Tuesday afternoon, Lambda Chi Alpha’s executive director, Tom Helmbock, announced his resignation. Over the years Tom has been an employer, boss, mentor, inspiration, and friend. Thanks for all you have given me, the Fraternity, and the countless others who have had the benefit of knowing you. You will be missed.
Excerpts from the March 30 press release
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity announced today that Executive Vice President Tom Helmbock … has elected to retire from active service effective August 31, 2004. During the coming months, Helmbock will be recognized for his many years of dedicated service to one of the largest fraternities in the world.
Helmbock commented, “When I began my journey at the helm of this Fraternity in 1990, I knew we would be called upon to usher Lambda Chi Alpha into a new century of challenges and complexitiesâ€”all the while retaining and strengthening the values that make Lambda Chi Alpha so meaningful to our brothers. I believe we have accomplished these goals and many, many more. I can leave satisfied that the Fraternity is better and stronger today, and well positioned for the future.”
“Tom Helmbock deserves more appreciation than we can begin to offer for his years of dedication to Lambda Chi Alpha. For more than 14 years, he has served as the stabilizing anchor through very rough waters and transitional times as we ushered in the new millennium. Tom’s foresight and leadership have brought the Fraternity where it is todayâ€”on the cusp of a second century as we approach our 2009 Centennial Celebration. He has always been a brother who sincerely committed his utmost to represent the values of this brotherhood,” stated Ted Grossnickle, chairman of the Fraternity’s Board of Directors. “We thank him on behalf of the nearly 250,000 members of our Fraternity world-wide, and we all wish him the absolute best for the coming years.”
Those of us on staff can only hope to make an impact as great and lasting as you have made. We’ll miss you Tom.