The  Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Daniel Jarosz as its volunteer of the year during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday night. John Straton of Berea was honored as instructor of the year.

The board of directors also named five new members and thanked two retiring members for their service.

Jarosz is “always willing to go above and beyond and then some,” said Katy Sulfridge, the chapter’s executive director.

Straton, who frequently is called upon, is always ready to teach Red Cross classes, she said.

Six donors of $1,000 or more were recognized, along with 20 who donated from $100 to $999.

The board said farewell to members Billy Upchurch and Jeffrey Toliver, who were presented plaques in appreciation of their service.

Joining the board are:

• Tracey Burkett of Richmond, an attorney with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund

• Dan Huck, director of leadership studies at Berea College and co-director of its program in entrepreneurship for the public good

• Carol Kirby, chair of the Berea College nursing department

• Mark Roselli, professor of business and economics at Berea

• Lowell Sellards, owner of Build Masters in Berea

• Wendell Hatfield, director of the Garrard County Emergency Management Agency.

In addition to Madison County, the Daniel Boone Chapter serves Garrard, Jackson, Owsley, Lee, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties.

“That sounds like a lot of people from Berea College,” Sulfridge said, “but each of them, as do the other new members, bring an area of expertise that will greatly benefit the chapter.”

Kirby will help the chapter expand its safety and health instruction courses, Sulfridge said.

The chapter recently had an instructor become certified to teach wilderness first aid. In the near future, a pet first aid class may be offered.

Wednesday was the end of the fiscal year, and financial data are still being collected, she said.

“A report on the chapter’s finances will be released in the near future, as soon as it is complete,” Sulfridge said. “As are most other non-profit organizations these days, we’re hanging in there.

“We’re still providing services, but could do much more if we had more resources.”

Floods and an nine fires, an unusually high number for May, put a strain on the locally funded chapter, Sulfridge said.

The number of disasters was more nearly normal in June with only three fires.

A family was assisted in Jackson County, as was another in Rockcastle County. A Madison County family’s home burned in June, but it did not require Red Cross assistance, Sulfridge said.

The executive director said she will be meeting with a board committee early next week to plan the chapter’s fundraising strategy for the coming year.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@ or at 624-6622.

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