Happy Flag Day!

Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation…..one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride! 

Properly Display Our Flag

There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag.  The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying  the American flag:

  • The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
  • In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
  • The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
  • After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s  called “half staff” on land ,and “half mast” on a ship.
  • When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
  • The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
  • The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
  • Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
  • Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
  •  When your flag is old and has seen  better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see.Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony. 

Famous Flag People:

Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the country’s first flag and the rest is history.

Francis Scott Key Inspired by the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to our national anthem as he witnessed the event as British rockets whizzed in the air while our American Flag flew in the breeze

Did you Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!

$393.82 raised from the Army of Piggy Banks!

Before Chris Vanderheyden joined the Lakeland Chapter’s board in 2006, he primarily thought of the blood services the American Red Cross provides. “I really wasn’t aware of the other critical services the Red Cross provides our community,” says Chris.

“I’m constantly spreading this knowledge to my friends, family and business colleagues which not only makes it easier for them to invest financially but also gives them the appreciation of the services we provide the community so they too can spread the word,” says Chris.

“Then the force multiplier concept came into play meaning if I get more people doing the same thing I’m doing, reaching my overall Heroes Campaign goal would be easier to exceed. So I called a few friends asking them if they would consider saving their change in a Red Cross piggy bank for a year and I’d pool our money together in May of 2010 and see how much we can make.”

Tim Davis, of U.S. Paper Mills Corporation, holds two of the banks in Chris's army. "Knowing where the money is going and that it is going to be used to help people in the local community made it easy to want to give."

Next year, Chris plans to expand his army of piggy banks by dropping them off at area businesses.

Chris finds it worthwhile to invest in the positive. “It is so gratifying and gives me the necessary energy to continue to stay involved and recruit others to get involved, not necessarily with the Red Cross, but any charity that excites them and stands for what they believe in. Giving back is critical and the more people, especially young people, who understand that the better off our world will be.”

Chris was born and raised in Green Bay, WI but left the area after college. He and his wife Kathy returned in 1999 to raise their two children. As owner of a consulting business, Double Digit Sales Growth, he has the flexibility to fulfill his responsibilities as a board member and volunteer.

For the past three years, Chris has participated in the Heroes Campaign by asking friends, family members, customers and anyone else he could think of to donate to the cause. “I make it clear that there’s no obligation to give and my feelings won’t be hurt if they decline.”

Last year his campaign to raise money took on new life after Chris and his fellow heroes each received a piggy bank at the Hero’s reception. Chris set the bank on his desk to remind him that the Red Cross needs his help everyday not just the day before a board meeting.

Knowing the difficulty of asking the same people to donate for numerous fundraising events in spring, Chris started to think about how he could fill the bank with change over the course of the next year. Then his goal became bigger with the mission to fill it five times.

Bob Warpinski with his Pig!

(l-r) Tom Vanderheyden, Alex and Jordan filling their piggy bank all the way from Dallas, TX

Phil Danen and his piggy

Youth Doing Good in our Community

Anika Abid of De Pere West High School wanted to help the people in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January. She realized high school kids are always hungry after school. So, she bought a popcorn machine, made brownies, and started selling her popcorn and brownies after school for 50-cents each bag or brownie. The bell rang at 2:45pm, but Anika stayed until 4:30pm every day. She had 600 transactions and donated $300 to the American Red Cross for Haitian Relief where it will be used for sheltering, food and relief.    

American Red Cross offers NEW CNA Review Workshop

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter will be offering a NEW Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Review Workshop. This program is designed for CNA’s that are eligible to renew their state certification.

This Review Workshop is for students who have previously completed the WI State approved Certified Nurse Assistant training program. This Workshop does not recertify individuals but helps to prepare candidates to take the Wisconsin state registry exam. Participants must check their eligibility to take the state registry exam prior to registration.

The purpose of our program is to provide candidates with a quality education so that they in turn can provide the highest quality of patient care and service to all residents.

The American Red Cross CNA Review Workshop will give individuals the confidence to retake the CNA state certification test, while brushing up on some of their skills that they may not use as often. The cost of the class is $100.00 for 16 hours with teacher-led instruction.

