Love and Inspiration: UBT’s Joe Williams receives the Lenawee United Way 2012 Stubnitz Award
Joe Williams’ is a familiar face in Tecumseh if you do business at United Bank and Trust, where he is Lenawee Community President, or anywhere in Lenawee County if you have lived here for any length of time. Williams’ commitment to helping where he is needed has earned him the Stubnitz Award, an honor that was officially conferred upon him at Thursday night’s ceremony at Lenawee Christian Centre. He was feted at the ceremony along with Doug Gray who received the Young Leader Incito Award for his service to the community.“I’ve literally lived all over Lenawee County, so I know just about everybody in my age bracket, and I am pleased and honored to be receiving the Stubnitz Award,” Williams said. “It’s a high distinction that I’m proud to receive. I’ve always been happy to help in the organizations like United Way that serve the people of this county I’ve called home all my life.”The Stubnitz Award is administered by the Lenawee United Way and commemorates local businessman and philanthropist Maurice Stubnitz. The award was amply earned by Williams for his embodiment of the spirit of volunteerism, the characteristic which the award celebrates. Other award winners have included: Garry Clift (1996), Tom and Christine MacNaughton (2009), Allan Brittain (2010), and many others since it was established and presented to its first recipient, Leroy Younglove, in 1981.Awardees have always demonstrated an earnest concern for their fellow community members through service. Williams has done yeoman’s service to Lenawee County residents through his membership on the United Way Board, Lenawee Country Club Board, Lenawee Economic Development Corporation Board, and involvement with One Lenawee—a consortium of concerned citizens “that is striving to make Lenawee County a better place to live,” Williams said.As part of his work with One Lenawee, Williams has served on its steering committee that has been committed to improving government effectiveness and was the chairman of the public safety committee for the Lenawee Board of Commissioners. He and his family live in Adrian and attend Crossroads Community Church and are active in the Christian Family Centre, where Williams was employed for a number of years between extensive employment in several area banks. He was asked to return to the banking business by United Bank and Trust President David Hickman nine years ago. Joe and his wife, Paula, have three daughters, Lindsay, a senior at Siena Heights University (Joe’s alma mater); Chelsey, a sophomore at the University of Michigan; where she is studying to be a pediatrician; and Brooke, who is a junior at Lenawee Christian School.The other honoree of the evening, Doug Gray, is also dedicated to service to the county through Lenawee United Way. He was chosen for the Incito Award for, as the organization states, “being a young professional who has emerged as a community leader exemplifying the mission of Lenawee United Way through a commitment to volunteerism, philanthropy, and leadership.”Incito is Latin for “inspire,” and the award was established last year. Its first recipient was Julie Miller.