On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Portland Council, and the Conference Presidents as well, we wish to thank Bob Gazewood for his many years of dedicated service to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. As a long time Board member, his judgment, support, and counsel have been invaluable. Bob brought his accounting acumen to assist the Council at a time of great need during a tough financial situation starting in 2011. In 2014 Bob accepted the three-year position of President of the Board of Directors. During his tenure as Board Chair, Bob was instrumental in turning the Portland Council around financially through the sale of funds-draining property, then finding and negotiating the purchase for our current building. His dedication—traveling from his home on the coast to Portland for all meetings and special purposes as needed, was an example of faithfulness and work ethic, and an inspiration to all. Having fulfilled his three-year commitment as Board President, Bob has now stepped down due to increased family responsibilities. We are so very grateful for his service to SVdP. Thank you, Bob.
We are delighted to announce that Gayle Pizzuto, past President of the Ascension St. Vincent de Paul Conference, has volunteered to take on the leadership role as the new President of the St. Vincent de Paul’s Portland Council, starting October 1st, 2017. Gayle has served on the Board for the last three years as Board Secretary, dutifully recording not only Board minutes but Conference Presidents meeting minutes as well. She has been an outstanding Vincentian for over 25 years, and was awarded “Vincentian of the Year” in 2015. Gayle’s willingness to tackle any and all projects that were asked of her while serving as Secretary, will serve her well as Board President. She is excited for the opportunity to work with the Board, as well as the Conference Presidents, in bringing about a greater awareness of the wonderful mission that the Portland Council plays in being of service to the less fortunate of our community. We look forward to your guidance and to serving with you, Gayle.