Vineland Rotary Marks 20 Years of Blood Drives

Vineland Rotary Club Blood Drive organizer Ron McMahon presents Rotarian Linda Foster with recognition for donating blood consistently since the Club’s first blood Drive in January 1997.

October 26, 2016, Vineland, NJ – When the Rotary Club of Vineland hosted its quarterly blood drive on October 25, it marked the conclusion of the club’s twentieth year hosting blood drives in cooperation with the American Red Cross. The service club hosted its first blood drive in 1997. In the 20 years since the Rotary Club began sponsoring the donations, the club now has held 68 blood drives. Because Rotary now sponsors four blood drives every year at the Ramada Inn of Vineland, many people return regularly to give four donations annually. Donors have included Rotarians, family members and co-workers of Rotarians, and many persons from Vineland and the surrounding communities.
     “We are so grateful for the continued support of the Vineland Rotary Club over the past 20 years,” said Beth Toll, external communications manager for the Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Through their efforts, more than 2500 pints of blood have been collected. Every two seconds in the United States, blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.”
     According to American Red Cross statistics, in the Penn-Jersey Region, on average, approximately 800 donations are needed each day from area blood donors, helping to ensure that blood products are available for patients in more than 100 local hospitals, as well as about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
     Long-time Rotarian Ron McMahon, who once served as a board member for the Cumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross, has organized all of the Vineland Rotary Club’s blood drives. “It’s become a passion ever since I was nominated by then-club president Charles Parrish in 1997,” McMahon said. “After my donation on October 25, I’ve personally given blood 190 times.” McMahon’s family and friends have joined in over the years as well. In fact, last year three generations of McMahons participated in blood drives with Ron’s son Scott and grandson Ryan having made donations.
Rotarians who donated at the Rotary Club’s first blood drive on January 7, 1997, and who are still donating regularly, include Mike Benson, Dave Schad, Ron McMahon, Gus Foster, Linda Foster and Alan Dickinson.
     The Rotary Club’s next blood drive will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Anyone interested in donating during that blood drive should contact Ron McMahon by phone at 856-692-3117 or via e-mail at ronaldmcm65@cs.com.
     Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
     The Rotary Club of Vineland has more than 80 members and meets on Tuesdays, at 12:10 PM at the Vineland Ramada Inn. For more information, visit www.vinelandrotary.com or e-mail the club at info@vinelandrotary.com.