ROTARY CLUB LEARNS ABOUT NORTHWEST BLOOD CENTER

Michael Long from the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) inspired the Club to volunteer to donate blood during the Blood Drive on March 16th at the Idaho National Guard Armory from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.  The Center saves lives by providing blood and services to support transfusions and transplantation medicine in the Inland Northwest.

The Inland Northwest Blood Center was formed in 1945 in Spokane, Washington. In 2009, individuals ranging in age from 16 to 92 years of age donated about 27,000 units of whole blood utilizing the five collection centers located in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Moses Lake, Coeur d'Alene and Lewiston, and the mobile blood drives like those coming to Bonners Ferry in March. Michael addressed the need for the Center to collect about 200 units of blood each day, but with a shelf life of 43-45 days, logistical problems may develop when more blood is needed or when blood reaches its shelf life.  In these situations, reciprocity with other areas of the country allows blood to be shared with the INBC and vice versa. A healthy individual can donate blood every 8 weeks. The goal of the INBC is 4 times a year.

The INBC has a Bonners Ferry Blood Drive Committee that meets in the evening every other month. When the speaker asked for a volunteer from Rotary to serve on this committee, Marcivee Cossette volunteered without hesitation in the spirit of Rotary's motto,"service above self."

The website for the Inland Northwest Blood Center is:  www.inbc2.org