John Hodson, California

Decades ago, I was just a kid when my parents were Salvation Army officers on the east coast.  I remember that my dad very much enjoyed his relationships with local business and community leaders who made up his advisory boards.  In Atlantic City, board members are listed on the cornerstone plaque in the then-new beautiful community center they constructed not far from the boardwalk.  It was his crowning achievement.

Many years later and 3,000 miles away, I happened upon a small Salvation Army operation in Solano County, and asked, “Why aren’t I a member of your advisory board?”  As it turned out, they didn’t have one.  I had forgotten, but quickly re-learned, when you raise your hand around the Army, somebody is going to take you up on it.

We gathered up some community leaders, and started a new board.  It limped along, then fizzled.  Soon, however, the mission changed, and everything changed.  The Suisun City Corps has now been designated the Western Territory’s 7th and final Kroc Center, with dynamic leadership, and a board of a dozen members is enthusiastic, engaged, and growing!  I’m proud to be a part of it, and I hope my small service honors the many years of service rendered by my parents.

– John D. Hodson, Esq., CFLS

Managing Partner

Hodson & Mullin, Attorneys at Law

Vacaville and Fairfield, California