Winner of the Edgar Bennett Helmet is…..

Heidi Rosby “voted” for Sarah Thomsen, WBAY Anchor, for Dancing with the Stars through her donation.  All vote donations received 2/15 through 2/19 were entered into a drawing for a signed helmet from veteran Packer running back, and coach Edgar Bennett.  The helmet was given to the Red Cross courtesy of “Star Dancer” Mindy Bennett, Balance for Body and Soul, and Edgar Bennett.  Thank you, Mindy and Edgar – and congratulations, Heidi!

To view photos of the Dancing with the Stars event click HERE!

Local Chapters Approach Future As One American Red Cross

Manitowoc, Calumet & Sheboygan Chapters Unify Talents and Resources

MANITOWOC, WI – The American Red Cross serves communities around the block, across the country and around the globe everyday. Locally, our Board of Directors for the tri-county area has recommended two local Chapters consolidate to ensure the local identity and strengths of the existing Chapters are preserved. Therefore, on July 1, 2010, the Manitowoc/Calumet Chapter and the Sheboygan County Chapter will consolidate resources.

In doing so, programs and services will not only be maintained, but strengthened as operating costs will be reduced. The new unified Chapter will be designed to help facilitate the sharing of responsibilities and resources. “What is most important is that the community can rely on our services 24/7 through shared services, reduced costs and that we are still, and always will be, a volunteer led organization,” stated Paul Callan, the Manitowoc/Calumet Chapter Board Chair.  

The two current boards have been strategically planning for several months and have determined that consolidation was the best course of action. A new Board of Directors will be formed by combining the two current volunteer boards. Their expanded role will ensure community support for all three counties and will have direct impact on the delivery of essential services. The joint board will partner with the Chapter Executive, Sherry Rezba, in developing and monitoring local strategies to deliver mission related services, fundraising, the Chapter budget and community outreach.

Paul Kuplic, the Sheboygan Board Chair added, “While some consolidation or merger conversations might involve a weak or failed entity being absorbed by a stronger one, this situation features two viable, well-supported organizations. Our situation provides the opportunity to combine from a position of strength and, in doing so, preempt any challenges that could threaten the viability of one or more of the Chapters in the future.”

This new structure allows the Red Cross quicker access to resources, particularly in times of disasters. The combined ability to respond as a newly formed Chapter now includes 258 trained volunteers. Collectively, disaster volunteers have responded to 21 local disasters (mostly residential fires) and several have been deployed nationally to support communities around the country.  In addition, the Chapters have trained 9,000 community members in disaster preparedness.

The current blood donation programs will be assessed as well. Last year, 4,727 units of blood were collected and each can save up to three lives. Collection sites and information about up-coming community blood drives will continue to be available at

The 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan location will be the administrative office and training facility, while the 205 N. 8th Street in Manitowoc office will serve as a service delivery and training location as well. In the past year, nearly 15,000 individuals were trained and certified, in life-saving skills such as people and pet First Aid, CPR, Automated External Defibrillator use, Water Safety and more.

The Sheboygan Chapter was chartered in 1916 and the Manitowoc/Calumet Chapter in 1917. Both have a long history of meeting the needs of local families and communities. The Red Cross will continue to meet the needs of military families, disaster victims, hospital patients relying on blood donors, and those who turn to the Red Cross for lifesaving training.

The decision to explore and ultimately take this route involved multiple elements, including a One Red Cross transformation as this national non-profit entity evolves. The Chapter will be positioned in the Northeast Wisconsin Region. This is important because the regional headquarters in Oshkosh provides new support functions which were not available even a few years ago. They include unified accounting, a central database, shared resources and many collaborative efforts designed to reduce costs, streamline programs and services all while maximizing volunteer and financial supporter contributions.

The Northeast Wisconsin Region is a grouping of six chapters now serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Northeast region at 920-231-3590 or visit

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Sue Ann Winter – 2010 Pulaski Community Service Achievement Award Winner

One of our Red Cross community volunteers Sue Ann Winter of Pulaski was recently chosen as the winner of the 2010 Pulaski Community Service Achievement Award Winner

 The award “Man of the Year” started in 1951.  In 1978, this award became “The Community Service Award” and recognizes an outstanding club, association, individual, or non-profit organization that has enhanced the quality of life for the community of Pulaski.

 Sue is involved with the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School and has served on many individual church committees with in her parish at Assumption BVM, is President of the Pulaski Ladies Auxiliary, shops and visits the elderly and shut-ins, coordinates calling blood donors for the American Red Cross blood drives held in Pulaski and many other activities.  In her spare time she enjoys gardening, is a member of the Pulaski Red Hatters, and has participated and hosted many garden walks within the community and most of all enjoying quality family time with her four children and their families.

UW-Green Bay Red Cross Club Awareness Concert!

