Newcomer, Rankin thanked for helping Red Cross effort

July 27, 2008

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross held its 91st annual business meeting and burning of the mortgage June 25 at Red Cross Headquarters on Conrad Court.

Charlie Newcomer was nominated as a lifetime honorary board member and honored with the Clara Barton volunteer award for meritorious volunteer leadership - the second time in chapter history this award was presented.

Newcomer has been a Red Cross volunteer since 1975. He began his service as a board member and served for nine terms. He was the chapter's vice chairman for five years and served as chapter chairman from 1988 to 1992. He also took over the vital and important chairmanship of blood services in 1995 until 2001.

In 1992, Newcomer was a recipient of the Beulah T. Meyers award. He served as a delegate to several national Red Cross conventions and also held several positions on the Delaware-Maryland state service council and on a regional community team for Red Cross.


His involvement in the Red Cross holiday gift wrap project is legendary. Charlie was instrumental in the fundraising program of the capital campaign to purchase the land and build the current facility.

In addition, retiring board members were acknowledged for their dedication and outstanding service to the Washington County Chapter.

Special recognition was given to Robert Rankin, chapter chairman from 2006-08. Rankin has been instrumental in program and financial development with the chapter and will continue to serve on the Maryland Regional Council and financial development committee.

Jason Divelbiss, Loretta Mulcahey and Newcomer also received certificates of appreciation as retiring board members.

The 91st annual meeting was also a celebration of the mortgage burning of the final $500,000 loan secured in May 2003. The capital campaign committee raised approximately $2 million to finance the entire project.

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