1. PowerPointGreg Neumeyer, 2012-13 Board of Directors Chair, BankIowaThanks to everyone present today for your continued support of UW. As volunteers and contributors youhelp make the community a better place.We are at capacity for this event for the second year in a row!Thank you to our event sponsors: Bradley and Riley as well as McGladrey.A couple of highlights of the year...Over 40 community partners work with United Way to address community needs in the area of education,income and health. Together we invest millions in our communitys progress. Over the past three years wehave made significant progress and thank you for your partnerships.Of course, we couldnt do all the work we do without your donations. Last year, for the sixth time in arow, weve raised more than $10 million. Thanks to Marc and Cathy Gullickson for their leadership as lastyears campaign chairs. More than 500 companies and 22,000 donors participated in last years campaign.Thats outstanding! Thank you everyone. Last but not least, Ron Olson was last years vice chair and hasalready set his goals high for this year. Jack and Matt Evans will be his vice chairs this year.Lets not forget about improvements in our communication strategies. The marketing team has sharedmany stories throughout the year that highlight how your dollars are impacting our community. The teamalso recently received a national award. The Content Management System Association recognized ourwebsite as the website of the year in the WordPress category.Congratulations to everyone involved... now, there are many more highlights, though. Lets take a look.Run slideshow: Year in ReviewGreg NeumeyerAs you saw it was a good year. Weve accomplished a lot, but theres still a lot to do... (WENDYALMOST INTERRUPTS GREG!)Wendy Nielsen, United Way Young Leaders Society, Cedar Rapids Bank & TrustGreg, did you know that only 50 percent of low-income children are ready for kindergarten when theyenter, in contrast to 72 percent of higher-income peers. This leads to many negative outcomes, as many ofthese students will have troubles catching up to their peers. The RED Ahead program is one way thatUnited Way tries to change this...Video
2. Tiffany Green, RED Ahead parent: Since going to RED Ahead I have noticed that Rylinn has beenvery interested in books and very interested in reading. She loves the alphabet, loves writing. I think it’sgreat for her.Reading: “I like the geeling on the ceiling and the zower in the shower. Zower, shower.”Diana Strahan, HACAP – RED Ahead: When a family comes into RED Ahead, I usually demonstrateactivities, ways of talking to their child, ways of reading to their child, I give them a book, I go overthings they can do at home to encourage the language development.Stu Haker, Board of Directors, Financial Stability Solutions Team, TrueNorthIts great to hear the things that are being done. Together we can make this community better.But we also know that 12,000 children in Linn County are eligible for free and reduced meals during theschool year, but only 726 children received meals daily last summer.We worked with the Iowa Department of Education, schools and youth organizations in thecommunity to identify ways we could expand our reach to meet the local needs of youth in thesummer and leverage federal resources to do so. From 2011 to 2012 alone meals were increased146 percent from around 22,000 meals to about 54,000 meals.KCRG video?Jim Haddad, United Way Board of Directors, 2-1-1 Advisory BoardWe also see a need in help with tax returns every year. During this most recent tax season our UnitedWay 2-1-1 scheduled tax appointments and our partners completed 3,528 returns that returned $6.3million in federal refunds to the community. Volunteer tax preparers help with this project!Video:John, Tax VolunteerI volunteer at least 30 hours a week and I work 10 weeks or more so at least 300 hours a week doing thevolunteering with taxes.Tax ClientI saw an advertisement on the 2-1-1 number and so we called. In fact, we had John do ours last year andfelt very comfortable with the program.I called 2-1-1 and they just made an appointment for me, very simple. Real happy with everything. I’drecommend it very highly.
