On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, the approximate 200 people who attended “Sports” themed Southwest Washington American Red Cross (SWWARC) Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Heathman Lodge dressed in football, hockey, and soccer jerseys, bowling shirts, NASCAR shirts and hats, and more. There were even a couple of referees! Each year, the SWWARC recognizes volunteers whose unique contributions epitomize the Red Cross mission. Over 3000 people living in Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties work to meet the needs of their respective communities by giving of their time and talents as SWWARC volunteers. The following seven individuals were chosen for special recognition as Volunteers of the Year for their unique contributions in each of the functions of the local organization:
Service to Armed Forces/VA Volunteer: Lynn Yost for her dedication and commitment to current service members and veterans and their families.
Blood Services Volunteer: Claire Finkel for taking on many varied responsibilities during her 40 years of volunteerism. She continues to work at blood drives weekly.
Media Volunteer: Danielle Beauchaine for her work to promote the Red Cross and publicize many activities like the annual Real Heroes Breakfast, Disaster Preparedness drills, and the annual meeting. In addition, she worked on the Reunification Project, which told the story of the reunion of two concentration camp survivors.
Disaster Services Volunteer: John Burke who has served in many capacities to provide immediate care and shelter for those displaced by disasters.
Board Volunteer: Ryan Nisle selected for his strong leadership skills and his work in organizing the SWWARC’s signature fund raising event, the Real Heroes breakfast.
Youth Volunteer: Waverly He chosen for her leadership of the Youth Council over the past year and her strong commitment to community service during her entire high school career. Waverly has volunteered over 200 hours this year spread over the five service areas of the American Red Cross: Disaster Services, Blood Services, Service to Armed Forces, International Services, and Health and Safety.
Health and Safety Volunteer: Susan LaLone for her continued dedication to providing CPR and First Aid training year after year, including training others to become instructors. Susan know the importance of providing quality instruction, relates well with trainees, and does her job cheerfully.
The appreciation dinner was sponsored by the generosity of Veolia Water North America. Veolia Water is the world’s leading water services company that provides design, construction, operation, maintenance, upgrade, and management of water and wastewater systems. The company has a 30-plus year partnership with the City of Vancouver.