United Way honors two area residents

March 16, 2001

United Way honors two area residents


Richard W. Phoebus Sr.

Above: Richard W. Phoebus Sr.

Below: Kristen Mellot

Kristen Mellot

The United Way of Washington County presented Richard W. Phoebus Sr. with the Jesse L. Kagle Jr. Service Award Thursday at the organization's 44th annual meeting.


"My heartfelt thanks for this award," Phoebus told the more than 100 people gathered at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown.


The award recognizes significant community service both through United Way and other volunteer activities, said award presenter and 1999 recipient Melinda Marsden.

Phoebus, president of Home Federal Savings Bank in Hagerstown, has shown his commitment to United Way and the community for many years, Marsden said.

He served as chairman of the United Way's annual giving campaign in 1986, board president in 1987, and has held board and committee posts.

Phoebus has helped further the causes of community organizations ranging from the Washington County Community Charitable Trust to Hagerstown Neighborhood Housing Services. He chairs the Washington County Airport Commission and has championed the idea of building a new baseball stadium in Hagerstown as chairman of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's stadium task force.

Phoebus said he was honored to receive the Kagle award, which is named for the former executive director who built "a strong United Way here."

Kagle's widow, Audrey Kagle, was on hand Thursday to present the 2001 Kagle Scholarship Award to Hancock High School senior Kristen Mellot.

The scholarship is given to students who pursue higher education at Hagerstown Community College. Kristen, 18, plans to study nursing at HCC. She said she was "very excited and honored" about receiving the scholarship.

Campaign 2000 funding allocations for member agencies were also announced and United Way's new board members and officers were elected.

The agency's giving campaign, chaired by Michael G. Callas, raised $1.7 million.

Nearly $1.16 million will go to 21 United Way of Washington County member agencies to fund results-oriented programs, said Marsden, chairwoman of the agency allocations committee.

The committee assumes that a percentage of the total funds pledged will not be collected from payroll deductions because of employee turnover, while other "shrinkage" comes from funds donor-directed to United Way campaigns outside Washington County and money used to cover administrative costs, United Way Board Treasurer Al Martin said.

The new United Way Board officers include:

- Robert Barnhart, president.

- Spence Perry, vice president for administration.

- Christina Sandeen, vice president for agency relations.

- Mary Snyder, vice president for resource development.

- Al Martin, treasurer.

- Howard Kaylor, secretary.

Barnhart is "a dedicated champion of United Way and he'll do a great job for all of us," Outgoing President Rich Gagliardi said.

He and outgoing vice presidents Douglas Wright Jr., Marsden and Philip Kelly were recognized for their contributions to the agency.

Arnold Arthur Callaham, executive director of The Greater Hagerstown Committee, was named the 2001 campaign chairman. Robert Ernst II, executive vice president of Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust, is the campaign vice chairman.

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