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The Bryan Area Foundation and its affiliate Foundations, Edon, Montpelier and Millcreek-West Unity, are dedicated to improving and enriching life in Williams County by connecting people, good ideas, real needs and charitable resources. Amazing things can happen when all of us join together for the common good… Towns and neighborhoods thrive… Community pride swells… Schools are enriched… Kids discover new possibilities… The arts are celebrated and lives are changed for the better!

Since 1969, the Foundation has contributed over $11.4 million to worthy community projects and scholarships that enhance the communities and residents we serve.

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Next PIP Meeting:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 pm – Bryan Moose Lodge

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The Bryan Swim Team Association received a grant of $30,000 to replace the unsafe and outdated starting blocks and scoreboard. This grant along with many community supporters allows for the purchase of eight new starting blocks and an eight-lane scoreboard. Anchors will also be installed at the YMCA so the equipment can be used at both the Moore Pool and the YMCA.

Pictures L to R: Nolan and Brendan Roberts, Jack Brace and Jason Beals representing the BAF, Kim Alyanakian and Mindy Roberts from the Bryan Swim Team along with Eden, Ara and Arella Alyanakian.
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From another long time swim team Mom....THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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Thank you!!!! So exciting for the program!

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From a swim team mom . . . THANK YOU!!!

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Happy VOLUNTEER Recognition Week!

Just think of the many volunteers that cross our paths daily....volunteers at the library, school, church or hospital. The Scout leader or 4-H advisor. The volunteer coach or mentor. Those building houses for Habitat or serving at the local food pantry or humane society.

The Foundation would especially like to thank our dedicated volunteers who give generously of their time, talent and treasures to make our community a better place for all to live, work and play!

There's no doubt that in someway, a volunteer has made a difference in your life....thank a volunteer today!
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"MEET OUR DONORS" - Joined in marriage on June 20, 1943, Earl C. and Pauline (Polly) Weber Oberlin began their life together. They were blessed with four children, Sue, Sally, Cynthia and Cliff.

A lifelong resident of Bryan, Earl C. Oberlin II was born on June 19, 1922, in Bryan to Earl C. and Thelma (Smith) Oberlin. A graduate of Bryan High School, he attended Ohio University and graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science with a Doctorate of Mortuary Science degree (DMS). A veteran of WWII, he served in the South Pacific for two years in the U.S. Navy. After being injured, he was discharged from the Navy and returned to the U.S.

Prior to his death in 1999, Earl owned and operated the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Homes in Bryan and Hamilton, Indiana, and Bryan Merit Monument Company. He also founded the former Premium Metallic Casket Company of Toledo, and Quality Care Medical Equipment, (now American Homepatient) in Bryan. Earl, along with his wife Polly and his mother Thelma, founded MFI Investment Corporation in 1959. National recognition came to Earl C. and Polly Oberlin in 1993 when their company was chosen by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States. They received this recognition three times through 1995 when they merged MFI with MidAm Inc.

Active in the community, Earl held memberships with Wesley United Methodist Church, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #284 in Bryan, V.F.W. Post #2489 of Bryan, Orchard Hills Country Club, Bryan Masonic Lodge #215, Chapter, Council and Commandary, High Twelve and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo.

Pauline (Polly) Weber Oberlin was born to Clarence F. and Ida K. (Moll) Weber in Archbold, Ohio, on April 21, 1924. Polly moved to Bryan with her family in 1925. Polly was active in the community as a charter member of the Claire Newcomer Club, past president of the Bryan Civic League, life member of Community Hospital of Williams County, and past president of the Wesley United Methodist Women. Other memberships include the Order of Eastern Star #248 in Bryan, International Association for Financial Planning and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Because of their love for the community, the Earl C. and Polly Oberlin Community Fund was established in their honor to benefit the Bryan community for generations to come.
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