American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers and Contributors

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards Banquet June 22, 2010 at the Rock Garden in Green Bay. We were pleased to have 182 volunteers and guests attend the event sponsored by the Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance and Lyndahl Funeral Home.

 The officers elected to the Lakeland Chapter Board of Directors include; Eric Witczak, Nicolet National Bank, Board  Chair; Chris Vanderheyden, Double Digit Sales Growth, LLC, Vice Chair; Cathy Dworak, Green Bay Packers, Secretary, and Mike Gallagher, Schreiber Foods, Treasurer.

Following the annual meeting and dinner, the following individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding volunteer support.

L-R Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Amy Hess, Judy Gregory, Disaster Services Director

 Amy Hess, Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award for exceptional work in preparation and response to disasters in our community.

Rich Hermans, Earl and Viola Nelson Health and Safety Award for outstanding dedication to Health and Safety Services.

Pulaski Senior Center Red Cross Volunteer Drivers, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award for providing quality transportation throughout the community for seniors and those with disabilities.

 Janet Gollnick, DanceSport of Green Bay, Community Volunteer Services Award for dedication to the spirit and growth of promoting the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter and volunteerism in the community.

American Transmission Company, Corporate Benefactor Award presented to a business that has provided exceptional level of commitment and support of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Jeff Bassindale, Individual Benefactor Award for achieving an exceptional level of commitment and support financially for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Eric Witczak, Mrs.Crane (Mary) Murphy Award for exceptional contributions by a board member to the advancement of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Kimberly Sawyer, 2010 Miss Wisconsin, and Eric Witczak, New Board Chair and recipient of the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Board Award

Richard Nelson, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year Award for exceptional reliability and dedication to the blood program

Kalie Mullins, Pulaski High School, Teen Lifeline Award, designed to recognize outstanding leadership among the Teen Lifeline Representatives of the ten area high schools.

 Our Lady of Lourdes Blood Drive Callers, Business, Group or Organization of the Year Award, presented to the group for years of dedication to the American Red Cross Blood Services program

Curt Dhein, Tosca Ltd., Hillary Lesperance Blood Services Award for demonstrating extraordinary support and significant impact on the Blood Services Program

Jerry Prellwitz, Volunteer of the Year Award for demonstrating long-term commitment and exceptional work to multiple programs of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director, Jerry Prellwitz, recipient of the Volunteer of the Year, Judy Gregory, Emergency Services Director, and Tina Whetung, Transportation Office Manager

 The Lakeland Chapter serves Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee (WI), Menominee (MI), Oconto and Shawano Counties and is located at 2131 Deckner Avenue, Green Bay 54302.

 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.

$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

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.

Our Hero, Chris, spreads the Word While Fundraising

All Dressed up for Dancing with Our Stars Fundraiser: (l-r) Jody Weyers, Jim Gagnon, Chris Vanderheyden, and Mauree Childress

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.

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.

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."

“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.”

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.”

Congratulations to All the Nominees for the 2010 WPS Volunteer Awards

April 13, 2010 the Green Bay Community celebrated volunteerism at the 2010 WPS Volunteer Awards. There were over 150 volunteers nominated for seven different awards. The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter nominated board member, Chris Vanderheyden for the Schneider National Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award and volunteer transportation driver, Bob DeGroot, for the Associated Bank Heart of Golf Lifetime Achievement Award.

We are very proud of you both and all of our volunteers for your time and talents you share with the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Bob and Karen DeGroot

Chris and Kathy Vanderheyden