Adcock is Red Cross director

Adcock is Red Cross director

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 9:01 pm

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion County’s Red Cross chapter has a new executive director — Rob Adcock.
Interviews with each of four candidates for the position were completed earlier this month at the Obion County Public Library.
The candidates were interviewed by the local Red Cross agency’s executive board and, earlier this week, the board named Adcock as the new director.
He is actually very familiar with the position, as he will be replacing his mother, Betty Stockdale, who retired from the position on Dec. 31, 2010. Adcock has been filling in ever since as the interim director of the agency.
Mrs. Stockdale began working as the local Red Cross director two weeks before Sept. 11, 2001.
Now, as the new executive director, Adcock has big plans for the local agency.
“One of my main goals is better visibility for the local chapter and letting the community know what we do,” Adcock said.
Adcock was scheduled to travel to Memphis today for some specialized training dealing with the mission of the American Red Cross. He will be involved in several training modules at the American Red Cross’ regional headquarters.
He is also planning to return to Memphis for other job training modules as he adjusts to the responsibilities of his new position.
In addition to making the local chapter more visible, Adcock said he hopes to be able to do presentations about the American Red Cross at area schools.
One of his immediate responsibilities will be working on the Feb. 12 homecoming for troops returning to the Dresden Armory. He is already working on having a table set up at the armory and providing military counselors for the returning troops.
Adcock earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and business advertising from Southern Illinois University in 1996 and brings 14 years of management experience to his new position. He also has nine years’ experience as a website designer and computer technician.
His new job as executive director of the local Red Cross office fulfills the career objective listed on his resumé, “A management position in the public service industry where my expertise in management and business law would be needed.”
Obion County’s Red Cross office is one of only five chapters in region. In addition to the local office, there are Red Cross offices in Camden, Dyersburg, Jackson and Memphis.
As an organization, the American Red Cross is directly involved in disaster preparedness and disaster relief, as well as military support.
The agency also operates a variety of first aid and medical training programs, such as basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The Red Cross executive director’s job is a part-time position and Adcock will report directly to the local Red Cross board, as well as to the regional headquarters in Memphis.
The local Red Cross office is located at 203 Washington St. in downtown Union City and will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. until about 3 p.m.
In a related matter, the local Red Cross board of directors has a new chairman — Wayne Barker. He only recently joined the board and was actively involved in Adcock’s hiring.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 1.21.11

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