Ruth Logan, of Mount Gilead, was named the recipient of the third annual Karen Fishburn Stewardship Award when the American Red Cross in Morrow County Volunteer Recognition program was held Monday, Sept. 28, at the Cherry Street School, Mount Gilead.
Logan was described as one to whom “The glass is always half full” as opposed to “half empty.”
“She is always trying to make things better in her community and has preferred to be helping ‘behind the scenes’ and really likes to avoid the limelight,”said Sandie Fisher. chairman of the advisory board, who presented the award.
Logan, a retired Mount Gilead school teacher, joined the American Red Cross in 1984 and was named the recipient of the Clara Barton Award in 1995. A former board secretary, she served as the Blood Drive Coordinator at Trinity United Methodist Church for many years often times donating food for the donors and staff at those drives. She was co-chair of the quilt project, the largest single fund raising project in recent years, and is the longest tenured advisory member in Morrow County in 31 years.
Logan was surprised when ten members of her family appeared when her name was announced. Surprising her were Don and Jane Schriver, Ted and Deb Logan, Kent and Deb Logan, Deb Logan, Alison and Christopher Cox of Akron and Susan Logan.
The Karen Fishburn Stewardship Award was developed in memory of Karen Fishburn in 2013 in honor of the many years of dedicated behind the scenes hours she worked for the Morrow County Red Cross. The four criteria the recipient meets include Trustworthiness, Faithfulness, Humble heart and the choosing of service over his or her own self interest.
Giving the invocation was Jackie Weaver, a member of the board. Fisher served as emcee.
Years of Service awards were made by John Harbaugh, Health and Safety chairman. Recipients were Richard Sears, 5 years; Juanita Randall, 15 years; John Harbaugh, Jr and Jennifer Young, each 25 years; Ruth Logan and Maxine Young, each 30 years; Lois Grossman, 35 years and Dorothy Houpt, 45 years
Rita Barton, Volunteer Bloodmobile Coordinator, presented pins to the following in recognition of their gallons of blood donation: Donald Strohl, 27 gallons; Donald Friday, 20; Susan Pollard, Jack Pollard, and Larry Ness, each 16; Esther Yake, 14; Sue Gliem and Donald Burdsall,, each 12 gallons; Beverly Arndt and Marsha Crawford, 11; Ronald Swisher, 10; Brenda Morse, Leroy Hollingsworth, Steven Schuman, and Anna Friday, each 9; Teresa Schuman, 5 gallons. It was noted that Mrs. Gliem is 93 years old.
Barton also recognized the Blood Service Committee: Lois Grossman, Doris Hildebrand, Jackie Weaver, Sally Sayers, Dwight McFarland, Dave Hedge, Becky Glass, Fawn Mollenkoph, Beverly Hedge and Bob Pfahler
Bob Cunningham, Mass Care Lead with the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Buckeye Region, said 45 disaster workers had been updated on the new streamlined procedures which will reduce the amount of paper work. He said the there have been training sessions on the use of the mobile kitchen which was on display this evening. He said 18-20 volunteers are trained to use the trailer. Cunningham stressed the need for volunteers- “there are those volunteers who do it daily and there are those who are trained for when something happens and they can help in the shelter where needed. Volunteers in this category are needed very much”
Also speaking was Todd James, CVA, executive director of the ARC North Central Ohio office.
Assisting with the awarding of door prizes were Joyce Ray, a member of the board, Fisher and Michael Vance, Regional Volunteer Specialist.
A pizza buffet was served before the program. The American Red Cross of Morrow County expressed their appreciation to the following businesses and individuals who donated to the evening’s event: Mount Gilead Local Schools, Highland Pizza, Rolling Dough Pizza, Pizza to Go, Dominos Pizza, Pizza Hut, American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services, Becky Glass, Joyce Ray, Sandie Fisher and the local advisory board members.