Red Cross turns page on local chapter

For the last three years Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland counties have been served by the Southeastern Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, based in Lawrenceburg. There is also a satellite office in Osgood. The Chapter is part of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross will have a new look in Southeastern Indiana Saturday, Nov. 1. Due to a national restructuring, Dearborn and Ohio counties will continue to be part of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region. Switzerland and Ripley counties will become a part of the Indianapolis Region. This is just a change in internal reporting, not a change in services.

“This will not change in any way the coverage of the American Red Cross in any of these counties. We will still be there to help families after fires, tornados, floods, etc. We will still help families find their loved ones in the military. We will still be there to teach classes such as First Aid, CPR, AED, Swimming, and Baby Sitting,” said John Ryle, Southeastern Indiana Chapter executive director.

This chapter has responded to every call over the past three years. They have worked with local fire departments, Emergency Management Agencies and local governments to provide comprehensive coverage for the people. They have quietly gone about doing what they can to help the local people.

“Although I will not continue to serve as Executive Director, I plan to volunteer as I did before becoming a part of the staff. This organization offers a service that no other can. We are a part of the community and plan to stay that way” said Ryle.
The American Red Cross needs your help. Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer? There are many things that you can do:
You can go to http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer and become a part of this great organization, or you can contact the Red Cross at 513-579-3000 and ask for volunteer information.

The American Red Cross is funded solely by donations. Your donation can stay local or serve national and international operations. It is up to YOU, said Ryle.

“It has been a pleasure to have been a staff member for three years. I have worked with people from all over the United States that have the same goal as me: to help. I hope you will consider volunteering alongside me and proudly wear the Red Cross,” added Ryle.