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Local community leaders tapped for United Way roles
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Two community leaders and volunteers with United Way in Rockdale have accepted key leadership roles with the larger United Way organization.

Rockdale County State Court Judge Nancy Bills was appointed to the Board of Directors for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Stuart J. Smith, a professional facilitator who has volunteered for the United Way investment process, has been selected to facilitate United Way’s "Ready By 21" implementation plan and "Mobilizing Communities" for United Way Worldwide.

Bills agreed to serve a three-year term on the United Way metro board. She will be following Rockdale County School Superintendent Dr. Samuel T. King who represented Rockdale on the board from 2005 through this year. Bills has served as a past advisory board chair for United Way in Rockdale and chairs the Rockdale County Task Force on Domestic Violence.

Smith is working with United Way presidents and senior staffers throughout the globe in developing organizational plans for working with their communities to advance the common good. Smith also is helping to implement United Way’s “Ready by 21” program. “Ready by 21” is a set of strategies to improve outcomes for children and youth, with the goal being that every child graduates ready for college or career.

Smith is one of 14 individuals to achieve master facilitator certification by the International Institute of Facilitation. This is the highest certification available in the industry. He also is a member of the Association of Strategic Planning member and will certify in 2011.

Fundraising Goal Met

Rockdale United Way has surpassed it’s campaign goal of $325,000. "Rockdale campaign volunteers will work till the job is done – our 2010 campaign goal was $325,000 and the campaign cabinet was determined to reach it if it took until the final day – June 30th, we completed the task with 16 days to spare," Regional Director Claire Cline said.