Victor Ashe was nominated by President Bush to be Ambassador to the Republic of Poland on April 8, 2004, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 21, 2004. He was sworn in on June 23, 2004, in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Ashe has visited all 16 provinces of Poland twice and over 145 Polish cities. Ambassador Ashe is the most senior American bilateral Ambassador serving in Europe today.
Ambassador Ashe’s history of public service includes serving 31 years in the Tennessee’s state and city elective offices. In December 2003 he completed an unprecedented 16 years as Mayor of Knoxville, the longest mayoral tenure in the city’s 216-year history.
Ambassador Ashe is a graduate of Yale University with a BA in History and received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Ambassador Ashe was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1968, at age 23. In 1975 he was elected to the State Senate, where he served for nine years.
From 1967 to 1973, Ambassador Ashe served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Reserves.
Ambassador Ashe was elected mayor of Knoxville in November of 1987. In 1995, he was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Public Service Award.
Ambassador Ashe is married to the former Joan Plumleeand they have two children, J. Victor, 18, and Martha, 16. Mrs. Ashe was an elementary school teacher for 13 years.
HONORARY FOUNDATION TRUSTEE:
CITATION FOR HONORARY FOUNDATION TRUSTEE
AWARDED BY THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
SEPTEMBER 26, 2008
THE FOUNDATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS MERITORIOUS ACHIVEMENTS HAVE CONFERRED THE TITLE OF HONORARY FOUNDATION TRUSTEE
VICTOR H. ASHE
A FIRST CITIZEN OF THE WORLD OF PUBLIC SERVICE
YOUR PERFORMANCE HAS INSPIRED MILLIONS
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
RARE AND SUPPORTIVE LEADER, YOUR INTUITIVE PERCEPTION OF YOUR PROFESSION HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING
HUMANITARIAN AND AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY, YOU HAVE GIVEN OF YOURSELF TO CAUSES OF PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, AND ALL OF US ARE IN YOUR DEBT
YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS, SUPERB SELF-DISCIPLINE, AND WARMTH OF SPIRIT GIVE YOUR ENDEAVORS A PERSONAL AND UNFORGETTABLE ELOQUENCE
WITH AFFECTION, WE SALUTE YOU AND CONFER UPON YOU OUR HIGHEST HONOR.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF THIS PLAQUE IS INSCRIBED WITH THE OFFICIAL SEAL.OF THE FOUNDATION
GIVEN AT WARSAW POLAND THIS TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO-THOUSAND AND EIGHT
CHAIRMAN OF THE FOUNDATION
WILLIAM C. CHASEY, PHD
General Manager of the InterContinental Hotel Warsaw
Ambassador Crawford has supported the initiatives of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility in a variety of ways. He has been an advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility in his personal and professional life, constantly encouraging British companies to be good corporate citizens, and to join forces with our Foundation’s efforts. He and his wife Helen have attended almost every Foundation event over the past three years, and have hosted a number of CSR events at the British Embassy and at their Official Warsaw Residence. The Crawfords graciously hosted a Foundation dinner party for British Corporations working in Poland, and the evening ended with 6 new member companies for the Foundation.
Ambassador Crawford has taken a keen interest in the special needs of our Foundation’s Promise Kids, and has used the good auspices of his office to encourage and support the Foundation’s Hot-Meal program that feeds 40,000 meals each month to hungry Polish kids.
Charles will be leaving Poland to return to the private sector at the end of his appointment later this month. Poland is a better place to live for lots of needy kids thanks to Charles Crawford, and we are pleased to name Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Warsaw, Charles Crawford an Honorary Trustee of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility.
John Treuge has been associated with the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility from its very beginning while serving as Vice President of the Management Board and Chief Technical Officer of Polkomtel, S.A. in Poland on behalf of Vodafone. His advocacy of the Foundation’s activities led to the Foundation receiving 500,000 PLN in grant awards from the Vodafone Group Foundation in London. This money was used as the seed capital that helped establish the Foundation.
