Joe Willams, Market President & Regional Sales Manager, served 550 volunteer hours in 2016.
“It’s not about me.” These are the words on the card that Joe Williams always carries in his pocket. “You choose your attitude every day,” is the phrase printed on the other side of the card. As these are the words Joe lives by, it’s only fitting that he was honored as the Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year for 2016.
Joe served 550 volunteer hours in 2016. He serves on the boards of the Lenawee Community Foundation, Adrian Kiwanis, Lenawee Now, Lenawee Country Club, and Promedica Health Systems. He also volunteers on the One Lenawee steering committee and serves a variety of other organizations including Habitat, Salvation Army, Hospice of Lenawee, Lenawee Intermediate School District, and Crossroads Community Church. Joe also writes a monthly column called “Winning with People” that is focused on sharing inspirational and motivational messages with the community.
“Not one to shy away from challenges, Joe Williams is a community hero, who welcomes each day as an opportunity to serve,” said Sue Hammersmith, President & CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation. Joe was praised for his community leadership in merging the struggling Lenawee United Way with the Lenawee Community Foundation to create Lenawee Cares ensuring donations would remain in Lenawee County. “Joe was an integral part of assuring that promises were kept, while building a better future for our community. He has a heart of gold, hands that are always busy working to make our community better, and a spirit of caring that is infectious. We are blessed that Joe loves Lenawee so deeply, and puts his caring into action!” Sue said.
The Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year award was named in honor of Wayne Henning who is affectionately known as “Mr. Old National.” This award is given annually to the associate exemplifying the meaning of community care and involvement. The recipient receives $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choice.
“Joe is not one to shy away from hard work and knows it takes everyone participating to make a difference in your community,” said Todd Clark, Region CEO. “Joe truly lives the core values of Old National, and I am so grateful he is part of our team!”
Congratulations, Joe, and thank you for your commitment to our community!