United Way honors two for their service

June 19, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

The United Way of Washington County on Tuesday presented Robert T. Barnhart with this year's Jesse L. Kagle Service Award.

"The harder you work, the luckier you get," said Barnhart, before moving on to other business during the United Way's 45th Annual Meeting at the Plaza Hotel.

A United Way board member since 1997, Barnhart, 61, has held several positions including vice chairman and chairman. He was re-elected president during the meeting Tuesday.

"The United Way has always been the medium that holds the community together," he said following the meeting.

Barnhart, of Hagerstown, was presented with the Kagle award by the 1998 recipient, Douglas S. Wright Jr.

The award is given to those who "go well beyond the normal amount of time expected from a volunteer," said Wright, who said he's known and admired Barnhart for years.


Wright described Barnhart as a quiet and caring man with outstanding leadership abilities.

Barnhart showed his dedication to the United Way by not hesitating to make several two-hour trips to Altoona, Pa., to solicit the Sheetz convenience store chain for the 2001 campaign, Wright said.

"He's a fellow who goes the extra mile," he said.

Smithsburg High School graduate Sylvia Barvir on Tuesday was presented with the Jesse L. Kagle student scholarship for her work with the Girl Scouts-Shawnee Council.

She received the Girl Scouts highest honor, the Gold Award, for running a day camp for underprivileged children in the HotSpots high-crime area.

Barvir and other Girl Scouts conducted educational activities and showed the 75 elementary school age children how to make crafts.

Barvir, 17, of Ringgold, will major in elementary education at Hagerstown Community College in the fall.

"I've wanted to teach third grade since I was little. Third-graders know enough to give you feedback and tell you what they want without talking back," Barvir said Monday.

She plans to earn her associate's degree and transfer to Shepherd College or Towson University after two years.

The Jesse L. Kagle Scholarship is one of many Barvir received.

"My whole first year will be paid for by my Gold Award scholarship from Girl Scouts," she said. "This one will help with my books."

Both United Way awards are named in honor of the late Jesse L. Kagle, a longtime executive director of the United Way of Washington County, Community Relations Manager Bill Bulla said Monday.

Bulla said the Girl Scout-Shawnee Council recommended Barvir for the award.

"We try to choose someone who has spent several years helping the United Way or its 21 member agencies," he said.

The United Way 2001 campaign raised $1.6 million, just short of the $1.7 million goal announced in August 2001.

Staff Writer Liz Boch contributed to this story.

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