Market Inc.
  • Connie Vavricek, Vision Service Plan
  • Heath Wakelee (retired), Konica Minolta Sensing Americas
  • Anita Yoder (retired), Placer County
  • Check out the photo album of our Annual Meeting - Click Here

    About the American Red Cross Gold Country Region.

    Founded in 1898, the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross serves 4.4 million people in Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information on the Red Cross or the local chapter, please visit or follow us on twitter @RCSierraDelta.