Fairborn-Stebbins Unity Award 2018

Fairborn and Walter E. Stebbins High Schools are the latest rivals to join forces to help others in the Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Credit Union “Unity in the Community” campaign.

They teamed up to make their first $1,000 Unity Award presentation to the Fairborn FISH Food Pantry at the halftime of their Dec. 7 basketball game.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between CBC, Universal 1 Credit Union and a select group of rival high schools in the region that now includes Fairborn and Stebbins. The rival high schools host CBC blood drives then alternate choosing a charity for the Unity Award.

Fairborn and Stebbins became part of the 2018 Unity in Community campaign by hosting campus blood drives at Fairborn on Feb. 14 and at Stebbins on Feb. 23. They totaled 128 donors, including 82 first-time donors and earned more than 128 hours of community service.

As host of the rival basketball game, Fairborn chose the Fairborn FISH Food Pantry as the 2018 recipients of the $1,000 award sponsored by Universal 1. The FISH Pantry is owned by First Baptist Church of Fairborn.  Last year it assisted 25,000 individuals with the help of local businesses, citizens and churches.


UD donor Katherine Krauss

DAYTON, Ohio – Students marched with determination across the University of Dayton campus, bracing against the gray sky, a chill breeze and snow flurries on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  They have a lot on their minds during the final week of fall classes with exams next week, and then home for the holidays.  Yet many were just as determined to donate at the semester’s final blood drive.

On Tuesday it meant climbing the hill to the Virginia W. Kettering Residence Hall.  UD hosts eight Community Blood Center blood drives during the school year, and “VWK” is the only blood drive not held at the RecPlex.

As students entered the warmth of the residence hall they were greeted by volunteers from the blood drive student sponsor groups: Phi Sigma Rho engineering sorority, the PAVE student organization for preventing sexual violence, and the American Red Cross service club.

“It’s not the best week!” said volunteer Kaylee Hargis, a junior from Cleveland. “I think it’s more stressful than finals week.  But we can’t hold the blood drive any later, because some people only have one or two finals and they’re gone.”

Senior Katherine Krauss made the time to donate to support her Phi Sigma Rho sorority. Sophomore Madison Millhouse from Centerville was encouraged by a friend. Senior Andrew Lynch from Pittsburgh gets regular reminders to donate as a member of the AED pre-med honor society.

Together they totaled 30 donors, including 13 first-time donors and 24 donations.  The Marianist tradition at UD links learning with leadership and service, and for many the blood drive is a chance to help others at holiday time.

UD’s centerpiece holiday charitable event will be the 55th annual “Christmas on Campus” coming up Friday, Dec. 7.  The students will entertain more than 1,000 Dayton Public Schools students under the theme “One Night, One Community.”

“We’re helping out with hot chocolate,” said ARC club volunteer Scott Gorecke, a freshman from Rochester, New York. “We handed out a thousand cups last year.”  Scott got hooked on U.D. on his first visit while in high school. “Everyone loves it when they visit here,” he said.

CBC thanked Tuesday donors with the gift of colorful holiday socks. “I have socks already from the blood drive last year,” said Grace Godard from Akron who made her milestone fifth lifetime donation with CBC.

“For the amount of good it does, it’s really easy,” said Grace. “It makes me happy that I can make a personal impact on someone – just knowing that.  It’s easy for me to come between classes, for an hour out of my day.  It’s good for the impact it has to really help people.”

UD Andrew Lynch holiday socks


Robert Woehrmyer 100 LTD

Robert “Bob” Woehrmyer now calls Mason home, but he has lived, worked in sales and donated with Community Blood Center all around the Dayton area and in Richmond, Indiana.  His “Donor for Life” journey took him to the Dayton CBC Donor Center Friday, Nov. 30 to make his milestone 100th lifetime donation.

“I started donating at the company I worked for,” said Bob.  That was Micro Devices, where Bob worked in manufacturing sales and marketing form 1969 to 1983. “I started the annual donation (blood drive), where the van would come around.  The company is no longer there.”

Bob worked for six different companies, marketing all types of manufactured products.  He retired from Hoffco Comet in Richmond, where he would commute from the Miami Valley and often donated at the former Richmond CBC Donor Center.

Bob has three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  His two daughters live out of state, and he moved to Mason to be closer to his son.  He retired in 2005 and likes to stay busy.  “I play a lot of golf and a lot of bridge,” he said.

He also stays committed to donating. “I’ve been very bless with good health to start with,” said Bob. “I just feel it’s a good thing to do.”