A recommendation from the Iowa Region and the Central Plains Community Chapter of the American Red Cross to division leadership will allow the local Red Cross to retain its designation as a Chapter.
Representatives of the two groups met with the board of the Greater Nebraska Panhandle Chapter on Aug. 8 to discuss concerns over reorganization of several American Red Cross chapters nationwide. It had been proposed the local chapter, chartered in 1917, would be downgraded to a “service center.”
The news was passed along in a letter from Jim Hamilton, division vice president for the Northwest and Pacific Islands American Red Cross, to local chapter board president Rick Tuggle. It stated the decision was based on “your impressive commitment to the historical significance of the word ‘Chapter’ and your strong identity as a geographically isolated area of the state.”
The letter continued that because of consolidation of chapters in the Midwest region, the local chapter was left “without the optimal opportunity to voice clearly how best you believe the people of your jurisdiction might be served.”
However, Hamilton wrote that with continued streamlining of American Red Cross groups on the national level due to the tough economy, volunteer leaders are even more important in focusing on service delivery to the communities.