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Red Cross honors its volunteers

Trovinger named winner of Beulah T. Meyers Award, the highest honor the local chapter awards

January 06, 2013
  • Terry Trovinger, left, winner of the chapter's highest award, the Beulah T. Meyers Award, is shown with Robert Carder, chairman of the board of directors for the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
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The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross held its volunteer recognition dinner Oct. 18 at Red Cross headquarters. 

Robert Carder, chairman of the board, presented the chapter’s 2012 Beulah T. Meyers Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service to Terry Trovinger, who has been a volunteer for the chapter for 25 years.

The award for was developed to honor one of the best-remembered Red Cross volunteers who projected the Red Cross image in the chapter. 

She had the ability to motivate others so no job was too great or too small. 

It was through her efforts that the Red Cross programs were successfully developed and expanded to meet the needs of the ever-changing community.

Trovinger has served on the chapter’s board of directors, executive committee and as finance committee chairman. 

He has been available to work on various fundraising committees. Trovinger was instrumental in getting the chapter a United Way community assistance program grant, which was administered to the needy in the community for many years. 

He helped with the automation of the financial records and set up the cost analysis program, which is still used 25 years later in the budgeting process. 

In the early 1990s, he was instrumental in establishing the chapter’s investment fund, which led to the chapter’s financial survival.

Trovinger was part of the advanced fundraising team for the capital campaign, which resulted in a new chapter building in 2004.

In 1999 and 2007,  he served as chapter treasurer and chairman of the finance committee. 

In the past several years, Trovinger has shown outstanding leadership in a difficult economy.

He has made some tough recommendations so the chapter could remain financially stable.

With his wide-ranging financial background, he has displayed flexibility in working with the new systems and new processes implemented by the National American Red Cross, as well as the recent national reorganization.  

Trovinger is the chief financial officer of Community Rescue Service, which is near the Red Cross chapter.

In other awards, Judy Peterson, emergency services program manager, presented an appreciation award to Robert McEnroe for being available to help out no matter what time of day. 

She also presented awards to Gloria Bastian, Howard Gould, Elizabeth Lefebure O’Neill, Mark Rose, Joe and Lynn Shugars and Eric Zimmerman for their support and volunteer service at emergency events in the Cumberland, Md., area. 

Peterson presented Lynn Shugars with the American Red Cross Nursing Pin, which is  historically worn for a lifetime.

Julie Barr-Strasburg, Red Cross executive director, presented the director’s award to Priscilla Harsh, Sandy Newcomer and Charlie Newcomer. 

In the past year, they have been extending themselves to help not only support the Washington County chapter but they have helped re-establish and rebuild the Western Potomac Chapter in Cumberland.
 
Mark Baker was recognized for his years of supporting the chapter’s computer system and for the recent implementation of a new server.

Baker’s support has enabled the chapter to keep pace with the changing world of computers.

The following volunteers were recognized for their years of volunteer service:
 
• Five-year pins were awarded to Charles Batt, Michael Baylor, Robert Calandrelle, Patricia May and Thomas Riford. 

• 10-year pins were awarded to Guy Greene and William Moser. 

• 15-year pins were awarded to Richard Humbert, Patricia Kinsey, Connie Pearman, Norman Pearman, Doris Slayman and Lynn Spalding.
 
• 20-year pins were award ed to Nelson Hartman, Linda Humbert, Elizabeth Lefebure-O’Neill and Glenda Stonebraker. 

• 25-year pins were awarded to Sylvia Lyon and Trovinger.

Recognition and appreciation were given to Denis Rocco, Robert and Dolores Vidoni for their culinary contribution over the years to the volunteer celebrations.

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