3. Lisa Henderson, Womens Leadership Initiative chairWe also know that negative life experiences that we go through as children affect us for the rest of ourlives. the more of those experiences, the harder our lives could be. These are called Adverse ChildhoodExperiences and United Way is also trying to address their effects on the community.ACEs event Video: Adverse childhood experiences, I’m convinced – - I’m going to lead with the finaleis – - I’m totally convinced that this is the most important public health problem ever. I mean we’ve dealtwith a lot of important public health problems over time, you know, infectious diseases and other issuesovercoming, in some places, nutritional problems, but this is the “Mac Daddy.”"One of the exciting things happening in this field is people from all disciplines are comingtogether," he said. "This is a quote from Dr. James Heckman who is a Nobel Prize winningeconomist and he says, In the brain, as in the economy, getting it right the first time is ultimatelymore effective and less costly than trying to fix it later. I think that’s a really neat statement fortwo reasons. Number one, here we have an economist working with neurobiologists and childdevelopment people, pediatricians, and money does talk. I believe this is a moral issue toaddress these things, but in our culture money talks and if we can talk about saving money bydoing something, that gives us more momentum."Greg NeumeyerWendy, Lisa, Stu and Jim are some of our outstanding volunteers who help us improve the community.As you heard from them there are a lot of community issues to focus on still. But we are working onthem. Together we can make this community great.We couldnt improve the community without our great donors, companies, volunteers and businessleaders. Its now time to recognize some of them. Every year, we recognize some of the most outstandingindividuals, companies and volunteers.The John B. Northcott Award recognizes volunteers who have been of outstanding service to United Wayof East Central Iowa.This years honorees .... the 2012 campaign chairs - Marc and Cathy Gullickson.Marc and Cathy Gullickson are stellar examples of community volunteers. As life long supporters ofUnited Way, Marc has served on the Board of Directors, the Trustees and has been board chair. Cathyjoined him in 2012 to chair the campaign and still remain active board members. In addition they haveserved on numerous volunteer boards. Cathy has had a long career in fundraising at Mercy HospitalFoundation, and has consulted with numerous nonprofits. Marc has helped many nonprofits with facilityplans: the Human Services Campus, CSPS, to name a few. These two people have demonstrated integrity,excellence and leadership in everything they do in the community.Congratulations, Marc and Cathy!
4. Greg Neumeyer:The 2012 Community Philanthropist Award is awarded to a person with outstanding civic and charitableresponsibility.This years honoree: Joe Schimberg, of Schimberg Co.Joe Schimberg is a quiet and generous philanthropist. As the CEO of Schimberg Company Joedemonstrates his ethics and principles in the way he treats his employees. Always courteous and caring,he has created a sense of family within a very successful business and models community spirit throughhis investments in many nonprofits. Joes company has been a long time supporter of United Way and hiscompany employees, as well as the leadership give generously each year. During critical times, Joe hasalways been willing to help when asked and never wants or expects recognition. Joe, his company andfamily are true philanthropists.Congratulations, Joe.Greg Neumeyer:Finally, its my pleasure to announce this years company recognized with the Spirit Award. This awardgoes to a company and its employees who demonstrate exceptional philanthropic commitment andcommunity involvement.This years Spirit Award goes to the United Fire Group and its employees.United Fire is lead by an energetic and dedicated volunteer Campaign Committee. United Fire and itsemployees have consistently remained one of the top ten contributors to our United Way for over adecade and have invested over $3.3 million in our community though gifts to United Way.The United Fire team encourages members to enrich their lives though volunteerism. They havecommunicated community volunteer opportunities internally and are regular participants in the Day ofCaring.Congratulations United Fire Group and employees.Greg Neumeyer:With that its my pleasure to announce the outgoing and incoming board members and leadership chairs.Every year, we thank our outgoing board members and welcome new board members to our 30-memberboard of directors.If I could ask incoming board chair Brad Hart to join me up here and help congratulate our outgoingcommittee chairs and directors.If you are here and your name is called please join us up here to receive a certificate from United Way. Inaddition, we are making a small gift in your name to the United Way Endowment Fund. As you mayrecall, we are trying to raise $5 million as part of our endowment by the end of next year. If you have anyquestions, Im sure Lois Buntz or Hilery Livengood would be happy to talk with you.
