Callaham Honored By United Way

Callaham Honored By United Way
by William L. Bulla

Amid tears of humility, an overcome Arnold A. (Art) Callaham accepted the United Way's Jesse L. Kagle, Jr. Service Award. The award is given each year in memory of Kagle, who was a long-time executive director of United Way of Washington County, to someone who has significantly demonstrated dedication to the community through United Way. Callaham not only served as both the 2004 co-campaign chair and president, but also provided leadership and rallied the volunteers in the absence of an executive director. He has been active in other areas, including campaign chair during 2001 at the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"United Way is about working together and we surely saw this in many ways in 2004. Volunteers gave of their time and talents, agencies provided vital services and generous donors rallied to help us reach our campaign goal," Callaham told those gathered at the American Red Cross building where the United Way's 48th Annual Meeting was held on March 24.
The 2004 Campaign goal of $1.6 million was surpassed by $31,000. Day of Caring was named as another success with 230 volunteers working on community projects within 14 agencies.
The 2005 campaign co-chairman, Gary L. Wright, announced $1.7 million for the campaign, which will kickoff on September 2, at a Hagerstown Suns baseball game. The event will feature exhibits by member agencies and a fireworks display. Wright's co-chair will be Michael S. Zampelli.
Another award named after Kagle is a scholarship presented to someone who is currently, or will be, attending Hagerstown Community College (HCC), seeking a degree in a human service curriculum.
Jessica Cramer, a second-year student pursuing a degree in social work was the 2005 recipient. She was nominated by Community Action Council, where she works as an intern. She would like to eventually work at an alternative school for adolescents.
New executive director, Dale Bannon, said he was excited about the future of United Way of Washington County. "We're more than fundraising! We're more than numbers! We're about bring people and organizations together to address issues and improve lives," he said.
New board members were also elected, including Robert T. Barnhart, Michael R. Baylor, William L. Bulla, Jack B. Castle, Kurtis L. Landes and Dana Moylan. The new officers are Noel C. Williams, President; AnJanette M. Doll, Vice President; Trey Alter, Secretary and Alfred E. Martin, Treasurer.