This year, he was serving in the top position as chairman of the United Way board of directors.
However, for the first time anyone can remember, a United Way board chairman has had to leave that position before his term could expire due to accepting a new job.
Krecklow became involved with United Way while working at Bowater, working in the paper company’s internal United Way campaign. He then became involved in the fund distribution process, and eventually in the entire campaign.
He had served as a board member, an executive committee member, a Fund Distribution panelist, and a member of the United Way’s Blue Ribbon Committee.
He chaired the Fund Distribution Committee for three years, and co-chaired the 2005 campaign with Mike Bales. Krecklow was board chairman-elect in 2012 before being installed as board chairman in March.
“Working with United Way for so many years has been a pleasure, and it excited me to be following one of the great United Way volunteers — Cameron Fisher — as board chairman,” Krecklow said.
“I learned a lot from watching Cameron this past year, and from watching the many great chairmen since I have been working with United Way.
“I am also excited to see the United Way of Bradley County move from just being a fundraising group to an organization that continues to raise monies for our fine agencies, but also pushes initiatives that will benefit so many others in our community,” he added.
“And, I was so proud to see United Way be so involved in the recovery efforts following the April 2011 tornadoes in our area.”
Krecklow has assumed the position of pulp operations manager at Georgia-Pacific’s plant in Alabama. He began working there July 1.
“I am glad that our chairman-elect, Art Rhodes, agreed to assume the position of board chairman following my departure,” Krecklow said. “Art has a passion for helping people, and I know that he will serve well in this position.”
Rhodes, president and chief executive officer of the Church of God Benefits Board, said he is sad to see Krecklow go, and hopes he can continue the work his predecessor started this year.
“Chuck has a real heart for helping others, and it’s one that you see in his wife, Jennifer, and his children too,” Rhodes said.
“I know he hates that he is leaving, but knowing Chuck, he will get involved in some worthwhile endeavor to help others in his new community.”
Matt Ryerson, president and CEO of United Way of Bradley County, said the entire United Way Board, Executive Committee, staff and volunteers all wish Krecklow the best.
“I hate that Chuck does not get to see the work he has already put in as chairman completed, but I know that Art will most assuredly follow in the path that Chuck has laid before him,” he said. “With the help of many others involved in this year’s campaign, I am sure that we will make Chuck proud, as our community always does.”