Past Recipients

THE MAUDE FINCH AWARD, PRESENTED BY WOMEN UNITED

 

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