IM couple receives Volunteer of the Year honor from Red Cross

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The American Red Cross-Northeast Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its partners at the annual Celebration of Support at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay.

Two hundred and sixty people attended the event.

The Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented to individuals and groups for their exceptional volunteer work.

John and Lynne Wilson of Iron Mountain received the Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is typically awarded to an individual, but this year it went to a husband and wife team who have demonstrated long-term commitment to the American Red Cross.

The Wilsons joined the Red Cross in January 2010 and have been very active since. They are both retired; Lynne a public school educator and John from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Lynne Wilson became co-chairperson of the newly named Community Council in July 2013, along with Greg Honeywell, who unexpectedly passed away in October of the same year. Lynne continued handling the chair position by herself and doing a great job in that new role.

She is also an active volunteer at the community blood drives and is a wonderful presenter of the Scrubby Bear program to local kindergarteners.

John Wilson has been the chairperson of the local Disaster Action Team since November 2012, and goes out on many of the disaster calls.

He attends the LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) meetings in Florence County and Dickinson County and the Region Eight Health Group meetings at the hospital every other month to keep current on disaster planning events. He also gives blood and enjoys volunteering at blood drives with Lynne.

Lynne and John take an active role in almost every event or fundraiser in the Iron Mountain area including Holiday Mail for Heroes, Econo Foods brat fry, Art for All, the Niagara Sunday Basketball program, Dine Out for Disaster Relief and many others.

“This dynamic duo are incredible Red Cross ambassadors and are key players in helping to support the delivery of our core programs in our Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan counties,” said Dawn Comer, American Red Cross representative in Iron Mountain.

The Kerrie Foster Emergency Service Award was presented to the entire Territory Three Disaster Action Team, which includes the team from the Iron Mountain area office.

Judy Gregory was on medical leave from January through March of 2014 and the Territory Three volunteers, including Mike Petrick of Iron Mountain, stepped up and filled in to cover all areas in her absence.