Board Retreat Brings Business Minds Together to Advance Red Cross Mission

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Communications Committee Chair, Jim Harris, explains communications goals for this year. Photos by Paul Seay

On Thursday, July 31, the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross met to become acquainted with what is happening at the Red Cross, as well as to discuss its goals for the next year. We have a fantastic team of professionals on the Board of Directors and each of them are committed to serving the American Red Cross to the best of their abilities.

Being on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross requires a passion for the mission of the Red Cross, as well as a dedication to the service of the community. A Board position is much more than an accolade to spruce up a resume; it is a real commitment.

Chief Development Officer, Tony Jeffreys, Board Chair, Chris Judy, and Philanthropy Committee Chair Anita Ali discuss goals for the committee.

Chief Development Officer, Tony Jeffreys, Board Chair, Chris Judy, and Philanthropy Committee Chair Anita Ali discuss goals for the committee.

This year the Board of Directors hopes to focus on developing and strengthening meaningful relationships in order to spread the word about the positive effect the Red Cross has in the Triangle Area. New Board member, Mike Riegel said, “My favorite part about serving on the Board of Directors is discovering new ways the American Red Cross influences the community.”

Another goal the Board set for itself is to remember to share the stories about people who have benefited from the Red Cross. While many members have not personally needed Red Cross assistance, most of them had friends, family, or neighbors who have. Even in the work place, Board Members are committed to talking about the Red Cross. Three-year Board veteran, Sam DiFranco said, “I am constantly sharing the message of the Red Cross in my office for awareness of its mission.” Realizing how ubiquitous the Red Cross truly is was exciting for our Board Members and generated a great deal of anticipation for the coming year.

Perhaps what sets the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross apart from others is their compassion and enthusiasm for helping people. “I think it is important to really slow down and remember to give back if you are capable…It can be so easy to get caught up in our everyday lives.” Said Donna Rhode, in her third year as a Board Member. The American Red Cross is undeniably fortunate to have such a committed, and devoted group of people serving on the Board of Directors. We are confident they will help us achieve great things during their time of service. Thank you all for your time, generosity, and dedication!

By: Jaime Lisk, Public Affairs Volunteer

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