Dear Cruz Roja Primo Tapia Members:
I am both humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the new President of Cruz Roja Primo Tapia.
Many fine people have preceded me and I can only hope to do the job as well as each of them have done in the past.
I would like to start off by thanking our outgoing President, Davida Willis for her many years of service and dedication to CRPT. She has been, and will continue to be, an inspiration for all of us. Under her leadership, we have weathered the COVID pandemic, reopened the Thrift Store, and held our one, and only, event for the entire year of 2020. She has been a valuable resource and has consistently supported the Board in our relationship with Cruz Roja Mexicana.
I would also like to thank Rebecca Robertson for her many years of service as Treasurer, a job that carries immense responsibilities. Her dedication, her motivation and her hard work has truly been a role model for all of us and a model of volunteerism.
I would now like to take a few minutes to talk about my goals as President for 2021.
My first goal is to increase the number of our active volunteers. We are an organization that relies on volunteers and donations. We rely on volunteers to run the Thrift Store, conduct fund-raising events, and maintain the Board of Directors as well as the performance of all of the other operational duties necessary to maintain our organization. We are blessed to have many fine and active volunteers who are willing and ready to help. But the pandemic has, understandably, sidelined some of our active volunteers. So, I urge each and every one of you to reach out and spread the word that CRPT needs more active volunteers to help out with the Thrift store, and with our desire to conduct more COVID-safe, curb-side events! These two sources of revenue, coupled with donations, are essential in meeting our financial obligations to Cruz Roja Mexicana.
My second goal is to find a new location for the thrift store. We have simply outgrown the old store and would like to find a larger space in a location either on the main street in Primo Tapia or on a side street that is within one block of the main street. If any of you hear of a new vacancy or has a lead in finding a new location, please feel free to contact me, or Jennifer Baker, the Thrift Store’s Director.
My third goal is to actively pursue the enrollment of members in multi-year memberships. While we will continue to offer one year memberships, our new preference is to enroll people in either five year or ten year memberships. The cost will continue to be just $20 per year, but this move will greatly enhance our ability to send out renewal notices via email. We also want to encourage people to self-enroll in CRPT by using our newly upgraded and enhanced website, cruzrojaprimotapia.com. Enrolling via this website is fast and easy, and it can be done in the comfort of your own home. Membership cards will be mailed to you promptly.
Lastly, as CRPT’s new President, I am asking for your help in letting me know how I can best be of service to you. My door is always open to new suggestions and questions. My desire is to provide excellent service to every member of CRPT, and to the organization as a whole. But I cannot do it without your comments, suggestions, and feedback. This is a new role for me, and I am relying on you to help me.
Paul S. Ross
President, Cruz Roja Primo Tapia