Red Cross volunteers recognized
A recognition of Red Cross volunteers was held at a holiday gathering at the home of Deena Camerato of Port Clinton. Greg Fox provided entertainment for the evening.
Honorees included Carol Fox and Jim Sass, honored as 2012 Volunteers of the Year. Fox, a 38-year veteran, was recognized for her work as a member of the local board, and as a CPR/First Aid and lifeguarding instructor.
Sass, who served as a board member for the past six years, was recognized for his dedication to educating the community about Red Cross services. He has forged new relationships between the Red Cross and the business community to support the many mission-related programs and services Red Cross volunteers provide.
In addition, four volunteers were inducted into the local Volunteer Hall of Fame:
• Gwen Addy was recognized for 23 years of service as a Blood Services volunteer.
• Mike Drusbacky, a 21-year veteran serving on the local board, is the liaison for the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency. He also assisted for many years with the Red Cross Golf Scramble.
• Tina Hablitzel, who began volunteering with Blood Services 25 years ago, is a Club Red member and helps with the summer gala.
• Cheryl Vickers is a medical professional volunteer and part of the Northwest Ohio region’s Disaster Services Team. Recently, Vickers solicited the help of her fellow employees at Firelands Regional Medical Center to help with the Military Heroes Holiday Care Packages for deployed members of the Armed Forces.
The American Red Cross is led by volunteers who comprise 98 percent of the Red Cross workforce. Volunteers earning years of service pins include:
• 25 years – Tina Hablitel;
• 10 years – Dan Almendinger, Elaine Burris, Lori Kiser, Julie Kling, Bonnie Legg, Laura Mattimoe, Roseann Sauvey, Connie Starnes and Dr. Stephen Ticich.
• Five years – Helen Arnold, Kate Bauer, Anne Belden, Karen Blizzard, Dee Collins, Brema Colvin, Phyllis Cousino, Mary Jane Gibson, Nancy Hartung, Alice Holly, Cheryl Kocher, Carl Koebel, Lynn Majce, Veronica Milnark, Edwina Minor, Gayle Rink, Sandy Schaffner, Marian Tavtigian, Bonnie Thomas, Judy Thompson and Marti Zeitzheim.
Employment coordinator named
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) hired Sue Groscost as a Community Employment Coordinator.
Groscost is responsible for finding job openings in the community for people served by the board. She will conduct job placement, training and/or coaching and follow up to ensure both employer and employee satisfaction.
A Port Clinton resident for 18 years, Groscost earned a degree in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati.