Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

November 30, 2006

New members added to Habitat for Humanity board

Four new members have been elected to the board of directors of Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity; three other elected members to the board are either returning former members or are serving in a new position. They bring a wealth of talents and skills to their positions.

Robert Connor will chair a new committee, human resources. Born and raised in Maine, he served five years with the U.S. Navy. He worked for Navistar Credit Corporation in accounting and administrative managerial positions. He retired after 32 years from Navistar World Headquarters in Chicago, IL, in 1991 and moved to Fairfield Glade in 1994.

He volunteered with Habitat when the affiliate was newly established, serving as the second elected treasurer. He has volunteered at the Home Store, was a member of the partnership committee, and now conducts mortgage classes for first time homeowners and has served as secretary for the board the last two years.

Active in church activities at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, he serves on the finance committee, legacy committee and columbarium committee, and as a Sacristan. He has been assistant treasurer on the Parish Council and past treasurer for Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). He and his wife, Dorothy, volunteer at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Robert Kendall moved to Fairfield Glade in March of 1996 with his wife of 50 years, Millie. He has two children — Susan, who lives in Winston Salem, NC, and Michael of Brandon, FL.

"I retired from the CSX Railroad after 38 years, serving in various management positions, lastly as trainmaster at Saginaw, MI," Kendall said. Shortly after settling in Tennessee, he became active in the local Habitat, serving on the building committee. He was one of the original members.

"Each winter, my wife and I head south. For the first eight years [we went] to the Pensacola area, where I gave two days a week working for their Habitat affiliate. While there I worked with delinquent teens, who were sent to boot camp to keep them out of more trouble. Working with them was both fun and rewarding. An interesting fact about this affiliate, they build 40 to 50 houses each year," he said.

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