BY KEN LITTLE
The wind-down date for AIDNET of Greene County is July 31, AIDNET President Jim Ramey said Tuesday.
"We're drawing down to July 31st, that's what we're looking at," Ramey said at the non-profit organization's semi-monthly meeting at First Baptist Church in Greeneville.
The AIDNET fremework will remain intact in the event of a future disaster in Greene County, Ramey said.
"We will keep our foundation going, as such, on a quarterly basis," he said.
Work remains on six AIDNET-coordinated projects, Secretary Wendy Peay said.
Volunteers and others are working to put finishing touches on most of the remaining cases, she said.
"We will shut down this disaster" on July 31, she said.
AIDNET -- an acronym that originally stood for Assistance in Disaster Northeast Tennessee -- was organized in 2001 as a regional, volunteer disaster relief effort in response to destructive flooding in Greene County and five other Northeast Tennessee counties.
After its work was done, the organization became dormant.
Following the deadly tornadoes that struck Greene County on April 27-28, 2011, AIDNET was reactivated in June, 2011.
The organization became AIDNET of Greene County, Inc., and set about the business of helping to restore normalcy to the lives of tornado survivors.
Executive committee members and other volunteers met weekly for nearly a year.
The schedule was recently switched to semi-monthly meetings after more than 100 cases were successfully closed out.
"Our coordinators and committee people we've had will no longer exist as such" after July 31, Ramey said. "But our executive committee will be in place."
Ramey, a Sullivan County resident who became involved in the Greene County aid effort though his association with a Baptist disaster relief group, said he is unsure if he will continue as AIDNET president.
All those associated with AIDNET, including committee members and volunteers, can be proud of their work with the organization, Ramey said.
"Everyone who I have talked to and heard from has been really complimentary about the organization and they're implementing [the same structure] in other places," he said. "There's no need to reinvent the wheel."
Ramey likened AIDNET to "a huge wagon wheel with a large number of spokes," each one equally vital to success.
He said the dedication of those involved with AIDNET is responsible for its success.
"That's what makes it work. You've been tremendous," Ramey told committee members Tuesday.
AIDNET has coordinated more than 40 major building projects and numerous other lesser undertakings to assist tornado survivors.
"What I'd like you to do is reflect back over the last year and look at your part [and] how you fit in," he said. "You folks have made a difference to the folks in Greene County."
AIDNET caseworkers were busy for months, but have completed their duties, Ramey said.
All caseworkers and others involved in AIDNET-coordinated projects are requested to turn in their information, so it can either be filed or destroyed to protect the privacy of clients.
"We ask you to turn it in so we can dispose of it or file it," Ramey said.
Anyone with questions about AIDNET can still call (423) 620-3311. The website, http://www.aidnetgc.com, also remains up and running.
"We still have some needs," Ramey said.
AIDNET's next scheduled meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at First Baptist Church in Greeneville.
"We're going to look at July 31 -- three more meetings and we will wind down toward that," Ramey said.