The full board of the Texoma Regional Blood Center recently honored some long-term members.
The board recently voted unanimously to bestow upon Roy Floyd, Warren Jamieson and Minnie Burkhardt the honor of Emeritus Membership Status for their extraordinary service to the Texoma Regional Blood Center.
Nameplates in their honor were placed on the special Emeritus Members Plaque that is displayed at the Blood Center.
Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd served for 37 years on the Texoma Regional Blood Center’s Board of Trustees, and his tenure on the Blood Center’s Board has been the longest term served by any Trustee since the center’s inception in 1974.
Also recognized for their lengthy and outstanding service was Warren Jamieson of Bonham who served for 27 years and Minnie Burkhardt formerly of Denison, who served for 23 years.
Jamieson said he began working for the center back in the 1980s.
“I had a five year old son diagnosed with Leukemia. I didn't know how much that meant to my family to have the Texoma Regional Blood Center in our area. We don't realize how important the Blood Center is to our community until it touches you on a personal level,” Jameison said.
“It is quiet an honor to have received this recognition. It was my pleasure and privilege to have served on the Board all these years. This is a great group of dedicated people; staff, director and board, and I wish them the very best. They are working hard everyday to help the citizens of Cooke, Fannin and Grayson Counties,” he continued.
Burkhardt said she began working with the blood bank as part of her job, at that time, in health care.
She said being on the board was her way of contributing to the work that the center does to provide life saving materials to area hospitals.
“It just became a passion of mine,” she said and then added that being honored for that service recently was very humbling.
Floyd said former TRBC Director Pat Richardson asked him to serve just one year on the board back when he first began. Then the next year, he recalled, she asked him to serve just one more. The next thing he knew, he said, 30 years had gone by.
He said he was humbled by the award and stayed involved with the Center all of these years because he could see the good it was doing for the area.
“It saves a lot of lives in Texoma to have a blood center here. It keeps the price down and it has been good for the people of Texoma,” Floyd said.
Each Emeritus member received a glass blood drop award recognizing their many years of service. These newly appointed emeritus members join previously appointed members Trumen Wester who served for 27 years between 1975 and 2002, and Mary Moses who served for 29 years between 1978 and 2007.
“The Board of Trustees and Staff of Texoma Regional Blood Center would like to thank each of them for giving so much of themselves to our Blood Center and community over those many years as their service has been truly appreciated,” said Texoma Regional Blood Center Executive Director Stacy Braddock in a written statement.