The Tocqueville Society

Alexis De Tocqueville

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society, now known as The Tocqueville Society, was created by United Way of America in 1972. The Tocqueville Society of River Region United Way was formed in 1984 to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to, and support of United Way’s work: advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. This unique society recognizes people who have rendered outstanding voluntary service in their communities and contribute significant annual gifts to River Region United Way in the amount of $10,000 or more.

The Society's name was chosen because of the 19th century French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville's admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and voluntary effort for the common good - a spirit he had observed in America and about which he wrote enthusiastically.

The Tocqueville Society of River Region United Way is grateful for the generosity of its members and recognizes their deep commitment to philanthropy and community service.

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Members of The Tocqueville Society
of River Region United Way


Ordre de Fraternité
Margaret and Jimmy Lowder*


Ordre de Liberté
John Caddell


Membres de la Société

Ginny and Eddie Adair

Lucy and Hans Luquire

Mary and Sam Adams

Heather and William McConnell

Ann and John Albritton, Jr.

Jennifer and Forrest McConnell, III

Jane and Greg Allen

Beverly and Reese McKinney

Jake Aronov

Kathie and Mac McLeod, Jr.

Owen Aronov

Carla and Ted Meadows

Nan and Ronnie Barganier

Amy and Tom Methvin

Amelia and Rocky Barnes

Susu and Temple Millsap, III

Linda and Sandy Benkwith

Joan and Bill Mitchell

Sally and Young Boozer, III

Pat and John Moorehouse

Lynda and Dave Borden

Tamika and Steven Reed

Maureen and Arthur Britton    

Emilie and Bruce Reid

Cathy Caddell and Charlie Warnke  

Cathy and Jim Ridling

Dorothy Cameron

Jane F. Rothschild and Mario Castura

Gail and George Clements-

Bill Rue, Jr.

Julie and Lanny Crane

Susan and Bob Runkle

Katherine and Eric Crum

Carlyn and Steve Russell

Elizabeth Crump-

Janey and Keith Sabel

Ginny and Ben Cumbus

Dawn and Adam Schloss

Suzanne and Steve Davidson

Cindy and Bob Seibels

Morris Dees and Katie Kalahar

Janet and Ned Sheffield

Leah and Chris Dubberly

Emily and George Smith, Jr.

Beth and Joel Dubina

Beverly and Richard Stabler

Nancy and Lee Ellis

Winnie and Charlie Stakely

Laura and Barrie Harmon, III

Trey Starke, III

Camille and Inge Hill, Jr.

Brenda and Karl Stegall

Joyce Hobbs*-

Robin and Eddie Stewart

Lucy and Bill Jackson

Linda and Todd Strange

Mary and Keith Karst

Lisa and Jimmy Stubbs

Jeila and Knox Kershaw

Robbins Taylor, Sr.

Eleanor and Pee Wee Kohn

Lisa and Vernon Taylor

Pat and Jerry Kyser, Sr.

Helen Till

Gage and Mark LeQuire

Laurie Jean Weil and Tommy Wool

Mary Lynne Levy-

Lisa and Andy Weil, III

Carol and Jamie Loeb, Jr.

Sheila and Bobby Weil, II

Joan Loeb*-

Pat and Billy Williamson, Jr.

Cindy and Gaeton Lorino

Mary Lee and John Yelverton, III

Laura and Mike Luckett

Lucy and Hans Luquire  


* Founding Member
- Deceased

All Tocqueville Society members are listed in the national Tocqueville Society directory and receive special recognition in our Annual Report and on our website (unless they prefer to remain anonymous). These generous contributors are also invited to join their fellow Tocqueville Society members at special donor appreciation events.



The Tocqueville Society Award of River Region United Way honors both individuals and couples for their continued commitment to philanthropy and advocacy. Their efforts are recognized as both tangible in impact and significant in scope to the community as a whole. Their sustained service is worthy of recognition and vitally important in advancing the common good.

1988    Adolph "Bucks" Weil, Jr.
1989    Elizabeth “Tootsie” Emmet
1990    Tom Somerville
1991    Jim Conway
1992    Donald W. Bogie
1993    Richard H. Amberg, Jr.
1994    Johnnie R. Carr
1995    M. Taylor Dawson, Jr.
1996    Robert S. Weil, Sr.
1997    Dave G. Borden
1998    Nellie C. Weil
1999    Laurie Jean Weil
2000    Alice Reynolds
2001    James K. Lowder
2003    Winifred and Charles Stakely
2003    Beverly D. Ross
2004    Jack Galassini
2005    Jim Ridling
2006    Ray Petty
2007    Jerry C. Kyser, Sr.
2008    Mike Jenkins, IV
2011    Mary Lynne and Jim Levy
2012    Joyce and Truman Hobbs, Sr.
2014    Joyce and John Caddell
2015    Joan Byck Loeb
2016    Laura and Barrie Harmon, III
2018    Julie and Lanny Crane
2019   Linda and Todd Strange