by: Sydney Boone
It continues to be a pleasure and a great privilege to work alongside Rosemarie Goodrum and Cathy Wisenbaker each week in the office of the East Georgia Chapter. These two ladies absolutely light up my Wednesday! Their dedication to service embodies the true spirit of a Red Cross volunteer. My experience here would not be the same without them. They always have great advice whether it be Red Cross related or just life in general! Here is a little bit more about them and their experience with us!
What originally inspired you to join the Red Cross?
Rosemarie Goodrum: “My neighbor volunteered as a nurse at the football games. He told me that I would love volunteering for the Red Cross, so I came to the East Georgia Chapter to get started.”
Cathy Wisenbaker: “I had lunch with Rosemarie, and she told me about the Red Cross volunteer opportunity. She asked me to come along. It was just the impetus I needed, as I had always admired the work of the Red Cross, and had been interested in volunteering. Here we are, and that was three and a half years ago!”
What is the most memorable experience you’ve had volunteering for the Red Cross?
Rosemarie Goodrum: “The evening we received the volunteer award for office work from Jeff Taylor, the former executive director! We started working here in August, and received the award the spring of our first year. We were totally surprised! We each got a plant, and we still have them! Also, we proudly wear the Red Cross service pins that Jeff presented to us out of the blue one Wednesday afternoon. Every time we wear the pins, we think of Jeff and his commitment to the Red Cross.”
Cathy Wisenbaker: “I continue to be inspired by the work that the Red Cross does and how vital they are in disaster relief across the world! When you are confronted with the responsibility of the Red Cross Mission, we understand why it is important to volunteer!”
What is your favorite thing to do in Athens?
Rosemarie Goodrum: “I enjoy walking, going to Cine, playing pickle ball, and hanging out with friends!”
Cathy Wisenbaker: “ I love to drive around the historic areas, look at the houses and landscapes, drive through campus! It makes you glad you live in Athens because it is so beautiful, especially this time of the year. It is a real vital town! There are things going on all the time.”
What impact do you believe the East Georgia Red Cross has had on Clarke County?
Rosemarie Goodrum: “Over the past three years, there has been a push to involve students in every aspect of the Red Cross, particularly students from the University of Georgia. Some of these areas include fundraising, education, event planning, and public affairs. The energy of these young people has been one of the main benefits for us because we enjoy working with these students so much. They are one of the main reasons why we stay involved with the Red Cross!”
Cathy Wisenbaker: “Along with what Rosemarie said, responding to disaster is so important! This office coordinates everything disaster related in the 14 counties that it serves.”
What would your advice be for anyone who is considering getting involved with the Red Cross?
Rosemarie Goodrum: “The Red Cross would not exist without volunteers and that’s the truth!”
Cathy Wisenbaker: “Do it! Do it! Do it!”