History of Gentry United Way

Early in 1988, at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, a group of local business people were discussing the amount of requests and the amount of money each of them were donating locally each year. All agreed that it was getting harder to know who to give to and how much to give. The idea of forming a group and pooling our resources was discussed and all agreed the idea had some merit. A committee was chosen and given the task of researching the United Way. Within a few months, The United Way of Gentry had received legal status, the Board of Directors had been chosen, the by-laws written and the first ever campaign had been finalized. In the first 20 years, over $1,200,000 has been raised and distributed to 52 local non-profit agencies that serve people in the Gentry School District. Eighty different people have served terms on the Board of Directors.

Statement of Purpose

The United Way of Gentry, Inc. will conduct an annual fund raising drive for the purpose of canvassing the Gentry area communities for contributions to support local non-profit organizations that meet the criteria established by the Gentry United Way Board of Directors. The area shall be given the opportunity to support the drive yearly, and funds raised will be distributed primarily in the Gentry School District area. The Board is charged with the responsibility of disbursing the funds collected.

Board of Directors

Beverly Saunders 
United Way President
Gentry Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Sims
United Way Treasurer
Gentry Bank

Norman Koeller
Gentry Public Schools

Norman Barker
Champion Power Equipment

Marsha Scherer
Director, Travel Masters
Decatur State Bank

Dan Erskin
Engineering & Planning
McKee Foods Corp.

Meredith Renfroe
Loan Officer
Decatur State Bank

Denise Waters
Gentry Intermediate School

Gayla Wilmoth
Gentry Primary School

Fred Rosborough
HR Generalist
McKee Foods Corp.

Andrea Tun
Customer Service
Arvest Bank

Brandy Stell
Customer Service
Arvest Bank