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McQuiston elected United Way president

By Roy J. Eaton | Published Saturday, February 22, 2014

{{{*}}}Mike McQuiston, human resources director for Wise Regional Health System, was elected president of the Wise County United Way at the organization’s annual meeting at the Decatur Civic Center Thursday.

He succeeds Andrew Rottner, president of North Texas Bank.

United Way Executive Director Martin Woodruff said the campaign had raised $410,000 of its $450,000 goal during last year’s fund drive.

“We’ll probably end up at $420,000 or $425,000 before its over, and that is better than the past couple of years,” Woodruff said.

Devon Energy Corp., its employees and suppliers were presented the Diamond Recognition Award. The combined groups gave $236,000 to last year’s campaign, Woodruff said.

Platinum Awards for gifts between $25,000 and $49,000 were presented to Entergis Corp. and Poco Graphite employees and WC Challenger Charities, producers of the annual Professional Bull Riders (PBR) event. Woodruff said the $25,000 gift from PBR helps defray office expenses.

“We remain at about 10 percent expenses against revenue raised,” he said.

Other new officers elected included Sabrina Easley of Oncor, vice president and campaign chairman; Michael Petty of Devon Energy, vice president and allocations chairman; Barbara Haley, vice president of communications; Steve Summers, treasurer; and Kim Lawson, nominating committee chairman.

New and returning directors include Laura Abseck, Wendell Berry Jr., Bob Fothergill, Wayne Harveson, Karolyn Kinsey, Stacie Meadows, Dorothy Shepherd, Rod Townsend, Carey Williams, Haley, Lawson, Petty and Summers.

Also elected were Chico Mayor J.D. Clark, Leah Geeslin of Pipeline Plastics, Noel Ruddick of GTG Solutions, Steve Sims of First Financial Bank and Ted West of Boyd ISD.

In addition to Rottner, Andrew Sandford is retiring as head of the allocations committee. Both will remain on the United Way board.

“It’s simply an honor to serve as your new president,” McQuiston said. “I want to thank you all for loving your neighbors. You make this a great place to live and work.”

United Way allocations to 29 “partner agencies” totaled $436,120 in 2013, with the largest amount, $67,000, going to the Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). South Wise Services received $34,000 and the Wise County Committee on Aging $27,000. Receiving $25,000 allocations were the Wise County Community Health Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack Counties and a program called Launchability.

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