Roanoke Valley Community Members Honored by United Way

John Fishwick (son of John P. Fishwick), Mrs. John P. Fishwick, and Frank Rogan, Executive Director of United Way of Roanoke Valley.

John Fishwick (son of John P. Fishwick), Mrs. John P. Fishwick, and Frank Rogan, Executive Director of United Way of Roanoke Valley.

At the annual meeting this past Tuesday, United Way of Roanoke Valley recognized four individuals for their outstanding leadership and volunteerism in the Roanoke Valley area. Despite wintry weather that dusted the area with snow once again and closed some area schools, the meeting began at 7:45 a.m. at the Vinton War Memorial. It was open to the public.

Those recognized were:

The late John P. Fishwick – Prominent businessman and altruist, Mr. Fishwick served as president of United Way of Roanoke Valley in 1960. He rose from humble beginnings to make incredible contributions to the Roanoke Valley and our nation and believed deeply in the fundamental philosophy of United Way – “together we can achieve more.” His wife, Mrs. Doreen Fishwick, accepted the award in his honor.

Bart Wilner and Dan Carson – Each have devoted six years of service to the United Way of Roanoke Valley as board members and served as campaign chairs in 2008 and 2009 respectively.  In the peak of the worst economic depression seen in our times, these two individuals championed the United Way cause and raised more than $12 million collectively to benefit families in our beloved Roanoke Valley.

Mike Dittrich – As 2010 board chairman, Mr. Dittrich provided excellent leadership and service to United Way of Roanoke Valley and was a catalyst in mobilizing funds and resources to meet the needs of our community. He will continue to serve as a board member through January 2014.

Other important items of business on the agenda:

The election of board members up for a second three-year term, election of new board members, and the election of the 2011 executive committee.

Elected to a second three-year term, expiring at the Annual Meeting in January 2014: Eunice Austin, Rita Bishop, Mike Dittrich, Mark Lawrence, Rev. Bill Lee, Jeff Marks, Mike Maxey, John Turbyfill, Gary Walton, Susan Willis.

New Board Members with terms to expire in January 2014: Trista Farrell, Carl Hauch, Joseph Jones, Savannah Kramer (the President of our Student United Way), Christopher Morrill, Timothy Philips.

Executive Committee officers for 2011:

Board Chair: Kerri Thornton

Vice Chair:  Jeff Marks

Treasurer and Finance:  Mike Maxey

Audit:  Gary Walton

Campaign:  Debbie Meade

Community Impact: Wayne Strickland

Board Governance and Development:  Mike Dittrich and Jean Glontz

Personnel:  Letitia Smith

Planned Giving:  Lora Katz

Policy: Eunice Austin

At large members of the Executive Committee: Dana Ackley, Lorraine Lange, Rev. Bill Lee.

The United Way of Roanoke Valley partners with businesses, organizations and individuals to improve lives and strengthen families and neighborhoods across the Roanoke Valley.  They are well known for their annual fund-raising campaign which encompasses a broad spectrum of area businesses and individuals who come together each year to fund area programs through United Way.

They serve the residents of Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke counties with “a network of human care programs” operated by over 25 partner agencies. Their stated mission is “to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of people in our community.”

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