Woodland Elementary Getting Prepared!

Thank you to volunteers & staff for providing disaster education to the students at Woodland Elementary, in Kingsford, MI & for the student raising money for the Red Cross at their “Walk for Victims” Friday” event.

Reflection on the Operation Greatest Generation

By John Kost, Service to the Armed Forces Regional Manager

Jerry Prellwitz and John Kost in their WWII era American Red Cross uniforms.

American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces (SAF) attended Operation Greatest Generation at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay Friday May 4th.  Operation Greatest Generation was a State of Wisconsin organized event to thank World War 2 Veterans their service.  Our role last Friday was to provide Canteen Service- a service American Red Cross SAF is historically known for and still continues to this day.Dressed in Red Cross era uniforms of the day, canteen service was provided at the train depot for the arriving and departing veterans and their families.  For all Red Crossers working it was memorable day listening to the veterans share stories of how Red Cross helped them, and how it must of felt at that time to be serving the many your soldiers, sailors, marines, and airman during the warDid you know the canteen corps of Red Cross during the war provided 163 million cups of coffee, 254 million doughnuts, and 121 million meals with a staff as large as 105,571 volunteers.  Many more services, almost long and forgottten, were provided during this time.To learn more about Red Cross during World War 2 visit the Red Cross Museum at: www.redcross.org/museum/history/ww2a.asp.

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Happy Birthday to Henry Dunant

By Tamara Braunstein – May 7, 2012

Monday, May 07, 2012 — Imagine a plain piece of paper laid out before you. Imagine you crumple it up into a ball. Imagine you try to smooth it back out. Can you do it?

With this simple activity, Bonnie Lu, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Educator for the Wabash Valley Red Cross chapter in Indiana, demonstrates to hundreds of students each year the way their actions impact others.

For the past six years, Bonnie has hosted a birthday party at Chauncey Rose Middle School in honor of World Red Cross Red Crescent Day and Henry Dunant, the founder of the largest global humanitarian network, born May 8, 1828.

To celebrate Dunant’s legacy and vision, sixth grade students gather in the cafeteria to sing “Happy Birthday” and share cupcakes as they learn about the importance of human dignity, the history of the Red Cross, and the impact their own choices can make in the world.

Bonnie even includes a message about the effects of bullying: Just as they aren’t able to remove the wrinkles from their crumpled sheets of paper, how they treat people can have lingering results on others.

“Dunant had a vision of an organization that would focus on humanity and human dignity. The idea for this whole movement came from one man, which shows us that one person can make a difference. This is why I teach about human dignity, because if I can help just one child, my time is well spent,” Bonnie says.

Happy 184th birthday to Henry Dunant, founder of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

Aside from the birthday party, Bonnie has reached almost 500 students this year alone with her IHL instruction. And while activities for World Red Cross Red Crescent Day vary with each year, country and chapter, May 8 is an ever-powerful reminder of our global Fundamental Principles.

This year’s theme of “Youth on the Move” presents a welcome opportunity to recognize the efforts of the millions of youth and young adult volunteers – they make up about half of our volunteer base of 13 million people – around the world. In the United States alone, about 25 percent of American Red Cross volunteers are ages 24 or younger.

The American Red Cross is dedicated to supporting leadership development and recognizing the importance of youth volunteerism. From the summer internship program, to the National Youth Council and every day service opportunities, young volunteers make up a significant part of the organization’s rich history and development.

To find out more about how you can become involved as a young volunteer for the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/youth.

Firefighters in the Park: Summer Safety Tips!

By Lisa Stanchfield, Program Services Specialist

While gearing up for the warmer weather and all of the outdoor activities that brings, remember to focus on safety.

The American Red Cross was proud to participate in Firefighters in the Park, sponsored by the Town of Menasha Fire Department held on Saturday, May 5th at their Valley Rd Station.

This event focused on summertime safety tips. American Red Cross had the “Wheel of Misfortune” at this event, testing the knowledge of the participants which ranged in ages from preschool to adult. They were tested on safety topics in the following categories; Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Floods, Fires, Water Safety, First Aid & CPR, Babysitting, and general Preparedness.

Let the Red Cross teach you how to be more prepared no matter what the emergency situation may be. For more information please contact one of our offices, or visit our website at www.redcross.org

National Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week, May 6-12, is a time to recognize the incredible contributions nurses make to their communities and to the mission of the American Red Cross. Nursing and the Red Cross just seem to go hand-in-hand because service is at the core of what both do.

