Friday, October 9, 2015

Letter from Heart of Tennessee Executive Director, Mike Cowles - October 2015


It’s hard to believe that we are in the month of October already and we are roughly halfway through football season (Go Blue Raiders).  As I sit here writing this newsletter, I look out my office window and see the beautiful sunshine and leaves starting to drop off the trees.  

As cooler weather approaches, be mindful of odd smells or noises when adjusting from air conditioning to heating your home.  When I turn on my heater for the first time each fall, it has a terrible burning odor but it soon goes away.  I recommend having a licensed heating and air company come out to inspect your system to ensure that it is in working order and that there are no hazards that could cause a fire.

As many of you know, this past year the Heart of Tennessee Chapter grew from 9 counties to 17 counties.  It has been 1 year this month since the merger took place and I am proud to say that things are starting to smooth out a bit - but there is still a lot of work left to be done.  We are so appreciative and fortunate to have dedicated volunteers that are willing to go out lend a helping hand.  The mission of the Red Cross could not be fulfilled without these special folks and that is why I am asking you to consider that if you are not already a volunteer to stop by and see where you may help.

Covering 17 counties is a major undertaking and it takes a special person to lead our volunteers.  I am happy to announce that Casey Hill is our new Disaster Program Manager and he has hit the road running.  Casey comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the disaster field.  He has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for a number of years and was employed as a Disaster Specialist in Knoxville at one point.  Casey has been traveling the Chapter the past few weeks and we are very happy with his progress in continuing to make this a great Chapter.

 As always, I invite you to stop by our office at 501 Memorial Blvd. here in Murfreesboro and see where you fit in amongst the finest volunteers that continue to make a difference in the lives of others.  Have a GREAT DAY!


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