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UPDATE: United Way officials celebrate successful year

With an increase of more than $8,000 in local contributions, updated policies and a goal to develop a strategic plan, the United Way of Logan County deemed its first year under new leadership a success.

 

The group came together Thursday for its annual meeting during which it recognized its campaign leaders, saw a change in leadership and voted in new policy changes to poise the charitable organization for future success.

“As I complete my first year as executive director, I want to pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone for all they’ve done,” said Jim Donnelly, who was introduced at last year’s annual meeting as successor to longtime United Way leader Ilene Heaton.

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LEFT: Incoming United Way of Logan County president Mike Mullins, center, presents outgoing president Tammy Allison with a gift recognizing her service as the organization’s executive director Jim Donnelly looks on. RIGHT: AcuSport CEO Bill Fraim holds the United Way of Logan County’s traveling trophy that was retired after 27 years during Thursday’s annual meeting. EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES

 

The annual campaign raised $663,401, which is up from $621,000 in 2011.

But the organization also managed to put out a bi-monthly electronic newsletter, relocate to a new office in the Main Street Marketplace and improve its Web site and social media presence. And Mr. Donnelly started the ball rolling on a new strategic plan.

“We have continued to build on a strong foundation for the people who will lead the United Way into the future,” he said.

The success of the campaign was more than the group had originally expected, Mike Mullins, campaign chairman and incoming board president, said.

“We ran this campaign with the idea that Logan County will become an extraordinary community and also that an extraordinary community takes care of all its residents and does so in a united way,” he said.

“We started with a goal of an increase over 2011 by 5 percent. That was a pretty lofty goal, $655,000. We raised $663,401, which is more than a 6 percent increase. Our hope is this year is just the beginning of a long series of increases.”

In her parting remarks, outgoing president Tammy Allison wished the group’s new leaders success in the coming year.

“Under the leadership of Mike Mullins, our new president, and Tara Wagner, the new campaign chair, together we will continue to make a difference in Logan County,” she said.

Leaving the board this year are Scott Abraham, 2007-2012; John Elizondo, 2009-2012; Bill Montgomery, 1996-1998 and 2004-2012; Dennis Showalter, 2007-2012; and JoEtta Spain, 2011-2012. New members are Bill Badenhop, Dawn Beelman, Paige Duff and Heather Neer.

In addition to the nine Pacesetter companies that increased donations by more than 25 percent over the previous year, two companies were honored with traveling trophy awards.

In previous years, only one company received that honor, and that company was almost always AcuSport.

That was getting a “little boring,” Mr. Mullins said, so the old trophy, which has been circulating for 27 years, was awarded to AcuSport and two new ones — one for companies with more than 100 employees and one for companies with less than 100.

Precision Custom Products, which had 100 percent of employees donate, received the small business honor, while AcuSport, with 98.2 percent contributions, again took home the large company honors.

“They have such a culture of giving at AcuSport,” Mr. Mullins said. “We wish there was a way to clone their campaign all across our organization.”

In one of his last acts as a member of the board, Bill Montgomery, the group’s legal adviser, outlined several policy changes the group then adopted that streamline and modernize the way the organization operates.

Among the changes were a reduction in total board members from 21 to 15 that will be implemented as board members retire. A standing finance committee was added to oversee the organization’s funds and a provision to terminate agencies that receive funding if serious issues arise, Mr. Montgomery said.

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