Vikings and Packers Take Rivalry Off the Field with Blood Drives on November 19

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Score a victory for patients in need and support your hometown team by donating blood with the American Red Cross

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers are known for their rivalry on the football field. To kick-off their second showdown this season, they are encouraging their fans to also support patients in need by donating blood on Friday, November 19.

“The great part of this rivalry is that no matter which team triumphs on the field, patients in need are the ultimate winners,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local American Red Cross Blood Services Region. “By giving blood on November 19, donors can support their hometown team while helping to ensure a stable blood supply leading into the holidays.”

The Packers are offering their fans a special treat by hosting a second blood drive with the Red Cross this year. Fans in the Green Bay-area can donate for their team at the Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive.

Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive

Friday, November 19 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lambeau Field, Legends Club – 4th Floor

All presenting donors at the Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive will receive a Green Bay Packers pin and a Red Cross travel mug and can enter a raffle to win special Green Bay Packers merchandise.

All blood donations made through the American Red Cross on Friday, November 19 will count toward the total tally for the Green Bay Packers. The team that has the highest number of people turn out to donate earns extra bragging rights on and off the field.

“We encourage all Packers fans to participate in our friendly rivalry contest and donate blood,” said Mark Murphy, President/CEO of the Green Bay Packers. “Fans can help start off the big weekend with a victory during the blood drive, and carry the excitement through to Sunday.”

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to schedule an appointment to donate on November 19. Scheduling appointments in advance allows the Red Cross to make donations as convenient as possible for donors.

How to Donate Blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good general health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Good Day WI TV Spot: Card making for the military

There is still time to show your support for our service members! If you missed the November 11 card making gatherings you can still make your own and send them in. Click HERE to watch Good Day WI – Fox 11 coverage of the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. Click HERE to read more about the program.

Volunteers named to Red Cross board of directors

For The Reporter • November 14, 2010 

Twenty-seven volunteers have accepted positions on the American Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin Chapter board of directors.

Through recent consolidation of the Fond du Lac, Neenah-Menasha and the East Central Wisconsin chapters, local volunteers continue to have a voice as programs and services work down the street, across the country and around the world.

Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are dedicated to assisting and furthering the Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The board’s responsibilities include adhering to national standards, strategic planning, overseeing services and programs, fundraising and evaluating the chapter executive. In addition, they also serve on one or more board committees including Executive, Philanthropy, Nominating, Finance, and Service Delivery.

The Executive Committee includes Board Chair John Schorse of Envision Retirement Planning LLC, who also serves as the Regional Advisory Council chair; Vice Chair Eileen Leinweber, a retired health-care professional; Secretary Pam Hillen of Theda Care); Amy Sitter of Baker Tilly; Dan Morrill of Servant Insurance; Kevin Greek of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue; and Rick Parks of Society Insurance.

Additional members of the board of directors include: Barbara Beuscher of UW Oshkosh Foundation; Diane Cappazzo, Fond du Lac County Health Department; Nancy Clark, Foth Companies; Tim Cook, Clarity Care; Mike Drees, Affinity Health; Mary Hansen, health-care professional; Barb Jansky, American Bank; Vicki Jenks, musician; Jack Klein, Lowe’s Home Centers; Andrea Koch, M&I Bank; Tim Lamers, Citizen’s First Credit Union — Business Lending Group; Patty Lorfeld, Affinity Health; Julie Malueg, J.J. Keller; Karyn Merkel, Charter Communications; Mike Parmentier, Edgarton, St. Peter, Petak & Rosenfeldt; Lisa Piikkila, Coalesce Inc.; David Sakrison, Sakrison Communications; Mike Starshak, Trust Wisconsin; Stephen Walbert, retired from AT&T; and Kevin Harrison, will also be an adjunct board member through the Leadership Oshkosh program and through his employer, GE Gas & Oil.

The East Central Wisconsin Chapter serves residents of Florence, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, upper one-third of Marinette, Marquette, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties in Wisconsin and Dickinson County in Michigan.

Recoveron Restoration and Musicians from Bent Grass Team Up for the Red Cross

If you missed it, you still have one more chance to support the American Red Cross at the Recoveron Tailgate party. This past Sunday, musicians from the group Bent Grass, joined in on the efforts. In total $330 was collected at the Packers vs Dallas evening tailgate party.

Special thanks goes out to Bent Grass for making a special appearance and providing some awesome entertainment.  Additionally the Red Cross would like to thank Andy Kaye, President of Recoveron Restoration, and his team of helpers from set up, to collections, to take down.  Thank you to all who have stopped by to give their support of Recoveron and the American Red Cross.

