Welcome to the Auxiliary Board’s weekly blog. If you’ve read our first two entries, your patience has paid off, and you’ll finally get the low down on what we do. In this edition, I’ll provide a brief rundown of the Auxiliary Board (as promised), list some of the events we have coming up this year, including our upcoming membership event next month, and introduce another Member of our Board.

The Auxiliary Board of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is a group of young, active professionals, promoting the mission of the American Red Cross through social fundraising events that support the Greater Chicago Chapter.

Members of the Society and the Auxiliary Board contribute to Chapter initiatives by joining committees that support several fundraising events we plan and host throughout the year, including a series of social mixers called Flirting for Disaster, our annual golf event called the Red Cross Classic Golf Outing, and our inaugural annual experience auction debuting this August, called Mission Red experience auction.

Additionally, members serve as Red Cross Ambassadors and build awareness of our mission among fellow civic-minded professionals, as well as supporting with Auxiliary Board and Society Membership.

With all of these great events and wonderful experience and exposure, there’s a five year cap to Auxiliary Board membership, so we’re always passing the torch to let new groups of young professionals take advantage of the tremendous opportunities available to Red Cross Auxiliary Board Members.

With an impressive group of alums in every field and industry, you’ll certainly run into former members at some point, and what’s true for American Express is true for us, “membership has its privileges.”

Attend our Auxiliary Board & Society Membership Event
Come out and learn how you can get involved. All are welcome, so bring a friend! Reservations are required. To register, click here or call (312)729-6134.

February 19, 2009
5:30 to 8 p.m.
China Grill at the Hard Rock Hotel
230 N. Michigan Avenue

Here’s our Member profile of the week, and the third installment of our 25 part introduction of our Auxiliary Board. I present the one and only Ray Padilla (a.k.a. Candidate #5) – my close buddy and Co-Chair of the Mission Red experience auction.

Ray Padilla: A product of Toronto, Ray has spent the better part of his life in a much warmer Chicago. His career has spanned roles in the high-tech and financial services industries and management consulting, and Ray can now be found navigating the labyrinth of cube farms at the Northern Trust managing a variety of banking operations or technology programs and efforts. One of many inspirational quotes: Sun Tzu, from his Art of War – “To … not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.”

We hope to see you at the membership event next month, and look forward to sharing more about our Chapter and in our next edition of HAPPY FRIDAY!

Posted by Erick Laseca at 12:07 AM

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