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Salvation Army at 89 percent of goal

FLINT – A shortened holiday ringing season at some retailers took their toll on the Genesee County Salvation Army annual Red Kettle Campaign. The nonprofit came up $90,000 short of its $815,000 goal, the first time we have seen the organization fall significantly short. “People, understandably so, were in a hurry. They wanted to get from the store and into their cars as quickly as possible,” Senn said. “In addition, some of our major red kettle bell ringing stores went out of business before the end of the campaign.” People have a tendency to carry less cash these days and to shop on-line for gifts—this impacts our Red Kettle Campaign as well. The lack of donations will impact the services the Salvation Army can offer throughout this year. “One of our big services we offer in our area is the opportunity to help people with their rent and utilities so that they can continue operating in their way of life,” Senn said. “When we’re short as much as we are, it will impact programs such as this.” Although the annual drive came up short, Senn said he is thankful and appreciative of the funds that were raised. “We are thankful for all of the organizations and volunteers who helped us raise what we did raise,” he said. “It was a tough year, and we couldn’t have raised what we did without their generous support.” Donations are still being accepting for the 2015 annual Red Kettle Campaign until Jan. 31. Anyone who would like to make a contribution can drop off or mail their contribution to The Salvation Army at 211 W. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48502. On line donations can be made on our website: – G.G.

Genesee County Executives Association seeking members

FLINT – The Genesee County Executives Association (GCEA), a newly forming organization for business executives and decision-makers in Genesee County, is seeking applications for membership from owners and executives of elite area businesses. The local organization will be a chapter of the International Executives Association (IEA), along with the historic Detroit Executives Association (DEA) chapter founded in 1926. The goal of the organization is to foster the growth of member businesses by sharing business leads and information. In the pursuit of excellence, Executives Associations practice the policy of “one firm per business category.” The end result is a worldwide network of owners, top executives and key decision-makers representing the highest standards of products and services as well as professional integrity. Today, there are over 110 official Executives Associations around the world. They make up the prestigious International Executives Association web, representing over 5,000 member firms. If you are in a position to control your firm’s purchasing power and are interested in exchanging business leads with other businesses, this organization is for you. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Genesee County Executives Association, we invite you to attend a noon kickoff luncheon at Redwood Steakhouse and Brewery, 5304 Gateway Center, Flint, on Jan. 27. If you plan to attend, contact Mike Buckel by Jan. 25, – G.G.

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