Just a glimpse of the Foundation's story....and the many ways community DONORS have made an IMPACT! ... See MoreSee Less
FOUNDATION HONORS CHARTER MEMBERS – Take a look back to 1995. The Bryan Area Foundation honored 10 charter members for 25 years of dedicated service to the Foundation. Seated from left, Dr. H.R. Mayberry, Richard Reed and Grant Brown; standing, Bill Weaver, Randolph Bard, Wayne Shaffer, George Isaac, Bruce Benedict, Ford Cullis and Ted Spangler. Other charter members not pictured inlcude John B. Dwyer, Henry Ford, John Hall, Lemuel Hawk, Thomas Johnston, James Lockhart, Robert D. Lowe, C.B. Melton, Frederick Parker, John Tomlinson, Forest Witzerman and A. W. Yaharus. ... See MoreSee Less
In honor of Foundation Week "MEET OUR DONORS" highlights John B. Dwyer who was instrumental in establishing the Foundation.
John B. Dwyer was born in Montpelier on May 19, 1928. John graduated in 1952 with a law degree from Ohio State University where he was third in his class. Also in 1952 he married Sally Didier and they were blessed with four sons, John, Timothy, Joel and Patrick.
John served in the Army as a 1st Lieutenant at the Pentagon. After the Army, John and Sally moved to Bryan in 1955 and John joined the law firm of Gebhard and Hogue. Sally earned a degree in education from Defiance College and taught special education in the Bryan City Schools. Sally was active at the First Presbyterian Church, Literary Forum, Claire Newcomer Club, Bryan Civic League and she served as the first executive director of the Williams County YWCA.
John also found opportunity to become actively involved in community affairs. He served as president of the Bryan Board of Education and was a member of the Moose and Chamber of Commerce. John became president of Citizens National Bank in 1969. John's legacy will also be remembered as the man who gave form and substance to the Bryan Area Foundation. He spent uncounted hours researching other successful U.S. charitable foundations in order to establish the Bryan Area Foundation. John also served as secretary of the Foundation. For John's efforts in establishing the Foundation he was chosen as the first recipient of the Good Citizen Award in 1980.
John and Sally established the Dwyer Family Fund at the Bryan Area Foundation to honor their four sons. ... See MoreSee Less
Kimberly ChristensenVery special. It was great to read this about your dad. Also about your mom- I didn't know she was a special ed. Teacher. Your parents were great people and loved their sons so much.2 days ago · 3
Tony EbersoleVery great man that left a legacy that will always live on. His vision was unparalleled in how to impact a community for decades and centuries. His other legacy was a great family of kids and grandkids.2 days ago · 2
Ellen Price SandbergMy parents loved your grandparents !! They shared many wonderful times together. Thank you for sharing this. Remarkable people!2 days ago · 2
Catherine PritchardWow that's great ! I just knew them as people who thought I was wonderful ! And all along they were ! You are exactly like your parents2 days ago · 2
Mike SchaeferThis is what small towns are about... great families! Proud to have known this family! Oh.... and they had great Ohio State parties!1 day ago · 1
Join us in celebrating 47 years of GIVING! This week we celebrate Foundation Week and the many donors who believe in building a legacy that will impact future generations. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to the Foundation's success and we look forward to MAKING a DIFFERENCE TOGETHER in the years ahead! ... See MoreSee Less
CONGRATULATIONS to the Williams County Humane Society as the 4th quarter recipient of the Power in the Purse, Women's Giving Circle (PIP). The Williams County Humane Society is funded purely by donations, receiving no county, state or federal funding. PIP's support of $5,950 will help them to continue to provide their much needed services in our community. For more information on the Williams County Humane Society please visit their website at www.williamscountyhumanesociety.com/
Shown L to R: Williams County Humane Society Board members Mandy Vreeland, Traci Tucker, Shirley Bard, and board President Lisa Stalter, PIP members Tracy Dopp holding Daisy, board member Scott Sullivan, Pip member Kelly Rummel, board secretary Rachel Garcia, and Dr. Austin Kieman board member and veterinarian. ... See MoreSee Less