Community members recognized for volunteer work

MIDDLETOWN – Two community members were recognized for their contributions to United Way as Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year at the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley’s 71st annual meeting and recognition dinner held Thursday night.

President and CEO of First Bank Scott C. Harvard, who is also the 2016 chair of the Board of Directors, said at the meeting held at the Lord Fairfax Community College Corron Community Development Center that he’s really proud to be involved with United Way. The United Way exceeded its $1.1 million 2016 campaign goal, raising $1,118,449.

“What we really bring to the community today, which is different, is a voice for people in need in our community,” he said. “It’s expertise across organizations within our community. It’s resources. It’s vision. And it’s an impact.”

Past Volunteers of the Year Bill and Mary Nordman presented the Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Year.

David Sovine, superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, was announced as this year’s Volunteer of the Year by Bill Nordman. Sovine is serving as superintendent for the sixth year and has served two terms on the United Way’s Board of Directors. He was the 2014 campaign chair and the chair of the Board of Directors in 2015. Within the Frederick County school division, he helps the division raise over $45,000 annually for United Way.

“I am humbled to have received this award,” Sovine said. “It is very easy to support and advocate for the United Way. It’s a privilege to live in a community that is so caring, loving and supportive.”

Mary Nordman announced Jessica Clatterbuck as the Youth Volunteer of the Year. She is a senior at James Wood High School and will be attending the College of William & Mary in the fall to study biology with a pre-med focus. She is vice president of the Leo Club, teacher of English as a second language classes, member of the Spanish club, member of the National Honor Society, and a member of a Gifted Independent Study and Personal and Community Health Group. She also volunteers at the Salvation Army, Highland Food Pantry, SPCA, Bright Futures, Northwestern Regional Education programs and Spring Arbor Assisted Living.

“I’m honored and humbled by this award,” she said. “Volunteering has always been a passion of mine but I think it’s really blossomed throughout high school because of all the opportunities that I’ve been given. My life is richer from these volunteering experiences and the days I’ve spent giving are energizing to me.”

Susan Brooks, the 2017 campaign chair, spoke at the meeting, adding that she’s really excited to make the 2017 campaign bigger and better, and that she has big shoes to fill with the accomplishments of 2016.

“We talk a lot about the power of one and what that can mean and what one dollar difference makes to the community,” she said.

President and CEO of the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley Nadine Pottinga thanked the audience for their hard work and dedication to United Way.

“It’s been a particularly tumultuous year for our nation,” Pottinga said. “But when I look out at all of you, just as I did on Day of Caring – 500 people wearing Live United T-shirts – I’m just reminded that we couldn’t be more relevant to our community than we are today. When a community comes together for the betterment of all who live there by living out the credo ‘Live United’ that’s a really powerful thing,” she said.

The 2017 Board of Directors was approved at the meeting as well. Members include Richie Crim, Damon DeArment, Lori Eversole, Callie Fitzwater, Wilborn Roberson, Kevin Sanzenbacher, Michelle Thomas, Ted Troxell and Peter Warren.

The 2017 Officers of the Board were also approved, including Darcus Breneman as chair, Susan Brooks as first vice chair, Marshall Beverley as treasurer, Karen Vacchio as secretary and Nadine Pottinga as president and CEO.

Breneman said she’s excited to be the board’s chair for 2017.

“I’m both honored and excited,” she said, “to be engaged in an organization that provides so much support and benefit to the community which I work and live.”

Throughout the meeting, Master of Ceremony Chris Mitchell from Shenandoah County Q102 kept the audience entertained with United Way trivia questions, which pitted tables against each other for a reward at the end.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com