Past Recipients



This award is named after the first recording secretary of the Rochester Community Chest, known today as United Way Of Olmsted County. Maude Finch served as a role model for our community over 90 years ago when she promptly donated her $20 in wages for clerical services back to the community chest. Her simple actions then, as now, serve as an example of giving back to make a difference in our community.


This award is presented by United Way of Olmsted County's Women United group to recognize a woman whose action, results, and time improve one or more of the interconnected building blocks for a good quality of life – education, health, income, and basics needs. 


Previous Maude Finch Awardees

2020 | Virginia Merritt, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank 

2019 | Ponloeu Chim, Retiree, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) read about Chim's nomination and accolades.

Click the image below to hear Ponloeu Chim's award acceptance remarks. 


2018 | Gail Sauter, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance/Operations at University of MN Rochester 

2017 | Joanne Rosener, Community Volunteer 

2016 | Elaine Case, Independent Civic and Community Professional 

2015 | Audrey Betcher, Director of Rochester Public Library 

2014 | Carmen Kane, Mayo Cinic SR Health Systems Engineer

2013 | Jan Vetter, Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity's Carpenter's Club, Dison's Cleaners  

2012 | Susan Ahlquist and Michon Rogers, Rochesterfest Board, First Alliance Credit Union 

2011 | Jane Campion & Wanda Hagquist, Children's Volunteers - The Women's Shelter, The Canadian Honker  

2010 | Barbara Withers, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, IBM's EX.I.T.E Camp 

2009 | Karel Weigel, Habitat for Humanity, Women Build, Rochester Women Magazine