United Way of Greater Oswego County thanks its hundreds of volunteers

by Nicole Reitz

The United Way of Greater Oswego County thanked its volunteers Wednesday at the organization’s 74th annual meeting and salute to volunteers breakfast.

Executive Director Melanie Trexler opened the gathering by thanking Alliance Bank for sponsoring the annual meeting and for partnering with the United Way.

“This is our opportunity to say thanks and pay homage to all of the dedicated, hard-working individuals in our community that work together to make the 2011–2012 United Way campaign such a success,” said Trexler.

Trexler gave a hats off to United Way’s hundreds of volunteers for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking the time to work together for a common cause, which has an impact on the entire community.

On a daily basis, volunteers’ efforts help to sustain the independence of seniors, nurture and encourage children to grow to their full potential, and assist special needs residents.

“The success of this campaign is due to the collective efforts of so many talented and diverse people,” said Trexler. “As we travel this journey together, working toward the betterment of our community, we leave our footprints for others to follow.”

Wendy Tetro, a United Way board member for the past 18 years, spoke as her last time as board president. Tetro has served as president for the past two years, and will take the position of the organization’s treasurer.

Kathy Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, is the incoming United Way board president.

“With her knowledge and leadership, I’m sure that Kathy will do an outstanding job as president,” said Tetro.

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