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The American Red Cross, a humantarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, perpare for and respond to emergancies.

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Annual Report

Clarksville-Montgomery County Chapter

The Red Cross is people helping people in war or peace.  Internationally, the Red Cross had its beginning in Geneva, Switzerland on August 22, 1864.  Nationally, the work was begun in the United States by an act of Congress in 1905.  Clara Barton was an instrumental in the organization of the National Society of the Red Cross and was promptly elected president.

Between 1905 and 1917, disasters in which the Red Cross had assisted included the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire with $246,000; the Chinese Famine with $326,000; New York City's Factory Fire with $70,000; and the Titanic Wreck with $126,000.

The formation of the local Red Cross chapters had not been permitted in communities the size of Clarksville.   Carrie Lurton Johnson, a school teacher has been credited with obtaining special permissions for organization of the Clarksville Chapter.

Carrie Johnson was familiar with the services of the American Red Cross.   When she saw young Clarksville men, her friends, enlisting for World War I military service in France and other European countries, and realizing that they might soon be lying wounded on some battlefield needing service rendered by the Red Cross, she bacame the force behind the movement to form the Clarksville-Montgomery County Chapter on May 9th, 1917.

Vounteer service in the Red Cross quickly became a patriotic endeaver, and was equated by some with military duty.   A slate of officers for the first Board of Directors was Mrs. F. J. Ruynon (Chairman); Mrs. Martin L. Cross (Vice Chairman); Miss Lucy Baily (Secratary); and Charles A. Welch(Treasurer).

Board of Directors
1.Gina Bell 10. Karen Jorgenson *
2. Charles Bloodworth (Secretary) 11. Jean Kugler (1st Vice Chairman)  
3. Betty Burchett 12. Nellye Lathon
4. Tim Chandler 13. Donna Mackens
5. Stephen Douglass 14. Jim Mann (Treasurer)
6. Bronson Gibbs 15. Merriel Bullock Neal (Chairman)
7. Markley Runyon Gill 16. Edward Oliver
8. Kendra Hawkins 17. Sheri Phillips
9. Candy Johnson 18. Michael VanMaanen

                                                     * Officers         * Non-Voting Member

Linda D. McCoy
Executive Director
Phone:(931)645-6401 ext 221

Cecil Trailwalker Stout
Emergency Services Director
Phone:(931)645-6401 ext 228

Interns/Work Studies


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