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Robert A. Yeck

Vice President
John W. Lohbeck (Jack)

Richard L. Carr

Paul W. Heintz

Judy A. Budi
Glen Carr
Dennis Graf
Joe A. Lambright
Steve Wenstrup

Ex Officio

Joyce Young

C. Mark Kingseed

Trustee Emeritus
Sally D. Beals
Robert E. Daley

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The Centerville-Washington Foundation exists to be a community partner for corporate and individual charitable giving, functioning in the formation and preservation of charitable donations, providing services to donors and non-profit organizations and serving as a source of funds for community groups.


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Posted 10/23/14

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Goodwin Received 2014 Community Founders Award

Charles and Judy Goodwin — whose years of public service focus on young people — received this year’s Community Founders Award from the Centerville-Washington Foundation at a reception at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace on October 22. They are the recipients of the ninth annual award.

Dr. Goodwin is a surgeon at Dayton Children’s Hospital and has held many leadership positions over 29 years with the Boy Scouts of America. Even before they were married, Judy Goodwin was a den mother for Cub Scouts of enlisted men’s boys at Edwards Air Force Base. She was a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s Troop and is a 15-year member of the board of the Centerville Education Foundation where she currently serves as secretary.

The Foundation’s Community Founders Award was initiated to recognize outstanding service to Centerville and Washington Township. 

“Charlie and Judy Goodwin are wonderful examples of dedicated community leaders,” Bob Yeck, Foundation president said. “Each of them has chosen to reach out to young people in their own way, Charlie to Boy Scouts while Judy has been a volunteer in just about every school activity available to a mother of four.”

Charlie’s resume runs to eight pages.  Born in Montgomery, Alabama, he has an M.D. degree from Tulane Medical School. He was a major in the Air Force. His list of hospital affiliations and membership in medical societies is lengthy.  His list of honors runs to two pages and his list of publications is even longer. 

But talking about his work with Boy Scouts makes his face light up. He began as a Den Leader in 1984 and has served as Scoutmaster for Troop 236 for 26 years.

He’s proud of the fact that 229 boys have become Eagle Scouts during his years as Scoutmaster.

During summer camp at Woodland Trails in June, Charlie was with some 34 boys who were just getting started in scouting. He seemed to know them all by name and birthday. They called him “Doc.” He paid special attention to the Scouts who were homesick.

Why is he interested in scouting? “It is the only large scale organization that specifically trains boys as leaders,” Charlie said. 

He will be a staff member for a world Jamboree in Japan in 2015. Will that be the peak of his years with the Boy Scouts? “Being the Scoutmaster has been the peak. The boys are my thing,” he said.

Although he enjoys working with boys he calls “already accomplished,” his troop has been a haven for those who needed help as well. Helping the emotionally immature boy develop into a mature, sound leader has been a focus of his work in scouting.

Charlie and Judy have four children. Tim, the oldest, has a degree in accounting and is the controller for Value added Packaging. Emily teaches autistic children in Wood County, Ohio.

James and Charles are twin sons. With a law degree and a master’s in public policy, James is a senior environmental policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, D.C. Charles has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a PhD in genetics and molecular biology at Indiana University where he is a fourth-year medical student. He plans to be an oncologist.

While her children attended Driscoll Elementary School, Judy was a library volunteer and PTO member. She later volunteered at Weller Elementary and Magsig Middle School. At Magsig Middle School Judy served as the PTO president when the twins were in the eighth grade.

She was on the after-prom committee and sold parking passes during her children’s high school years. “I was also on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for several years and enjoyed that immensely,” Judy said. 

Why has she been so active with the schools? “I wouldn’t have gotten involved if it had not been for the children. It is important to be involved in your children’s schools and know what is going on.”

What has been the most fun? “Working with young people,” she said.

Judy volunteered at the library at both Driscoll and Magsig. She enjoyed her time at Driscoll’s library more. “By the time kids get to middle school, the libraries don’t need much help,” she said.

Judy gets credit from Charlie for knowing a lot about Boy Scouts. He said she can handle many of the at-home phone calls he gets about scouting activities.


Centerville-Washington Foundation Celebrates A Grant-Making Record With Fall Distribution

Completing a record year, grants to six community organizations — three grants to sustain current programs and three grants for new programs in our community — have been approved by the Centerville-Washington Foundation in its fall cycle.

