LTW winners Jennifer Felzien, Evan Binkley

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Springfield’s Northeastern High School has dominated the 2017 Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition. Seniors Jennifer Felzien and Evan Binkley won two of the five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually for the brightest blood drive recruitment campaigns.

The applicants were challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive. They submitted a campaign slogan, explained why it would encourage fellow students to donate, and expressed their campaign theme with one or more innovative and artistic marketing techniques.

It’s the first time since 2014 that a single high school has had two scholarship winners in the same year. CBC’s Cora Johnson presented the award certificates to Jennifer and Evan at Northeastern’s Senior Breakfast Friday, May 19.

Krista Felzien: “Every Drop Has a Story.”

Krista Felzien is not only another Northeastern Lead the Way winner; she’s the second in her family. Her sister Jennifer won a 2014 Lead The Way scholarship with a poetry submission and Krista’s “Every Drop has a Story” campaign was just as creative.

She built a giant “blood bag” display out of paper and plastic tubing and invited donors to interactively participate by adding their thumbprints in red ink after donating. The design included her campaign slogan, “Every Drop has a Story.”

“Each ‘drop of blood’ on the poster is the actual thumbprint of someone who donated blood at the drive I coordinated in December of 2016,” Krista wrote.  “Each donor has their own story, and is leaving a unique imprint on the world and the lives of others.  Like thumbprints, everyone’s story and reason to give is different. In addition, every drop of blood donated gives the recipient the chance to continue their own story.”

At Friday’s presentation Krista said she came up with the idea as a way to thank her church for sponsoring blood drives. “I thought it would be good for donors to do their thumb print as a ‘thank you,’’ she said.  She thinks the ideal would be popular at high school blood drives. “Students like to leave their mark,” she said.

Krista is from South Vienna. She plans to major in nursing at Wright State University and become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Evan Binkley: “Old MacDonald Gave Some Blood, AB-A-B-O.”

Scholarship applicants often use humor to communicate a serious message and Evan Binkley’s “Old MacDonald Gave Some Blood” theme is one of the best.  “I definitely wanted to do something light-hearted to get people comfortable at blood drives,” Evan said at Friday’s presentation.

Evan borrowed the “The Old MacDonald Had a Farm” nursery rhyme for his campaign slogan, “Old MacDonald gave some blood, AB-A-B-O… if Old Mac can do it, so can YOU!”   The illustration for his t-shirt includes a cartoon baby pig and lamb.

“I attend a rural school and the students are always made fun of for being ‘farm kids,’” Evan wrote. “Farming is just one of the many ways one person can help others, i.e. growing food to feed others.

“I know that giving blood, regardless of a person’s occupation, is another example of one way that a person can help others. The farm song is universal, so rural school or not, everyone knows it.”

Evan gave credit to his mom at Friday’s presentation. “My mom is an elementary school teacher,” he said. “That made me think about nursery rhymes, how everybody can relate to them and find them a little bit funny.”

Evan is from Springfield. He plans to major in computer science and engineering and minor in music. He would like to work in the music business or in music therapy.

The 2017 Lead The Way winners include: Aliya Stine from Newton High School, Karilyn Willenbrink from Miami East High School, and Kayla Kohler from Botkins High School.

Northeastern High Lead The Way winners


Clifford Caldwell 200 LTD

It was clear that “the force is strong with this one” when Miamisburg donor Clifford “Cliff” Caldwell settled into the donor bed and cracked open “Star Wars Catalyst – A Rogue One Novel” to read while making his milestone 200th lifetime blood donation.

Cliff is a ’91 graduate of Miamisburg High School, where he was Star Wars fan long before he became a “Donor for Life.”

“I started donating in high school and I just kept it up,” said Cliff. “My mom was a nurse and she always encouraged me to give blood.  She understood how important it is to give blood.  She can’t give anymore so I keep giving for her.”

He went to Cedarville University where he remembers once donating whole blood for a student injured in a car accident.  He’s been donating platelets and plasma since 2010.

“I knew that with apheresis you could give more often, so that’s what I did,” he said.  He reached his 100th donation milestone as an apheresis donor and was closing in on his 200th last year.   He made 14 apheresis donations in 2016, but hit a snag toward the end of the year.

