After a thorough search process, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma on Thursday hired Dan Schiedel as its new executive director/CEO.
Several local, state and national candidates applied for the position. The search committee interviewed a pool of semifinalists on Feb. 8 and 9. At the conclusion of those interviews, the committee named Schiedel as the lone finalist, completed contract negotiations and made a final recommendation to the full United Way Board on Thursday.
Schiedel replaces Pamela Ballard, who served in the position for the past four years. She recently left to take a position in Tulsa with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Since her departure, former local United Way CEO Sean Byrne has been filling in on a temporary, part-time basis.
Schiedel comes to this position with a great deal of executive director and management experience in the areas of fundraising, financial management, securing major gifts, grant writing and nonprofit investment management. Most recently, he served as executive director and general manager of Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) in Oklahoma City for four years. Prior to that, he worked for Rogers State University, 2006-2012. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Dakota. He has been married to his wife Sharon for 33 years, and they have two kids and five grandkids.
They have found a place to live in Enid and plan to move here during the weekend of March 4-5. Schiedel's first day on the job with United Way will be March 6.
(This story originally appeared on the Enid News & Eagle.)
Random Acts Of Kindness aka World Kindness Day is in November. It is believed that the world will be a significantly better place if we all encourage the spread of kindness in schools, communities and homes—so many organizations and individuals try to enable that in whatever way they can.
One of those people and organizations is Pam Ballard at United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma. Ballard came up with the idea of driving around town doing random acts of kindness a few years ago. The first year she did it she asked Enid Buzz to come along and video the day. Since that time it has become an annual tradition that we both look forward to.
Over the last several years we’ve followed Ballard and filmed her and her crew hand out donuts, buy gas for random strangers, pay for washing and drying at the laundry mat, provide coats for kids and even present a car to a hard working man that didn’t have one. They’ve also delivered mattresses, TV’s, bought groceries for random customers and provided a wheel chair to a special young lady.
This years “Random Acts Of Kindness” were no different but there was an additional emphasis to honor Lavonn McKnight who passed away in a car accident only weeks ago. McKnight had volunteered and done so much for Enid over her lifetime. She was not only a long time educator but served as principal at Garber and Chisholm schools.
McKnight was named a YWCA Woman of the Year and a Pillar of the Plains honoree. In her later years she was a big part of RSVP helping hundreds of our local senior citizens. She served on the board and was president during multiple terms. These were only a few of the things that made McKnight a valuable asset to our community.
In honor of McKnight’s memory, husband Dick and sister-in-law Mary rode along throughout the day and helped surprise both the young and the old. Chip and Christy Baker from Bennie’s Barn and Enid RSVP contributed much to make the day special as well.
RSVP volunteer Mark Woods, Carla Burdick, Carolina Seymour, Candace Hazlett and others were also a special part of the day. Many people, businesses and organizations helped make the day special and donated not only time but services as well.
This years events included a trip to Garber Elementary for the dedication of a Buddy Bench and a visit to Chisholm Elementary where a special presentation was made to the McKnight family. Lavonn will be remembered with a memorial tile at the school.
The United Way crew then traveled to Carver Early Childhood Education Center where they presented books for teachers and members of McKnight family read to students. There was a quick stop to donate to the CDSA Diaper Bank Project and a new bed was delivered to a senior citizen named James and a heater was delivered to another senior named Dorothy.
A hearing aid was presented to another senior at Angel Delights and then lunch was served at the Senior Center while volunteers handed out gifts. Toiletry products were delivered to Loaves and Fishes and along with other random stops.
The day ended with a new stove being delivered to a senior named Denise and the presentation of bicycles to twins at Garfield Elementary who’s bicycles had been stolen.
Another great year for World Kindness Day! We look forward to what could happen next year but also remind everyone to be kind every day and help spread random acts kindness whenever possible.
[This story first appeared on Enid Buzz. Read the original article here.]
On Sunday, 16 October, from 2:00 - 4:30 pm, the Y is holding its annual Sundae in the Park event at Government Springs Park North.
Adult volunteers are needed for:
To volunteer for an hour or more, contact Debra Buckminster at the Y: 237-4645 X16.
Friday, October 14, 2016
11am - 1pm
Central National Bank Center
301 S. Independence
Tickets: $5 each (includes 1 free soda and cookie)
July 11 - 15
1626 East Broadway Avenue
There will be Two “Ready to Read” sessions.
Campers can attend just the morning, just the afternoon, or both sessions.
The “Ready to Read” Summer Reading Camp is open to student who attending 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades for the 2016-2017 school year. Please select sessions on registration form which you can download below.
Ready to Read Campers will:
The Ready to Read sessions, meals, and child care are all Free; but you must register your child before June 24, 2016.
Please, complete the registration form and
Meals will be provided by local sponsors and hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. To ensure there is enough for every child. Please, select the meals your child will attend.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will provided child care in the morning before the morning session, between sessions, and after the afternoon session. Please, select the child care options your child plans to attend.
Please, complete & return registration form before June 24, 2016.
This year's Golf Tournament and Ronna Richards Memorial Fundraiser will be held at Meadowlake Golf Course on Friday, June 10, 2016.
11:00 am - Registration
11:30 am - Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm - Shotgun Start
A student is waiting on a positive role model, like you. You can make a difference in a student’s life.
I would like to invite you to participate in the Coach-A-Kid Enid volunteer mentoring program. Mentors are matched with a student and then they meet with the student 30 minutes, each week, at the school, during the school year.
The Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentoring Program is an new and exciting mentoring program in Enid, Oklahoma. This program is a partnership between the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, the Enid Public Schools, and the Enid Metro Commission. Coach-A-Kid Enid is aimed at enriching the student's educational experience. The Coach-A-Kid Enid program provides students with positive role models from the Enid area.
Our Coach-A-Kid Enid mission is to improve academic achievement with a focus on reading and math, to build self-esteem, establish positive relationships, and to help children overcome negative behaviors.
The Goals and Objectives for the Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentoring Program are:
I hope you will consider volunteering with the Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentoring Program. To get started, please download and complete this form and return it to Coach-A-Kid:
If you have additional questions or need more information, you can reach me at (580) 237-0821.
Change a Life! Coach-A-Kid!
The Enid News & Eagle has shared the following stories on the Coach-A-Kid program:
(courtesy of the Enid News & Eagle)
Enid gained a new U.S. citizen Friday. Carolina Seymour moved to the United States 10 years ago from her birth country of Nicaragua. On Friday, she took the oath of allegiance to the U.S.
We teamed up with a bunch of our partners and spent Friday, November 13, running around Enid delivering and performing random acts of kindness. Enid Buzz was able to follow us most of the day and record many of the events. Here's just a portion of what went on. Thanks to Pam Ballard and the girls at the United Way for setting all of this up and getting the sponsors.
Posted by Enid Buzz on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
11am - 1pm (booth setup begins at 8am)
Tickets: $5.00 each (includes 1 free soda and cookie)
Enid Event Center
301 South Independence
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