Board Member Spotlight – Mike Gallagher

By Erin Thayse, American Red Cross Volunteer

Today,  Mike Gallagher begins his term as the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Board Chair at the start of our new fiscal year.  We sat down with Mike to learn a little bit more about him to share with our volunteers and donors. 

Gallagher_MikeBackground

Current Location:  Schreiber Foods, Inc.  Director of Yogurt Strategy

Career History: Have been with Schreiber since 2001, prior to that was VP of supply chain for WG&R Furniture for 4 years and 2 years as a consulting engineer for HNTB Corporation in Chicago

Volunteer History: Have served in volunteer roles with the Boy Scouts of America, Schreiber Community Impact Team, Pop Warner Football, and coaching local baseball and soccer teams

American Red Cross

Board Member Since: 2008

Board Chair Since: Term starts July ‘13

Responsibilities/Duties as a Board Chair: As board chair I believe the chief responsibility is engaging fellow board members in the mission and fund raising goals of the Red Cross.  Ensuring that the many skills and interests of these volunteers are leveraged to create value for the people we serve.  The role also offers the opportunity to attend national briefings and share this information with our team.

Questions

How did you become Board Chair of the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Red Cross?

Having been a member of the organization for the past five years and wanting to continue to add value, it was as simply as saying “yes” when approached by Steve Hansen, our regional COO.

 Since 2008, what has been your most memorable moment since joining the Red Cross board?

There are several, but the most memorable has been serving as the fundraising chair for Staci Kring, A Schreiber co-worker, in the 2012 DWOS event.  Being able to increase the awareness about what the Red Cross does in our community with 800 coworkers was a tremendous experience.  It was even more gratifying to obtain $47,000 in financial support and have many of these partners attend the event and continue their support for the Red Cross beyond the dancing event.

(l-r) Shawn Kiser, Special Events, Kate Burgess, Clara Barton Award winner, Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director, Mike Gallagher, Board Chair.

At our 2013 Spring Celebration of Support event. (l-r) Shawn Kiser, Special Events, Kate Burgess, Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director, Mike Gallagher, Board Chair.

What has been the chapter’s biggest achievement since you have joined the board?

There are several areas where our region shines: raising funds, wildly successful special events, and supporting the community and individuals in times of need.  However, I think one of the biggest achievements we’ve made is in successfully executing the consolidation and restructuring that has occurred over the past two years.  When I speak with a donor, I’ve always been proud to say that more than 90% of the funds donated go directly to the people we serve.  The efforts we’ve just completed will continue to make the Red Cross one of the most efficient and effective charitable organizations in the world.

What do you hope to accomplish by being Board Chair?

At the end of the day, our mission is to serve people in times of need.  As chair,  my focus will be on sharing the mission and working hard to support that mission by engaging people to donate to the American Red Cross.

Have you completed a full marathon yet?

It’s still on the bucket list… I’ve completed several half marathons, but haven’t found the right time to balance work, family, coaching youth sports and this goal.  I’ve also replaced a some of my running time with biking as my knees thank me the next morning 😉

24th Annual Heroes Golf Event — Sold Out!

More than 140 golfers will hit the links May 21st, 2012, to support the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin. The prestigious Oneida Golf & Country Club will host the 24th annual American Red Cross Heroes Golf Tournament. Through the support of the golfers and sponsors, the organization hopes to raise more than $35,000.

American Transmission Co. is the main sponsor of the golf outing. “Community interaction is a core value at American Transmission Co.,” explains David Hovde, local relations consultant. “We are honored to help support the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin through sponsorship of the Heroes Golf Tournament.”

Also sponsoring the event are Kewaunee Power Station and Schreiber Foods. Dorsch Ford, Lincoln, Kia is sponsoring a hole-in-one contest. It will provide golfers a chance to win a car if they score an ace on a designated hole.

The event will feature both a live and silent auction. Among the prizes people can bid on: 4 tickets to a Packers home game (includes tailgate party); 6 tickets to a Brewers home game (includes limo to/from game and dinner at Buck Bradley’s); dinner for 8 in your home prepared by Hinterland Brewing; dinner for 8 in your home prepared by Big Tomatoes.

Support for this event provides financial resources used to deliver services in the Northeast corner of the state of Wisconsin and reaching into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Those services include assistance to local families impacted by fire and other disasters, assistance to military personnel and families, health and safety education and blood products to local hospitals. Due to local need, we also run community-based programs: In Outagamie County, we run a Shopping & Errands program. In Winnebago County, we administer the Bridges program which provides short-term financial support for individuals and families facing temporary emergency situations. In Brown County, we provide a transportation program to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Hole-in-One at the Sixth Annual Door-Kewaunee Golf Classic

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter held its 6th Annual Door-Kewaunee Golf Classic on Monday, August 30, 2010 for the first time at The Orchards at Egg Harbor. We were proud to have American Transmission Company join us for the second year as our major sponsor of the event.

The day got off to an exciting start with Pete Peterson of John Henry’s Restaurant (pictured right) getting a Hole-in-One on the 11th hole. “This is the first time I’ve witnessed a hole-in-one,” said Jack Flemal, Red Cross Volunteer at the hole on the green. “He (Peterson) didn’t know at first he got it in so he asked me if I saw his ball. I said –“Look in the hole!” All hole-in-one prizes were sponsored by Witt Ford. Peterson won a vacation package for 3days/2nights to the Peabody in Memphis, TN.