Mr. Treuge continued his service to the Foundation from 2002 to 2005 while he served as Chief Network Officer, and later Chief Executive Officer of Mobiltel AD, Bulgaria’s largest GSM operator with 3 million customers. He helped our Foundation establish a Care Partners Network of companies for the Bulgarian Red Cross which was dedicated to feeding needy Bulgarian children. John devoted untold numbers of hours to helping establish this program which continues today feeding over 1,000 poor Bulgarian Children.
Over the past 4 years, there has never been an appeal from the Foundation that John Treuge didn’t answer. He bought one of our first cows, he provided a multi-media sound system for one of the Foundation’s PromiseLand schools, he was the first person to respond to our request for support of an English Teacher for the PromiseLand. John Treuge is always there when we need expert advice in finding the best way to help needy kids.
Happily retired, dividing his time between homes in California, Austria and Provence, John’s interests include reading, travel, gardening and of course the work of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility here in Poland.
It can be said without exaggeration that without John Treuge, there probably wouldn’t be a Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. It is our distinct honor and privilege to name John D. Treuge an Honorary Trustee of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Charles Crawford and John Treuge will attend the Foundation’s CEO Breakfast at the Bristol Hotel at 0800 on September 14th to receive their Honorary Trusteeships.
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, LOCKHEED MARTIN GLOBAL INCORPORATED - CENTRAL EUROPE
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Donald M. Bohler has been appointed a Trustee of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. Don joins two distinguished Trustees, Par Stenback and Richard Schubert, who have served as Trustees of the Foundation from its very inception.
Donald M. Bohler, was Vice President for Central Europe for Lockheed Martin Corporation. During his 15 years with Lockheed Martin, Don successfully managed the implementation of a number of important, international aeronautics and electronics programs and, upon establishing the Central European office in Warsaw in 1996, was instrumental in completing the sale of 48 F-16s to the Polish government.
Prior to his joining Lockheed Martin, Don was a career USAF officer serving in various international posts in flight test, defense systems acquisition management, logistics and academics. He retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel. He will now be engaged in the growth of his own business, BohlerConsults, and the further development of the Foundation within the defense and technology fields.
A long-time and avid champion of charitable and philanthropic causes, Don supported the Boy Scouts of America in various capacities in the US and abroad. He was also an active Rotarian in Fort Worth, Texas, supporting its numerous international student exchange programs. He has continued that tradition in Warsaw, with the Lockheed Martin sponsorship of Polish students to the United States for Congressional internships.
During his time at Lockheed Martin, Don has taken an active leadership role in the Foundation. He has provided the Foundation with valuable advice and assistance, and has worked diligently at bringing new member companies into the Foundation’s membership. Don was responsible for initiating a Lockheed Martin grant that we received for our Hot-Meal-a-Day program.
He is married to the former Marie-Claude Robert of Salon-de-Provence, France and is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the Defense Systems Management College and numerous other senior military and commercial courses.
As a Foundation Trustee, Mr. Bohler will be available to the Foundation Administration and members for consultation and advice. He will know our members well, and will be an active participant in our Foundation’s annual meeting each year.
FOUNDATION TRUSTEE. EDUCATOR, STATESMAN, HUMANITARIAN, AND FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE INTERNATONAL FEDERATION OF THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES
On behalf of the Foundation Council, it is my great pleasure to announce that the Hon. Minister Par Stenback, Former Foreign Minister of Finland, and former Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, has agreed to become a Trustee of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr. Stenback joins the Hon. Richard F. Schubert, Former President of the American Red Cross, and Chairman and Founding Board Member of the Peter Drucker Foundation, See Newsletter No. 4, on our Board of Trustees.
