Long-time Volunteer Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:28AM
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98-year-old ‘Rosie the Riveter’ commemorates three decades with Michigan Blood

BYRON CENTER, Mich. (January, 2017) – She built aircrafts for General Motors during the war, then moved on to a different plant to ‘cut & sew’. Now, this real-life ‘Rosie the Riveter’ is celebrating something else she’s built: a legacy.

Dorothy Fletcher retired from GM more than 30 years ago, and it wasn’t long before she made her way to Michigan Blood. Her friend began working there, so Dorothy began volunteering in her spare time.

“I like to stay busy, and I know how important [blood donation] is,” said the 98-year-old.

The former factory worker is well-liked by peers and donors alike. She volunteers in Unit Prep a few times a month – a position that requires attention to detail. It involves putting the correct identification numbers onto tubes, collection bags, and records, ensuring every blood donation is tracked. She also enjoys talking to donors, whether it’s about her time with GM, or her great-great-grandchildren.

To commemorate her spending 30 years helping us save lives, Michigan Blood will hold a small celebration for Dorothy on Monday, January 9th, at 1:30pm, during a regularly-scheduled blood drive.

As for how much longer the retiree plans to spend volunteering, Dorothy said it will be a while.

“I get along well with everyone – they treat me like a queen. I keep thinking that you guys want me to stop,” Dorothy said, laughing, “I just really enjoy it.”

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