 Date:  June 28, July 1, 5, 7

Time: 4pm-8pm

Location: American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, 121 Bader St, Green Bay, WI 54302

 To register: call 920-227-4290 or check it out online at www.arclakeland.org

 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 supply; 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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Fast Facts: Spring Storms Response

The following information shows our total service delivery across Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oklahoma since the beginning of the severe weather events in April:

  • Shelters opened: 63
  • Shelter Overnight Stays: 9,608
  • Clean up kits:  23,715
  • Comfort kits: 12,344
  • Meals served: 189,867
  • Snacks served: 254,754
  • Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground: 113
  • Mental Health Consultations: 10,488
  • Health Services Consultations: 8,351
  • 1-866-GET-INFO calls: 5,253
  • Total Red Cross Workers: 4,674 (4,287 volunteers)

Stats as of May 27, 2010

One Red Cross Changes Continue; Neenah-Menasha & East Central WI Chapters Consolidation Announced

The American Red Cross serves communities down the street, across the country and around the globe everyday. Recently, the Board of Directors of the East Central Wisconsin and Neenah-
Menasha Chapters approved the consolidation of the two Chapters. The official change, and new East Central Wisconsin Chapter will be effective July 1, 2010. This is the second Chapter consolidation for the Northeast Wisconsin Region this year. In March, the Manitowoc-Calumet & the Sheboygan County Chapters announced their consolidation.
“The primary purpose of consolidation is to strengthen our core-mission programs and services and reduce operating costs,” stated Kevin Greek, the Neenah-Menasha Chapter Board Chair. He continued, “By having all of Winnebago County under the helm of one Chapter, we will maximize our relationship with community partners enhancing our ability to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies around the clock. We anticipate a cost savings of approximately $100,000 in year one with additional savings to be realized in future years.”   
The two volunteer boards embarked on consolidation discussions and approved their Chapters strategic direction in November 2009. It was determined that consolidation was the best course of action to remain strong, vibrant and growing. Both boards will be combined to form one single new Board of Directors. Their primary role is to ensure the fulfillment of the Red Cross mission, governance, financial oversight, and fundraising. The new board will also partner with the Regional Chapter Executive, Steve Hansen, to develop and monitor strategies to deliver mission related services, philanthropy and community outreach.John Schorse, the East Central Wisconsin Chapter Board Chair added, “This consolidation features two
strong Chapters. While both are well-run and well-supported by separate United Ways, foundations, businesses and individual volunteers and donors alike, we have taken the approach to build upon our successes and strengths even during challenging economic times that could threaten the viability of one or more of the Chapters in the future.” Schorse added, “while much progress has been made by the Northeast Wisconsin Region in increasing our capacity to respond to emergencies and disasters, more work needs to be done.” Going forward, we will continue to focus our activities in the following areas;  

• Organizational Readiness – Volunteer recruitment, training, support and retention; material resource acquisition, placement and maintenance; identification and creation of community partnerships and the development of systems and plans for preparing for, and responding to, catastrophic events. • Individual Preparedness – Public awareness campaigns to increase understanding of the need to be prepared; community education and training to increase knowledge of life-saving skills and survival tactics.  

• Community Partner Collaboration – Recognizing that no one agency can do this all alone, the Red Cross must seek the help and support of government agencies, other humanitarian and non-profit partners, and corporations in order to succeed in building the overall capacity that is needed.

• Sustainability – Ensure that programs and strategies that enhance individual citizen preparedness and community readiness can be supported long-term through increased chapter capacity.  This is an essential focus moving forward so that gains made through programs implemented today do not become the victim of languishing resources in the future. The 515 S. Washburn Street, Oshkosh location will be the Chapter headquarters and training facility, while the 181 E. North Water Street, Neenah office will serve as a service delivery and training location as well.

The Northeast Wisconsin Region is a grouping of five chapters 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 www.NewRedCross.org.

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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

22nd Annual American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Golf Classic Raises $21,000 to Support Local Services

It was a HOT one for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter 22nd Annual Lakeland Chapter Golf Classic held on Monday, May 24, 2010 at Brown County Golf Course.

Bill showing some of his trick shots.

Joining us this year were 34 teams for the 18-hole scramble event. The day kicked off with Bill Schroeder, former Packers Wide Receiver, and current long drive/trick shot artist. Bill showed off his amazing golf talents with a 20 minute demo on the driving range sponsored by Packers Alumni Association. Two teams also had the chance to win the ability for Bill to golf for 9-holes with their team.

The event also featured Red Cross education at many of the holes including adult conscious choking, an overview of how to use an AED, an overview of transportation service, disaster services, and information on blood donation. The day of golf concluded with awards and dinner.

 Contributing sponsors included: Dinner Sponsor – US Paper Mills; Media Sponsor – WFRV-TV5; Hole-in-one Sponsor – Brennan Buick, Course Signage – Quick Signs; Golf Ball Sponsor – Cellcom; Range Balls – Chris Vanderheyden, Board Member; Margarita Sponsor – Los Banditos.

