New Habitat president set to take office

Duane Bock, a loan officer at First National Bank of Greencastle, began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in 200

Duane Bock, a loan officer at First National Bank of Greencastle, began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in 200

December 30, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Whether he's on-site hammering together the framework of a new house or scouting out the best price on building supplies behind the scenes, Duane Bock has pitched in wherever he's needed since he began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in 2000.

Bock, a Chambersburg resident and loan officer at First National Bank of Greencastle, Pa., was elected president of the Franklin County Habitat chapter and will take office Wednesday.

Bock has a background in construction, including working for several building contractors, and said he was looking for volunteer opportunities after he began working at the bank and stopped commuting to Harrisburg, Pa.


"When I got the job here, it gave me the time I needed to be able to volunteer with some local organizations," he said.

He encountered Don Howard, Habitat secretary, at a local event and was quickly lured into the organization.

"We got to talking about Habitat, and I expressed how I enjoyed building," and Bock's involvement with Habitat grew from there, he said.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers build housing for low-income families. Since 1993, the local chapter has built 14 homes in Franklin County.

Bock was elected to the Board of Directors in 2001, and in 2002 served as vice president.

He was involved on-site in the building project in Mercersburg, Pa., in 2001, and the last project on Jefferson Street in Greencastle, which was completed this summer.

He also purchased the building materials for those two projects.

His role as president means he will preside over the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and executive committee, and deal with a lot of day-to-day details.

"I seem to be in contact with the office several times a week going over odds and ends," Bock said.

Bock said the Habitat chapter typically builds two houses a year - one in the spring and one in the summer, although that was cut to just one in 2002.

"It was just a year of rebuilding and getting caught up on some of the other things that needed to be completed," he said.

He said the chapter is on track to finish two houses this year, probably in the Chambersburg area.

Bock is a 1986 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Shippensburg University.

He succeeds Harlan Bayer, who has held the post for the past two years.

Bayer, a Waynesboro, Pa., contractor, was cited by the board for "his unbounded enthusiasm" in carrying out Habitat's mission.

Other 2003 officers of the organization include vice president Bill Pryor of Greencastle, senior vice president of First National Bank of Mercersburg; secretary Donald G. Howard of Chambersburg, a retired plant engineer; and treasurer Jake Kaufman of Chambersburg, a partner in the firm of Smith Elliott Kearns and Co.

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