We also thank our other contributing sponsors including: Dinner Sponsor – Nicolet National Bank; Lunch Sponsor –Schreiber Foods; Cart Sponsor – Dominion Energy, Kewaunee

Joining us this year were 28 teams for the 18-hole scramble event. The day of golf concluded with dinner and awards.

Taking first place this year was Bridenhagen Tree & Landscape – Team captain, Ivan Bridenhagen. (pictured above)

“We are very grateful for our wonderful sponsors and participants for their generous support of this successful fundraising event,” said Steve Maricque, Lakeland Chapter Executive Director. “It’s with their help that we are able to provide needed services within our service area. Additional thanks go out to our many volunteers that helped represent the Red Cross during the event.”

The $27,000 raised from the Door-Kewaunee Golf Classic will go to support services for Door and Kewaunee County (two of the eight counties we serve) Those services include families affected by disasters, emergency communication to military families and their loved ones, rides for those 60 and over and those with disabilities get to medical, nutrition and employment needs (Door County), 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.

Register Now for the 6th Annual Door/Kewaunee Golf Classic

Join us for the 6th Annual American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Door/Kewaunee Golf Classic. We are excited to partner with The Orchards at Egg Harbor and look forward to a great day of Golf. Participation in the Door/Kewaunee Golf Classic gives you the opportunity to support a great cause and golf at a great course. 

Thank you to our Major Sponsor:

Event Info

 

Date: Monday, August 30
Place: The Orchards at Egg Harbor 8125 Heritage Lake Rd, Egg Harbor

Registration: 10:30am
Shot Gun Start: 11:30am followed by dinner and program

Thank You to our Lunch and Dinner Sponsor:

Sponsorships Opportunities:

Team Sponsorship: $600 per foursome

Sign Sponsorship: $100 per sign

Your Support of the Door /Kewaunee Golf Classic

  • Provides immediate emergency assistance to individuals affected by a disaster and support to emergency response workers.
  • Provides reliable, low-cost transportation for seniors and individuals with a disability.
  • Teaches First Aid, CPR/AED and other life saving skills.
  • Supports members of the armed forces and their family.
  • Helps maintain a safe and ready blood
    supply to our community
  • Enables volunteers to provide educational presentations to the community on how to prepare for and prevent emergencies.

TO REGISTER:  Call or e-mail:

Mauree Childress

Director of Development

920-227-4287

childressm@arclakeland.org

Board Spotlight: Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher brings energy to his position on the Lakeland Chapter Board with a genuine interest in helping the American Red Cross. He is an active supporter through his help on the finance committee and with the Annual Door County Golf Event.

Eric Witczak, Vice Chair of Lakeland Chapter Board, suggested Mike for the Board and when he was looking for a good person for the Finance Committee he came up with Mike’s name again. “I don’t think I asked him. I think I volunteered him and he obliged,” says Eric.

“I suggested Mike because he seemed like a go-getter, one that doesn’t just sit back and watch others,” says Eric. “Mike gets involved, gets results and is always looking for ways to make the organization even better.”

In the past, Mike has demonstrated his commitment to community through participation in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and spending several years as co-chair of Schreiber’s community impact team.

Mike thinks helping those in need keeps him focused. “It makes you take a step back to realize there is more than oneself or the company you work for and to think about the community and make sure we are taking care of those in need.”

Mike says it’s a privilege to be part of some of the decision-making processes and to raise money for an organization as selfless as the Red Cross. He really enjoys working on projects and fundraisers that make a big impact because they help people when they need it.  “Due to the relatively small board, members can feel like they are making a tangible impact on an organization that benefits the community.”

“I have two nice kids and a wonderful wife,” says Mike. Mike and his wife, Melissa, have two boys who are 4 and 8. The family enjoys traveling and spending time together. Along with participating in the Boy Scouts, Mike also enjoys being an assistant coach depending on what his boys are involved in that season.

Mike w/ his team from the Red Cross Door County Golf Outing

Mike was raised in Green Bay down the street from his current employer. He didn’t grow up hearing much about his neighbor, Schreiber Foods, the world’s largest customer brand dairy company but it is a place that he can say he is proud to be. Its 100% employee-owned and helping neighbors in need is one of their core beliefs though they don’t always seek out recognition for their support. “People do the right thing because it’s in everyone’s best interest,” says Mike.

Mike is currently training for a half marathon and looking forward to the challenge of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. For those who may scoff at the idea of running, Mike says it’s really not that hard. “Its doing it incrementally that’s important. You start out with a mile or two miles and before you know it you’re running 11 or 12. You can run hard or at a moderate pace.”

Mike recommends the same approach to volunteering. “The best way to learn is to give it a try and apply yourself,” says Mike. “Sometimes it’s just getting your foot in the door.”

Any amount of time is noble. “Some months you can give a lot of time other months you can’t. With every organization I’ve worked with they are very understanding that people will give what they can and when they can’t there’s no shame in it.”

Mike says he finds it important to consider the efficiency of an organization and how much money is spent on overhead and administrative costs. “The Red Cross is lean and makes sure as much of the dollars that come in make it out to the community as possible. “

Mike is proud of the efforts of the Red Cross but he also enjoys his support. “If it’s not fun, you have to question why you are doing it. Its easy to get energized about something that benefits the community.”