With 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.
Delaney, Kattner and secretary general Jerome Valcke’s signatures also appear on the agreement document relating to the loan, again posted by the FAI on its official website. Earlier, Kenny had said he believed the FAI chief’s position remained “tenable” and expressed his confidence that outstanding questions about the payment would be responded to. Sports Minister Pascal Donohoe, also at the talks in Dublin Castle, said he spoke with Delaney and also pressed him to bring “clarity and certainty” to the matter. “It is in everybody’s interest that these matters be cleared up,” he said. The minister added: “It is primarily a relationship and transaction that took place between the FAI and FIFA and I expect that clarity will be brought to this issue.” He added: “It is a significant amount of money, it is obviously something that the country does have a lot of interest in.” Donohoe refused to say whether he was reassured or not after his conversation with Delaney. Asked if the FAI boss retained his confidence, he replied: “I support John Delaney in his work, I know the importance of grassroots soccer throughout our country.” Donohoe added: “I support John Delaney and the work the FAI does. Alongside that, it is important that matters that are of interest to the public are answered and dealt with in a comprehensive manner and I expect that to happen.” The Sports Minister said he was “absolutely not aware” of any such payment and would be very surprised if any of his predecessors knew about it. The Football Association of Ireland has released the timeline of events which led to it receiving a five million euro payment from FIFA. The fall-out spilled over into a high-level summit of Ireland’s cross-border peace-building North South Ministerial Council in Dublin, where leaders called on the Irish football executive to shed light on the transaction. Kenny described the payment as “quite extraordinary” and called on Delaney to answer questions about the circumstances surrounding it. He said: “This is quite extraordinary. But I would say that any questions that need to be answered here in the interests of transparency and accountability… John Delaney should answer and will answer all of those questions, I’m quite sure.” And last night, the FAI obliged, posting a 14-point list of events, including Blatter apologising to Ireland for making a joke about them – a point which was immediately followed by confirmation of the loan. The FAI said that after Blatter made public its suggestion it should be a 33rd representative at the World Cup, he “personally apologised” at a second meeting between the FAI and FIFA on January 12, 2010. It then added: “After negotiation, FIFA offered the FAI a 5m euro interest-free loan by way of compensation as well as a 400,000 US dollar Goal Project grant that was used for FAI Regional Football Centres.” The FAI added that the money was paid into its account on January 20, 2010 and was accounted for and was later reduced to 4m euros. Finally, the FAI stated that in 2013 the loan was written off, attaching a letter signed by FIFA’s deputy secretary general, Markus Kattner, confirming as much. Press Association Responding to calls for further details from Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the FAI posted a comprehensive blow-by-blow account on its website last night. FAI chief John Delaney brought the issue to public attention when he said his organisation was given the sum after confronting Sepp Blatter about Ireland’s World Cup 2009 play-off defeat, brought about by Thierry Henry’s handball goal.
Former Chippa United striker Aristide Bance, who is a veteran of four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, has announced his retirement from international football.On Tuesday afternoon, the former Burkina Faso captain and national team legend officially hung up his boots from all international football after enjoying a 17-year career with the Stallions.In a post on his official Facebook account, the 35-year-old revealed that, during a meeting with the country’s president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, he announced that he was stepping away from the national team.“I also took advantage of these moments to officially announce to him my intention to end my international career, the end of my adventure with the Stallions of Burkina Faso and finally give him my lucky number 15,” Bance wrote.The forward retires as a veteran of four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and as the nation’s second-highest goalscorer of all time, having netted 24 times in 79 appearances, according to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.Bance has enjoyed a storied career at club level too, where he has turned out for no fewer than 22 teams across 12 countries, including a spell with Chippa United during the 2015/16 PSL campaign.