Red Cross names Masonic Lodge Service Organization of the Year - 2010

April 1, 2011

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Wichita, Kan. — April 1, 2011— Each year, American Red Cross Blood Services – Central Plains Region, recognizes one service organization in Kansas that goes above and beyond to make community blood drives a success.

This year, the American Red Cross Service Organization of the Year Award - 2010 will be presented to Masonic Lodge – Patmos No. 97 on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 401 South Haverhill Road,  El Dorado, Kan.

“I nominated this organization because every time we have a blood drive in El Dorado, a group of 8 to 10 Masons, headed up by Clarence Kerns, are always there to help unload and load our equipment,” said Bev Kerbs, Donor Resource Representative. “Their effort ensures everything gets to its spot and the drive can start on time.”

This is no small task. The El Dorado Community Blood Drive is held six times throughout the year, and wouldn’t be possible without dedicated, local volunteers like the Masons. Thanks to their hard work, Central Plains Region is able to collect an average of 127 pints of blood at each community blood drive, helping save up to 2,286 lives each year.

According to Kerbs, it is becoming harder and harder to arrange for volunteers at many of the other community drives she helps organize throughout the state. “But, I can always depend on the Masons in El Dorado. At both the beginning and end of each drive, rain or shine, they will be at the drive. Red Cross could use more groups like them!”

Congratulations to Masonic Lodge – Patmos No. 97 for helping Red Cross serve people across Kansas. Hopefully, your story will inspire other community groups to host a drive or help with blood drives in the future. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to to learn how you can get involved.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


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