They were among 19 volunteer individuals and organizations the agency’s metro Atlanta chapter recognized at its annual banquet earlier this month.
Douglasville resident Shirley Rawlins, who has been with the chapter’s health services department for much of her 18 years with the organization, was named winner of the Nursing Achievement Award.
In addition, Susan Terzich, who has worked with the Red Cross for 10 years in its records and blood collections departments, was named winner of the Biomedical Achievement Award.
Rawlins said the banquet drew more than 300 volunteers and Red Cross officials to the Georgia Tech Student Center in Atlanta.
Rawlins, who is a professor of nursing at Mercer University in Atlanta, said the nursing achievement award is presented annually to one of the metro area’s registered nurses in the Red Cross health services department.
“It is in recognition of a volunteer’s outstanding service to the Red Cross,” Rawlins said.
“It was a wonderful honor to have been chosen for this cherished award and, I believe, it validates what I have been doing for 18 years in terms of service to our clients” she said.
Terzich said she has been involved in keeping Red Cross records as well as working in the blood collections division.
“I have done everything except actually draw blood or handle the blood products,” she said.
Terzich may have taken home the Biomedical Achievement Award but, if there had been an award for the person who actually gave the most blood, she would have won it convincingly.
A 14-year Douglas resident, she has among the rarest blood type in the U.S., B-negative, which only about 2 percent of the country’s population has, she said.
“I have just donated my fourth gallon of blood and I have been donating about five years total,”
Those selected for local recognition were nominated by their volunteer peers for outstanding contributions to the Red Cross mission in eight categories.
About 90 percent of Red Cross workers donate their time, and the organization includes more than 1,700 volunteers.
The awards banquet coincided with National Volunteer Week and represented the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in the county, said Atlanta chapter spokesman Ruben Brown.