The United Way of Washington County installed a new board of directors and named Tim Swecker, manager of Johnson City’s Pepsi Bottling Group, its 2012 Campaign Chair on Thursday at the United Way’s annual membership meeting and 2011 campaign celebration.
This year’s United Way board chair will be Yvette Slagle of First Tennessee Bank. Swecker will also serve as the board’s vice-chair. And Melissa Steagall-Jones, of the Blackburn, Steagall & Jones accounting firm, will be board treasurer.
Ed Herbert, last year’s board chairman, Becky Hilbert, the 2011 campaign chair, Bo Wilkes with Mountain States Health Alliance, attorney Tony Seaton and United Way President and CEO Lester Lattany will also serve as executive officers of this year’s 30-member United Way board.
Slagle began her new role as the board’s top officer with words of appreciation to last year’s campaign team and contributors who helped United Way meet its fundraising goal for 17 local nonprofit service agencies for the first time since 2008. “Thank you for a lot of hours of tireless work and the wonderful way you care for our community,” she said.
Slagle, who served as the 2010 United Way campaign chairwoman, said she was introduced to United Way and received her first opportunity to witness the daily work of the community service agencies its campaign supports through her employment at First Tennessee. She said the experience caused her to want to play a larger role in United Way and told the new board and campaign team members they will be inspired as they spend more time at the agencies. “Tell somebody what you see,” she said. “The more people know, the more they will want to give.”
On the request of Swecker, who was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, Slagle read his prepared remarks to the new board and campaign team, which began with his apology for his niece’s failure to coordinate her wedding plans with her uncle.
Swecker chose “Give From Your Heart” as this year’s campaign theme in an attempt to add understanding of what it means to be in need to the two previous campaigns’ focus on reasons people give.
He asked the new board and campaign team members to ask everyone to consider “what it means to be a child who does not have enough to eat, to be a child with nowhere to go in the summer, to have to leave an elderly parent who needs care alone when you go off to work, or to be embarrassed to smile because of the condition of your teeth.”
To help him lead the fundraising, Swecker chose Kim Holly, Eric Horvath and Randy Hensley to serve as vice chairs for this year’s campaign.