Green Mountain United Way: Newsletter
Green Mountain United Way
Serving Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans & Washington Counties of Vermont
I hope you are all enjoying the fabulous summer weather and the opportunity to get out and play in our beautiful state. This is a time of wonderful bounty with fresh fish in our streams and fruits and vegetables in our gardens and at our local farmers’ markets.
It was great to see many of our local supporters and sponsors come out to participate in the 10th Annual UPS Golf Tournament on July 17th. We had a fun day of outdoor activity and thanks to our friends at UPS we were able to raise money for GMUW programs that support Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs in our communities.
In the spirit of generous support, GMUW will kick off its annual campaign at our annual breakfast on September 16th at 7:30 am at the Steak House in Montpelier. Our friends at WDEV will be on hand broadcasting live from the event where we are pleased to introduce our new campaign chairperson, Scott Milne.
The search is underway for a new executive director and we plan to have someone in place full time in September. It has been a privilege to serve as the Interim Director during this time of transition and I will continue in my consulting role to ensure a smooth transition for our new leader.
I want to thank all of you for your continued support. Your contributions to Green Mountain United Way really make a difference in improving our communities.
Interim Executive Director,
2015 – 2016 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast
As stated in Jane Bradley’s introductory article above, we are pleased to welcome Scott Milne as Chair of this new campaign. Many of you are familiar with Scott as President of Milne Travel American Express. His mom, Marion Milne was a staunch supporter of the United Way for many years as well as serving as Green Mountain United Way’s Campaign Chair in 1985 and 1999, and on our Board of Directors. Scott is aware of the “big shoes” he is stepping into with Marion Milne’s United Way legacy – and is hoping many folks will step up as a way of paying tribute to his mom.
Scott spent most of his early years on the family farm in Washington, VT and is no stranger to work having dabbled in several occupations, like farm laborer, construction worker, grocery store clerk, restaurant waiter, and then a field engineer for an electronics company on the west coast before joining Milne Travel. He knows the struggles that many Vermonters face and is sensitive to making our area one where people can become financially stable and live happy and healthy lives.
This year’s campaign kickoff breakfast is set for Wednesday, September 16th starting at 7:30 am at the Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Road. All are welcome to attend, but we strongly encourage that reservations be made ahead of time by calling our office at 802-622-8056 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The official invitations should be going out soon.
Scott is slated to be one of the guest speakers that morning. We hope you will want to come and hear his suggestions on how to make this a more than successful campaign. His business expertise and deep concern for Vermonters will certainly enhance our campaign toward the achievement of our goal.
GMUW is Celebrating its 40th Anniversary!!
It doesn’t seem possible that Green Mountain United Way has been around since 1975. Plans are underway now for several opportunities for celebration over the next several months.
Each month, in this newsletter, we will be bringing you a bit of GMUW history to ponder. This month, we go all the way back to 1975 and the founding of the United Way of Washington County.
Lilly R. Keve, a local leader in the nonprofit sector, assisted by Elmer Kelley of National Life, in 1975 convened several meetings with other local leaders to assess the need for a United Way presence in the county.
Peter Foote, Executive Vice President of the Central VT Chamber of Commerce, Raymond Jacoby, Executive Director of the United Way of Chittenden Co., and James Douglas, Executive Director of the United Way of Addison Co. (yes, the same James Douglas that we know as our former governor) provided critical guidance as the United Way of Washington Co. was being formed.
The first fundraising campaign at the United Way of Washington Co. in 1976 with a goal of $130,000 raised $78,430 under the chairmanship of H. Wendell Fitts.
Be sure to watch for subsequent issues to see how the United Way evolved in Washington, Orange, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties.
UPS Holds 10th Green Mountain United Way Golf Classic
On Friday, July 17th, the 10th Annual UPS Golf Classic for the benefit of Green Mountain United Way was held at the Country Club of Barre. Organizing the event were employees of the local United Parcel Service locations in Berlin and St. Johnsbury. The tournament was expertly coordinated by volunteers Randy Tullar, Laurie Kelty, Pam Bailey, Carole Lacasse, Thana Adams, Marius Brumback, Phil Parson and Phil Zunder.
UPS has always been a loyal supporter of the United Way, not only through individual payroll deductions, but also through special events such as this golf tournament and their annual Rose Sale at Mother’s Day. Their employees use these events also as a call to the general public to join them in helping to promote the programs of the local United Way as a means to better the community.
Eagle sponsors of this year’s tournament were Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and Chouinard Comfort Colors. Birdie sponsors were Crosstown Towing and Northstar Fireworks.
Accura Printing, Kurrle Fuels, Maplewood, Noyle W. Johnson Insurance Agency, Premium Mortgage, Mark Laperle/Snap-on Tools and Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P. C. each sponsored individual holes. A Hole-In-One contest was sponsored by Capitol City Buick GMC, which provided a brand new pickup truck as the prize should one golfer get a hole in one on a particular hole.
Cornerstone Pub and Catering provided a great meal at the close of the tournament during which lots of prizes and awards were presented.
Web Page of the Month
We invite you to view http://www.gmunitedway.org/goods_services.shtml which gives information about Green Mountain United Way’s Goods & Services Program.
We often receive good, serviceable items, such as computers, office furniture and supplies, and children’s clothing from for-profit companies that ask us to distribute these items to local non-profit organizations.
If yours is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS and would like to be placed on our distribution list, please contact us.
If yours is a company that would like to donate items in good condition for use by nonprofits, we ask that you call us. GMUW does reserve the right to refuse certain items because of condition or size, since we do not have the storage capacity. However, we are willing to work with you to find the best means of getting your items distributed where they can be of the most benefit.
Dates to Remember
July 2 to Oct. 2, 2015
|Family & Friends Fun Bike Rides on Newport’s Bike Path continue every Thursday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Bikers meet in the parking lot at North Country Hospital and go for a casual ride down to the picnic area and back.|
|Sept. 7, 2015||GMUW offices will be closed for Labor Day.|
|Sept. 10, 2015||Thankful Thursday Dinner event for benefit of GMUW at Juniper’s Restaurant at the Wildflower Inn at 2059 Darling Hill Rd., Lyndonville. Owners of Juniper’s will donate 15% of the evening’s sales of food and beverages. Call 802-626-8310 for reservations and help support GMUW.|
|Sept. 16, 2015||GMUW Campaign Kickoff Breakfast at the Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Rd. starting at 7:30 am. Make your reservations at
|Sept. 27, 2015||4th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at the Tom Breslin Community Center in Lyndonville for benefit of GMUW. To reserve your spot, call 802-626-8106 or email Gail at email@example.com.|
|Oct. 12, 2015||GMUW offices will be closed for Columbus Day.|
|Oct. 17, 2015||Plans are underway for the first ever GMUW Erg-a-Thon (indoor rowing competition) at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Watch for more details in upcoming issues, press releases, flyers, and on our website.|