Fall grants totaled $4,500. In the spring, the Foundation awarded grants in the amount of $5,500. For the year, the $10,000 in grants is a record for the community foundation founded in 1998.

For the year, also, the Foundation awarded nine grants, equaling a record set in 2013.

Fourteen grant requests were received in the fall cycle, yet another record.

Forms can be found on our website, located under the "Grants Program" tab seen above-- or at Centerville City Hall. Forms are also available by writing to the Centerville-Washington Foundation, P.O. Box 41125, Centerville, Ohio 45441. For more information about the Centerville-Washington Foundation, please contact Bob Daley at 433-0811.

The list of grants approved in the fall cycle includes:
• $1,000 to Friends of the Castle for transportation costs for the drop-in center serving diagnosed seriously mentally ill disabled adults.
• $750 to the Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to serve families affected by dementia in the Centerville area.
• $500 to Christ the King Lutheran Church to introduce the Hope4Us (Hopeful Outcomes through Prayerful Engagements) project to focus on several mental illness disorders in the community.
• $1,000 to the Centerville Police Department for a new patrol bicycle to replace aging/obsolete equipment for the 20-year old specialized unit.
• $500 to the Centerville-Washington Park District to help bring Little Free Libraries, whose motto is “take a book, leave a book”to parks and libraries in the community.
• $750 to Americana Festival for development of a marketing plan.

Centerville-Washington Foundation to Sponsor Mini Golf Adventure Fundraiser September 18

An evening of family fun — a miniature golf outing with prizes for both putting and fashion — will be held by the Centerville-Washington Foundation, September 18, at Adventure Golf, 615 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. A fundraiser, the proceeds will go into the Foundation’s discretionary fund for distribution through grants to community nonprofit organizations.

“This is the first time the Foundation has scheduled a mini golf outing,” said project manager Richard Carr, secretary on the Foundation’s board of trustees, “and we’re going all-out to make it a fun evening for both children and adults.”

Participants will gather at Adventure Golf at 6 p.m. for welcoming ceremonies and a tailgate party of appetizers and soft drinks provided by Foundation board members. A shotgun start on two courses is set for 6:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 8 p.m. at a nearby restaurant. Prizes will be awarded for best classic golf outfit, best 70’s golf outfit and best current golf outfit.

Tickets cost $15 apiece ($8 tax deductible) for 18 holes of golf and a chance to win prizes for highest score, most holes in one, men and women’s style awards and others.

Bob Yeck, president of the Foundation’s board of trustees, is prize coordinator and will judge men and women’s style and board members Judy Budi, Glen Carr, Joe Lambright, Steve Wenstrup and Richard Carr will provide appetizers. Wenstrup is also helping with printed invitations and e-mail distribution.

Posted 07/24/14

Centerville-Washington Foundation Invites Grant Requests from Community Organizations

The Centerville-Washington Foundation-- a community foundation that began in 1988-- invites grant requests from non-profit organizations or governmental entities in the Centerville-Washington Township area for review during September.

Grant requests are reviewed two times a year-- in March and September; The deadline for submitting grant applications for the fall cycle is September 1, 2014. Grants may be used to launch new projects or to generate matching funds for projects.

The Foundation funds projects in the area of arts and humanities, civic affairs, the environment, education, health or social services. Foundation grants have ranged between $500 and $2,500 in the past.

Over the years, the Foundation has supported many projects in the city and township. Among them are support for food pantries at Epiphany Lutheran Church and Centerville Methodist Church,the Centerville Police Department's Canine Unit, and Friends of the Castle, a non-profit group that supports a social center that serves adults with mental disorders. In 2013, the Foundation contributed $2,000 to the Veterans Memorial Enhancement Project at Stubbs Memorial Park.

Forms can be found on our website, located under the "Grants Program" tab seen above-- or at Centerville City Hall. Forms are also available by writing to the Centerville-Washington Foundation, P.O. Box 41125, Centerville, Ohio 45441. For more information about the Centerville-Washington Foundation, please contact Bob Daley at 433-0811.

Posted 10/11/13

Denny Graf, Retired Realtor, Joins Centerville-

Washington Foundation Board

Pictured above: Denny Graf

Denny Graf, a partner with Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors who retired earlier this year, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Centerville-Washington Foundation.

Graf has a degree in business administration from the University of Dayton, where he played football. He joined the real estate profession upon graduation and retired with 42 years of full-time experience. 

