BANGOR – The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, the local disaster response and prevention agency serving the seven counties of eastern and northern Maine, elected four new Board members at its 91st annual meeting last week at the Winterport Winery in Hampden, and recognized more than a dozen organizations and volunteers for their service to Mainers.
Newly elected by Chapter members were Board members Brett Alexander, owner of K & B Automotive in Ellsworth and Jillian Faucher, TD Bank Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Also elected were Bethanie Mercier, President of New England Home Health Care of Bangor, and Gordon Stitham, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Brewer.
Elected as officers were Chair Lance Macmaster, owner of Mac-Lin Medical Supply, Vice-Chair Darlene MacLeod of Ronald McDonald House in Bangor, Secretary Kathy Knight of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, and Treasurer David Barrett of the University of Maine.
Recognized as 2010 Special Partners for their contributions to the Pine Tree Chapter‚Äôs Red Cross programs and services were the Maine Community Foundation, WAGM-TV of Presque Isle, Bangor Letter Shop and Color Copy Center, Bangor‚Äôs WKIT 100.3 radio, and Tradewinds Marketplace of Blue Hill and Corinth.
‚ÄúWithout these special partners,‚ÄĚ said Board Chair Lance Macmaster, ‚Äúthe Pine Tree Chapter could not do the important work of the Red Cross. It is our pleasure to celebrate caring people, organizations, businesses, media outlets and foundations working together to help the people of Maine.‚ÄĚ Chapter Executive Director Shannon Flavin added, ‚ÄúFor all of the 91 years that the Chapter has served the people of Maine, its success has been due to the support and participation of partners like those we honor now. They represent, by their example, the volunteers and more than 4,000 supporters who every year are our service partners.‚ÄĚ
Carl Little, the Maine Community Foundation‚Äôs Director of Communications and Marketing, was joined by advised fund donors Lowell and Judith Thomas of Blue Hill to accept the Foundation Partner award in recognition of the Foundation‚Äôs generous support. WAGM-TV‚Äôs assistant news director Rene Cloukey and Sales Manager Kelly Landeen accepted the station‚Äôs Media Partner award for the station‚Äôs service in informing Aroostook County residents of Red Cross programs. Bangor Letter Shop‚Äôs owner Irv Marsters received the Business Partner award for its extensive in-kind gifts.
The Chapter issued two Community Partner awards, each for extraordinary support of the American Red Cross International Disaster Response Fund for relief of Haitian earthquake victims. Tradewinds Marketplace raised funds from its customers in January and February, providing a large matching gift from the company. WKIT 100.3 ran a one week on-air ‚ÄúPay to Play‚ÄĚ effort in January that generated more than 400 gifts from its radio listeners. Their donations were matched by a personal contribution from station owners Stephen and Tabitha King to provide more than $50,000, the largest single Haiti relief gift received by the Pine Tree Chapter.
The Pine Tree Chapter presented Volunteer Partner awards to the five-man Aroostook County Emergency Response Vehicle Team, two long-time disaster response volunteers, and two Services to the Armed Forces program volunteers. According to Executive Director Flavin, ‚ÄúFor these volunteers the word ‚Äėno‚Äô really has no meaning. Each has spent many hours this year helping the people of Maine.‚ÄĚ
Accepting the County ERV Team awards for what Flavin called ‚Äúreadiness and willingness to respond 24/7 to relief efforts‚ÄĚ were Romeo Bouchard, Bob Jordan, George Knorr, team leader Bill Thomas, and Ken Urquhart. Accepting disaster volunteer awards were married couple Clyde and Marcia Bernhardt, who between them have provided more than 40 years of service to the Red Cross. Tracy Spizzuoco and Richard Watson, Jr., who is also a Maine Troop Greeter, received the SAF Volunteer awards.
Last year the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to nearly 10 house fires and other local disasters every month and provided more than 300 Mainers with $100,000 in emergency shelter, food, clothing and emotional support. The Chapter served nearly 700 military families, and trained more than 10,000 Mainers in first aid, CPR, water and babysitter safety, and other skills that help save lives.
Donations to support local Red Cross programs can be made online at www.pinetree.redcross.org or by calling 941-2903.
Contact Name: Michael Sirota, Press Officer, Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross
Telephone Number: (207)941-2903