Gretchen Morse announces plan to retire by end of June 2011

first_imgWith her 20th anniversary as the Executive Director of the United Way of Chittenden County (UWCC) just six months away, Gretchen Morse today announced that she plans to retire by the end of June 2011. In a letter to the Board of Directors of United Way, she said, ‘It is with a strong sense of humility and gratitude that I announce my retirement from the United Way of Chittenden County. I am fortunate to work with an amazing board and staff who are faithful stewards of United Way’s mission. There is an exceptional network of member agencies and community partners, as well as thousands of volunteers who exemplify the true meaning of service to community. I am, therefore, confident in a bright future for United Way and know that this is the time for me to move on with other aspects of my life.’According to Don Rendall from Green Mountain Power, the current Board President of UWCC, ‘Gretchen has been a transformational leader of the United Way. For twenty years she has worked tirelessly, and with extraordinary success, to spearhead innovative partnerships with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to improve the lives of the people who live in our community.’ He went on to say that Morse has truly been a change agent with a vision that has led the organization well beyond its critical fundraising role to a new place as a leader in finding solutions to community problems. According to Rendall, a search committee for a new Executive Director is currently being formed by the Board of Directors and the process will begin shortly.Among the many accomplishments of United Way of Chittenden County during her twenty years, in addition to raising a total of over $70 million during the annual Community Campaigns were:leading the transformation of UWCC to a community impact investment model in which results-based funding decisions are determined by a set of target outcomes which have been identified through a comprehensive community engagement process;joining community partners to launch the Champlain Initiative, a healthy community initiative for Chittenden County;steering the Burlington Street Outreach Project, a multi-sector partnership to work with individuals with social service needs in Burlington’s city center;launching the Chittenden County Truancy Project, a collaboration of schools, local nonprofit service providers, government agencies, law enforcement officials, and the courts to improve the graduation rate of high school students and to reduce truancy;creating the UWCC Volunteer Center by merging the Foster Grandparent, RSVP and Volunteer Connection programs under one umbrella, which annually mobilizes and places over 2,000 volunteers in local nonprofits to do work they otherwise could not accomplish;merging two call centers into one statewide ‘Get Info’ center, the precursor of Vermont 2-1-1 (a program of the United Ways of Vermont) the comprehensive statewide information and referral program for all non-emergency health and human services which this past year responded to 47,000 calls from people who needed help finding help;collaborating in the Earned Income Tax Credit program and a free tax preparation initiative which returns millions of dollars each year to low-income working individuals and families;partnering with IBM to launch the annual Days of Caring which last Spring included 12 local companies and over 430 volunteers who donated nearly 2,000 hours at 32 local nonprofit agencies;pulling together all local emergency assistance providers in Chittenden County in 2008 to form a united HELP Fund in response to the national economic crisis;establishing the Working Bridges Program that links community resources with business needs for the purpose of improving employee recruitment, retention, advancement, income and productivity; andlaunching the Child Card Food Network with licensed childcare providers to help them access federal funding in order to provide free meals to hungry children.Before joining United Way, Morse was Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services from 1985-1991, appointed by Governor Madeleine Kunin. During her six years in that role, she was elected Vice-Chair of the National Council of State Human Service Administrators of the American Public Welfare Association and she led the development of the Vermont Reach-Up Program, a welfare-to-work initiative that coordinates access to education, job training, child care and health care for working families.Morse was also part of the Kunin team that created Dr. Dynasaur, the Vermont version of the federal Medicaid children’s health care program. This unique approach has become a national best practice for covering all children in low income families.Prior to that she was a Vermont State Representative from 1977-1985 and chaired the House Education Committee and the House Health and Welfare Committee during her eight year tenure. Throughout her career Morse has received numerous community services awards: the Susan B. Anthony Award from the YWCA; the Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Award; the Thibodeau/Wall Award for Community Service from HowardCenter; the Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award; and the 2008 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Achievement Award from the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. Morse received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services for her service to the people of Vermont; and she was honored by UVM’s Masters of Public Administration program as an honorary member of Pi Alpha Alpha for her public service to the State of Vermont. Morse graduated with a B. S. from UVM, and in 2009 was awarded the esteemed Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University for her years of public and community service.Morse has served on a number of state commissions and nonprofit boards. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, is an emeritus member of the Wake Robin Board of Directors, and most recently was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Fletcher Allen Health Care.last_img read more

