Thursday, July 14, 2011
Kahrs resigns post
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County liaison for the Red Cross, Oxford chapter, has tendered his resignation.
George Kahrs cited health issues and a reorganization of the nationwide organization that has affected how Red Cross operates at the state and local level.
Kahrs, a dutiful board watcher at most county meetings, said the nationwide reorganization came in July 2010 and has taken over at the state level with funds going into the national office then being disbursed back out to the states. He told supervisors that they may want to consider how their allotment to the organization is handled in light of a big shake-up in the Oxford chapter in which a dispute was made over sending local monies to the national office.
“Politics raised its ugly head,” he said. “A shelter that was in Tunica was given to the Memphis Chapter to operate.’
The director in Oxford resigned his post, as well as all but two of the members of the board of directors, Kahrs said.
“This board has allotted money to go to Red Cross this year. You may want to consider what you do,” he said.
Kahrs said he took over the liaison position for Marshall County after the death of the prior liaison and board watcher Joe Winfield, and has had a good rapport with the Oxford office in turning in reports and requests for assistance for people such as flood or burn-out victims.
The Oxford chapter hired two people to replace the former director and Marshall County will continue to work out of the Oxford chapter with contributions going into the state pot for Mississippi before being split out, he said.
“I met some good people over there and it makes me feel good that I may have done a little good for the people of Marshall County,” he said.
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