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2017 Virtual Annual Meeting

Welcome to our Virtual 2017 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting had a wonderful group of over 100 donors, community and corporate partners, and volunteers all in attendance to celebrate United Way's successes in 2017.

The atmosphere was that of excitement and energy. The first half hour of the meeting was spent eating an amazing lunch donated by Certified Angus Beef.



Opening Remarks

Opening remarks were given by Laura Newberry-Yokley, Director of Engagement and Marketing at United Way of Wayne & Holmes Counties.

Adding to the warm welcome was a message from John Stika, President and CEO of Certified Angus Beef. 

Next, Lisa Reichert the President of the Board of Trustees took to the podium to cover Board Business, which included approval of the board minutes,

election of the new officers, and thanking of the outgoing board members for their service to United Way.

We said goodbye to Board Members, Nancy Lakes from the J.M. Smucker Company, Carolyn Buxton from The College of Wooster, Kathy Helmuth

from Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics and Christy VanSickle from Elder Beerman.

We welcomed to the board Jenni Griffin, the Dean of (APEX) Advising, Planning & Experiential Learning at The College of Wooster. Darla Stizlein, the Executive Director

at the Holmes County Education Foundation. Marlon Taylor, the Director of Human Resources at Wooster Community Hospital and Amberly Wolf , the Vice President and

Chief Retail Officer at Wayne Savings Community Bank.

New Board leadership includes: Board President, Pam Zanone of United Titanium, Inc.; Vice-President, Stewart FitzGibbon of Geauga Savings Bank; and resuming his role as Treasurer is Marc Harvey of

Community and Savings Bank. Lisa Reichert will assume her new role of Immediate Past President and Board Member. 

Thank you to all for your leadership!


Campaign and Bold Goal Update

Next came the campaign and Bold Goal summary, delivered by Todd Jasin, United Way's Executive Director. Collective efforts resulted in raising $1,210,000 or 83% of our goal.

Thank you to the wonderful support of our donors.

United Way's Bold Goal is moving 10,000 people out of poverty by 2025.  United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties kicked off the Bold Goal in 2015. Since the inception of the goal,

we estimate based on the HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines that we have moved3,505 people to self-suffieciency. What does self-sufficiency mean?  It means that these individuals now

have the ability to meet their basic needs, which include: transportation, housing, childcare, education, medical costs and food. 


2017 Highlights

Laura Newberry-Yokley, Director of Engagement and Marketing, came back to the podium with a wonderful look into what United Way accomplished in 2017. Some the 2017

highlights included: educating over 1000 community members at the Bridges out of Poverty workshops conducted around the community, the Bridging Beall a partnership

between The College of Wooster and United Way that started a bi-partisan community conversation that helped participants see that we are more alike than different,  

500 plates a community meal with 350 attendees that enjoyed a meal side by side with strangers, Reading Under the Lights an event in partnership with Wooster City Schools

that works to reduce the summer reading slide and MLK Day of Service where over 800 volunteer opportunities were offered and gave the community a chance to answer

Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to action "What are you doing for others?" 


Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Next came the Awards & Recognition Ceremony. Laura Newberry-Yokley, Marketing & Community Engagement at United Way,

emceed while Carrolyn Salazar, United Way's Manager of Impact and Marketing, along with Todd Jasin, Executive Director, presented the awards. 

Ambassors were thanked for their outstanding work and participation. Congratulations to everyone!

And the awards go to...

Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Pat Simpson of United Titanium, Inc. 

Outstanding Campaign Team Award was presented to Wayne Savings Community Bank

Rising Star Small Business Award was presented to Albright Welding and Supply Company

Rising Star Corporate Award was presented to GOJO Industries

Get Connected Organization of the Year Award was presented to The Rotary Club of Wooster and The Rotary Club of Millersburg

Get Connected Person of the Year Award was presented to Sara Curtis, CVA

The Community Innovation Award was presented to Nate Addington of The College of Wooster 

The following awards honor companies and organizations with the highest per capita giving levels in our 2017 giving campaign. These awards celbrate companies, employees and partner provider organizations in their giving. We honor them according to company size.

The 2017 Corporate Per Capita Awards:

10-50 employees: Ohio CAT

51-150 employees: United Titanium, Inc.

151+ employees: Akron Brass Company


The 2017 Employee Per Capita Awards:

10-50 employees: Wooster Hydrostatics 

51-150 employees: United Titanium, Inc. 

151+ employee category: Seaman Corporation

Partner Provider Excellence Awards

10-50 employees: Planned Partenhood of Greater Ohio

51-150 employees: Viola Startzman Clinic

151+ employee category: OneEighty, Inc.

This year's prestigious Stanleys' Cup Award was presented to Wooster City Schools. Superintendent, Dr. Michael Tefs, and Director of Elementary Education,

Karen Arbogast, were on hand to accept the award. The district was selected because of their dedication to local issues, education, volunteerism and sharing of

internal expertise in the community.


Closing Remarks

I am United Way!

We are all United Way, as it takes each of us to Live United!


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