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It is with a great sense of anticipation that I am announcing today my retirement from the Butler County United Way, and from public life, effective June 1 of this year.


From the time I was an English major at Ottawa University, I have wanted to write creatively, and I look forward now to the opportunity to do so, and to develop skills in woodworking.  In addition, Louise and I have discovered that we enjoy traveling without children even more than we enjoyed traveling with children, and we have many trips to undertake together.


While it may seem to some as though I only just started at United Way, we have accomplished my primary objective here of rebuilding momentum in such a way as to position the organization for growth in the near term, and sustained value in the longer term.


The fifteen years I have spent in this community so far - first, in the public sector, and more recently, in the non-profit world - have taught me there is always more we can do to help those in need.  Even so, I have been overwhelmed on many occasions by the generosity, compassion and talent so many of you demonstrate so willingly to make a positive difference.


The Butler County United Way is a strong and resilient organization, prepared to meet the challenges of the future, even as it prepares to celebrate a hundred years of its history - of connecting people who care the most about their community with the solutions to the most significant challenges faced by the community.


There are so many of you that I have come to rely on for your wisdom, your energy and your help that I dare not begin to mention you by name.  But please accept my heart-felt appreciation for all you have done to help me accomplish what little I have been able to achieve to move things forward in the community.


Jan, Shari, Mitchell and Krystal will continue to make sure the work of the Butler County United Way gets done, under the guidance of a strong, able Board.  With your help and commitment, there is no limit to what can be accomplished! 




From the JournalNews:
Volunteers Honored

By Richard Jones Staff Writer


The Butler County United Way honored its many volunteers at an awards breakfast Friday morning, then promptly put them to work.

But the efforts were all a part of the annual "Day of Caring."

"United Way's work can be summarized into four words: Give today, change tomorrow,'" said board chair Karen Mueller. "The change we need to see would not be possible without our amazing volunteers."

With the exception of one award, all honorees received a work of art from the InsideOut Studio, an initiative of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The Agency Leadership Award went to Steve Schnabl, executive director of Partners In Prime, which symbolizes teamwork, collaboration with United Way and social service system advocacy, said Sherrie Bluester, executive director of the YWCA Hamilton and last year's recipient.

The Junior Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Mai Rottinghaus, an education student at the University of Rio Grande.

"Mai is an active leader who represents youth with an active, articulate and insightful voice," said Bruce Jewett, United Way president and CEO, calling Rottinghaus "an unofficial intern" because of her frequent visits to the office last summer.

"She would be ready for whatever we had to throw at her," he said.

The Outstanding Community Partnership Award, which recognizes two agencies that work together "to achieve more than they can do alone," was presented to Living Water Ministries and the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton.

Cathy Hester of Living Water and Karen Miller of the Boys and Girls Club "have proven over the years that working together to achieve more is a necessary strategy in the world of non-profits today," Bluester said.

The LIVE UNITED award, presented to a company that represents the concept of LIVE UNITED throughout the county, was presented to certified public accounting and consulting firm Clark Schaefer Hacket for encouraging its employees to participate in the Day of Caring and the United Way Community Campaign.

The President's Award, given to an active community volunteer who "works hand in hand with the professional staff to advance organizational excellence and provide a direct benefit to the community at large, went to Logan Stone.

The Otis Briggs Outstanding Volunteer Award, first established in 1996 in honor of a long-time United Way executive director, was given to current board chair Mueller, executive vice president of Horan Associates, a life management organization.

"Both professionally and personally, Karen is involved with numerous organizations that foster strategic alliances designed to create mutually beneficial partnerships," said Shelly Wallpe, last year's recipient, in presenting the award. "Karen is a keen listener and creatively crafts responses to the challenges of today and the future."

Mueller joined the board in 2007 and became chair after the unexpected passing of Chris Worrell.

The Yenn Sohmu Eni Nipa Award, a trophy of a West African wood sculpture, is annually presented to a company or government entity whose employees "best exemplify the mission of the Butler County United Way by finding ways to be involved in many aspects of (its) work," said Jewett, who donated the sculpture.

The name of the work means "it takes people to uplift," Jewett said.

"The lifting figures signify the power of unified action," he said, "which of course is the whole idea behind United Way."

This year's recipient was West Chester Hospital.

After the breakfast ceremonies, volunteers spread out around the Hamilton-Fairfield area to participate in 10 different service projects, which included landscaping at the United Way office, organizing medical supplies at St. Raphael's and painting and cleaning at two Partners in Prime locations.






For many people, philanthropic giving is a lifelong commitment that provides both personal satisfaction and financial benefits.


Through the Butler County United Way Planned Giving Program, you can give a general endowment gift that benefits you and your family, while ensuring vital health and human service programs are available for generations to come.


To learn more, contact Mitchell Willis, Director of Resource Development at  [email protected]  or 513-863-0800.


WI Women's Leadership

Volunteer & Networking Opportunities

We would love for you to join us for a time of serving our local youth while also networking with other women in our community.

Volunteer with us on the following dates, times, and locations to make a difference and make connections:


*Shared Harvest: Wednesday, May 15th | 12:00pm-3:00pm


*Poolside Conversation with WLWT News Anchor Sheree Paolello Thursday, June 6th 7:00PM-10:00PM

$25 per person

Sheree Paolillo   

For More Information Click here!


*Living Water: Wednesday, July 10th









Friday, August 30th  

Hamilton Amphitheater

Hamilton, OH 45011

7:30-9:00AM Awards Breakfast

9:30AM Day of Caring Projects 


BigBrothersBigSistersBig Sister Linda and Little Sister Bethany have been matched for almost six years!  Bethany is 16 years old and a sophomore in high school. 


Linda recently shared an overview of their relationship:

"Bethany and I have been matched since she was 10 years old and I have watched her grow into a fine young lady.  She is an awesome Little Sister. She is polite, attentive, always ready and willing to go, appreciative of anything we do together, and always says 'thank you.'


"It has been a pleasure for me also.  She has an amazing ability to always look at the bright side of life, and I admire that quality in her.  I think this is an important character trait that will serve her well into her adulthood.  She has goals and is working very hard to keep her grades up.


"Bethany has even taught me a few things.  We take nature hikes, go to parks and I am more physical now since being matched with her.  She is the daughter I never had."


To Learn more about the programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters please visit their website:
BigBrothersBigSisters of Butler County

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