Doug's Involvement with FGBMFI
Soon, I was introduced to the new state chairman, Charles Crisafulli, who took a liking to me as a person, my "mathematical genius", my youthful zeal and potential. We became good friends. He encouraged me in my spiritual growth and my involvement with FGBMFI. Charlie was in his mid-70s at the time and had gone through trials and triumphs as a businessman in the citrus industry and then in real estate development. He had accomplished much and had a great love and faith in the Lord. He was (and is) a wonderful role model for me.
As I traveled with GTE (now Verizon) to countries such as Venezuela and Portugal from 1995 till 2000, the Lord led me to share the vision of FGBMFI with other successful Christian businessmen/professionals. After a while, I had a group of individuals who were interested so I invited them (at my expense) to a dinner/business meeting where I and another Director could share with the guests and birth a chapter in Caracas and Lisbon. These were exciting times and many wonderful things happened in both of these cities!
As of January 2001, I am no longer traveling internationally with Verizon, but I served as a National Director in Tampa, Florida. I enjoyed attending our State Advances and the World Conventions and seeing and encouraging other men at these events. One of my favorite events to visit was the Georgia Men's Advance where over 1,000 men attend the weekend gatherings that are held during two weekends in January. For many years, Jimmy Rogers had invited me (and other Directors) as a special guest for the weekend. It is amazing to see so many people come into a relationship with Jesus by faith and to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit at these meetings every year! These men then go back to their cities and usually become faithful servants in their church.
In March of 2004, I was asked (and volunteered) to be the webmaster for the International web site at www.fgbmfi.org. They really needed the help, and I was glad that I could be of help and service to them and to the fellowship in this way. I also created web sites for FGBMFI for the Florida chapters and later for all the Southeast USA (www.fgbmfi-se-usa.org). I think that it helps to knit all the chapters together and give us a bigger picture of how God is working in our midst. Little did I know that creating web sites (and developing web applications) would become a career profession for me and not just a hobby.
Starting in 2009, after an exodus of some good men, I was appointed as an International Director for the USA and have served in that capacity ever since. It is a board of 70 individuals from around the world that report to the International President. I enjoyed interacting with the various directors from around the world and representing the fellowship to the chapters (and vice versa).
In the beginning of 2014, the USA was restructured and I was asked to serve as the Southeast USA Regional director for the English chapters (and later for the Spanish chapters). I put my heart into serving the chapters and getting to know the many leaders and members throughout the region. I always desired to not only represent the International Office to the chapters but to represent the chapters to the International Office.
After the passing of the International President, Richard Shakarian, and after the International Directors meeting on February 10, 2018 when Mario Garcia (from Mexico) was elected as International President, I was pleasantly surprised when Mario called me 4 days later and appointed me as the International Secretary for the world-wide Fellowship.
I have had the privilege
of sharing my testimony at dozens of chapters,
conventions, and rallies throughout the United States and
abroad. FGBMFI provides people who have been touched and
changed by the Lord to have a platform from which to share
with others the good things of God. Audiences also learn
from the struggles that the speaker has gone through, as
real life stories are shared, often within a spiritual
(Dr. Steve Davis, a Ph.D. in psychology says, "People relate more to your failures than to your successes" in your life story)
|Position Held in FGBMFI||Years served||Significant accomplishments|
|Member, Life-time member||1991 - present||Brought many co-workers and friends to our chapter meetings|
|Vice President of Tampa chapter||1992 - 1995||Brought many co-workers and friends to our chapter meetings|
|State Treasurer (and
for the State of Florida
|1994 - 1999||Produced detailed reports of all income and expenses for the directors in Florida; Helped with yearly Men's Advance in Florida|
|International Director at Large||1999 - 2002||Started FGBMFI chapters in Lisbon, Portugal and Caracas, Venezuela; Encouraged chapters in Germany, & Angola.|
|National Director||2002 - 2013||Liaison between International HQ and those interested in FGBMFI|
|Webmaster for the International FGBMFI||2004 - 2009||Create and maintain web pages for www.FGBMFI.org|
|International Director||2009 - present||One of 70 International Directors having a vote at World Conventions and serving internationally at FGBMFI events|
(for English chapters)
|2014 - present||Liaison between International HQ and English-speaking chapters of FGBMFI in Southeast USA (FL, GA, NC, SC, AL, TN, MS, and 1 in VA)|
(for Spanish chapters)
|2017 - present||Liaison between International HQ and Spanish-speaking chapters of FGBMFI in Southeast USA (FL, GA, NC)|
|International Secretary||2018 - present||Serving as one of four officers of the International Cabinet for the world-wide organization.|
Pictures with FGBMFI friends and
leaders in Florida, Pennsylvania,
Spain, Germany, Angola, Belgium, England, Portugal, Venezuela, D.R. of Congo, Panama, Togo, and Ghana.
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