Media - 2013-14 Advisory Board - 7-25-13

The Salvation Army Announces 2013/2014 Advisory Board
New members inducted and officers elected for coming year

(Fort Myers, FL - July 25, 2013) At its June meeting, The Salvation Army's local Advisory Board inducted seven new members, and the newly elected Officers were installed.

The 2013/2014 Salvation Army Advisory Board officers are well-known community leaders:

  • Chair William M. Blevins, Encore Bank
  • Vice Chair Hank Hendry, Hendry Law Firm
  • Secretary Georg Koszulinski, Koszulinski Group, Inc.
  • Treasurer Stan Stouder, CRE Consultants

The Advisory Board Chair, William Blevins, with the help of Majors Tom and Julie Louden, Area Commanders for The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties, inducted the following new members.

  • Nick Chlumsky, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
  • Pastor Tito Gonzalez, First Assembly of God
  • Ron Kraus, Kraus Foods
  • Brad Miller, Interior Plant Scapes
  • Stephen Page, Thermal Dynamics
  • Daniel Regelski, Small Business Development Center at FGCU
  • Sharon Thompson, Hughes, Snell & Co.

"The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need without discrimination, and we're living in a time when the need is great," said Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties. "It is a tremendous blessing to have such committed individuals come alongside us to accomplish this mission. With the help of these new Advisory Board members, The Salvation Army will continue working every day to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

"The new board is excited about expanding the reach of The Salvation Army within our community," said William Blevins, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chair. "While the economy is getting better in Southwest Florida, there are many friends and neighbors that still need the services of The Salvation Army."

The Salvation Army local Advisory Board is an all-volunteer group, comprised of business people and civic leaders who provide advice and support. They are familiar with the organization's operations in the community and help by formulating plans for the improvement of the facilities and programs, and by making recommendations with respect to fundraising, community relations, program and expenditures. Advisory Board members serve as ambassadors for The Salvation Army in the local community.

The new members and Officers join the following existing members of The Salvation Army's Advisory Board:

  • James D. English (retired)
  • B. Pat O'Rourke
  • Jerry Schmall, former program participant
  • Don Strang, Sr. Strang Corporation
  • Dr. William H. Truax (retired)

Life Members

  • Mayor Randy Henderson, City of Fort Myers
  • Lloyd Hendry (retired)
  • Tom Smoot, Jr. (retired)

Emeritus Members

  • Helen L. McClary (retired)
  • E. Bruce Strayhorn, Strayhorn and Persons, P.L.
  • Dr. Samuel Watkins (retired)

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army brings help and hope to people experiencing homelessness, hunger, addiction and other major life challenges. The Red Shield Lodge, a 182-bed shelter, is located at 2400 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. The comprehensive programs offered at the social services campus provide participants in-residence and from the community with skills that encourage self-sufficiency.

The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, which includes administrative offices, is located at 10291 McGregor Boulevard. Donations of clothing, furniture and household items are welcome at the Family Thrift Stores, which fully fund The Salvation Army's drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The Thrift Store still makes house calls with a regularly scheduled route truck, and pickups can be scheduled at 337-0955.