5. Rotating or resigning off the board of directors:Kevin Knutson – Past Chair - (Holmes Murphy)Tim Kintner (Bankers Trust)Doug Kopp (Alliant Energy)Mary Ann Osborn (St. Luke’s Hospital)Dick Pilcher (US Bank)Karl Cassell (Horizons)David Pohlman (GreatAmerica Leasing)Barb Gay – Agency Representative (Foundation 2)Rotating off Board of TrusteesCathy Gullickson (Community Volunteer)Out outgoing committee chairs are:Tocqueville – Kevin & Kathy KnutsonSinclair – James & Barb KleinWLI – Ashley ErnstYLS – Wendy NielsenCommittee Chairs outgoingDoug Kopp (Alliant Energy)Mary Ann Osborn (St. Luke’s Hospital)Barb Gay – Agency Representative (Foundation 2)Gary Chadick - (Rockwell Collins) - Strategic Planning CommitteeCampaign Chairs outgoingCampaign – Marc & Cathy GullicksonGreg NeumeyerLets look at part of next years team...Joining us for a second term on the board for 2013 - 2016Katie Mulholland (Linn-Mar School District)Jon Bancks (Morgan Stanley Smith Barney)Dave Benson (Cedar Rapids Community School District)Kyle Decker (Bergan Paulsen)Jim Haddad (Haddad Consulting Services)Brad Hart (Bradley & Riley)Maureen Osako (Informatics)Please help me welcome our new directors:Jared Hanlin (GreatAmerica)Linda Mattes (Alliant Energy)
6. James Klein (Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust)Brooke Willey (CRST)Dennis Jordan (Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance)LaSheila Yates (City of Cedar Rapids)Pat Deignan ( Bankers Trust)Paula Land (Catherine McAuley Center)And the new Board Officers FY2014Board Chair: Brad HartBoard Chair Elect: Katie MulhollandPresident: Lois BuntzSecretary: Jon BancksTreasurer: Kyle DeckerNew Board of TrusteesKevin Knutson (Holmes Murphy)Nancy Kasparek (US Bank)Leadership Chairs and Vice Chairs - FY2014Tocqueville SocietyTed & Cathy Townsend (St. Luke’s)T.M. Sinclair SocietyMike & Mollie Gannon (CRST)William B. Quarton SocietyTrace Pickering – Chair (The Gazette Company)Kate Beihl – Vice Chair (OPN)Women’s Leadership InitiativeLisa Henderson (Alliant Energy)Labor Leadership Giving SocietyRick Moyle (Hawkeye Labor Council)Young Leaders SocietyShilo Knapp – Chair (Rockwell Collins)Kari Cooling – Vice Chair (Holmes Murphy)
8. Public Policy CommitteeSteve Ovel (Kirkwood Community College)Kay Jackson (Mercy Medical Center)Education AdvisoryKatie Mulholland (Linn-Mar Community School District)Accountability Review TeamJon Bancks (Morgan Stanley)Dick Minette (Community Volunteer)Agency Executive Advisory TeamPaula Land, Catherine McAuley Center2-1-1John Padget (Cedar Valley United Way)Brad Hart, 2014 United Way Board of Directors ChairsIm looking forward to next year. What a great team..As you heard today, we are doing a lot of good things together to help our community move forward. Butchallenges remain...Let me just give you a few examples:14,000 households in our community cant afford basic needs, such as foods, shelter or transportation.Over 31,000 low-income women cant afford healthcare services.And...Almost 19,000 youth are not prepared for school, work and life.
9. Also, we are nearing the end of the three-year funding cycle this year. As you may remember, we fundedabout 40 agencies three years ago. Its again time later this year to open this funding cycle. Communityagencies once again will be able to submit proposals to be funded in one of our impact areas.In this next year, with all of you, Campaign Chair Ron Olson (and Flat Ron) we can continue to helpeveryone in our community!Lets improve our community forward together and make it great for current and future generations.To accomplish our goals, the United Way team and a group of volunteer leaders have worked on thestrategic plan for the next 3-5 years. The top-level goals will be shared publicly in the coming weeks.Thank you for attending today and Im looking forward to an exciting future for our community.