Sunday, January 4, 2004

Local Red Cross gets some relief

Good things happening

The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund received some refueling in late November after helping out during the floods that hit Delhi Township, Fairfax and several east end neighborhoods in May.

The fund was the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts.

"Donations from individuals and benefactors such as the Jacob G.Schmidlapp Trusts help us to shore up the Disaster Relief Fund locally,'' said Ronald Brown, chairman of the local Red Cross chapter.

Aside from assisting in disaster relief with money, the local chapter provided nine disaster volunteers and emergency response vehicles for hurricanes Claudette and Isabel and the southern California wildfires.

"Unfortunately the fund is at a dangerously low level," said Sara Peller, chief executive officer of the Cincinnati area chapter. She said the relief fund reached its lowest level in 15 years last year with a cash balance of $1.5 million. To contribute to the fund, call (800) 255-7070 or mail contributions to 720 Sycamore, Cincinnati 45202. Online donations can be made at

Mount St. Joseph cites 3

Three people will receive the 2004 Elizabeth Seton Award at 2 p.m. today at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse, Delhi Township.

They are Kay Clifton, a deaconess and lay leader at the State Avenue United Methodist Church and a teacher at Mount St. Joseph; John Trokan, professor of religious studies at Mount St. Joseph; and Rosemary E. Schmidt, medical director at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville.

The award is presented by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati to honor and recognize the work of those who partner with the sisters as they to respond to their mission.

Clifton serves on several boards and committees. She is a member of the church district strategy committee and serves on the board of Wesley Center and the Wesley Foundation.

She teaches sociology and interdisciplinary courses at the College of Mount St. Joseph, department of behavioral sciences.

Trokan, who has served as chairman of the department of religious studies for 10 years, has led an effort to shape a curriculum that best reflects the mission of the Sisters of Charity.

Schmidt is responsible for providing compassionate care for the residents in the home who suffer from severe disabilities.

Faith matters

Some of the homeless will be a little warmer this winter thanks to members of Congregation Adath Israel in Amberley Village.

The synagogue donated outdoor clothing - hats, scarves, gloves, boots and socks - as gifts to vendors of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless' publication, Street Vibes.

"As a Jewish congregation it's not considered charity to help other people, it's considered a commandment," said Kathy Wise, wife of the congregation's Rabbi Irvin Wise and the coordinator of the congregation's effort.

Families in the congregation matched themselves with 40 vendors to purchase the gifts, while members of the youth group made cookies and Rabbi Wise made latkes, potato pancakes traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, for the Coalition's holiday party.

"We think it's very important for every one of us to be aware of and take care of the homeless," Kathy Wise said. "Our members found it very gratifying to help."

Saluting our soldiers: Major assumes command

Maj. Hank Meiners of Miami Township, Clermont County, has assumed command of the Ohio Wing's Group 1 at the Air National Guard Base in Blue Ash. In his 13-year career with the Air Force Auxiliary, he has nine years of command experience with Blue Ash Squadron 244 and Clermont County Squadron 109.

Meiners will command seven squadrons in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.

Lieutenant leads squadron

1st Lt. Mark Johnson of Union Township, Clermont County, has assumed command of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 109, based at Clermont County Airport. He will lead the Air Force Auxiliary unit in advanced preparations for ground search and rescue missions as assigned by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

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