March 20, 2017 (ALBANY, GA) – All members of the Advisory Board of the Albany Corps of the Salvation Army work as one to serve the community. On Monday, however, it was time to recognize one board member — Lemuel Griffin — for his extraordinary work spanning more than two decades.
Griffin was presented with a Certificate of Life Membership at the unit’s board meeting.
Griffin was a leader in the refrigerated warehouse industry for 52 years, including 20 years as CEO and co-owner of Flint River Services. He is well-known for serving in leadership roles through the community. In addition to the Salvation Army, Griffin has given his time to the Boy Scouts of America and Albany Technical College. Currently, Griffin is chairman of the Phoebe Health System board. He and his wife, both cancer survivors, were honorees at last month’s Night for Hope event, a fundraiser for the ongoing battle against cancer in South Georgia.
While waiting to receive the highest honor for a Salvation Army board member, Griffin quietly listened as commanding officer Major Kelly English extolled Griffin’s many contributions of time, talent and treasure, not only to the Salvation Army, but to all of the Albany community.
English read scripture from the 25th chapter of Matthew in describing Griffin’s dedication to helping others.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, …” English read.
Speaking directly to Griffin, the Salvation Army commanding officer said, “Not only have you made this a better board, but a better community. It comes from the gold within your heart.”
Griffin, upon accepting the honor of life membership to the Advisory Board, said, “I feel so honored to have done whatever I could in the community. I hope to see more young folks come on board to carry on the work.”
Organized in 1878 by William Booth, the Salvation Army provides services to more than 30 million people each year, relying primarily upon the work of more than 3.5 million volunteers.
Article from Albany Herald