Last Tailgate Party opportunity:

  • Sunday December 5, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Entry to the tailgate parties is free, with food and beverages for sale. All tailgate parties take place at 2036 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay (one block south of Kroll’s West) and are open to the public.

    Red Cross Services To Armed Forces Offers Comfort When Families Need it Most

    Written by Doug Harvey, Communications Intern

    Jesse Goerl with his Mom, Michelle Plamann

    There isn’t a household in American that hasn’t benefitted from the life-saving mission of the Red Cross.  In fact, not a moment passes where a life hasn’t been served or saved by the Red Cross. Michelle Plamann, of Appleton, recently found out how true that statement really is.

    Michelle’s son, Jesse, is a member of the United States Navy. Jesse’s military deployments keep him away from his family for months at a time. This can be tough for any family, but is definitely felt more when tragedy strikes. Michelle’s father, Emro Plamann, Jesse’s grandfather, was hospitalized shortly after Jesse’s latest deployment. He passed only two weeks later at the age of 69.

    Emro played an important role in Jesse’s life. Jesse had lived with his grandparents for many years before joining the Navy. Upon her father’s death, Michelle was absolutely devastated.  With the loss of her father it was imperative she received comfort from her family. She had no way to contact her son to inform him of his grandfather’s passing and to be there for her. That’s where the Red Cross came into play. Michelle heard of the work of the American Red Cross Services to Armed Forces program from a friend of hers that used to work there.  She contacted the Red Cross with hopes of getting her son home. A caseworker contacted Jesse’s officer, and within a few days, he was home.

    While Jesse was not able to be with his grandfather during his last few weeks, he was able to attend his memorial service and celebrate Emro’s life with family and friends. Jesse’s grandfather was an inspiration to him and he was grateful to be with his family during this trying time. 

    “Without the American Red Cross Jesse would’ve missed his grandfather’s funeral,” said Michelle. “Thank God for the Red Cross.”

    Under the Ocean, Red Cross Connects a New Dad to his Family!

    Katie and Madilynn

    Spencer with his new baby girl - Madilynn

    Everything had been arranged for Madilynn’s due date. Dad had planned a leave so he could be there with Katie for the birth. But little baby Madilynn decided to come and see the world – 6 weeks early! Her Dad was in a nuclear sub underneath the Atlantic Ocean. The Red Cross got the word to Spencer to tell him he was a Dad!  The Red Cross provides Emergency Communication to keep families connected when they need it most – it’s a part of our Service to Armed Forces. Spencer got to meet Madilynn about a week later and baby, Mom and Dad are doing well!

    I am proud to work for an organization that helped my niece and her husband connect on a very happy occasion!

    — Mauree Childress, Director of Development, American Red Cross

    “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen

    By Guest Blogger: Doug Harvey, Communications Intern, American Red Cross

    James Allen once said, “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”  This past Saturday students from UW-Green Bay as well as myself had opportunity to put this thought into action.  The UWGB Red Cross Club (RCC) teamed up with GB Nites to help promote the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.

    UWGB Red Cross Club members making cards and banner at our monthly meeting.

    Holiday Mail for Heroes is program set up to help people send thanks to our American service members, their families, and veterans all over the world, by sending them cards during the holiday season.  GB Nites is an event that takes place in the Student Union with fun and free events for the students.  With things such as free henna tattoos, a black light dance party, and my personal favorite, free ice cream, GB Nites was a perfect atmosphere to get the word out about this program.

    Myself, with the help of Kristie Walker (treasurer of the RCC on campus), got there a little early to help set up tables and supplies (markers, crayons, paper etc.).  Luckily, the RCC had made a banner during our meeting a few days before, so students could see where we were located and why we were there.

    The students responded really well to event.  Lots of students came to help support our campaign. Almost every student that stopped by knew or knew of someone in the Armed Services and I could tell that they were really putting themselves into the cards they made.

    Overall I had a good time, and it was a great experience for me.  Not only the setting up of the event, but seeing that college kids really do want to make a difference.  I certainly look forward our next RCC event.

    For more information on the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program click HERE.

    UWGB students making cards for our service members.



    Job Objective: The purpose of the job is to demonstrate and teach quality patient care to nurse aide candidates in both the classroom and clinical setting.

    Hours: Flexible (Days) M, T, W, Th, F; 3-5 days/week; 5-8 hours/day; 120-152 hours/course; 3 or more courses/year; fill in for other instructors.