"Well known in the Centerville-Washington Township community, Denny is a welcome addition to the Foundation's board of trustees. His knowledge of our community and his commitment to public service will be put to good use," said Bob Yeck, president of the Foundation board.

Founded in 1998, the Centerville-Washington Foundation has been highly successful in helping people through grants and in helping donors find the best ways of contributing to worthy causes. The Foundation's tag line is, "Helping people help our community."

The Foundation's grant programs have helped children, seniors, and at-risk populations, as well as provided support to local arts and humanities, conservation and environment, education, health and social service organizations. For more information, please contact Bob Daley at 433-0811 or visit the Foundation's web site,


Posted 9/26/13

Bill's Donuts Family Will Receive 2013 Community Founders Award 

Pictured above left to right: Faye Elam, Lisa Elam Tucker, Jim Elam

The Bill's Donuts family--Faye Elam, the mother, Bill's widow; Lisa Elam Tucker, a daughter; and Jim Elam, a son--are this year's recipients of the eighth annual Community Founders Award. They will be honored by the Centerville-Washington Foundation at an October 23 reception at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace. 

A landmark in downtown Centerville, Bill's Donuts Shop was named by USA Today this spring as one of the 10 best donut shops in the United States. Its record of community service is even more impressive. 

The Foundation's Community Founders award was initiated to recognize outstanding service to Centerville and Washington Township.

"The list of community activities the Elam family has supported is off the charts. If they gave Nobel Donut Prizes to bakeries, Bill's would already be on the list," Bob Yeck, Foundation president, said.

Bill Elam started in the donuts business as a route man delivering house-to-house for White's Bakery, a prominent Dayton bakery that began making the rounds in the old days with horse-drawn carriages. Although he was involved with several bakeries, Bill's main shop was at 2700 East Third Street. 

For a while Bill had two donut shops. He opened a bakery in 1967 in downtown Centerville across the alley from Township Hall, in a building where Panera Bread is located now. He sold his East Third Street shop in 1969.

At first, Faye said, the bakery closed at 10 p.m. NCR shift employees, on their way home during all hours of the night, asked him to stay open later. Bill began to leave donuts at the back down at night and shoppers with a sweet tooth would help themselves and leave money in a box. 

In 1979 Bill built the shop at 268 North Main Street. Faye and Bill, who died in 2010, sold the shop to Lisa and Jim in 1995. They now have 24 employees, including Jim's son, Cody, who works the second shift. 

Bill's Donuts runs three shifts 24 hours a day, 51 weeks a year. Because they consider the holidays quality family time, Bill's is closed Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. 

The shop sells on average of 1,000 dozen of donuts (60 different varieties) a day. And they ship internationally. 

Ask about their community service, and their faces light up.

      Faye and Lisa belong to the kitchen ministry at Fairhaven Church. They are members of a group called 100 Plus Women Who Care and give away $20,000 to community groups four times a year.
·      Lisa has chaired the Kalaman Memorial Golf Outing for the past eight years.
·      Bill’s Donuts supported the first Special Wish Foundation project here in 1983. The shop continued its support of the 500th project, the 750th and 1,000th.
·      Bill’s Donuts supported four shipments  —  with more than 100,000 items of food, school supplies and personal needs  —  to Joplin, Missouri, after the 2011 tornado.  And the shop organized a truckload of necessities for tornado victims in Henryville, Indiana in 2012.
·      The shop sponsors a T-Ball team, sends donuts to Centerville High School football players before games, and supports the Science Olympiad, Food2Go and Blue Star Mothers.  Red, White and Blue donuts are a specialty for Veterans Day.

Why is Bill's Donuts so involved in the Community? Jim repsonded, "Why not? We've always done it. It's the thing to do."

Former Ohio State President Gordon Gee's visit was a highlight earlier this year. A Montgomery County stop at Bill's Donut Shop was included on his schedule of activities around the state.

Lisa recalled that Ohio State said they expected a crowd of 50 buckeye fans to meet and greet the university president. "More than 300 showed up," Lisa said, "including the cheerleaders and a basketball player."

"They stayed a couple of hours. I had to run people out. I was afraid the fire department would complain," she said.

Lisa has enough Bill's Donuts stories to write a book. If she did, she said, Gordon Gee's last hurrah would be one of the chapters. 

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Centerville-Washington Foundation is a component of The Dayton Foundation

For more information please call
Bob Daley at (937) 433-0811 or
Janice McLefresh at The Dayton Foundation at (937) 225-9971.


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