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|Northeast Georgia Chapter History|
The American National Red Cross was formed in the city of Washington, District of Columbia in July, 1881. In 1905, the Congress of the United States mandated two services to the American Red Cross that are still in force today and being fulfilled by every Red Cross Chapter. Those two services are; Service To Military and Disaster Services.
The Red Cross Society in Gainesville, received its charter April 14, 1917. Nine volunteers under the leadership of Edgar B. Dunlap began the work. Volunteer Ella Powell, was appointed field Promoter and her job was, "To visit neighboring communities and organize branch chapters of Red Cross to work with the Gainesville chapter".
Throughout the years the North Georgia area continued to expand and grow. Some counties in the area had active Red Cross Chapters and some of those chapters had become inactive. In 1979, a plan began to unfold to merge all the counties into one chapter. The goal was to increase services to a population of nearly 200,000 persons. Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Stephens, Rabun, and Hall joined together to become known as the Northeast Georgia Chapter.
The Northeast Georgia Chapter is governed by a volunteer board of Directors with representatives from each county participating. In each county a Red Cross advisory committee, chaired by one of the board members, meets regularly. All volunteers in the county can participate in the advisory committee meetings where service delivery and fund raising goals are established.
In 1995, the Northeast Georgia Chapter became the custodian for four additional counties, Gilmer, Pickens, Union and Towns where no chapter existed. As custodian, the Northeast Georgia Chapter ensures that the congressionally mandated services mentioned above will be available to the residents of these four counties.
In 2000, the Northeast Georgia Chapter became the custodian for Fannin county after the Polk/Fannin Chapter surrendered its charter. In 2006, the Chapter requested the addition of the five custodial counties (Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Fannin). To date the Northeast Georgia Chapter services thirteen counties. It has been designated a strategic Chapter by the Service Area.
|NEWS & PRESS RELEASES|
| Red Cross Issues Safety Tips For Memorial Day Holiday (5/25/2013) |
Download free First Aid App To Have Safety Information Handy
The long Memorial Day holiday weekend is on the horizon and for many, plans will include taking to the highway, pulling out the grill for a backyard b...
| Red Cross Response Efforts Continue in Texas and Boston (4/18/2013) |
People can donate, take a class, download app to help
(WASHINGTON, DC) — The American Red Cross is supporting people in West, Texas after the plant explosion there while continuing to help first responder...
| America Celebrates Red Cross Month (3/15/2013) |
(Gainesville, Ga.)— In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt declared March to be Red Cross Month and requested “that during that month, our people reded...
| Northeast Georgia Chapter American Red Cross March Newsletter (PDF) (3/6/2013) |
This month the NEGA Red Cross is celebrating “Red Cross Month.” This year the theme is “Everyday Heroes.” Each month we will “spotlight” one of our ma...
| The American Red Cross Urges Georgia to Prepare Now for Floods (2/26/2013) |
With much of Georgia under flood alerts through Tuesday morning, the American Red Cross is working with its emergency partners to preposition supplies...
| American Red Cross Blood Supply Slowly Improving; More Donors Needed In August (8/10/2012) |
Just three additional blood donors at each blood drive could boost supply - Blood drive on August 17 at Amicalola EMC
The American Red Cross is encouraged by a boost in donations since the organization issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. However, additional d...
| American Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors Now (7/3/2012) |
Blood and platelet donors of all types needed
The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cr...
| Volunteers with Red Cross Bid Andy Thompson Farewell (4/2/2012) |
After 16 years with the American Red Cross, Andy Thompson is moving from the non-profit to the commercial sector helping people in time of disasters. ...
| Community Center to be used as an Emergency Shelter (1/24/2012) |
Melinda Goss, Director of the new Pickens County Community Center, Fire Chief Bob Howard and local Red Cross Director Andy Thompson completed a shelte...
| Help is needed for three local families that lost everything in a fire this week (1/6/2012) |
Help is needed for eight people from three families that are homeless after a fire earlier this week at their rental home in Talking Rock. The Red C...
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