For 28 years, The Rev. C. Thomas (“Tom”) Holliday served as a dedicated member of the Christian Relief Services’ Board of Directors and later, on that of its parent organization, the Christian Relief Services Charities board of directors.
“It was my honor in this past century, beginning in 1986, to have been asked by Gene Krizek to join with him to serve on the first Board of Directors of Christian Relief Services” said Holliday.
But at the board meeting on April 12, 2014, Rev. Holliday announced that he had decided the time has come for him to take his leave as a member of the board of this wonderful organization.
“Early on,” Holliday wrote in his letter announcing his retirement, “it was my privilege to have joined Gene and others on a visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and see the work being done there.” During his long tenure on the board he was also able to travel to Kenya on behalf of Christian Relief Services with his wife, Susan Goff, also an Episcopal minister and now Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, to visit the orphanage run by Phyllis Keino. He was pleased to bring back the report that led to the purchase and donation of the first tractor for the new Baraka Farm, to help what became the Lewa Children’s Home become more self-sufficient by providing healthy food for the children and an income by selling produce, milk, cheese, yogurt and meat to the community.
Holliday had nothing but praise for those he worked with on behalf of Christian Relief Services Charities over the years singling out for special praise, former board member, Jan Mansfield, and current board members, C.B. Richardson and Jim O’Brien.
“I simply cannot say enough about the contributions of those who have given far more of themselves to this organization than I,” he said. “Nor is that my role, except that it is important to me to make such acknowledgement.”
Holliday also credited the leadership and staff with making it what it has become today, and developing its reputation and record of laudable service.
“I am aware that organizations such as this, with the outstanding, selfless and committed staff we have, don’t just happen; such a core of people don’t come together, absent the caring direction and oversight of outstanding, selfless and committed leaders of uncommon integrity,” he said.
“I thank all of you for the honor of having been a member of this team for these 28 years,” Holliday said. “God bless you all, and may the good work of Christian Relief Services and (the parent organization) Christian Relief Services Charities continue to thrive in the years to come.”
Rev. Holliday will be missed. He was a dedicated volunteer for 28 years.