Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Lansing residents instrumental in startup of foundation

February 2, 2006, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: February 2, 2006, 8:33 a.m.

The Command and General Staff College Foundation has its articles of incorporation, its board of trustees seated and is in the process of hiring an executive director.

Now comes the hard part: Raising money to provide financial assistance to the college, which trains officers each year at Fort Leavenworth.

Trustees gathered for their inaugural meeting Thursday at the fort to approve policies and bylaws and be briefed on activities at the college, said Bob Ulin, a Lansing City Council member who teaches at the college and was one of the incorporators of the foundation.

Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Arter, another Lansing resident and foundation incorporator, was elected chairman of the trustees at the meeting.

"I just feel good about being a part of something that will have some enduring value for years - that's what I think is important. As a teacher I can touch a soldier's life; as an incorporator, I can touch many soldiers' lives for years to come," said Ulin, who attended the meeting as acting secretary until trustees elected their slate of officers.

Ulin, because he is a government employee, is barred from serving on the board.

Other officers elected at the meeting included Thomas Holcom, president of Pioneer Financial Services, who was elected foundation president; Raymond Barrett, vice president of HNTB Construction, was elected vice president; Cathleen Dodson Macauley chair and CEO of the Dodson Group Holding Company, was elected treasurer; and Willard Snyder, president of the Real Estate Corp., was elected general counsel.

Ulin said once an executive director was hired, the foundation would get into full-fledged fund-raising. He said it likely would be about two years before any major gifts to the college could be announced.

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