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Become an American Red Cross Rota Volunteer Today!! Volunteer Orientation is held every first Wednesday of the month, from 12-1 pm and our next one is on July 9th, 2014. Orientation is held at the Community Support Building, 3293. Come to the Red Cross office and we will get you signed in and direct you to the classroom. There are several different ways that we can use your help! Special Events, the School, and Housing, to name a few, are always looking for more volunteers.


We will cover all of our exciting opportunities at Orientation and guide you through the next steps to becoming an active volunteer! Tell your friends and co-workers… As a Red Cross Volunteer we are more than happy to provide Letters of Appreciation, thanking you for all of the hard work that is provided. The Letter of Appreciation can then be submitted with your promotion packet or even for a Volunteer Service Award.

June Celebrants Raiza Cruz, June 4 Deanna Forney, June 11


Onele Christopher Lozano, June 12


David Morales, June 12




Lars Engeberg, June 15 Daniel Jacobson, June 16 Simona Walters, June 22

Vinson Jones, June 25




WHY I VOLUNTEER Erin Lester, American Red Cross Regional I've been volunteering my whole life. My father led by example. Volunteering was just something we did as a family. I've volunteered with our church, in homeless shelters, teaching music to children, and as a big sister for at risk youth. I began volunteering with the military in 2008 after we were stationed in San Diego. I find working with the military to be one of the most rewarding experiences I've had to date. It's been my privilege to volunteer my time in support of the active duty service member, military children, spouses and wounded warriors. As a volunteer, I've learned a lot about humility and seen amazing people overcome unimaginable obstacles. The strength our military has, despite injury or illness, continues to humble me. It's amazing to witness volunteers coming together in support of a common goal. As any military spouse knows, the military family is a strong community. When we work together we can accomplish anything. After moving to Rota, I was once again reminded of the strength of the military volunteer. I started volunteering for the American Red Cross and was introduced to a new community of volunteers from all over the base. Everyday volunteers are working together to support this amazing community. It seems everyone volunteers in some way while stationed here in Rota. I'm proud to be part of that community.

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.� ~Ivan Scheier

M EET OUR NEWWTEEK EAM MEMBER NATIONAL NURSE National Nurses Week is celebrated between May 6th and finishes on Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12th. Florence Nightingale, is the creator of standardized training needed to become a nurse. Prior to her time, nurses were known as just being able bodied people who had no medical training and who could only assist in limited capacity. Everything changed for nurses in 1859 when Nightingale released the book called, Notes on Nursing which not only sold in the medical field but, also in the general public for the book gave step by step directions on how to nurse in a home. Her book is now considered the foundation cornerstone of all classically trained nurses and was used as guiding principals and curriculum for the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. Florence Nightingale’s teachings were so widely known that Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing was the our nation’s first school to use her principals to train new nurses. In 1886, Jane Delano, graduated Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, and with her training her was able to create the American Red Cross National Service Division in 1910. Under Jane Delano’s guiding hand the American Red Cross Nurses were able to assist in World War I, by personally organizing and training for over 8,000 registered nurses and during the course of the war, more than 20,000 American Red Cross nurses played vital roles with the United States military. In later years, the American Red Cross Nurses were sent to assist disasters both in the United States and around the world like Hurricane Katrina, 911 World Trade Towers, Haiti Earthquake, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Hurricane Sandy and many more. Here in Naval Station Rota we have nurses that volunteer at our local Naval Station Rota Hospital in many different aspects. They volunteer in the ER, Immunizations, Labor and Delivery, OBGYN, and assist with Diabetic Teaching. Captain Warrington said at this year’s Volunteer Recognition, “That he had a hard time noticing our volunteers because they were there so much he thought they were staff.” In honor of his words and ours we would like to thank all of our wonderful nurses for all that you do and know that your donation of time and skills has not gone unnoticed.

MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER Leslie Barstow, Health & Safety Chair We are proud to announce Leslie Barstow as our new Health and Safety Chair! Leslie is a Registered Nurse with years of experience in the medical profession. Her expertise in wellness will help us expand and streamline our health and safety programs to provide more courses to our community. By managing the offering/tracking of local American Red Cross classes, Leslie hopes to keep our community safe through information awareness and preparedness. Leslie has already started in her role as Health and Safety Chair by bridging local community events with our programs and volunteers. On June 7 th, Leslie will be providing information to our community on our Pet First Aid Program during the Summer Pet Walk. The walk is sponsored by MWR and will start by the housing pool. Please help us in welcoming Leslie to the team! If you would like to be more involved in our Health and Safety Programs, contact Leslie at

“Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.� ~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948); Indian Political And Spiritual Leader


is a valuable resource for dog

owners, as well as dog handlers, for therapy dogs, police K-9 units, and search and rescue units. The new manual includes information for dogs and puppies of all sizes, how to keep them healthy, prepare for an emergency, how to recognize and respond to a medical emergency until veterinary care is available. Dog First Aid is bundled with a DVD that demonstrates how to perform many of the first aid steps described in the book.

