The CFO honored its longest-serving volunteer with a resolution presented to Hearld Ambler, one of the original incorporators who has been involved with the Foundation since its creation in 1973.
During a presentation at last week’s annual dinner to recognize donors and volunteer Board leaders, President Brian Fogle joked that the CFO was finally willing to accept Mr. Ambler’s “retirement” after he’d tried several times before.
To a standing ovation, Mr. Ambler accepted a resolution outlining his many contributions to the CFO, including 20 years of service on the Audit/Operations Committee, 12 years on the Board of Directors, and service on the Scholarship Committee.
Mr. Ambler and Fred Hall, who also was recognized at the dinner, were two of the 11 incorporators of the original Community Foundation of Greene County. The first Managing Partner for the Springfield accounting firm, BKD LLC, Mr. Ambler also helped coordinate the CFO’s transition from a volunteer group to a professional organization, serving as a mentor to Chief Financial Officer Susanne Gray, who was the Foundation’s second employee.
He and his wife, Marjorie, also established a scholarship fund that provides a $5,000 annual award. His other volunteer work includes tax-consulting for clients of the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging and service on the Friends of the Dickerson Park Zoo Board.
Approved by the CFO Board of Directors at its May meeting, the Resolution states, in part:
“WHEREAS, Mr. Ambler has earned the admiration and respect for his dedication, focus, enthusiasm, professionalism, sense of humor and hard work;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Board takes great pleasure in recognizing the significant volunteer achievements of Mr. Hearld Ambler, and herewith expresses its sincere gratitude for the invaluable contributions he has made to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks …”