Consider becoming a local volunteer

National Volunteer Week, April 10 through 16, is a time to celebrate southwest Kansas volunteers. This year's theme, Celebrating People in Action, aptly describes all of southwest Kansas volunteers. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.

Our chapter has more than 400 volunteers from all walks of life. They come together with one common purpose to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. ... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love...."

With hearts full of grace and souls generated by love, Red Cross volunteers are always ready to step in and help people down the street, across the nation and around the world. They teach lifesaving safety courses such as first aid, CPR, babysitting and care giving. Volunteers serve veterans, members of the military, and their families; work at blood drives; respond to large and small disasters; and provide international tracing services.

During National Volunteer Week the Garden City Area Chapter wants to thank each volunteer. We take this time to recognize the selfless gifts of time, money and blood the Red Cross has received from the citizens of southwest, Kansas.

National Volunteer Week is also a time to invite you to join us. If you are not a volunteer, give the Red Cross a try. Red Crossers are people who are trained to perform extraordinary acts in the face of emergencies. Right now we especially need people who are willing to help respond to local disasters. To volunteer, contact the Garden City Area Chapter, 276-2762.


Garden City

Henry is executive director of the Garden City Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Writer right on identification

Several months ago, back in 2010, I wrote an article for the Your Views column of The Telegram. At the time of my article our current Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, was running for office. Locally there was some opposition to his campaign issue of requiring proof of identification. I stated in my article that people need to get over their hang-ups about showing proof of identification as we are asked to do it almost daily depending upon what we're doing in the business world getting a loan, needing a passport for travel, applying for any type of benefits, getting a license of any kind, etc. The list is endless.

If you didn't get the opportunity to read my article, there is a second chance for you. Pick up the Thursday, April 7, 2011, edition of The Telegram and read the Your Views column written by Mr. Art Gomez of Scott City. I agree with his article from beginning to end. My thanks to Mr. Gomez for an article well written.


Garden City

Heartfelt thanks for voter support

I would like to take this time to thank you for your support and vote on April 5. I am honored to be one of your new City Commissioners. I would like to thank my wife, Julie, and my sons for their help, encouragement and support during my campaign. As well, I am grateful to Kayra Owings, my campaign treasurer, for all of her aid in my campaign.

I am humbled by the amount of support and encouragement this community has offered. I greatly appreciate the confidence you have placed in me by your vote. I will take this responsibility that you have given me very seriously and will work hard to make Garden City the best place to live.

Thank you again for your support and vote on April 5.


Garden City