Volunteer Spotlight: Brenna Schobert

Monday, May 5th was the 8th Annual Celebration of Student Leadership event to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of UW Oshkosh Student leadership and organizations.

We are very proud of our UWO Red Cross Club in taking home honors of New/Emerging Organization of the Year and club member Brenna Schobert was awarded Emerging Volunteer of the Year.

Let us share with you a little more about Brenna, and why she deserved this award.

By Angie Dusenberry, UWO Red Cross Club President 

IMAG3371Brenna’s leadership style can be defined simply as “get up and go for it”. At the first Red Cross Club meeting, Brenna reached out to me right after with the hopes that she could get involved at a deeper level within the organization. Being fully aware of the challenge that this club was brand new to UWO, Brenna was ready to hit the ground running with passion and excitement to get this club going. She has kept that same mindset and drive throughout the course of the year.

As president of the club, I have looked to Brenna to fulfill many different aspects of the club and she does each of them whole heartedly. She is extremely versatile, and is always willing to step in wherever she is needed. At the beginning of the year, she willingly volunteered to become the Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) representative. That job quickly escalated to taking over the blood services portion of
the club, where she works directly with the American Red Cross to organize blood drives on campus and in the community. As if that wasn’t enough, Brenna has fallen into the role of becoming the spokesperson for the club members. I always look to her in terms of helping me with figuring out what the club members are looking to do next, and how they feel about various volunteer ideas and Red Cross courses. I can say with full confidence that Brenna is the main reason we have had such great club member
retention. On top of all of that, Brenna has established a new relationship with a campus fraternity (Delta Sigma Phi) that has allowed us to recruit more than 15 new volunteers for the club. With Brenna’s help, our club is now becoming largely known on this campus. Our club advisors and I look to Brenna to maintain that relationship to allow our club to grow year after year.

Brenna’s dedication to the American Red Cross goes so much further than her number of volunteer hours. The amount of time she dedicates to the club would probably be over 100 hours!

Let me remind you that Brenna is only a freshman! That kind of drive and passion for our organization’s success and the drive that she has to satisfy our club member’s needs and wants is something that definitely should be recognized. Brenna openly has stepped into a brand new, relatively unknown role with her headfirst and her heart followed right behind. She has definitely helped pave the way for this organization and I am confident that with her at the reigns we will continue to grow as the years come!

IMG_0895 group picIn Brenna’s own words:

“As a freshman, we all look for a good place to fit in on campus. I attended the first American Red Cross club meeting and knew that I could help them become the club they wanted to be. I felt very welcomed and encouraged to get involved. I applied for a board position and was granted it. Since then, my position has evolved into the Blood Drive Chair for the club. I work closely with the American Red Cross when they host drives here on campus. Because of the opportunities placed before me by the club I have discovered my potential as a leader and active member in my own club as well as others as we reach out to other organizations. We have recently started working with the Fraternity Delta Sigma Phi. We are hoping next year, they will be able to help us spread our club even further.

As an emerging club we have faced struggles such as no funding our first year, no storage space first semester and having a small amount of active members. However, we have proven our strength as a team. We have volunteered at multiple activities at Lambeau Field, Kings Veteran Home and on campus.

These activities include Holiday Mail for Heroes, Project Play 60, bingo and bowling with veterans and more. We reach such a variety of people and hope to continue on through the years. Joining this club was the best decision I made my first semester here. I enjoy every meeting and event and feel I have been able to expand my own interests and viewpoints on many subjects.”

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Konrath, President, UWGB Red Cross Club

(l-r) Michelle Etheridge, musician, Rob Anthony and Melissa Konrath at last years Red Cross Club Awareness Concert on Campus.

As a University of Wisconsin- Green Bay student, Melissa Konrath, 20 years old, is active on-campus and in intramural sports. She is also active in the American Red Cross as president of the UWGB –Red Cross Club.

The UWGB Red Cross Club is an on-campus organization that provides opportunities for students to get involved in the community through things like CPR training, disaster training and volunteering. Its mission also includes raising awareness to the community services and needs of the American Red Cross. They also don’t forget to bring the fun in this social and interactive environment.

As a class officer in her high school in Slinger, WI, Melissa, helped to plan and run blood drives so she was familiar with the Red Cross as an organization. As a student at UWGB, she joined the Red Cross Club on campus its first year. “I thought it would be a good way to get back into volunteering,” says Melissa.

“I have learned that there is more to the Red Cross than blood drives.  I think that is a common misconception throughout the general population,” says Melissa.

Melissa served as Vice President the first year and was recruited as president of the club for the experience she could bring to the role the next year.

Since the club’s inception in the spring 2009 semester they have supported the Red Cross in many ways. Their members have volunteered for a variety of fundraisers including a concert for Haiti. They also made cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, making comfort dolls for AIDS orphans in Africa, babysitting to support Military Services, volunteering for the Packers Spooktacular and Project Leap events, participated in service to help at a Downtown Green Bay clean-up day and help at on-campus and community blood drives.  The clubs signature  event is organizing an annual concert with musician, Rob Anthony, to raise Red Cross Awareness on-campus to the students and faculty.

