Red Cross announces new directors

Rome --- The American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia recently elected two new directors to serve on its Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Volunteers on June 6 at Trinity Baptist Church in Calhoun: Mr. Add Layson of Calhoun and Mrs. Linda Jennings of Rome.

“We welcome these extraordinary individuals to our Board of Directors,” said Executive Director Jeffrey Putnam. “They are talented and respected community and business leaders who are committed to helping others. Together, we will ensure the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia can carry out its great humanitarian mission and is there for families and individuals across our service area and around the country in their hour of greatest need.”

Mr. Add Layson is retired from Gordon Hospital and has served on the Gordon Hospital Authority, Industrial Development, Planning Commission, Dalton College Foundation Board and is a past Chairman for the Gordon Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Layson brings a wealth of experience to our Board of Directors.

Mrs. Linda Jennings is recently retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority and as served on the Chattooga County Habitat for Humanity Board and Chattooga County Library Board and currently serves on the Harbor House Board of Directors in Rome. Mrs. Jennings will also be serving as a local Disaster Response Volunteer for the Red Cross.

HOW YOU CAN HELP All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible through the generosity of the community. The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to assist people affected by disasters. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.