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United Way Presents Thomas F Stark Award

The United Way of the Greater Winona Area recognized Bill Reinarts as the recipient of the 2014 Thomas F. Stark Award at its annual meeting held on Tuesday, July 21st. The award is given annually to a Winona Area volunteer that has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and has had a significant impact on area non-profits. Bill’s volunteer interests have varied from Winona ORC, Winona Family YMCA, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Grace Place, Rock Solid Youth Center and the Winona Area Humane Society just to name a few! The award has been given out annually since 1988, in memory of former Winona State University President John F. Stark who strongly believed in service above self.

In addition, the United Way celebrated the 2014-2015 fiscal year and its many accomplishments, including raising over $320,000 (a 10% increase from the year prior). The United Way presented the “Rising Star” Award for campaign excellence to Merchants Bank, Miller Ingenuity and Peerless Industrial Group for their extraordinary success in their employee campaigns.

The United Way has established a goal of $350,000 for the 2015-2016 campaign which will kick-off on Friday, September 11th of 2015.

Bill Reinarts receives the Winona United Way's top volunteer honor, the Thomas Stark Award, from board president Randy Skarlupka at the United Way's 2015 annual meeting July 21 at Signatures.

Merchants Bank received one of the Winona United Way's Rising Star awards from board president Randy Skarlupka at the United Way's 2015 annual meeting July 21 at Signatures.

Peerless Chain employees receive one of the Winona United Way's Rising Star awards from board president Randy Skarlupka at the United Way's 2015 annual meeting July 21 at Signatures.

Miller Ingenuity CEO Steve Blue receives of the Winona United Way's Rising Star awards from board president Randy Skarlupka at the United Way's 2015 annual meeting July 21 at Signatures.

2014-2015 Winona Area Non-Profit Network Series


 

The United Way of the Greater Winona Area, in partnership with the Winona Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Winona Area Non-profit Network  Series (WANN) schedule . All presentations will be held at the BA Miller Auditorium at Winona Health from 11:30am to 1:00 pm .The cost per session is $5.00 or $30.00 for all nine sessions. These sessions are open to all non-profit organizations in the area.    

To register, contact the United Way at 507-452-4624 or email rkieffer@unitedwaywinona.org.               

 

United Way of the Greater Winona Area celebrates 70 years of helping you help your neighbor.

Join us for our annual meeting which will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at Alverna Center from 5PM to 7PM with a program scheduled for 6 PM. The highlight of the meeting will be the introduction of Jeff Bartholomew, the new Executive Director. Invitations will be out the week of April 21, If you do not receive one, please contact Jane Bartz at 452-4624.

At each annual meeting, the United Way confers the Thomas F. Stark Volunteer Service Award, named in memory of Thomas F. Stark, former president of Winona State University. Thomas Stark was a well-respected member of the community, and believed whole-heartedly in volunteerism.

Anyone in the Winona area may nominate someone for this award, which has been given annually since 1988. Nominees must have: served as a volunteer to one or more non-profit organizations; demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in recruiting, coordinating, or motivating volunteers for agency projects, programs or services; influenced an agency or organization in meeting its goals and objectives; advanced volunteerism in general; exhibited broad-based service to the greater Winona area; and served the United Way or a United Way agency in some capacity. Past nominees who have not been selected for the award may be re-nominated.

Nomination forms are available at the United Way office, 902 E. 2nd St., Suite 330, Winona, by e-mail request at unitedway@unitedwaywinona.org, or by calling 452-4624. The form also is available by clicking here. Nominations must be received by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29. The winner is chosen from among the nominees by a panel of previous Stark Award recipients.

Winona United Way Names New Director

The United Way of the Greater Winona Area announced Tuesday afternoon that it has named a new executive director.

Jeff Bartholomew, the current executive director of the YMCA in Alexandria, Minn., will start in late April, United Way board chairman Justin Green said.

Bartholomew will succeed Beth Forkner Moe, who left the United Way last December.

“I could not be more pleased to return to the Winona area and be a part of the United Way organization,” Bartholomew said in a statement. “The United Way and its partner agencies are critical to improving the quality of life for so many area residents.”

Bartholomew was born and raised in Rochester and attended Winona State University, where he pitched for the Warriors and played alongside current baseball coach Kyle Poock and WSU football coach Tom Sawyer.

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