After nearly 31 years of service, Glenda Bobalik retires from American Red Cross

J. H. Osborne • Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 1:19 PM

KINGSPORT — Glenda Bobalik started work with the local American Red Cross in May 1987. On Thursday, scores of well-wishers who have worked with her at the agency over the years gathered to honor her and help celebrate her retirement.

Bobalik had served as executive director of the Northeast Tennessee American Red Cross for a decade or so.

What’s she going to do now that her nearly 31 years as a Red Cross worker have come to an end.

“I’m going to think about it for a while,” Bobalik said. “I’m not in a hurry to do anything. I’m going to start enjoying activities in the community during the days ... go to things that I couldn’t while I was working.”

As an example, Bobalik — who said she reads the print version of the Times News every morning, even though she has access to the electronic version as well — pointed out she’d read recently about an activity happening at the Kingsport Public Library that she wanted to go attend. Bobalik also said she plans to continue her volunteer work at the historic Netherland Inn.

“I have really, really enjoyed my time at the Red Cross,” Bobalik later told the crowd. “It’s been fun. I told somebody else today I was really lucky in that I spent my time working in a place doing things that I really would have done as a volunteer. It’s been a nice run. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people, including all the people in this room, who are so very special to me. And like I’ve been telling you all for days, I am not moving. I will still be right here. I am just going to take a little time and go do some things that I haven’t been able to do before. I am looking forward to that. But y’all have been a tremendous and wonderful part of my life. So thank you very much, and we will have some more fun in the future.”

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