Provided by Lubbock Red Cross
The 2012 annual membership meeting of the American Red Cross South Plains Regional Chapter was held Thursday night at the American State Bank conference center in Lubbock. Nearly 60 volunteers, donors and staff were on hand to honor local award winners and recognize incoming and outgoing board members.
Molly Mabery, the chapter's volunteer specialist, was named this year's Chapter Employee of the Year. Executive Director Shannon Smith describes Molly's excitement and "can do" attitude towards volunteers as infectious and notes that she's willing to roll up her sleeves regardless of what needs to get done. Earlier this year the chapter responded to an apartment explosion while two of the emergency services department's three leaders were in Dallas in the aftermath of tornadoes in that area. Molly quickly jumped in and took charge at the disaster scene until a leader was able to get there. That same leadership has led to increase volunteer interest and involvement with the chapter.
Dwain Cox was named the Chapter's Volunteer of the Year, having previously won that award in 2010. Dwain serves as a Disaster Action Team Captain and training officer and takes care of the chapter's fleet, helping to ensure that they're ready to deploy at a moment's notice. Earlier this year Dwain deployed to the Metroplex and spent a week working out of an Emergency Response Vehicle making sure that families in the Lancaster area were taken care of. Chairman Bill Curnow notes that Dwain is calm under pressure and never seems to run out of smiles and reassuring words for his clients.
The Clara Barton Award for Meritorious Service was awarded to Bill Curnow. Vice Chairman Gerry Grant noted that this award is given to a volunteer who has exemplified exceptional leadership qualities in more than one role, has enhanced services and systems, and is focused on solutions to problems. Since joining the Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina Bill has become the Disaster Action Team coordinator, a disaster instructor, the volunteer partner for Emergency Services, a media spokesman and has served as the Board Chairman for the last two years.
Earlier in the evening the Chairman recognized outgoing board members Jon Stephens of SouthWest Bank, Randy Norman of City Bank, Steve Lewis of Platinum Bank, and Joseph Peterson of the American Red Cross Club at Texas Tech for their service and leadership over the years.
Those in attendance confirmed interim board members Andy Seager of McWhorter Cobb and Johnson, Brant Daniel of Plains Capital Bank, Darby Dickerson of the Texas Tech University School of Law, Bridget Faulkenberry of the City of Lubbock, Kristi Gonzales of United Supermarkets, Christy Hartin of KCBD NewsChannel 11, Shelby Means of American State Bank, Dr. Berhl Robertson, Jr. of the Lubbock Independent School District, and Lewis Treadwell of the City of Lubbock Fire Department (retired) and regular board members.
Returning board members include commercial contractor Scott Collier, Clarke Cochran of Covenant Health System, Marla Cottenoir of South Plains College (retired), business development consultant Marc Farmer, Jay Martinez-Garcia of the American Red cross Club at Texas Tech Universaity, and Shamini Parameswaran, a medical student at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine.
At the conclusion of the meeting the board re-elected Chairman Bill Curnow of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association and Vice-Chairman Gerry Grant of Lubbock Power & Light for a third term and elected Brant Daniel of Plains Capital Bank as board's Secretary.
The South Plains Regional Chapter serves more than 410,000 people living in 15 counties. Last year volunteers responded to 114 disasters and provided assistance to more than 363 individuals. The chapter also provided support to more than 351 members of our armed forces and their families and rolled out new innovations in CPR and first aid education throughout their service area.