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Salvation Army in Ogdensburg still needs more board members

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OGDENSBURG — The Salvation Army’s mission of “Doing the most good” may be somewhat challenged when it comes to the iconic organization’s Ogdensburg chapter.

The chapter, at 401 Franklin St., is still dealing with the problem of a member-depleted board of directors. There are seven people on a board that, according to the bylaws, should have 28 members.

But the bylaws requirement is flexible, Capt. Timothy A. Shaffer said, and he would be satisfied with a lot fewer. The last time the board had a full 28-member roster was in the mid-1960s, he said.

“If we could get it up to 15, we’d be happy with it,” he said.

Mr. Shaffer is well aware that an unwillingness to commit spare time is at the heart of the board’s membership problems. But the organization, he noted, is asking for only mere hours for monthly board meetings and annual seasonal events such as the Red Kettle campaign at Christmas and the Stuff the Bus school supplies program in August. “It’s not like we’re asking them to give up their lives,” he said.

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