Taking first place this year was Double Digit Sales Growth, LLC: Chris Vanderheyden, Steve VandenAvond, Kipp Karakas, Gary Spielbauer and in second place was the team of J & S Drywall:  Jeff Schomaker, Stan Scheffen, Terry Gorman, Mike Jacobson

First Place: Double Digit Sales Growth, LLC. Photo by Bret Paluch

Second Place: J & S Drywall. photo by Bret Paluch

“We appreciate the sponsors and golfers that participated in this year’s Lakeland Golf Classic, said Steve Maricque, Executive Director for the Lakeland Chapter. “This event is a key fundraiser towards providing critical resources in support of our local community services.”

“I want to thank the golf outing committee including Pat Beimborn, Gerald Henley, Ray Kopish, Chad Resar, Barb Vanden Langenberg, Steve Maricque, Jody Weyers and Mauree Childress for their time and energy in making this year’s event a huge success,” said Chris Vanderheyden, Board Member and Golf Committee Chair. 

The $21,000 raised from the Lakeland Chapter Classic will go to support services in our eight counties including; families affected by disasters, provide rides for those 60 and over and those with disabilities get to medical, nutrition and employment needs, and continue to provide life-saving training classes for people in our community.

 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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Partners Investing in the Positive

On Thursday, May 27, supporters of the Red Cross Lakeland Chapter demonstrated that community really means being there for each other. Local heroes partnered together in the first ever Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross, which was a part of the Heroes fund raising campaign.

Our heroes from the following fire departments supported the Red Cross Lakeland Chapter in the Bucket Brigade: Abrams, Ashwaubenon, Green Bay, Bellevue, De Pere, Howard, Suamico, and Pulaski. Austin Straubel Public Safety and 911 Dispatch also pitched in to help. These heroes together with Emergency Services Director, Judy Gregory, and the Lakeland Chapter Disaster Action Team raised over $5,700.


The Red Cross is always there when we call for the victims and for us so it’s my way of giving back for all they do,” says Assistant Chief Rick Race from the town of Abrams Fire Department.

Fire fighters from the many participating departments along with Red Cross volunteers were stationed at several locations in Brown and Oconto County to collect donations and talk about their partnership. Fire fighters brought a fire truck to each location for an inside peak at the technology and apparatus used to save lives. Volunteers worked hard to raise awareness of the fundraising efforts. Fire fighters from the town of Abrams even pumped peoples gas for a donation.

Nancy Mirhashemi, Red Cross Volunteer, says she saw a great deal of foot traffic on the beautiful day. “People have been very generous.”

For Karli Piper, one of the volunteers from Brown County Public Safety Communications Center, it was an opportunity to help out and spend time with her daughter. “I like to be out in the community as much as possible.”

“Public education and safety is at the heart of what we do.” Lt. Dave Walters, of Austin Straubel Public Safety, says their primary responsibility is to be available for commercial operations for aircraft but they also serve many functions as a fire department. This event was an opportunity to work with other departments and agencies while engaging with the community to spread the word on an important cause.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on enabling individuals and families affected by disaster to independently resume their normal daily activities by meeting their emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, clothing, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs. The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to hospitals treating disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.

“I believe in The Red Cross; I think they do wonderful things for people,” says Linda Safford. As a volunteer from Brown County Public Safety Communications Center she hopes to be back next year. “We just all give a little part and make it successful.”

All of us together make a great team. We really do,” says Linda Safford.

Start the Summer off Right; Get trained in Lifesaving Skills

Learning basic first aid and CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) or other medical emergency.  The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter advises that being able to administer first aid and CPR/AED during the first few minutes of a medical emergency is crucial to the survival and recovery of a victim. Having these skills allows you to become a vital first responder when help is needed.  During National CPR/AED Awareness Week, this June 1-7, the Lakeland Chapter encourages everyone to learn these important skills that could someday save a life.

Congress designated the first week of June each year for this event, with the goal of encouraging states, cities and towns to establish organized programs to provide CPR and AED training to the public.  “Through this outreach, we hope that we can raise the public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, suffered by more than 300,000 people each year and increase the chance of survival that can be achieved by having at least one person in each household trained in CPR and the use of an AED,” the American Red Cross reports.

First aid and CPR/AED are commonly taught to everyday people, who may be the first to respond during the crucial first few minutes of an accident or medical emergency.  Becoming trained and certified in first aid and CPR/AED gives the average person the knowledge and skills essential to lessen the effect of injury or sudden illness and helps sustain life until professional responders arrive.