After three consecutive unsuccessful apheresis donations he tried giving whole blood. He credits phlebotomist Chloe Lehwald for finding just the right touch on that donation, and it was Chloe who helped Cliff reach his 200th donation milestone with a plasma donation.

“I didn’t know if I’d make it after I had so many no-draws in a row,” he said. “But Chloe was brave enough to try it!”

Cliff started donating in high school, but his interest in the Star Wars saga goes back to middle school.

“I saw ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in middle school,” he said. “For some reason they showed it to us for free in our auditorium.”

As Cliff talked about the “Catalyst” novel he is reading and his expectation for the movies still to come in the Star Wars saga, it occurred to him that he had made the wrong choice of t-shirt to wear for his 200th donation.

“I should have worn the ‘Rogue Blood Donor’ t-shirt,” he said, remembering the CBC t-shirt from December 2016 that celebrated the release of the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Ironically it was in December that he was having trouble donating, but he didn’t give up.

“That’s my favorite t-shirt I have,” he said.  May the force continue to be with you Cliff!


OH Summer 17 Wings Wheel Slate

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is scouting for donors this summer, and banking on a true American legend to help boost the summer blood supply.

An “Indian Scout Sixty,” descended from the historic line of America’s legendary Indian Motorcycle Company, is the grand prize in the CBC “Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive 2017” campaign.

Everyone who registers to donate blood at a CBC Donor Center or a CBC mobile blood drive from May 26 through Sept. 2 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win the Scout Sixty.  Donors must be 18 by the end of the campaign period to win.

Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

CBC is promising a dream machine to one very lucky blood donor in order to help boost the blood supply during the challenging summer months.

The Indian Motorcycle website describes the Scout Sixty as, “Experty balanced. Lightweight.  And primed with 61 inches of liquid-cooled American muscle.”  The Scout Sixty is a cruiser with a 999 cc V-twin engine.  The grand prize motorcycle in the “Scouting for Donors” drawing is red, Indian’s trademark color.

CBC will select the winner from a group of 10 randomly-drawn finalists in mid-September.  Official rules are available at .

“Our mission, in every season of the year, is to deliver the necessary blood to our area hospitals, where it is counted on to save lives.” said CBC Donor Relations Director Andrew Keelor.  “We hope the dream of owning a classic motorcycle will be an extra incentive to our regular donors and potential new donors during the summer months when people sometimes get too busy to donate.”

Everyone who registers to donate during the summer months will receive a free “Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive” t-shirt.  There will be three t-shirt designs during the “Scouting for Donors” campaign.

“Giving Blood, Saving Lives, That’s How I Roll! Donate Blood” is the slogan of the first t-shirt, offered May 30 through July 1.  The t-shirt is blue and features a winged motorcycle wheel emblem.


About the legendary Indian Scout Sixty…

George Hendee founded the Hendee Manufacturing Company in 1897 to manufacture bicycles in Springfield, Massachusetts. One bicycle carried the brand name “American Indian.” It was shortened to “Indian” and adopted for the “Indian Motocycle Company.”

Hendee teamed with Oscar Hedstrom to produce the first motorcycle sold in 1902. In 1904 the company introduced the deep red color that would become Indian’s trademark.

Indian built more than 50,000 motorcycles for the U.S. military during World War I, but lost sales at home and was overtaken as the top U.S. motorcycle company by Harley-Davidson.

Indian introduced the Scout in 1920 with its revolutionary gearbox and it became one of the company’s most successful models.

Harley-Davidson claimed most of the military contracts during World War II.  Indian production fell and manufacturing ended in 1953.

The brand name passed through a succession of owners, but the Scout continued to be part of many speed records. Polaris Industries took over in 2011 and expanded the line.

The Indian Scout Sixty was introduced in 2015 as an expertly-balanced and lightweight cruiser with a 999 cc V-twin engine.



Gwen Schroeder 100 LTD RICHMOND, Indiana – It was easy to spot Gwen Schroeder during her 19 years with the City of Richmond, most of it with the Parks & Recreation Department.  She was always wearing purple.  “I was the purple boss lady,” she said.

