Red Cross Volunteers Resign

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

We've confirmed twenty resignations so far from volunteer leaders, but it will certainly be more than that. Volunteer leaders are individuals with invaluable skills who have dedicated their lives to the Red Cross and this woman is one of them.

Hannie Tterlikkis has served 50 years with the Red Cross and she has 50 year pin to prove it. Twenty-nine of those years were spent right here at our local red cross, but these kinds of awards are not why she has stuck with it. She says, "The award is in the job."

She has keepsakes from all the different countries she's been as a volunteer. When asked why she resigned, she said, "I feel Chris has been unjustly fired for what ever they say the reason is." But that's not the only reason she resigned.

Critics tell Tterlikkis and other volunteers they are letting the community down. But the volunteers say it's the lack of leadership at the local Red Cross letting the community down. And Tterlikkis says the Capital Chapter Red Cross has bigger problems ahead.

She said, "That would now become a mediocre chapter with whoever is going to follow it because he had so much energy and so many programs growing that a regular director will not-I'm sure that will fall

Another volunteer told us Chris Floyd thanks the community for its support, but he is still not ready to comment to the media.

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  • by Beth Location: Tallahassee, FL on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    Any volunteer organization has a solid few people who do most of the work. It sounds like the Red Cross chapter didn't know how to keep the best ones. Really sad that management is pretending nothing is going to be any different.
  • by Charles Location: Marianna,FL on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:16 PM
    I have not been privy to what the reasons were that Chris Floyd was forced to resign, but I feel that the Chapter leadership is making a big mistake. Chris has instituted the website for the Big Bend Chapter and maintained it. Chris has also spoke at locations outside the chapter area, giving us good ideas for response to hurricanes and natural disasters. Our group of volunteers in Marianna considered moving our affiliation to the chapter in Tallahassee at one time, but will reconsider that notion now. I am sure that personal issues are at the forefront of what went on to bring about Chris' resignation. I just hope the Big Bend chapter recovers from this loss.
  • by Chris Location: Guess Where Florida on Jan 22, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    How long till you realize the Higher ups were attempting to attach themselves to the Leon County funds for their own personal gains.
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