The Sedalia-Pettis County United Way celebrated the success of its 2013-14 campaign, and introduced the 2014-15 campaign chair at an award luncheon held Friday at Best Western, 32nd and Limit.
“Their commitment to United Way is stronger than ever before, said Chris Stewart, United Way board president, of the UW board. “And being a board member is not a very sexy job. It’s a job that takes a lot of time, and almost always is focused on policies, performance evaluation, legal issues and budget. They have created a whole new set of policies for our organization, a strategic plan (Community Impact) that will be rolled out to the community over the next three years.”
The United Way will have a new, streamlined application process and more user friendly, Stewart noted. The changes might not seem earth-shattering to some, but they are “important pieces for our United Way to be sustainable forever. I’m proud of us completing those tasks this year and looking forward to implementing our strategic plan.”
That is on top of having a very successful campaign, she added. The 2013-14 campaign raised $488,000. The 2015 goal will be determined by the board in early May after agency hearings have taken place.
Bob Satnan was presented with a sparkly pair of running shoes to apparently hit the ground running as he assumes the campaign chair position from outgoing campaign chairmanship from Paul Dick.
Larry Gemes was presented with the United Way’s Spirit Award for his exceptional service this past year.
Tyson Foods was honored for Highest Giving with $95,546 pledged to the United Way.
Pro Energy was honored for Highest Per Capita Giving with $44,209 given to the United Way.
School District 200 and SFCC tied for outstanding performance in the Education Division.
Child Safe and Preuitt Insurance were recognized with the 100 percent Employee Participation Award, with honorable mention going to County Distributing and US Bank, which both had 99 percent employee participation.
Melissa Boeschen, Sue Foster, Chris Ruhnke, Linda Broaddus, Todd Gerlt and Marc Mateja were recognized for volunteering their time in the Professional and Business Divisions.
State Fair Community College, represented by Polly Grapes, was honored with the “Most Creative Campaign Award” for their fund-raising basketball event held Oct. 1. The college also held a rummage sale, as well as a 50/50 drawing and silent auction to benefit United Way. SFCC’s goals were to raise $10,000 for United Way and achieve 90 percent participation in UW activities by full-time employees.
A large group of donors who gave $1,000 or more were presented with the Gold Award by United Way Executive Director Linda Kirk at the luncheon. Collectively, they gave more than $395,000 to the campaign. “They are the backbone of our campaigns,” said Dick.
A goal of $540,000 was set for the 2013-14 “Unite Be the One” campaign, which began in August. A”Speakers Bureau” comprised of Dave Clippert, Lori Haney, Carolyn Green, Brett Barth-Fagan, Darren White and Jack Menges, traveled to area businesses to deliver United Way’s messages to their employees.
A total of 24 agencies are served by the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.