SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Rick Lee said goodbye to his position as executive director of the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley chapter on Wednesday.
Board members and coworkers of the Pioneer Valley chapter hosted a party in honor of Lee’s final day. He was the executive director of the chapter for 25 out of the 30 years he was there. Kim Goulette exceeds Lee’s position as executive director and took over the position on Monday.
Lee and his wife Norma of 39 years look forward to enjoying his retirement together.
“Being able to open a new phase to my life that at the moment is not mapped out,” Lee told 22News. “Lots of opportunity and potential, so I’m really excited, but at the same point it’s bittersweet to be stepping away from the best job I’ve ever had.”
During his time, Lee began the Hometown Heroes awards after the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 as a way to celebrate the spirit of humanitarianism by honoring local individuals who have shown courage, kindness and unselfish character. He was instrumental in helping thousands of tornado victims from the June 1st, 2011 twister in Western Massachusetts.