Join Us as We Welcome Our New CEO from Honduras
On Thursday, October 20 we will host our annual fundraising dinner and silent auction, with the focus of Passing the Torch of leadership to Eduardo Chirinos, the newly named CEO of HOI. To make this a really special event, and to emphasize our shift to local Central American leadership, we have asked all of our available group leaders in Honduras and Nicaragua, along with our outstanding Honduras Country Director Jose Mondragon, to join us for a fun-filled evening. We have learned over the years how attached our HOI teams have become to their group leaders, so we wanted to honor them at this time and give you a chance to visit with each one in a different environment. I’m sure, however, that a change of locale will not keep Martha from referring to you as “her babies”.
We have an exciting and informative program planned for you, led by our keynote speaker Dr. Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro, the Secretary Coordinator General of the Government of Honduras and Chief of Staff to the President of Honduras. Jorge Ramon will give us an inside look at the many efforts Honduras is advancing. He will also share his perspective on the importance of how HOI, and other NGO’s working in Honduras and Nicaragua, assist in improving the quality of life for thousands of people. We will also have remarks from an early HOI supporter, John Pratt, Esq., sharing the history of our ministry in a way that only John can do in his folksy, cerebral, and witty way.
And importantly, we will introduce Eduardo as our new leader, and he will share his vision for HOI’s future.
The evening will begin with opportunities to visit with your favorite group leader(s) as bidding also begins on what will be a very robust collection of auction items that will thrill you. This year, we’re moving to an all digital bidding process so you can bid early and often, as early as 10 days before the actual event. Please keep in mind that bidding on the wonderful items our donors have provided is not designed to “get a bargain” but to maximize funds raised to support an outstanding and impactful ministry. So, bid, often and bid high.
The dinner will be served in “Trend Stations” style, which means you get to serve yourself as much and often as you like, and the evening will move more quickly, while no one waits for cold rubber chicken! The menu will be more robust than ever.
And finally, as for me, I am having a swing of emotions handing off the CEO spot. I have loved the opportunity afforded me to be on the leadership team of one of the finest organizations with which I’ve ever been associated. We are all deeply honored to have played a part in God’s plans, and to see such a positive impact on thousands of lives is very humbling. That said, there is so much more opportunity to do God’s work all over the world, including Central America (and at home for that matter) and we are blessed to have Eduardo joining HOI to lead us into the future. He is a man of God who is experienced, has high energy, and is very intelligent. I will remain on the Board of Directors and will also continue to assist Eduardo in every way possible to smooth his transition into HOI and Atlanta.
Eduardo and his family, wife Ana and daughters Anabella and Ana Ruth will be living in the Decatur area and we are thrilled to have all of them in the HOI family.
Thank you for your generous support for this event and also for your loyalty through the years. I know you will join me in praying for the Chirinos family as they move to Atlanta, and also please continue to pray for HOI and the people we serve.
I pray God’s blessings on each of you,
Jerry Eickhoff, CEO