Par Stenback with FCSR founders William.C.Chasey (right) and Joe Smoczynski (left)Born in Borga, Finland in 1941, Par Stenback received a Master of Political Science degree from Helsinki University, and went on to distinguish himself in the fields of Education, Business, Government and Humanitarian affairs. He served his native Finland as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education, and as a Member of Parliament for over 15 years. The Honorary title “Minister” was bestowed upon him by the President of the Republic of Finland in 1999.
Mr. Stenback serves as Vice President of the International Youth Foundation (Baltimore), Chairman of the Joint Norwegian-Swedish Commission preparing a new Reindeer Grazing Convention, President of the Foundation for Swedish Culture in Finland, and served as President of the Finnish Red Cross and as Secretary General of the Finnish Red Cross. He served as Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers (Copenhagen, Denmark), Managing Director of the Hanaholmen Center for Cultural Cooperation, and Editor of the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation.
He continues to serve as Chairman of the Senate of the European Culture Parliament, Chairman of the Finnish Children and Youth Foundation, Member of the Board of the Finnish Institute in Sweden, and Vice Chairman of the European Union Committee of the European Foundation Center (EFC). He serves as an active member of the Policyholders’ Representative Assembly of Suomi Mutual Life Assurance Company in Finland.
Our new Trustee Stenback holds an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Petrozavodsk State University in the Republic of Karelia, and has received the Grand Cross of Sweden, Grand Cross of Denmark, Grand Cross of Norway, Grand Cross of Iceland, and the Grand Cross of Venezuela. He holds the title of Commander of the Order of the Lion, and Order of the White Rose of Finland, and the title of Commander of the Ordre de Sante, Cote d’Ivire. He has received decorations from 11 Red Cross Societies from throughout the world.
As Foundation Trustees, Mr. Stenback and Mr. Schubert will be available to the Foundation Administration and Members for consultation and advice. They will get to know our Members well, as they will be active participants in our Foundation annual meetings. I am especially proud to have my longtime friends Par Stenback and Dick Schubert giving us their expert advice, and interacting with us on an ongoing basis. We should all be proud to have such distinguished people serving our Foundation as Trustees.
FOUNDATION TRUSTEE. CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER OF THE PETER DRUCKER FOUNDATION
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Honorable Richard F. Schubert, Chairman and Founding Board Member of the Peter Drucker Foundation has agreed to serve as a Trustee for the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Mr. Schubert has served in leadership positions in law, business, government and the non-profit sector. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Executive Coaching Network, and is Washington Representative and founding board member of the Management & Training Corporation. In addition, he serves as Chairman Emeritus of the International Youth Foundation, and Vice Chairman and founding board member of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
Mr. Schubert received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale Law School in 1961. He has served as Solicitor of the US Department of Labor, and Under Secretary of Labor under President Richard Nixon. He served as President and as Vice Chairman of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Mr. Schubert served as President of the American Red Cross from January 1, 1983 until May 31, 1989, and he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Points of Light Foundation from December 1990 until July 1995.
Eastern Nazarene College awarded Mr. Schubert an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in June 1975. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Allentown College, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and an Honorary Doctor of Humanics from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In May 1988 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the affiliations noted above, Mr. Schubert serves as a founding member of the board of Thermal Systems International (TSI) and on the advisory board of the PureSource Corporation. He also serves as Chairman of the board of Biorelease Corporation. He is on the board of directors of Weirton Steel, National Alliance of Business, Community of Hope, and is a member of the Board of Reference, of the Christian College Coalition. He is Chairman of the board of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Principal in the Center for Excellence in Government.
He has been a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute and served as Chairman of its Committee on International Trade. He has served on the board of directors of S.I. Handling Corporation of Easton, Pennsylvania, American Security Bank, the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies, and the National Assembly of National Voluntary, Health and Social Welfare Organizations. He also served as a visiting fellow of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and as a member of the Presidential Drug Advisory Council.
As a Foundation Trustee, Mr. Schubert will be available to the Foundation Administration and Members for consultation and advice. He will get to know our Members well as he will be an active participant in our Foundation annual meeting each year.
For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born.