The Allen County Museum will offer “The Need is Real — the Time is Now” with presenter VaLaire Orchard at 2 p.m. March 26.
well known local broadcasting personality and Red Cross volunteer, will
offer a presentation on the history of this most important
Most everyone knows the name Red Cross but people
know little about where it came from and why. The ideas and the people
who created the Red Cross are hardly known and yet the humanitarian work
of the Red Cross throughout the world has touched many millions of
families in peacetime and war. And it’s been done mostly through the
efforts of volunteers.
The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary
of the U.S. entering World War 1. By the time that the war had ended,
the number of Red Cross chapters in the country had grown from 107 to
3,864. The Allen County Chapter is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary
this year but the story of the amazing work of the Red Cross actually
began in 1864 and, unknown to most, it did not begin in the United
Locally, VaLaire is fondly remembered as the hostess for
West Ohio Gas Company’s “Blue Flame Theater” and for her WIMA talk radio
program. She was married to the late Art Orchard for 67 years and the
couple had two children, three grandchildren and two great
She has been an American Red Cross volunteer for
more than 70 years, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Allen County
Historical Society and is a member of the First Evangelical and Reformed
Church where she taught Sunday School for 30 years.
The museum is located at 620 W. Market St., Lima.
The offering is free and open to the public.