United Way finds way to meeting its goal

The 2010-11 goal of the United Way of Adams County (UWAC) will be met soon.
    That good news was imparted to approximately 40 people at a UWAC celebration event held Wednesday at the South Adams Senior Center in Berne by Ron Storey, president of the United Way board of directors.
    Storey, who once headed the United Way in Burlington, Iowa, said any United Way drive cannot succeed "without the many volunteers who get out and do solicitation and, most of all, the people who are so giving to the United Way."
    He concluded, "Thank you very much!"
    The goal is $202,011. Storey reported that the UWAC has $160,830 and will get $12,500 in matching money from Lilly Endowment at Indianapolis. The rest of the money is expected to come from the last three fund collections, which are still under way at Fleetwood RV and Thunderbird Products, both in Decatur, and at Smith Brothers, a furniture firm in Berne.
    Wylie Sirk, a past president of the local United Way, said UW operations in northeastern Indiana work well together and, as a group, "are a bit more active than others across Indiana."
    He thanked the United Way board members for being a "working board" that adjusts well when times are tougher economically, as they have been in the past couple of years.
    Various awards and certificates were handed out to the leading business and individual donors.
    The 26 agencies that receive money from the United Way were commended:
    Adams County Council on Aging, Adams County Healthy Families, Adams County Historical Society, Adams County Literacy Council, Adams County Safety Park, Adams-Wells Crisis Center, Agape Respite Care, Red Cross.
    Also, Anthony Wayne Council of the Boy Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys' and Girls' Club of Adams County, Cancer Services of Northeastern Indiana, Compassionate Ministries/Project Share, Decatur Baseball Association, Decatur Operation Help.
    Also, Even Start Family Literacy, First Presbyterian Church Day Care, Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope, Junior Achievement, Kinder Haus Day Care, Michiana Girl Scouts, Pathways Adult Day Center, Salvation Army of Indiana, South Adams Senior Center, and South Adams Swim Club.
    Storey, Sirk, and the other board members were thanked for their efforts: first vice president Leslie Rhoades, who will be the campaign chairwoman this fall; second vice president Susan Sefton; treasurer Steve Amstutz; secretary Connie Moser; Adam Miller; Bob Rhoades; Rex Hinsky; Pat McNamara; Alleta Heath; Brooke Faurote.
    Also,  Leonard King; Ken Ketzler; Dan Kintz; Bill Warren; Jamie McDonald; Maggie Bolinger; Susan Sefton; Corey Affolder; Marvin Baird; Becky Cochran; Roger Gage; and Kyle Fawcett.
    The UWAC's executive director, Jim Compton, and administrative assistant, Constance Edwards, were likewise congratulated for their actions.
    At the end of the event, the 2010 video, which was made to boost the current fund drive, was shown again, ending with this line: "Sometimes, the worst times are the best times to live united." That refers to the many donations the local United Way received amid the nation's largest economic crisis since The Great Depression in the 1930s.