While wonderful things happen frequently in the Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross, something very exciting happened recently at the monthly board meeting. Carol Ann Haake and Jami Peebles, both are current board members from here in Springfield, received recognition for being the founding members of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle in southern Missouri.
“The Red Cross is truly our family, the family we choose to belong to. One which we share a common interest, to care for others and humanity” said Carol Ann of her commitment to the Red Cross. Carol Ann and her family have been involved with the Red Cross on a local and national level for several generations now.
Jami Peebles has been a Red Cross volunteer since 2005 when she got involved with disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina survivors. “Red Cross volunteer work has been life changing for me,” said Jami of her passion for disaster relief. “It [disaster] affects every person no matter how rich or poor you are.”
We would like to thank these amazing women for their dedication to furthering the work of the Red Cross and congratulate them on joining the Tiffany Circle, a group of motivated women who follow a rich historical tradition.
The Tiffany Circle was started in 2006, and named after the stained glass windows made by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the National Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Tiffany Windows are three floor to ceiling panels depicting images of compassion and were commissioned in 1917 from the Tiffany Studios. They represent reconciliation and hope after the Civil War, and honor the work of Clara Barton; founder of the American Red Cross. The windows were paid for with combined contribution of $5,000 from the Women’s Relief Corps of the North and $5,000 from the United Daughters of the Confederacy of the South.
Because of this historical connection, the Tiffany Circle is a leadership network of women who want to change and save lives and better communities by investing funds, time, and talent in the American Red Cross. These leaders and philanthropists have come together with the pledge to each invest at least $10,000 per year to further the mission of the Red Cross. During their first year of membership, they receive a charm bracelet with the Red Cross emblem as the first charm, representing the 7 Principles of the Red Cross. The charms for the following years are the anchor, the banner with the heart, the flowers that Una carries, Una’s crown, and the shield with the Red Cross emblem. There are 2 higher charms, one for Bonnie-McElveen Hunter Tiffany Circle Members and one for Bonnie-McElveen Hunter Silver Tiffany Circle Members, which both depict part of the bejeweled saddle from the center window. The Bonie-McElveen Hunter Membership is for women who pledge to donate $100,000 over 10 years, and the Bonnie-McElveen Hunter Silver Membership is made up of women who donate $250,000 cumulatively.
There are more than 60 currently participating Tiffany Circle regions, and Carol Ann Haake and Jami Peebles have joined the more than 900 other members of the Tiffany Circle including women in the UK, Canada, and France. Today, Tiffany Circle members embody the virtues of the allegorical women depicted in the Tiffany Windows – hope, mercy, faith, charity, truth and fortitude – and better their community with their generosity.
Story By: Breana Clark, American Red Cross Communication Intern
Photos By: Nigel Holderby, American Red Cross