FARMINGTON — The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area held its 30th annual meeting and campaign celebration on Jan. 25 at the G.H. Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Attendees celebrated accomplishments that occurred in 2010 and learned that approximately $340,000 had been raised to date as part of the 2010-11 campaign.

The United Way welcomed six new board members for three-year terms: Jeannine Backus, RSU 36; Jodi Spiller, Verso Paper Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill; Mary Frank, community member; Pam West, the Chocolate Shoppe; Dennis O’Neil, community member; Darryl Wood, LEAP Inc.

Recognized for their board service in 2010 were Alison Hagerstrom, Greater Franklin Development Corp.; Chris Kinney, Aramark; Jef Howell, Verso Paper Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill; and Peggy Willihan, community member, Carrabassett Valley.

New officers were elected: president; Andrew Sturtevant, Franklin Savings Bank; vice president, Jodi Spiller, Verso Paper Corp; treasurer, Gordie Flint, community member; and secretary, Janis Walker, Franklin Community Health Network.

The following awards were given:

Visionary Awards: presented to workplace campaigns that have contributed for the first time to the United Way in 2010-11 or renewed activity after a number of years. Visionary Awards also include designated grants and gifts from organizations or businesses that were received for the first time in 2010-11. They are:

Agilent Technologies, employees; Barclays, corporate; Casey Family Services, volunteer income tax assistance programs support; Comfort Inn Farmington-Wilton/LaFrance Hospitality, employees; Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union, Farmington Branch, employees; Johnson and Johnson, employees; KeyBank Wilton Branch, employees; New Beginnings, employees; Otis Federal Credit Union, pantry project support; Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab; Tranten’s, employees; Farmington Rotary and Western Maine Community Action, community energy challenge support; Work First Inc., pantry project support.

You Raise Me Up Awards: given to workplace campaigns and corporations that increased from 2009-10 to 2010-11, were made as follows:

Androscoggin Bank, employees, 2% increase; Barclays, employees, 18%; Bangor Savings Bank, employees, 75%; Community Dental, employees, 64%; Downeast Energy, corporate, 27%; Farmington Ford Inc., employees, 21%; Franklin Savings Bank, employees, 10%; Franklin Journal, employees, 4%.

Also, Harris House, employees, 65%; HealthReach Community Health Centers, employees, 71%; Jay School Department, employees, 152%; LEAP Inc., employees, 41%; SAD 58, employees, 593%; Notify MD, employees, 18%; Northeast Bank/Northeast Bank Insurance Group, 120; Otis Federal Credit Union, employees, 32%.

Also, RSU 78-Rangeley Schools, employees, 227%; TD Bank, employees, 58%; United Methodist Economic Ministry, 3%; United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, employees, 60%; UPS North New England, employees, 28%; Verso Paper Corp., corporate, 51%; Verso Paper Corp. Androscoggin Mill, employees, 5%; WMCA, employees, 1%.

Outstanding Achievement Awards: workplace campaigns recognized for their innovation, participation and collaboration received awards:

Bangor Savings Bank; Community Dental; Health Reach Community Health Centers; Jarden Home Brands; Jarden Plastic Solutions; SAD 58; RSU 78 -Rangeley Schools; Verso Paper Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill; Village Realty Inc.

Workplace Champion Awards: workplace employee campaign managers recognized for their dedication, enthusiasm, creativity and exemplary leadership were:

Kathleen Murray, Jay School Department; Andrew Sturtevant and Melissa Austin, Franklin Savings Bank; Franklin Community Health Network Team: Employee Campaign Managers Rebecca Ryder, Tom Hagerstrom and Janis Walker, as well as the 39 department ambassadors.

The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area awarded the second annual Community Impact Awards to two recipients. The award acknowledges those who went above and beyond to improve the lives of Greater Franklin County residents in 2010. The awards went to:

Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS) , which offers a variety of mental health services in Greater Franklin County.

Peter Judkins, whose accomplishments and examples of service extend beyond his role as president of Franklin Savings Bank, according to the nomination. He serves on many boards and volunteers his time.

To view the entire evening’s program and annual report, visit

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