New board members have been appointed to the Craig, Delaware and Ottawa County Red Cross Advisory Board. In eastern Oklahoma Red Cross has 28 paid staff and over 1,200 volunteers who serve in various capacities to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The board members attended a board orientation this week to prepare them for their service to the local Red Cross. The members of the newly appointed board are : Kelly Rice, AEP/PSO; Sara Shelton, Volunteer ARC Aquatics Instructor; Melinda Stotts, Miami News-Record; Tena Booth, Shawnee Tribe; Wayne Cleaver, independent community volunteer; Ian Devitt, Lowes; Ron Leffler, Bank of Oklahoma; Bob Green, Arrowhead Boat Sales, Rebecca Owens, Board chair and former ARC director; Cathy Brumley, Vinita Arvest Bank; Jamie Williams, Bases Loaded, and Brent Brassfield, former Mayor of Miami.
There are nine Red Cross divisions in the USA. Oklahoma is in Division Three along with Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The state of Oklahoma's Red Cross is divided into eastern and western regions with local service centers covering one or more counties. The eastern region encompasses 31 counties.
The Craig, Delaware and Ottawa County Red Cross is one of 650 chapters with 1,500 locations nationally.
Did you know?
• Red Cross was founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland and is not a government agency.
• Red Cross symbol is the reverse of the Swiss flag.
• Received Congressional Charters in 1900 and 1905 that are still in effect today to serve in times of a natural disaster as part of the National Response Plan and serve the U.S. military to fulfill provisions of the Geneva Convention , and provide family communications for example notification of a death in the family.
• Red Cross is in every country except five.
• Services include disease prevention, disaster preparedness, family tracing during disasters, blood services, collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood product and provides approximately 50 percent of the nation's blood supply.