The American Red Cross of Douglas County finished 2000 in the black. Now its chairman wants the group to come up with an annual event to ensure funds will be adequate in future years.
"I would like us to come up with some kind of signature event, that the Red Cross can hold year after year (to raise funds)," said Rich Barr, chairman of the agency's board of directors, at the chapter's annual meeting Tuesday.
Outgoing treasurer Jill Fincher explained the chapter's annual report to the 25 attendees, noting the Red Cross's revenue exceeded expenses by $13,493 in 2000.
Barr lauded the work of staff and volunteers who spearheaded blood drives in the county.
"We've done somewhere over 1,500 donors this year," he said. "I think blood services has done an exceptional job."
He also suggested some other priorities for the chapter in the coming year when he will co-chair the board of directors with Bill Salome.
Interim executive director Caroline Arter challenged each of the board members to continue to support the chapter.
"Will you stand in the middle of the fire in building the Douglas County chapter to make it the best it can be?" Arter asked.
New to the board are Debbie Van Saun, Robert Longino, Brad Finkeldel, Allen Belot, Don McGinn and Larry Kipp.
Jo Hardesty, Sharon Graham, Fincher, Barbara Becker, Cynthia Grimes, Robert Hemenway, Dee Jefferson, Bob Newton and Bob Pillar finished their terms.