Topics covered include: • Symptoms and care for common ailments and emergencies • Instructions for creating a pet first aid kit, giving medications and how to recognize emergencies. • Tips on maintaining your pet’s health and well-being • First aid guidance on caring for nearly 70 canine health conditions.

To purchase your own pack, please call our office DSN 727-2333

By Scott Humphreys, American On 31March14, Mr. Scott Humphreys the Disaster Chairperson at American Red Cross, Naval Station Rota Spain, along with Mr. Richard Peterson the Naval Station Rota Emergency Management Officer and Sailors from U.S. Naval Hospital Rota participated in Lunol 2014, Spain’s annual Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HADR) exercise in Valencia, Spain. The exercise featured the Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME) or Military Emergency Unit in English. The UME was created in 2005 in response to the Madrid passenger train bombing, and has since been tasked to respond to domestic disasters in Spain as well as integrating local, national, and international support. To ensure preparedness, the UME conducts annual exercises to test the coordination required for each phase of disaster response. This year’s focus for the exercise was the return of authority (as we would test in the United States) from federal to either state or local authority. This requires a fully established disaster, response, and the beginning of the recovery phase. Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross) played an important part in this year’s exercise with approximately 350 volunteers from the cities surrounding Valencia to as far as Cadiz. The assets and response capabilities the Spanish Red Cross offered was amazing, from ambulances and first responders, to the set up and manning of a shelter for displaced personnel.

n Red Cross Rota Disaster Chair Participants of the drill included 3,500 local police/firefighters; all branches of Spanish Military; urban search and rescue (SAR) teams and other NGOs; European leadership from the International SAR Group (INSARAG); and international SAR teams from the United States, Brazil, Ecuador, Morocco, and France. The coolest fact is that the International Committee of the Red Cross deployed within Spain for the very first time. Their goal was to see if their services were wanted and/or needed on a wide scale disaster within Spain’s boarders. What they discovered was that not only were their services wanted but were also absolutely needed. The four day exercise included integrated scenarios for urban search and rescue, a chemical, biological radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response for an affected chemical plant, engineering objectives (electric, water, and collapse bridge restoration-of-services), medical planning/logistics, sheltering displaced personnel and other similar exercise scenarios ensuring there was never a dull minute during the exercise. With US-Spain and mil-to-mil engagement on the rise, this exercise was a great goodwill opportunity for Spain to show the U.S. forces how we can integrate and provide for the wellbeing of citizens in case of emergency. The group of observers were truly enlightened by level of technical expertise the UME and Spanish Red Cross can provide. The Spanish Red Cross is mostly an all-volunteer organization; the level of training, planning and overall consummate professionalism is and was remarkable. The training value and potential of future drill integration remains at the forefront of all who attended.

RUBBER DUCKY RACE 2014 The 9th annual Rubber Ducky Race was held on May 24th, 2014 at MWR Housing Pool. We would like to give a shout out to the following people for all of their help in making this event a success: Carlena Pearson, Javier Morano, Ariel Spentz, UT2 Lucas McConn, CECN Kaylee Cadwell, MC3 Christina Breener, DC2 David Boone, CIV Meri Wicks, MA3 Kristen Henigan, John Aguma, and Marriz Valenzuela. Thank you all so much for all that you do! Prizes were donated by: Kohl’s via Mr. & Mrs. Barone, NEX Photo Shop, Mandy’s Massages, Takiko’s, and NEX Beauty Salon. Winners: Andrea Valenzuela-Grand Prize: Britax Harness-2-Booster Car seat ($350.00 value), June Brennan: NEX basic photo session ($45.00 value), Danielle Baker: 30 minute massage ($35 value), Travis Oleary: 15€ voucher from Takiko, and Zach Oleary: One free hair cut ($15.00 value)


Contact Us: American Red Cross BLDG 3293 Phone: DSN 314-727-2333 CIV: 956-82-2333 E-mail: Facebook: American Red Cross, Rota Key Leadership Volunteers: Winnie S. Boyle Station Chair Marriz Valenzuela Chair of Volunteers Shunacee Stills Hospital/Dental Chair Leslie Barstow Health & Safety Chair Lars Engberg Publicity Chair Rubber Ducky Race 2014

Scott Humphreys Disaster Chair Paid Staff: Debbie L. Dustman Station Manager Kayla A. Valenzuela Field Office Assistant

Hola Rota!  
Hola Rota!  

American Red Cross Rota Newsletter June 2014