On July 1, 2015, United Way of Northwest Arkansas held its Annual Board Meeting. This meeting is a fun event that gives our Board members and staff the opportunity to interact outside of a conference room. Amongst all the fun and games, there was also business to attend to.

This year we welcomed three new members onto our Board: Ken Robertson, Jim Fischer and Larry Manry. Each of these members had previously served on our Board and were “Honorary” members last year. We also voted on 2nd terms for two Board members: Ben Blakeman and Diana Johnson.

Three Board members terms ended this year: Gary Cooper, Don Bechtel and Mike Luttrell.

We also said goodbye to our Board Chair, Danny Funkhouser and welcomed our incoming Board Chair Kaki Giauque, who previously headed our Campaign Cabinet Committee.

A special award was given to Carolyn Rehbock, former Campaign Chair.

Staff awards were given to Ashley Wardlow (Senior Manager, Donor Relations), Andy Jackson (Program Manager, Gifts in Kind Warehouse), and Lewis Cook Jr. (Floor Manager, Gifts in Kind Warehouse) for 1 year of dedicated service to United Way. Shelby Garber (Director of Operations, Gifts in Kind Warehouse) received recognition for 10 years of dedicated service to United Way of Northwest Arkansas.

Special awards were also awarded to two staff members. We recognized Beth Emmanuel (Interim Finance Director) for her service to United Way over the past several months and all that she has accomplished in our Finance department. We also gave a special thanks to Shawn Walker (Interim President) for stepping up and taking over as our Acting President. We would be a fundamentally different organization if these two people hadn’t met our immediate needs in a time of critical transition.

Mixed in with all the business, there was some fun! The Board and staff were divided into groups and sang karaoke. At the end of the night, everyone voted for their favorite group and the staff won!

Here are links to each performance:

“Man, I Feel Like a Woman”
“Shake It Off”
“Let It Go”

There was also a photo booth set up with some fun props. Check out some of the photos: