On June 11, the American Red Cross Cape Cod and Islands Chapter gathered for its annual meeting held at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. The annual meeting celebrates the activities of the Red Cross over the past fiscal year. This year, not only were new board members elected, but volunteers were recognized for their years of service and two organizations received awards for aiding the Red Cross.
At this annual meeting President Linda Markham received the Community Leadership Award on behalf of Cape Air for supplying airline tickets to help Red Cross volunteers get to and from events and training on the Islands, sponsorship of both the Heroes Breakfast and Heroes Road Race, and for helping to raise over $80,000 at the Heroes Breakfast in March; and Holly Rogers accepted the Community Service Award on behalf of her all volunteer organization Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team which offers shelter to pets displaced during a disaster (i.e. during the 2013 Blizzard). CCDART works closely with the Red Cross to ensure that both people AND pets are safe during a disaster.
During the meeting, Lisa Maiden, Andrew Foss, Kerri Lyford and Richard Sherman were all elected as new members of the board. As board members, they will work hard to ensure that the Cape Cod and Islands Chapter continues to grow and further the American Red Cross mission.
Finally, several Cape Cod and Islands Chapter volunteers were acknowledged for the years of service to the Red Cross with pins. This year board member Jim Thomas received a pin for his 55 years of service, Walter Von Hone received a pin for his 20 years of service, Alison Partridge and Margaret Thompsett were recognized for their 15 years of service; Elisa Doto, Ann Floyd, Cathy Hatch, Barbara Leiden, Robert Leiden, Brenda McCallum, Deborah Medders, Georgia Snell, Dianna Stanner, Tim Wruk and Dee Yeater received pins for their 10 years of service; and Karen English, Anne Katz-Jacobson, Lauran Johnson, Sally Johnson, David McColl, Sarah Richardson, Len Solomon and Robin Titus all received pins recognizing their 5 years of service. The onus of ensuring the Red Cross can accomplish its mission of bringing compassionate care to those in need relies heavily on the time and service provided by volunteers and all Red Cross volunteers deserve recognition. 95% of work hours from the American Red Cross come from volunteers and the Cape Cod and Islands Chapter gladly celebrates these volunteers on their respective anniversaries.