American Red Cross Announces Election of Board Members and Awardees at Annual Meeting

FREEPORT -- The Northwest Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Highland Community College in Freeport. The Annual Meeting included the elections of officers and board members and the recognition of donors and volunteers of the American Red Cross.

Some of the awards and recognitions given included:
• Newly Elected Board Members for First Three-Year Term:
Dan Fernstaedt, Beggin Tipp Lamm LLC
Shari Lochowitz, Dr. Walker Orthodontics
Shelli Gitz, Parkview Home
Yvonne Knight-Wandel, MetLife
Amy Doll, Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois

• Newly Elected Board Member for Third Three-Year Term:
Dan Schmitt, Freeport Community Foundation

• Chapter Chair Award For Outstanding Volunteer Service – Each year we recognize a Red Cross volunteer with the Chapter Chair’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. The volunteer receiving the Chapter’s Chair Award this year was Georgann Castro from Freeport, IL who volunteers for the Chapter in a number of capacities. She has deployed to local and national disasters, helped with blood drives, worked in the Chapter, participated in the Regional Emergency Response Vehicle Rodeo and served as an exemplary ambassador for the Northwest Illinois Chapter.

• Disaster Volunteer of the Year – This year it was awarded to Mel Welch, Freeport, Illinois. Mel is an active member of the Disaster Response Team. Mel has deployed locally and has been assigned to national disaster relief. Mel is also an integral part of the Chapter’s communication network.

• Community Partner of the Year - Bocker Auto Group, Freeport, Illinois – Bocker Auto Group was instrumental in helping the Chapter achieve success in hosting the Annual Red Affair fundraising event. The Bocker Auto Group generously opened their doors and provided hospitality to those guests attending the Red Affair.

Years of Service Recipients included:

5 years
Leighton Martz, Milledgeville, Illinois
Carol Risinger, Stockton, Illinois

10 years
Beverly Kruse, Pearl City, Illinois
Nina Mueller, Lena, Illinois
Jenny Stoddard, Mount Carroll, Illinois
Melvin Welch, Freeport, Illinois

30 years
Trudy Alderman, Freeport, Illinois

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