Join the UWGB Red Cross Club members and local musician, Rob Anthony, for an entertaining evening to bring awareness to the community on the impact the Red Cross has on our neighbors. Enjoy Rob’s inspiring and heartfelt music and listen to people share their life-saving Red Cross stories. At 9pm we will have a short intermission where some amazing people will share how the Red Cross has touched their lives! Join us for this FREE event.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm

Location: UWGB Campus, Phoenix Club Room, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay

To see a sneak peak check out the VIDEO from WFRV TV-5  Sunday Morning Show were Tracy and Allie shared their story and views were treated to music by Rob Anthony!

Lisa, Tracy and Rob

Lisa, Allie and Rob

Hats Off to Each of the One Million Volunteers!

Disney’s Give  A Day Get A Day has Closed!

We’ve reached our goal of inspiring one million people to volunteer a day of service to their communities, so the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” program has now ended. Well, we knew it would happen, but didn’t expect it to happen this quickly!  Disney’s Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program has officially closed.  It has only been 2 months.

One million people have volunteered (or signed up to volunteer) and received vouchers for a theme park ticket, a special fastpass, an EarHat figurine with exclusive trading pins, or the option to donate their park ticket to a participating charity.  People from all over the world have gotten involved in volunteering.

Disney has put a lot into this program, creating a new parade starring the Muppets, throwing a huge media event (Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato even sang!) and breaking a world record with the largest sculpture of canned goods ever made.

Even though the program is over, Disney is still encouraging guests to volunteer in their communities through the HandsOn Network.

At the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter we had 50 people give of their time to earn their ticket to Disney.  Thank you to everyone who participated and keep volunteering!!!

Bonnie Y., Red Cross Volunteer, with her button she got from Disney!


A True Testament to How a Little Adds Up! Great Job BayView Middle School

The 34 students of Bayview Middle School’s 8th Grade Language Arts Class of Denise Gering, Crystal Cook and Emily Wells held a Rummage and Bake Sale on 3/20 and raised $386.00 for Haitian Relief! Everything at the Rummage Sale was priced at $2 or less. The students organized everything for their project.

Washington Middle School Presents Check for $700 for Haiti Relief

Washington Middle School, in Oconto Falls, presented a check for $700.00 for Haiti Relief to Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at their Career Day 2010.

Fort Howard Elementary Pioneers donated $364.43 to the Haitian Relief

The Fort Howard Elementary Pioneers donated $364.43 to the Haitian Relief.  The 3rd Grade class had a BIG idea.  They wanted to help the people of Haiti.  So, they had a collection of loose change.  A group of 4th Grade boys took orders for freshly-popped popcorn, made the popcorn and delivered it to their customers.  Thank you to the students at Fort Howard for helping the people in Haiti!

Red Cross volunteer helps out for decades

Blanche Baudhuin has been volunteering at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter for more than 30 years.

Blanche joined Good Day Wisconsin Wednesday to talk about her desire to help others and the recent celebration of her 94th birthday.

Click HERE for the Video:

4th Annual Dreamers & Doers Luncheon

Saturday, March 13 the Green Bay Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) helped their 4th Annual Dreamers and Doers Award Luncheon at Heritage Hill State Park.

Mary Ann Berger, Red Cross Volunteer, where among the six area women nominated for this award. The award recognizes contemporary women in Brown County who have demonstrated achievement, sustained leadership and shared their unique talents to make our community a better place in which to live.

Mary Ann Berger was nominated by Volunteer Director, Jody Weyers for her passion for advocacy to bring about healthy change for our community. For the past 12 years, Mary Ann worked together with the Brown County Tobacco Free coalition to make Wisconsin restaurants and taverns smoke free. On July 5, 2010, state law will make all work places smoke free. Mary Ann consistently volunteers 20-25 hours a month at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter in the blood center and at area blood drives. She is a 40 gallon blood donor. Her wealth of knowledge and passion regarding health issues makes her an effective spokesperson for the American Red Cross.

The overall award winner was Maria Hinton, Oneida Cultural Leader and Linguist. Maria has provided vision and leadership in preserving the Oneida Language for over forty years. She was a central contributor to the 665 page publication An Oneida Dictionary in 1997. At age 99, Maria is currently completing a web-based searchable Oneida Dictionary by recording the correct pronunciation of over 34,000 Oneida words so that the spoken Oneida language will be preserved. Maria graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay at the age of 69. She is co-founder of the Oneida Turtle School and has developed curriculum and trained teachers for the school.

The other nominations included: Jeanne Agneessens, Tracy Arndt, Joyce McCollum and Lucinda Roberts.

Congratulations to all the women honored at today’s event!

(left-right) Tracy B. Arndt, Lucinda Roberts, Mary Ann Berger, Joyce McCollum, Jeanne Agnessens, and Maria Hinton. (seated)