June 24, 2014 the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin hosted our spring Celebration of Support event. We had 260 staff, volunteers, blood donors and community members attend this annual event. Every year we honor a few volunteers who have gone above and behind. Here are their stories.
We all know someone who is always there…not in the spotlight, many people might not even know their name, but to the person or area they support they are invaluable. This year we honored two ladies who started their career with the Red Cross in the same way. Sharon Davister and Bonnie Rozmarynowski both started at the Red Cross through the N.E.W.Curative Senior Aid program. This program places older adults within an agency to gain job skills for 1-2 years before they are transitioned to a new assignment or gain employment.
After their first term was up both ladies stayed on to help in a second term and then continued on as a loyal volunteer.
Sharon Davister worked in our Health and Safety department where much transition was happening and the Red Cross was making some hard decisions and changes within the department she served taking the workforce from 5 down to 2. While she served day after day through this growth period there was always a smile on her face and a spring in her step. She made every effort to put smiles and hope in others around her. She was and is to this day a rock of positive thinking and hope. She strives to focus on the good in people and the positives happening around her. She currently works every Tuesday and will help with whatever projects are needed to be done. Assisting with data entry projects, mail processing and finances, sewing patches on vests, to other admin support projects. Anything she is asked to do, she does it with a smile on her face.
Sue Reineck, Office Manager, say “Sharon’s made a great impact in my life and I truly count on her to be “my right hand” in my day–to–day role.
Bonnie Rozmarynowski has a similar story. She worked as a Senior Aide and then after her term was up, continued on as a loyal volunteer. She is a key player in our fundraising department. Who likes to make call after call to ask people for prizes? She does this task for most of our special events and has much success. She helps call businesses to gather prizes for our golf outing, Soup’s on Fundraiser and the Heroes Musicales event.
She will continue to call a business until she gets a yes or a no, and more times than not with her dedicated follow up and notes, that business does donate to our events. She will also assist when called upon to answer phones at our front desk in the Green Bay office.
Both these ladies and truly behind-the-scenes, but their impact is felt by many within the Red Cross, it was our honor to present the Behind-the-Scenes Award to Sharon Davister and Bonnie Rozmarynowski.