    (Evenings and/or weekends) M, T, W, Th, or Sat/Sun, 2-3 evenings/week/weekend; 4-6 hours/night, 120-152 hours/course; 3 or more courses/year; fill in for another instructor.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Demonstrate patient care in the classroom and clinical unit.
    • Prepare and deliver lectures to nurse aide candidates on required nursing topics such as protecting people’s rights, controlling the spread of germs, keeping people safe, assisting people with personal care, and more.
    • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments and handouts.
    • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
    • Plan and evaluate materials, and methods of instruction.
    • Evaluate and grade students’ class work, clinic work, and assignments.
    • Compile, administer, and grade examinations.
    • Maintain student attendance records, grades and required course records.
    • Monitor and requisition classroom equipment and supplies.
    • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature and participating in recommended professional seminars.
    • Work cooperative with the Department Director to schedule and maintain the required number of nurse assistant instructional programs.

    Education: Registered Nurse with a diploma or a degree.

    Professional License: Registered Nurse currently licensed to practice in Wisconsin.

    Experience: Minimum of two years experience working as a Registered Nurse, one year of which must be in the provision of long term care. (This is required by the State of Wisconsin) Experience in teaching adult learners.


    • Excellent oral expression and speech clarity required.
    • Ability to adapt to different student needs.
    • Ability to select and use training methods and procedures appropriate for the situation.
    • Ability to motivate, develop, and direct people as they learn and work.
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds.
    • Resume required.
    • Professional reference required.

     How to Apply: Email or Fax a resume and cover letter to:

    Email:   DawnKrull, Health and Safety Services Director at 

     Fax:      920-227-4298

                Attn: Dawn Krull

                Health and Safety Services Director

    Message from our 2010/2011 Board Chair

    By Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director

    June 22, 2010 Eric Witczak, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Manager of Nicolet National Bank became the board chair for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. Having a couple of months under his belt as board chair, I sat down with him to see what his vision, goals and objectives are as incoming chair.

    Eric has three main objectives: 1. Create more awareness in the community of the services and of the work of our dedicated volunteers.  2. Assist in recruiting additional board members and active participation within the board. 3. Get people to ask,“How can I help”?

    “The American Red Cross has an incredible volunteer base that is dedicated to serving our community,” said Witczak.  

    As coach of his 8 year old son’s football team in Pulaski, Eric experienced this dedication first hand this summer. One of the moms told him she had to go. “My son’s aunt will be here to pick him up. There’s an emergency and as a Red Cross volunteer, I need to leave to go help.”

    “I was amazed by this volunteer’s dedication to serving our community, literally dropping everything going on in her life to go help someone else in need, said Witczak. “This is true humanitarianism.”

    Because of this experience Eric believes we need to communicate better with the community on the amazing work our volunteers do every day.  We also need to remind the American people it is because of their financial generosity the Red Cross is able to provide the services we do in the community. We need people to continue to support us year long, not just in times of disaster.

    Eric even dancing for a good cause! 2010 Winner of the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy for the American Red Cross Dancing with the Stars.

    Eric hopes the volunteers, staff and board working together can all help bring greater awareness to the work the Red Cross provides in this community.

    One of Eric’s greatest strengths is his drive and passion that he brings to any committee or board he is on. He would like to utilize those skills and his leadership in assisting to obtain additional board members.

    “Everyone brings something to the table and we need to hit on that strength to have a committed, high energy, active board,” said Witczak. He recognizes that everyone is not a fundraiser, but maybe it is someone’s time, connections or a skilled expertise that is their contribution to the board to further the message of the American Red Cross.

    By creating more awareness of our programs and services in the community, having a strong, active board of directors Eric hopes this will create greater funding for the organization. Funding is vital, because if the Red Cross is not there in times of disasters, who will be?

    “I look forward to the challenges going forward and continue to communicate the One Red Cross message,” said Witczak. “The challenge I want to give people is what are YOU going to do to help? Volunteer, give blood, or give a financial gift today to support YOUR American Red Cross.”

    Thank you A.R.M.S, Nicolet National Bank and the Community!

    A.R.M.S. and Nicolet National Bank teamed up for an event to encourage the proper disposal of sensitive documents and help the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at the same time.  The community shred event took place 9 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Nicolet Bank locations in Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, De Pere and Howard

    In total $479.00 was raised by the community from this event for local Red Cross programs and services. We thank A.R.M.S, Nicolet National Bank and the Red Cross volunteers for your support.