More than 175 supporters came together to commemorate River Region United Way’s 90th Anniversary at its Annual Meeting on April 17th. The event was attended by City leadership, current and former United Way volunteers, annual campaign contributors, as well as board and staff leadership from United Way’s 46 affiliate agencies.
Roger Spain, RRUW Board Chair and Chief Volunteer Officer, said, “Today we celebrate 90 years of United Way’s presence in the River Region. Over the years, and under a number of different names, River Region United Way has continued to advance the common good by working to address the needs of our communities.”
Throughout its 90-year history, United Way has had thousands of volunteers serving the needs of individuals and families in numbers too large to count. Two of these volunteers were honored at the meeting as the 2012 recipients of the Jean and Adolph “Bucks” Weil Award. Barrie and Laura Harmon received the award for their exemplary leadership and commitment to community service. The Harmons served as 2011-2012 Co-Chairs of The Tocqueville Society, a group of benefactors of the River Region United Way, whose membership doubled under the Harmons' leadership.
Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks delivered an inspiring keynote address about volunteerism and the importance of community involvement. Brooks shared how she was first exposed to United Way as a young child, when her mother served as the Director of Public Relations for the United Appeal (one of several names that the organization has had over its 90 years). Brooks has a history of volunteer service with United Way, having served on its Board of Directors, Community Council and as Professionals Co-chair of the Campaign Cabinet, as well as on the boards of several United Way affiliate agencies.
Roger Spain closed the meeting with a focus on the future and with a special presentation to 10-year old Payton, who participated in our NFL Play 60 Day and is pictured on the cover of the 2012 Annual Report.
To view the 2012 Annual Report, click here.
To our many supporters, we thank you. We look forward to the next 90 years of serving the River Region.
Pictured above: Roger Spain, RRUW Board Chair, and 10-year old Payton H.
Pictured below (l to r): Laura and Barrie Harmon, 2011-2012 Co-Chairs of The Tocqueville Society, with Russ Dunman, RRUW President & CEO.
With special thanks to AUM photographer, Frank C. Williams.