The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), a 12-county area social service, community health and public housing Community Action Agency, held its Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers and Directors Dinner on Oct. 22 at the Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall in Bowling Green.
NECAC administers and operates programs for the low-income, elderly, youth, handicapped and disadvantaged through partnerships, contracts and grants with government agencies, private businesses and other non-profit groups. NECAC is one of 19 non-profit Community Action Agencies in Missouri and part of a national network of 980 agencies.
In his annual report, NECAC President and Chief Executive Officer Don Patrick offered praise to board members, staff and volunteers who helped make 2012-2013 another successful year for serving the disadvantaged despite difficulties. He also looked to the future.
“As we go forward in the year ahead, we will face many more challenges — and many more opportunities,” Patrick said. “However, as we face those new challenges and opportunities, I am confident in the resources, experience and dedication of our board of directors, employees and volunteers. And, as usual, I expect we will meet these new challenges and opportunities head-on, and that we will successfully prevail.”
After being sworn in as chairman of the board, Lyndon Bode of Palmyra said in his remarks, “We’ll be ready and prepared to take action and do whatever we need to do to make sure people are getting the help we can provide them. Our purpose is to give them a helping hand. That’s what we’ve been doing and we’ll continue to do it.”
Charles McCann of St. Joseph, former director of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) with the Missouri Department of Social Services and a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) with the National Community Action Partnership, performed the installation ceremony.
Following are the other officers McCann installed for 2013-2014: Vice-Chairman: Fred Vahle of Warrenton, Warren County; Secretary: D. Randall Cone of Louisiana, Pike County; Trustees: Mike Bridgins of St. Peters, St. Charles County; Troy Dawkins of Shelbina, Shelby County: and John Bracey of Canton, Lewis County. NECAC President and Chief Executive Officer Don Patrick also took the oath of office. The seven make up the board’s Executive Committee.
Also sworn in were directors D. Randall Cone and Bette Maxwell, both of Louisiana, and Curt Mitchell of Clarksville.