“I am amazed at how much the Red Cross Club on campus has grown and all that we have accomplished since the club was first brought to UWGB.  Because we are growing each year, our accomplishments also have expanded as well as getting the word out there of the mission of the Red Cross,” says Melissa.

When Melissa isn’t busy volunteering with the Red Cross she is spending time with friends and family including her 5 year-old-sister. She is also busy working towards a double major in Psychology and Human Development.

“The Red Cross is something worth making time for because you know you are helping others and can even sometimes see first-hand your impact.”

(l-r) Mellisa and Jody Weyers, Red Cross Club Staff Advisor, at UWGB Fall Org Smorg recruitment event.

UW-Green Bay Red Cross Club Awareness Concert!

Join the UWGB Red Cross Club members and local musician, Rob Anthony, for an entertaining evening to bring awareness to the community on the impact the Red Cross has on our neighbors. Enjoy Rob’s inspiring and heartfelt music and listen to people share their life-saving Red Cross stories. At 9pm we will have a short intermission where some amazing people will share how the Red Cross has touched their lives! Join us for this FREE event.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm

Location: UWGB Campus, Phoenix Club Room, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay

To see a sneak peak check out the VIDEO from WFRV TV-5  Sunday Morning Show were Tracy and Allie shared their story and views were treated to music by Rob Anthony!

Lisa, Tracy and Rob

Lisa, Allie and Rob

UW-Green Bay prepares for Feb. 2 visit by philanthropist CEO of TOMS Shoes

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host Blake Mycoskie, the man who started the phenomenon that is TOMS Shoes, when he visits campus next Tuesday.

A former contestant on CBS network’s The Amazing Race, Mycoskie has also been featured in a nationwide AT&T commercial as the “Chief Shoegiver” for TOMS Shoes. He’ll bring his message of social entrepreneurship when he speaks at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 2) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The program is free and open to the public.

The Office of Student Life and the Good Times Programming student organization are sponsoring Mycoskie’s visit to UW-Green Bay. Student Life Program Coordinator Grant Winslow said Josh Braun and Kyra Karenke from Good Times, and Mike Crum with the Red Cross Club and Katie Barrientos with the Social Work Club have been instrumental in planning the visit.

Mycoskie has quite a story to tell. In 2006 the Austin, Texas entrepreneur had gone to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and enrolled in a four-week polo camp. During that visit he encountered children who not only suffered health problems, but also could not attend school because they had no shoes. From that experience Mycoskie came up with the idea that he could create a sustainable business while doing something worthwhile — providing shoes to needy children.

It’s a simple business plan with a simple philosophy — for every pair of shoes sold by TOMS Shoes, another pair is given to a child in need. Supporters call it “doing good deeds while doing good business.” The name TOMS is said to derive from a commitment to making a better tomorrow.

Since it was created, TOMS Shoes has donated more than 400,000 pairs of shoes, with the goal of reaching the one-million mark by 2012. Following the earthquake in Haiti, TOMS Shoes has arranged with the charitable organization Partners in Health to bring 30,000 pairs to Haiti in February.

UW-Green Bay sophomores Chris Baldwin and Cory Witek have embraced Mycoskie’s vision of social entrepreneurship and are looking forward to meeting the man.

“I really like the idea of the one-for-one movement,” said Baldwin, who is from Wonewoc, and majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis on marketing. It didn’t take much to convince Witek, a Racine native who is majoring in theatre performance, that this is a worthwhile cause, and together they are spreading the message on campus and in the community. “A few of our friends have started wearing TOMS Shoes.”

Baldwin and Witek have formed a TOMS club chapter and are planning some special activities in conjunction with Mycoskie’s Feb. 2 visit. They’ll encourage classmates to purchase TOMS Shoes and then have a “Style Your Sole” party in late February or March. They’ll also have a booth at the OrgSmorg activity fair on campus on Feb. 10.

Ahead of Mycoskie’s visit, UW-Green Bay students and faculty have donated already more than 300 pairs of shoes.

For more information about the visit contact Student Life Program Coordinator Grant Winslow at (920) 465-5676, or winslowg@uwgb.edu.

Red Cross Club on WGBX Campus Radio

Mike Crum, UWGB Red Cross Club President, and Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director, joined Rob Anthony, local musician, on the air waves of WGBX campus radio. This was an opportunity to gain visibility for the Red Cross Club on campus, which started this spring. Thursday, April 23, Rob will be performing at the Common Grounds Coffee Shop in the University Union at 8:30pm. Rob is sharing his musical talents to help the American Red Cross promote their mission and help raise funds for the organization.  To hear Rob’s music click on: http://www.robanthonymusic.com/