United Way held the annual membership meeting Monday at the Holiday Inn to elect this year's board officers and the campaign chairman. 2014 Campaign Chairman Mark Finucane addressed the membership. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)
The United Way of Washington County elected a new panel of board officers and named former Johnson City Assistant Fire Chief Mark Finucane as its 2014 Campaign chairman on Monday at its annual membership meeting at the Holiday Inn.
Finucane, who served as a vice chairman of last year’s $1.7 million United Way campaign, said he considered it “an opportunity, and honor and privilege” to lead the fundraising drive for the 17 health and human service agencies the United Way supports annually.
Finucane announced the theme for this year’s drive will be “Be a Champion for Your Community” and encouraged everyone to join him in championing support for the agencies and the impact they make in the community.
Tim Swecker, manager of Johnson City Pepsi Bottling Group, who served as the 2012 Campaign chairman, was elected chairman of this year’s United Way board. Melissa Steagall-Jones, of the accounting firm of Blackburn Childers & Steagall, was elected to another term as board treasurer.
Swecker presented Finucane with the first contribution to this year’s campaign — 17 $1 bills representing each of the United Way’s 17 partner agencies — and challenged the entire board, the campaign team and the United Way’s partner agencies to involve more people in this year’s fundraising.
Jeff Keller, project manager for the Social Security Administration, was named chairman of the 2014 United Way Allocations Committee charged with reviewing agency applications, conducting hearings and recommending allocation amounts to the United Way board.
Keller, who co-chaired the committee last year, called it the most rewarding and most frustrating work he has ever done for the United Way — rewarding because of the opportunity to help fund the work of many of the community’s health and human service agencies and frustrating because of the lack of resources to provide funding “for all the wonderful work that is done.”
Judy Moss, a longtime community volunteer who served as chair of the United Way board in 2012, was presented with the Tom Hodge Community Impact Award in recognition of her many years of continuous service.
Named in honor of the late Hodge, former editorial director of the Johnson City Press who served the community in many various volunteer capacities, the award was presented to Moss in recognition of her years of service to the United Way, to the Johnson City Salvation Army and to many other community organizations.