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Our Annual Meeting

United Way of Franklin County Holds Annual Dinner Meeting

Cold temperatures did not keep the United Way supporters from gathering on January 10, 2014 at the Hearthstone Restaurant for their annual United Way of Franklin County dinner meeting.  President, Jim Lierl, welcomed everyone and praised the dedication and hard work of the Board and Executive Director. He gave special recognition to the following Pacesetter organizations – Bath State Bank, FCN Bank, Main Source Bank, Owens Corning, Franklin County School Employees, and Franklin County Government Office Employees.  Lierl noted that with the help of these pacesetter groups and the generosity of the community members, UW has raised over $90,000 and is well on its way to reach the 2013 goal of $105,000.

Reaching the annual goal helps United Way of Franklin County fulfill its mission “to review human service needs, raise and allocate funds, and support programs to secure the community’s future”.  With these funds, the chapter was able to allocate $50,000 to the following 16 local agencies in the 2013 funding year: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Community Mental Health, DIRECTIONS! Program, Developmental Services, Family Connections, FC 4-H Association, FC Dollars for Scholars, FC Senior Citizens Services, Girl Scouts, Imagination Library, New Horizons Rehabilitation, Safe Passage, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Tri-Homecare, and YMCA of Southeastern Indiana.

Karen Hoog, First-Vice President and Campaign and Events Chairman, recapped the main events of 2013:  Over 250 animal masks were given out to children in the community during Family Fun Day.  The Fair raffle raised $1,000 which was used to send a child to Camp Riley.  The “Amainzing” Race, the UW campaign kickoff event, brought in $5,000.  Hoog announced that although there will not be an “Amainzing” Race in 2014, something fun and exciting is being planned to take its place.  In September United Way partnered with Stayin’ Alive, Fayette Regional HealthPlex, and 103.9 WRBI to sponsor the Free Health Fair.  Fall weather brought the annual Day of Caring where eighty volunteers provided a helping hand for 22 projects throughout the community.  At the November Noel, the UW booth provided materials for children to make beaded snowflakes. And nearly 100 coats were collected during the UW “Coats for Kids” Drive which was headed by Sara Duffy, a long-time United Way volunteer.

President Lierl introduced Kelly Bulmer, the newly appointed Executive Director for United Way who replaced Yvonne Brandes in October.  Lierl complimented Kelly on a very smooth transition into her position and said, “She has stepped right up to maintaining the quality we have come to expect in our office staff.”

The “Volunteer of the Year” award was presented to Kathy O’Bryan for her work on the Public Relations committee and the planning and organization of the UW Day of Caring.

Outgoing Board members were recognized for their dedication and years of service:  Jim Lierl, Joann Koch, Morgan Blades, Kelly McGill, and Meagan Veeneman.

New Board members were introduced: Penny Hofer, Lauren Steele, and students – Paige Blades, Katelyn Sharp, Bridget Raible

The Nominating committee chairman, Michelle Brier proposed the slate of officers for the upcoming year: President – Karen Hoog; 1st Vice-President – Robin Lee; 2nd Vice-President – Barb Reed; Treasurer – Jake Linkel; and Secretary – Monica Yane.

After the dinner and adjournment of the annual meeting, the 2014 Board of Directors met to elect the new officers.


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