As many of you are already aware, March is National Red Cross month. Many of you have been requested to speak in your local communities on behalf of our organization (churches, schools, civic clubs, etc.). We appreciate each of you for your willingness to use these platforms to advance the cause and raise awareness in our communities of our ongoing need for additional volunteers! If our staff can be of any help with your various programs/ presentations please let us know.
I want to take the opportunity to give special recognition to our Disaster Action Team (DAT) members and the amazing services they provide on behalf of our chapter. They serve under the excellent leadership of our Disaster Program Manager- Heather Carbajal. The past month has been an especially difficult stretch for our DAT team members. They’ve responded to fires that have included fatalities, long travel distances, less than ideal circumstances, etc. We are so proud of each and every member and the way in which they represent the organization well during the most trying and tiring times. If you’re an active member of the DAT team (or a former member as well), we salute you and are indebted to your sacrifice!
Lastly, please make note that we will be hosting our annual “Heroes Luncheon” on Thursday, May 11th from 11:30am- 1pm in the Carl Grant Community Center on the Union University campus in Jackson. Our keynote speaker will be Senator Mark Green. Many of you are hearing his name mentioned in the national news due to the fact he is one of the leading candidates to be appointed Secretary of the Army by the President. We look forward to hearing him share some of his military accomplishments with us (as well as catching us up on the exciting current governmental affairs he is involved in). WE hope you’ll mark this date on your calendar and join us for this special annual event.