The Wertheimer Fellow Awards
Named for the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick County businesswoman and prolific volunteer, Wertheimer Fellows are recognized for their sweat equity rather than their financial contributions to the local community—leaving a lasting legacy of giving in everything they do.
At-risk youth, victims of domestic violence, the elderly, homeless families, children with disabilities, the hungry, people recovering from addictions, grant initiatives, African-American historical programs, faith based initiatives, scouting programs, health care agencies, and students reaching for a better life through education have all been helped by the funds added by each Wertheimer Fellow.
Wertheimer Fellows are recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community each November and are awarded $10,000 to establish or add to a permanent fund with the Community Foundation for the nonprofit or charitable endeavor of their choice.
New in 2012, the Community Foundation presented its first youth award for volunteerism called the "Wertheimer Youth in Action Award." Youth under the age of 18 who are positively impacting the community by volunteering their talents and energies in Frederick County may be nominated. The youth will receive a $1,000 grant to give to the nonprofit organization of their choice, and will be honored at the Community Foundation's Annual Report to the Community in November.
Past Wertheimer Fellows include Cecilia Bach, Orley and Margaret Borland, Elizabeth J. Brady, Dennis Cannon, Sandy Cox, Jeanie Cronin, Lawrence A. “Tommy” Dorsey, George and Ruth Dredden, Marlene England, Susan Favorite, Charlotte and Charles Glick, Miriam Lane, William O. Lee, Jr., Eugene Long, Richard Markey, Jeannine Milyard, Viola M. Noffsinger, Ronnie Osterman, Frank Parsons, Jennie Sue Pearson, Colleen Remsberg, Edna and Grace Smith, Jane and Charles Smith, Robert F. Ward, Dr. George Waxter, Fran Wenner, Grace Winpigler and Gail A. Wood.
Click HERE to read about previous Wertheimer Honorees.
Please meet the 2012 Wertheimer Fellow Honorees :
Kristopher Fair, 2013 Honoree
Kristopher Fair of Frederick has been an active volunteer in the Frederick area for more than a decade, and has supported a range of organizations and activities relating to the arts, social issues, and civic causes. He is well known for his involvement in Frederick Festival of the Arts having been actively involved since 2003, and taking leadership roles that include multiple committees, silent auction, and chair/co-Chair for the event. He also volunteered with The Weinberg Center for the Arts, and the Mayor’s Ball for the Arts, and was active with the American Advertising Federation – Frederick Chapter for several years.
Mr. Fair has been active with organizations that support marriage equality and that seek to provide awareness and education to the community. He has effectively chaired several local groups dedicated to this cause, including Frederick Pride 2013, and his work has impacted decisions at the state level. In addition, he served as president of College Democrats of Frederick County, and was also a blood drive volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Rich Golling, 2013 Honoree
Rich Golling of Point of Rocks has been a dedicated Frederick County volunteer with boy scouting for more than 35 years, giving countless hours of time. In particular, he has helped special needs young men earn their Eagle Scout Award, and mentored them further by creating a “Venturing Crew” that focused on a love of the outdoors and camping skills. One of these young men still volunteers to help with Appalachian Trail District events because of the service to community ideal that Mr. Golling instilled in him.
Mr. Golling has been highly involved in organizing Citizenship Merit Badge Day where scouts can work towards completing two of their Citizenship Merit Badges. This event encompassed multiple Boy Scouts of America districts within the National Capital Area, and he has been instrumental in teaching citizenship to thousands of scouts. In addition, he has held many volunteer positions within the Appalachian Trail District.
Lane Davis, 2013 Youth Honoree
Lane Davis of Frederick is a 9th grader at Tuscarora High School and has been volunteering at Frederick Rescue Mission since 2011. His involvement started out through his church and school, but quickly evolved in additional hours on his own because he discovered that he loves helping people. Mr. Davis is known as the “dessert man,” working two Saturdays each month in the Mission’s food pantry dessert aisle, helping clients select donated pastries. He volunteers two additional times each month helping prepare and serve meals for Beacon House residents and the community, so that residents have one day off from the kitchen. He stocks the bread aisle, bagging old bread to be donated as food for farm animals. He also volunteers at Ft. Detrick in the library, thrift shop, post office, and IB Express.
C. Rodman Myers, 2013 Honoree
C. Rodman Myers of Thurmont is known for his dedication and support of agriculture in northern Frederick County. His 475 acre farm is home in Thurmont has produced countless pounds of corn, hay, and soybeans. Dairy cattle were milked until 2006, and currently beef cattle graze in the fields.
For more than 50 years, Mr. Myers has been one of the driving forces, along with agriculture teacher Bill Baker, behind the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show, attended by more than 7000 people annually. His work with the Maryland Fair Board has resulted in state funding to support the show. He oversees all aspects of the show, including volunteer recruitment, advertisers for the Community Show booklet, show set-up, entertainment, door prize recruitment, and more. In 1976, a community flag ceremony was added to the show, and has grown to include 35 community and civic organizations.