Help the Red Cross by Shredding Your Confidential Information

A.R.M.S. and Nicolet National Bank are teaming up for an event to encourage the proper disposal of sensitive documents and help the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at the same time.  The community shred event will take place 9 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Nicolet Bank locations in Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, De Pere and Howard

“All too often, documents containing sensitive information get tossed in the trash before first getting shredded and with identity theft on the rise, proper disposal is crucial,” said Eric Haas, president of A.R.M.S, a full-service, commercial records center located in De Pere.  “Knowing that many folks complete paper purges before the end of the year, we knew this was the perfect time to encourage proper destruction, all while helping to benefit the Red Cross.” 

Residents can bring up to three boxes of documents per person.  A donation to the Red Cross of $5 per box is suggested.  The following Nicolet National Bank locations are participating in the event:

2363 Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon, 2082 Monroe Road in Bellevue, 2380 Dousman Street in Howard and 1610 Lawrence Drive in De Pere.  

During the event, mobile shredding trucks from A.R.M.S. will be parked at each participating Nicolet National Bank location.  The vehicles are designed to deposit a bin full of documents to be shredded into the truck with a push of a button.  “Our trucks have a screen for our team members to watch the documents being dropped into the shredder so they’re assured no documents are left behind or have fallen out of the bin,” said Haas.  “Once everything is shredded, we make sure the waste is recycled.”                                                                          

Executive director for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, Steve Maricque, says events like the shred event are important as the needs of families today are greater than ever.  “During a time of disaster (such as a family home fire) that need is even more apparent,” he said.  “A gift to the American Red Cross will provide immediate shelter, food and clothing to a family when they need it most.  For example, $50 will provide shelter for a family for one night.”

Representatives from A.R.M.S., Nicolet National Bank and the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter will be on hand during the event to talk about the importance of protecting sensitive information as well as supporting the local Red Cross.

For more information about the shredding event, please contact A.R.M.S. at (920) 339-0135 or Nicolet National Bank at (920) 430-1400.

Founded in 1983, A.R.M.S. (Automated Records Management Systems) provides information management and protection services to businesses throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.  As a full-service commercial records center, A.R.M.S. provides “Information Management from Inception through Destruction” for customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. For more information visit


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Five years later; Local Reflection about Hurricane Katrina Response

Special blog post: Steve Maricque, Executive Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flashes before our eyes. Five years has passed since the power of Hurricane Katrina blasted our Gulf Coast. The impact of which changed many lives. Katrina had a wide reaching impact on our country like many had never seen before.

WLUK, WBAY, WFRV tv stations and Cumulus, Midwest and Woodard radio coming together on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 for Operation Broadcast Hope. This one day event helped raise $126,029.35 for hurricane relief.

I think back to the incredible human tragedy and destruction seen on television and the water flowing into New Orleans when the levees were breached. The impact was far reaching as shelters were being established across the country to help people from the Gulf Coast Region that were relocating to find safety. This relief operation was of a magnitude never experienced by the American Red Cross. I remember the constant media calls and interviews as media outlets locally worked to find a local story they could share.

Despite all the human tragedy and destruction that occurred, I remember how people came together to help like I’d never seen before in our country. Thousands of people came forward to volunteer in some way, give blood and give of their hard earned dollars to help those in need. Our Chapter alone collected over $1.2 million dollars locally. Fifty-two volunteers were organized, trained and sent to help in the Gulf. Some of those same volunteers remain with us today helping now locally to respond to disasters.

Major disasters can strike at any time and change lives in an instant. We need to be prepared as best we can by having emergency supplies on hand and families need to talk and prepare a plan in the event of a disaster.

(l-r) Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Carol Ingram, Jan Traversa and Mary Roellchen, Disaster Volunteers in front of one of three semis loaded with water and other supplies courtesy of Festival Foods and their customers.

I learned that the human spirit is far reaching. The willingness and need to help others still exists. The American Red Cross helps individuals fulfill that need. We provide the opportunity for those that want to help. We deliver hope for those impacted by disaster that a better day is on the horizon.

Red Cross Volunteers Looking for Relief

By Sarah Thomsen, WBAY – Click HERE for video of story:

As the recent storms continue to pelt Northeast Wisconsin, it’s putting a strain on a group of volunteers that’s always there as soon as the severe weather passes.

Since June 15th we’ve seen flooding from Fond du Lac to Black Creek to Green Bay and wind damage and hail from Crivitz to Appleton.

And after each of these storms, American Red Cross volunteers were called to action.

“In the past two weeks we’ve had 70 volunteers that participated in helping people in need,” Steve Maricque, executive director of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter said.

Volunteers don’t abandon one area when severe weather hits somewhere else.

There were still crews in Wittenberg Wednesday after Tuesday’s damaging winds, and the flooding problems in Black Creek and the Fox Valley haven’t disappeared, either.

All these storms are stretching volunteers thin.

“It is a strain on them because of the amount of time and effort that goes into it, so we’re always looking for good people that want to help, that want to be trained,” Maricque said.

Not only does the local Red Cross chapter need volunteers, it also needs donations to help replenish the supplies they’re going through so quickly.

“We provide a mop, broom, a squeegee to move water around.”

With flooding the biggest problem this summer, volunteers are going through a lot of clean-up kits.

“Just in the last two weeks we’ve gone through 128 clean-up kits, so we’ve got additional supplies that are ready in anticipation of rain that’s going to be coming again tomorrow.”

Thank You to Associated Bank and Their Employees!


Phil Flynn, Associated Banc-Corp’s President and Chief Executive  Officer, presents $54,688.00 to Steve Maricque, Executive Director of  the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, for Haitian Relief.

The employees of Associated Bank raised $27,344.00 through chili cookoffs, jeans days, buying days off, raffles and donations.  Associated Bank matched the funds the employees raised to total $54,688.00.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Receives Support from The Grainger Foundation for Local Disaster Relief

(left) Greg Schwister and Steve Maricque

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is honored to be presented with a $10,000 donation from The Grainger Foundation, based upon a recommendation from the local W.W. Grainger, Inc. Branch Manager, Greg Schwister, for local disaster relief.

“We are proud to recommend continued support of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter,” said Schwister. “At Grainger we understand the importance of Red Cross and the vital services they provide to our local community.

We are very grateful to The Grainger Foundation for their generous support that helps to aid the immediate needs of families impacted by local fires,” said Steve Maricque, Executive Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. “The donation timing could not have been better. This is the time of year when we typically see an increase in family fires.”

Grainger has been a part of the Green Bay business community for more than 40 years as the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products.