The most effective way to learn first aid and CPR/AED is to participate in hands-on training courses taught by a certified Red Cross instructor.  Attending certification courses under the supervision of a qualified instructor is the best way to obtain the skills and confidence needed to successfully perform first aid and CPR/AED.  In order to remain confident and keep skills current, it is recommended that you attend refresher courses and be re-certified yearly. 

The Red Cross offers thorough and flexible training options through its Community and Workplace programs. Courses are available for administering help to infants, children and adults, as well as, for fulfilling training requirements for the workplace and for professional rescuers. 

To find out how you can save a life, contact the Lakeland Chapter at (920) 227-4290 or at www.arclakeland.org for more information on the variety of health and safety courses being offered.

Take a Class:

 I am an individual looking for classes available in my area.

Whether you want training because you work with children, need training for a new or existing job, or you simply want to know how to help someone in an emergency situation; we can help you build the skills you need! Check out the Community Class schedule online at www.arclakeland.org by clicking “Red Cross Classes” You may register online or by calling (920) 227-4290.

 I have a group of people that want safety training.

The Workplace Training program is ideal for your company or organization’s need for safety training.  We offer First Aid, CPR, AED and other safety-related classes that can be taken separately or in combination. You can choose the classes that will fill your company’s requirements and schedule training at your facility for a date and time that is most convenient.  For more information, call (920) 227-4294.

 Start an AED program at your office

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable, lightweight device about the size of a laptop.  An AED automatically analyzes the heart’s rhythm, and if necessary, prompts the user to deliver a shock to the victim of sudden cardiac arrest.  This shock, called defibrillation, helps the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm of its own.  Published studies indicate survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest can exceed 70 percent if defibrillation is administered during the first few minutes. 

 The Lakeland Chapter can assist organizations when it comes to implementing an AED program. To inquire about purchasing an AED, contact Kim Carroll at (920) 227-4294.

Right Place, Right Time, Right Skills

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 — The importance of being ready for a life-threatening emergency hit home recently for Kim Cottrell when her son began to choke and was helped by two American Red Cross volunteers. National CPR/AED Awareness Week, which starts today, can be a great time to sign up for training that could potentially save a life.

“I always thought I’d know what to do,” said Cottrell as she watched her 5-year-old son Joshua run and jump around the playground.A few days earlier, Cottrell had been helping a neighbor whose home was damaged by the floods that inundated much of Tennessee. They were sorting through soaked photos, pulling them apart and laying them out to dry with hopes of salvaging some of their family memories.

Suddenly, Cottrell heard Joshua coughing, and knew something wasn’t right. He gagged, his eyes began to get glassy and his skin started to change colors. That’s when Cottrell’s maternal instincts leapt into action. She grabbed Joshua and attempted to administer abdominal thrusts.  

Meanwhile, Robert and Charles, two American Red Cross volunteers, were down the street working with a neighbor to determine what assistance they would need from the Red Cross. They heard a woman screaming, “A baby’s choking—come quickly!”  

Immediately, the two sprinted after the woman and found Joshua, still gagging. Cottrell remembers everything happening so fast that she was unsure exactly how the next moments played out.  

Charles yelled for Robert to call 9-1-1 while he grabbed Joshua and started “doing what [his] training says to do,” which was to administer back blows. A few seconds later, the piece of gum that Joshua had attempted to eat dislodged from his airway and he was able to breathe again.  

The boy looked at Charles and said, “I ate too big of a piece of candy—I shoulda cut it in half.” All his parents could do was nervously laugh with relief as their spunky child’s charm didn’t skip a beat, even though he knew how dangerous the situation he just survived was. 

Charles gave Joshua some water and made sure he was going to be ok. Less than 20 minutes later, Joshua was playing as if nothing had happened. Cottrell had taken a CPR/first aid course many years ago for her job, but the skills were no longer fresh in her mind.  

“Not only do you need to get trained, but you need to stay educated,” she said. Cottrell’s family is incredibly grateful that the Red Cross volunteers were at the right place at the right time, and believe that parents need to be more trained so that they will know exactly how to respond if anything happens to their child.

Get Trained
Life-threatening emergencies such as choking are more common than you might think. According to a recent Red Cross survey, more than a quarter (28%) of people have witnessed someone choking. Family members are the most likely to help in these incidents.

In addition, one in four (27%) has been in a situation where someone may have needed CPR. Go to www.redcross.org to find your local chapter and get trained in CPR/AED and first aid.

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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.