So of course she wore purple to make her milestone 100th lifetime blood donation at the May 2 blood drive at Reid Health.  She chose an Earlham College t-shirt.  Earlham’s team colors are maroon and white, but they do make a purple t-shirt.

Community Blood Center accountant representative Melinda Frech thought Gwen would like the dark blue “Military Appreciation Month” t-shirt given to donors at the blood drive. “Melinda told me it would not be purple,” said Gwen. “I said, yea right!”

“I just like purple,” she said. “My kitchen and bathroom are lavender.  My bedroom has purple carpet. I even have a purple bowling ball. I used to have a purple van.  They don’t make that purple anymore, so I have a purple license plate frame on my new car.”

“It makes it easier for everybody when you get older,” she reasoned.  “Your family can give you anything in purple and they know you’ll like it.”

Gwen can talk until she’s blue in the face about her fondness for purple.  But her true color is red when it comes to giving blood.  As she has grown older, so has her dedication to donating.

“Because I have parents who are elderly, and I know the value of donating blood,” she said.  That awareness keeps her steadfast to her donation routine. But like her long history with “the color purple,” the journey to her 100th donation began many years ago. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” she said.

The day of Gwen’s donation marked a new day with expanded hours for the bimonthly Reid Health blood drives.

Reid hosts six blood drives a year in Lingle Hall, traditionally on Fridays. Beginning with the May 2 blood drive, the new blood drive day is now Tuesday.  The blood drives are also three hours longer with the new hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The goal is to accommodate more community members who would like to donate at Reid after work.


Richard Hobe 100 LTD

SPRINGBORO, Ohio – Donating blood and umpiring youth baseball have something in common for Springboro donor Richard Hobe.  He always feels good about making the right call.  His latest call was a milestone, as Richard notched his 100th lifetime blood donation on April 25 with a routine visit to the Covenant Presbyterian Church blood drive.

Richard never misses a Covenant Presbyterian blood drive, and made six donations there last year.  But he did get a little nervous about donation number 100.

“It wasn’t until my last appointment that I looked and realized it would be the next time I come in,” he said. “’Hey don’t forget!’ I said. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t miss a chance. It takes me five minutes to get here.  I always feel good when I’m done.”

With his 100th donation underway, Richard could relax and recall his first donation. “It was probably in the 70’s when I started working for JCPenny,” he said. “They encouraged us to donate. I was a Boy Scout and always tried to be involved in community affairs and helping people.”

Richard and his wife Teresa have been married 34 years and have three children.  They’re youngest daughter is a police officer in Baltimore.  They came to the Miami Valley so he could manage a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store.

He worked in other businesses before retiring eight years ago, but his true love is sports.  “I grew up in northeastern Ohio and have always been an Indians, Browns and Cavaliers fan,” he said.

His favorite sport is baseball. “I’ve been playing ball since I was seven or eight,” he said. He continues to play senior softball and he started umpiring three years ago.

He umpires high school games down to select teams of nine-year olds.  “I can only get so far down,” the 71-year-old said about crouching behind the young catchers.  He also has to have a tough skin when dealing with the coaches.

“The best umpires in the world are 90 feet away, and they think everything I call is wrong.”

But the best call Richard ever makes is when he shows up to donate.

“I’ve never needed blood but others do, and that’s why I do it,” he said.  “It’s nice to get a phone call telling you your blood was used at such and such a place to help save a life. That’s why I do it.”


Taylor Edwards - donating

OXFORD, Ohio – The giving to help others never stops at Miami University, but it does slow down a bit when many students leave campus for the summer.  The RedHawks held their final two blood drives of the spring semester on April 19 and April 27 to complete another academic year of blood drive excellence.

There’s a steady beat to the MU lifeline of support for patients in need of blood in Butler County and across Community Blood Center’s 15-county region.  The April 19 blood drive in the Shriver Center totaled 77 donors and 63 donations and the year-ending blood drive on April 27 had 77 donors and 55 donations. The final blood drives had the year’s highest number of first-time donors with 27 on April 19 and 42 on April 27.

Miami hosted 10 student blood drives during the 2016-2017 school year. The student blood drives alone totaled 811 donors, 270 first-time donors and 619 donations for an average of 90 percent of the collection goal.