More than 20,000 nurses and student nurses are involved in paid and volunteer capacities at all levels and in all lines of business throughout the American Red Cross. These activities consist of:

  • Providing direct services: e.g. local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), Health Fairs, volunteer in military clinics and hospitals, promoting blood collection team, first aid stations.
  • Teaching and developing courses: CPR/First Aid, Automatic emergency Defibrillator(AED), Disaster Health Services, Nurse Assistant Training, Babysitting, Family Caregiving.
  • Acting in management and supervisory roles: including Chapter and Blood Services region executives.
  • Functioning in governance roles: local board member to national Board of Governors.

The Creed of the Red Cross Nurse:

I believe in the ideals of democracy and the concept of universal brotherhood. I acknowledge no barriers of country, race, class, or creed.

I believe that service to others is the obligation of mankind, that every right I claim imposes a responsibility and every possession implies duty.

I believe it is my privilege and my duty to teach others some of the knowledge and skill that I possess so that they too may know the satisfaction of competence in dealing with illness and pain.

To bring comfort to those who are in trouble, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve life is my mission.

Wherever disaster calls there, I shall go. I ask not for whom, but only where I am needed.

Under the banner of the Red Cross, symbolic of the finest instincts of man, I find fulfillment in helping to animate the spirit of kindness and mercy that embraces the world.

Red Cross offers cleanup kits

FOX 11 – Published : Thursday, 03 May 2012, 2:56 PM CDT

OSHKOSH – The  Northeast Wisconsin Red Cross chapter is offering residents free cleaning supplies. The Red Cross says residents can pick the supplies up at any time during normal business hours.

“We have cleanup kits at our office here on Washburn Street. And individuals can stop on by if they had flooding in their basements, or whatever. And we have bleach and other sorts of cleaning products in these kits that they might need to help with their cleanup process,” said Nick Cluppert, Red Cross.

The Red Cross asks that if you need a kit to call ahead. That number is (920) 231-3590.

Storms cause flooding in parts of NE Wisconsin

FOX 11  –  News  published : Thursday, 03 May 2012, 2:13 AM

photo courtesy Fox 11 Online

The storms are causing flash flooding in the city of Oshkosh. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department says the flooding is beginning to affect Highway 41 near the Butte des Morts Bridge and Witzel Avenue.Some streets on the North side of Oshkosh are also closing because of high water.The National Weather Service says some areas have already seen 2″ of rain.

Winnebago County is under a flash flood warning until 5 a.m.

Calumet and Manitowoc counties are under a flash flood warning until 6 a.m.

The National Weather Service says excessive runoff from this storm will cause significant flooding of small creeks, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. The NWS advises: Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.  The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. This is a dangerous situation, so motorists should use extreme caution. Report flooding to the nearest law enforcement agency so they may take appropriate action to close flooded roadways.  They will relay your report to the National Weather Service in Green Bay.

Do you know what to do if your community is hit with flooding or if your home floods?  Check out these preparedness tips – Click HERE 

American Red Cross Offers International Humanitarian Law Course

Humanity in the Midst of Conflict

American Red Cross Offering International Humanitarian Law Course

International humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances. The American Red Cross will be offering a four-hour course on the role of the Red Cross in times of armed conflict. The course is free to the public and addresses the humanitarian aspect of the American Red Cross.

Instructor, Kerri Hah, brings over 10 years of experience educating the public and has trained hundreds of school children on the subject matter of Humanitarian Law.

The Red Cross actively promotes tolerance and humanitarian values.  In times of national crisis or war, all segments of the public must feel confident that they can turn to the Red Cross for help, or to volunteer their time, talents and resources.

Click on the link to learn more: http://www.icrc.org/eng/war-and-law/index.jsp

 International Humanitarian Law:

WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2012

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Training Classroom

WHERE: American Red Cross, 515 S. Washburn St, Ste 201, Oshkosh

The chapter will provide drinks and snacks. To sign up please call Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director at 920-227-4287 or email weyersj@arclakeland.org

You’re Invited: Women’s Wellness & Inspiration Luncheon

You will learn from our very own Billi Jo Baneck, a former Red Cross client and now Disaster Volunteer will share her inspirational story. She has moved from the darkest days in her families life to finding joy and giving compassion to others in their dark days. It’s a true story about hope, moving forward personally and also making our community better!