Greater Stark County
Urban League 

NewsletterJune 2010

Vince Watts
Summer is here and it's time to get out and enjoy the Ohio weather. On July 13th, our Golf Outing will tee off at the Legends of Massillon. We hope you can join us as a golfer or volunteer.
We are continuing the growth and restoration of the Urban League and are pleased to announce new board members. This will be a busy summer as we make preparations to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the National Urban League.
If you haven't done so already, help support the Greater Stark County Urban League by becoming a member or sponsor. We have a variety of membership levels to meet your donation and support interest, as well as tiered corporate sponsorship levels. Another way to support the Urban League and the community is by becoming a volunteer and sharing your talents and abilities with others.
Thank you for your continued support.  
Vince Watts
Interim President and CEO
Greater Stark County Urban League
Welcome New Board Members
Greater Stark County Urban League welcomes new board of directors who accepted their positions effective May, 2010. Greater Stark County Urban League welcomes new board of directors who accepted their positions effective May, 2010.      
LaShonda Card-Gladman                    Nadine McIlwain-Massey
Time Warner Cable                                Coming Together Stark County
Joanne Lally Eberhart                         Curtis Perry
Ketchum Services                                 Joy 1520AM
Joan Gillespie                                     Scott Polen
Walsh University                                    Lightspeed Technologies
Andrew Haines                                    Angel Williams
Conquest Creative                                 Timken
India Jenkins                                       Pastor Sherman Martin
Fifth Third Bank                                     Union Baptist Church
Board training by the National Urban League was held on May 21 and May 22. We are excited to add this dynamic and committed group of board members and plan additional board selections in the third or fourth quarter.
Greater Stark County Urban league's Golf Outing
July 13, 2010
Legends of Massillon Golf Course
Please join us on July 13 for an afternoon of golf, networking and fun. The format will be a four person scramble. Sign in begins at 9am with a shotgun start at 10am.

The cost for a four person team is $300.00. This includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and dinner. Hole sponsorships are $100. This is a fundraiser for Greater Stark County Urban League and will help with operational costs associated with our programs and services.

Purchase a foursome or hole sponsorship online, or contact the Urban League office at 330-456-3479. Volunteers for the event are also needed.

Our website has a new look - and new name

We recently launched our new website, The new web site contains Greater Stark County Urban League news and updates, a calendar of events and better integrates our social media on Facebook and Twitter. Through the website, individuals and organizations will be able to donate and support the Urban League through secured online payment processing. will serve as a portal where individuals and organizations can engage, connect and support the mission of the Urban League. We are encouraging everyone to visit our new site, join Greater Stark County Urban League's online community and get involved as a volunteer, member or business sponsor.

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Students Receive Scholarships at May 24 Event

2010 Scholarship Winners


Greater Stark County Urban League's Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon and Annual Meeting was held on May 24th at the Southeast Community Center. As part of the event, three high school students were presented Mercy Medical Minority Student Scholarships by Lorraine Washington, Vice President of Human Resources at Mercy Medical Center.

BreJanee Ball - A senior at Timken High School, BreJanee will be receiving both her high school diploma and an Associate's Degree from Stark State College as a result of the Early college program. She skillfully balances challenging academics including the Upward Bound and Canton Scholars programs, extracurricular activities such as cheerleading, gymnastics, band and student union, working part-time and volunteering. BreJanee has been accepted to Ohio University where she will begin her path to become an Anesthesiologist. BreJanee is the recipient of a $3,500 Mercy Scholarship.

Briana Williams - The recipient of a $1,500 scholarship, Briana not only excels academically, but is a leader among her peers at McKinley High School. When Briana is not involved in athletics and music, Briana can be found participating in the Upward Bound and Project Lead America programs. In her "spare" time, Briana tutors students at the Southeast Community Center. Inspired by her aunt and uncle, Briana plans to be a pharmacist and will begin her studies in Pharmacy at Ashland University this fall.

ShaRayna Oree - A senior at McKinley High School, ShaRayna works hard to balance her studies, volunteer initiatives and track activities. She has found strength in her faith and enjoys being a part of the STEPP and Mime team at her church. ShaRayna is a member of the National Honor Society and has been accepted to The Ohio State University. Inspired by her mother, who is a nurse, ShaRayna plans to major in Premed. She is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

We congratulate these deserving students and thank Mercy Medical for their participation in this year's Scholarship program.
Click here for more photos for the scholarship luncheon.
Become A Volunteer
Volunteers are vital to the success of nonprofits and the Greater Stark County Urban League is no exception.  We're expanding our network of volunteers to support the organization's growth and outreach. You can help by becoming a volunteer. Consider donating one or more hours per week to help build a stronger community and empower lives. We can match your interests and experience to volunteer opportunities such as:
  • Program and Services Support (education, employment, job readiness, health, financial literacy) 
    • Instructors
    • Tutors
    • Workshop Presenters   
  • Capacity Building 
    • Membership Drive
    • Event Support 
    • Grant Writing
    • Graphic Design
    • Web and Social Media Development
    • Content Writing and Research 
The Urban League can put your interests and talents to use. Contact Vince Watts at 330-456-3479 ext 126 or email us at
Hold the Date
Greater Stark County Urban League Founder's Day Dinner
September 10, 2010
Stark State College
Watch for further details.