World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

AO: ao-the-swamp
Q: Curtis Hoberman (Dos Equis)
PAX: Patrick Chow (Black Hole), beater, JM ROONEY (GROVER), Dustin Crosby (Kolisi), David Sherry (Bucky), Ryan K. (Scrubbing Bubbles), switchblade
FNGs: None
DiCCS: Disclaimer, Cell Phone present, CPR certified PAX present, Safety

WARMUP – 26 reps of each:
Knee Circles – 13 reps in each direction, clockwise and counterclockwise

Hip Circles – same

Neck Rolls – same

Side Step Lunges


Abe Vigodas

X Factor

Mountain Climbers

Apollo Ohnos

Bobby Hurleys

THE THANG: “Red Cross”
R – Raise the Roof (26 reps)
E – Eleven’s (LBCs and Flutters) at every third tree. Movements between every third tree – High Knees, Butt Kickers, Broad Jump, Backwards Run, Straddle: Left Leg Lead, Straddle: Right Leg Lead, Carioca (Grapevine), Lunge,
D – Decline Merkin at curb (26 reps)
C – Copperhead Squat (26 reps)
R – Railroad Tracks
O – Overhead Arm Circles (Chinooks) (26 reps)
S – Scuba Buddha (26 reps)
S – Seal Claps (26 reps)

MARY GO ROUND – Each PAX contributed and led an exercise
Ending with Boat Canoe.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See #Announcements in Slack.

COT: Yesterday, 5/8, was “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day” in honor of the birthday of Henry Dunant (1828-1910), the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In 1859, he witnessed the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in Northern Italy and was horrified to observe the suffering of the wounded and the lack of care they received. He organized the local population to provide aid to the soldiers. He returned to his home in Geneva, Switzerland, and advocated the formation of an organization that would provide relief to the wounded without discrimination in times of war. This became reality in February 1863. The USA expression of this movement, The American Red Cross, was founded by Clara Barton in 1881.

The Mission of the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

My story:

I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, outside of Washington, DC. When I was at the age of 9, I visited, with family and friends, the Clara Barton House in nearby Glen Echo, MD. This became my introduction to the amazing work of the Red Cross. At age 17, I was trained in American Red Cross Lifeguarding and became a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguarding Instructor – trained to teach swimming and lifeguarding, as well as teaching first aid, CPR, and use of AED. I continue to maintain these teaching certifications, and teach swimming, lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and use of AED at the Hunterdon County YMCA.

In 1993, The USA had a huge disaster: The major flooding of the entire Mississippi River and Missouri River watershed. A friend of mine, a local school principal in Princeton, NJ, volunteered that summer and helped with American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Illinois. I was impressed by her response and service and became trained in American Red Cross Disaster Services. My first disaster response was a major gas explosion in Edison, NJ in 1994. I have remained a Disaster Response Team Leader and Supervisor since then.

It has been a grand experience for me to serve my community, my state and my country as an American Red Cross volunteer these past 52 years.

I encouraged the men to find the passion within them to be active in their communities and tao make the world a better place.

Honored to lead,
Honored to serve,

Dos Equis

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