On Aug. 19 the Kiwanis Club of Galion held its weekly Tuesday meeting. Disaster Response Director Karl Schwechheimer from the Crestline Area Chapter of the American Red Cross was on hand to talk about services the organization provides.
There are 25 mass shelters that are used in this area when there are cases of emergency, such as bomb threats, fires and floods. Shelters include churches, schools and the YMCA.
Schwechheimer pointed out that other than managing the shelters, they also go on approximately 30 runs each year, which mainly involve fires at residential homes. The first response is to help out those affected by the fire, then to provide food and drinks to the firefighters and police officers at the scene.
After everyone is initially taken care of, the American Red Cross then focusses on several other ways to help, including food and clothing, placing the residents in a hotel for up to three days, and infant and children services. He said their goal is to make sure they are housed, safe and fed.
If long-term care needs to be provided the Red Cross works with other agencies to make sure the victims are taken care of.
Schwechheimer noted the Red Cross is funded through donations and does several fundraisers throughout the year, one being a spaghetti dinner every February in Crestline.
There are currently 23 volunteers working for the Crestline Area Chapter. Schwechheimer said that many of the volunteers are retired firefighters, nurses and police officers.
It was pointed out that they are looking for more volunteers right now to train for helping the mass shelters. The Crestline office is located at 102 North Thoman Street for those who would like to sign up to become a volunteer. The phone number for the office is 419-683-3772.
In Kiwanis Club’s meeting business, members decided not to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Instead, members were urged to go to the United Way fundraiser that day at Phil’s Deli. This cookout will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with hot dogs, brats and Waldo bologna being served. One dollar of every sale will go to United Way’s annual campaign.
The club will resume meeting on Sept. 9, which will include a guest speaker and mainly business discussion.
The club then discussed the upcoming pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Galion Intermediate School. Contact a member for ticket information.
Continuing on with the meeting, a motion was passed to accept the revisions to certain bylaws and policies discussed at the previous meeting. It was also announced that the club is accepting nominations for three board members for terms commencing Oct. 1.