Ann Coulter discusses the future of the Republican Party

first_imgConservative pundit Ann Coulter spoke to students and guests Sunday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom as part of a speaking tour to promote her new book, Never Trust a Liberal Over 3 — Especially a Republican.The conversation with Coulter, who has written nine New York Times best-sellers, was moderated by Jim Hughes, a writer whose work has been featured in and on Politico and Fox News.The event was co-sponsored by the Political Student Assembly, the USC College Republicans and the Hancock Park Patriots, a grassroots Tea Party organization in Los Angeles.Mark Sonnenklar, president of the Hancock Park Patriots, said he was happy Coulter was on hand for the event.“She brings a lot of attention anywhere she goes,” Sonnenklar said. “If Ann Coulter can support the USC College Republicans and the Hancock Park Patriots, that’s really a good thing.”Coulter did not originally expect to be speaking at USC.“I was just doing this fun little Tea Partier event and then they combined with the USC College Republicans,” Coulter told the Daily Trojan.Coulter and Hughes discussed the high points of Coulter’s book, a collection of her favorite weekly columns from the past 12 years. The talk combined the controversial satire and biting wit Coulter is known for with her more serious thoughts on the future of the Republican Party.After describing how she envisioned each MSNBC host committing suicide, Coulter turned the conversation to improving the Republican Party’s chances in the 2016 election and beyond.“Half of the candidates running in GOP primaries shouldn’t be running at all,” she said.Coulter also criticized the special interest groups that take candidates’ focus away from the voters, citing “the role of consultants, ego and greed” as a negative force in American politics.Before the event, a group of students gathered to demonstrate their opposition to Coulter’s views.One of the protesters was Nora Snyder, a senior majoring in international relations and Middle East studies.“The political rhetoric in this country is the most polarized it’s ever been,” Snyder said. “When [Coulter] comes out making statements that are anti-Islam, anti-[lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender], anti-Hispanic and anti-rational speech, we’re out here to show that not all Trojans support that type of rhetoric.”Ultimately, both the protesters and the event organizers agreed that it was important for Coulter to be given the chance to speak.“The First Amendment protects everybody, even those people we don’t agree with,” Snyder said. “She can say her piece, and we can say ours.”Jennifer Massey, president of the USC College Republicans, said the last-minute opportunity provided the rare chance to bring a conservative speaker to campus.“We wanted to bring another opinion to school and let the students decide, because we don’t get a lot of conservative speakers on campus, if any at all,” Massey said.Massey also praised the PSA, who worked with the College Republicans to put together the event, for helping bring speakers from both major political parties to USC.“The PSA is supposed to be a nonpartisan organization that helps bring speakers to campus, and they have been such a great help to me and the USC College Republicans,” Massey said.When asked if she was happy that the event had inspired a demonstration, Massey was emphatic in her support.“Absolutely. I believe in free speech, and the USC CR believes in free speech,” she said.Coulter, who also spoke at a meet-and-greet prior to the talk, criticized those who said she shouldn’t speak on campus.“I think the ones who are happy to have me here are very, very smart,” Coulter said. “I think the ones who are unhappy to have me here are a little stupider.”Eric Dubbury, a junior majoring in music industry and a member of the USC College Republicans, said the event was a shining example of encouraging a diversity of opinions on campus.“What our club has been trying to promote is giving the opportunity for any of these speakers, even if we disagree with them, to give them the freedom to speak their views,” Dubbery said. “So far it’s been collaborative, positive thought as to what is happening here promoting freedom of speech for these events for everyone involved, including those who disagree with us.”Several other students, even those who did not agree with Coulter’s political views, were also appreciative of the pundit’s strong opinions.Sameer Suri, a sophomore majoring in communication and creative writing, captured the spirit of the love-hate relationship many students said they felt toward Coulter.“I don’t agree with her, but how can you not love a woman who writes a column called ‘Attack France!’ and closes it with the line, ‘What are they going to do? Fight us?,’” Suri asked. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter @Haas4Prez2036last_img read more

Exclusive:Egypt reveal 2014 World Cup play-off venue

first_imgEgypt have revealed they will use a military stadium in Cairo to host Ghana in the second leg of the sides’ 2014 World Cup play-off.It will be the first time Egypt have played in the capital since October 2011, following the Port Said tragedy and civil unrest in the country.The Pharaohs’ recent home matches have been in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna.But they have chosen the 30,000-capacity 30 June Air Defence Stadium for the crucial match against Ghana.It will be played on 19 November, with kick-off set for 1900 (local time).The two-legged tie – one of five in the final African qualifying round – will decide who makes it through to next year’s finals in Brazil.Egypt’s Minister of Sports Taher Abu Zeid announced the decision for the venue on Tuesday.And it was also confirmed that fans will be allowed to attend the game.Supporters have largely been banned from matches in Egypt since the Port Said riots at a match between Al Ahly and Al Masry that claimed the lives of more than 70 people. Domestic football was also suspended in the country and although it resumed after a year’s absence the league was again stopped in July after the military overthrow of president Muhamed Mursi’s government and subsequent violence.Ghana had already announced that the first leg of the tie will be played at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on 15 October.last_img read more

Džeko, Višća, Šehić, Adilović, Cocalić and Štilić supported the Blue Team!

first_imgFormer footballers of Željezničar: Edin Džeko, Edin Višća, Ibrahim Šehić, Eldin Adilović, Edin Cocalić and Semir Štilić, decided to reward players of youth team squad from Grbavica, as announced from the FC Željezničar.Considering the current situation on the table, former players of the blue team, who began or built their careers in Željo’s jerseys, wanted to show the current generation that they have not forgotten the moments spent on Grbavica, and they wished their friends by color of jersey good luck in the coming eternal derby against Sarajevo, which would ultimately decide the champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina.With message, “You are not alone”, Džeko, Višća, Šehić, Adilović, Cocalić and Štilić are hoping that will inspire Bajić, Hadžiahmetović, Hasanović, Sadiković and others to give their best to fight for a better placement in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that once again, together with fans, will look forward to Europe, and perhaps the new title of champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Also, already mentioned players financially supported the youth squad team from Grbavica. (Source: read more