The Miami Faculty and Staff hosted an additional five blood drives. Also on the calendar was the annual two-day “Greek Week Blood Drive in September,” the biggest blood drive at Miami and in the CBC region.

Miami is CBC’s largest blood drive account with an overall total of 17 blood drives per year.  In 2016 the student, faculty and Greek Week blood drives totaled 1,704 donors, 566 first-time donors and 1,357 donations.

The final blood drives of the spring semester came at a busy time with students finishing up classes, getting ready for final exams, and looking forward to summer jobs, internships, and foreign travel.

“I’m in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and we get service hours for donating,” said Melissa Knapke, a sophomore from Fort Recovery who will travel to Luxembourg this summer.

“I’m in the same service fraternity,” said sophomore Nick Porter, who was donating in a bed nearby. He also made his fifth lifetime donation. “It’s a nice chance to help so many people. I’m an A negative and my blood is taken by a lot of people.”

Nick also has summer travel plans that include spending five weeks studying Austrian and German culture.

Junior Taylor Edwards will be traveling even further.  She will spend two months in China for an internship in business law.  But before saying goodbye to Oxford she mustered the courage to make her first lifetime blood donation.  “My doctor convinced me because he said I had good veins for it!” she said.

Taylor found herself in good company as she joined the ranks of blood donors at Miami.

The Faculty and Staff will keep the lifeline going in summer with a June 1 blood drive.  The first student blood drive of the fall will be Sept. 6 followed by the 2017 Greek Week Blood Drive Sept. 12-13.

PRSSA, Phi Delta Epsilon volunteers



Reid Health CBC Blood Drive Award

CBC’s Melinda Frech presents the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for blood drive excellence to Reid Health Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill.

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Reid Health bimonthly blood drive has moved to a new day with expanded hours to attract more donors from the Richmond area. Community Blood Center celebrated the milestone at the Tuesday, May 2 blood drive by presenting Reid with the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for blood drive excellence.

Reid hosts six blood drives a year in Lingle Hall, traditionally on Fridays. Beginning with the May 2 blood drive, the new blood drive day is now Tuesday.  The blood drives are also three hours longer with the new hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The goal is to accommodate more community members who would like to donate at Reid after work.

CBC Account Representative Melinda Frech thanked Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill, who has served as blood drive coordinator for more than 30 years.

“It gives me a good feeling,” Chuck said about receiving another top blood drive award from CBC, and Reid’s willingness to change days and expand hours. “It shows Reid is finding means to help patients in new ways,” he said.

The former Reid Memorial Hospital Blood Bank first joined forces with Community Blood Center in 1974 and the partnership has grown stronger over the decades.  Reid Health became CBC’s central community blood drive location in the Richmond area when it expanded capacity in 2015.  The result was an award-winning year with a 15 percent increase in donors and a 22 percent increase in donations.

Reid is a perennial recipient of the Platinum LifeSaving Ambassadors Club Award, the highest for blood drive excellence.  Blood drives must average 100 percent of collection goal or higher to achieve the Platinum award.

Reid hosted seven blood drives during the 2017 calendar, resulting in 1,167 donors, 72 first-time donors and 963 donations for an average of 103 percent of collection goal.

Tuesday’s blood drive with the newly expanded hours resulted in 168 donors, 13 first-time donors and 137 donations for 95 percent of the collection goal.  It represented an 11 percent increase in donors compared to February’s first blood drive of the year, and participation is expected to grow as more community members learn about the expanded hours.

Reid staff members were alerted by emails about the blood drive moving from Fridays to Tuesdays.  For some departments Tuesdays will be more convenient.

“Friday is a busy rehab day,” said donor Betsy Pitcock, who works in Occupational Therapy. “There are a lot of surgeries during the week, but for some reason Thursday is a big OR (operating room) day.”

Retired Reid staff member Nancy Wise made her 107th lifetime donation Tuesday.  It was her first blood donation in more than two years because of the deferral period following her successful treatment for breast cancer.  She was pleased to be able to give blood again.

“I donated a lot of times at Reid during my 34 years as a nursing assistant,” she said. “I worked in the surgical department for the last 20 years, and on the floors too, so I saw it all.  I knew the need was there.”

Reid’s next community blood drive will be Tuesday, June 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lingle Hall.