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Patton, Calvelage to retire as Red Cross volunteers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:44 PM

Two local blood drive volunteers have decided to retire from the American Red Cross. Elda Calvelage, who put in 23 years, and Pat Patton, who served 45, will be missed at future blood drives. Patton, center, stands with successor Janet Elchert, left, as donor Bill Hirn gives blood behind them. Patton, who started working blood drives at the American Legion in the early 1960s, will miss the bonds she’s forged while working with the Red Cross. “I’ll miss the people most,” she said. “Over the years, you get acquainted with the nurses and the other volunteers and the donors.” Coordinator Pat Weger commented on behalf of Calvelage, who was unable to attend Thursday’s blood drive. “Elda is the chairman of the canteen and she has served in that capacity for 23 years,” Weger said. “She has done an exceptional job for the American Red Cross. Both Elda and Pat have been dedicated workers and their help has been greatly appreciated. They will be missed by all at the blood drive.”


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