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Red Cross, FMU and the Konduros Fishermen Fund announce inaugural Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute

The 6-day institute will be held May 19 – May 24 at Francis Marion University

The American Red Cross is partnering with Francis Marion University and the Konduros Fishermen Fund and to present the first annual Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute. A news conference will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Francis Marion University, located 4822 E. Palmetto St., Florence to announce this exciting initiative to the community.  

The Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute will be held May 19 – May 24 at FMU. The Institute is designed to ensure that Red Cross staff and volunteers have the opportunity to develop and become more prepared to respond to small and large scale disasters down the street, across the country and around the world. In total, over 300 Red Cross volunteers and staff will be trained at the Institute. 

This six-day Institute will be broken into three tracks, including, Executive Leadership, Development and Disaster Services. Attendees will receive advanced training in the following four core areas: 

1.       Disaster Readiness - planning and response to major disasters

2.       Chief Executive Officer Training - responding to community needs during times of disaster

3.       Disaster Fund Raising

4.       Public Affairs     

For more information, about the Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute, please visit  

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. To make a financial contribution to the Red Cross, please send donations to: The American Red Cross, P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC 29202. Donations can also be made by visiting or calling (803) 540-1242.  

About Francis Marion University:

Francis Marion University, founded in 1970, is one of South Carolina's 13 four-year, state-supported universities. As one of the state's six comprehensive institutions, FMU prides itself on providing a high-quality, yet affordable liberal arts education. While 95 percent of its students come from South Carolina, the university enrolls students from 26 states and 16 countries, allowing the FMU community to experience the diversity of people from other cultures.


Last Published: February 29, 2012 3:57 PM
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