Gary Taylor has been elected as a new trustee of the Van Wert County Foundation. (Submitted photo)
Gary Taylor has been elected as a new trustee of the Van Wert County Foundation. (Submitted photo)

BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT - Gary Taylor has been elected as a new trustee of the Van Wert County Foundation. The result of the election was announced Thursday by retiring VWCF Executive Secretary Larry L. Wendel.

Taylor is the owner of Taylor Auto Sales on S. Walnut St. in Van Wert. The business was started by his father, Don Taylor, in 1947.

Besides his contributions to the business community, Taylor makes an impact on many area organizations, either in leadership or as a financial supporter. Some of those organizations he has associated himself with are Van Wert Civic Theatre, Community Health Professionals, Brumback Library, Wassenberg Art Center, Starr Commonwealth, Salvation Army, YMCA of Van Wert County, Van Wert Rotary Club, and the Van Wert County Hospital, as well as the Van Wert County Foundation.

The election was conducted during the December meeting of the VWCF Board of Trustees. These 15 men and women administer the foundation without compensation. Taylor replaces Gerald Thatcher on the board.

Since the beginnings of the foundation, nearly 60 men and women have served as trustees. The trustees are selected from people with legal, financial, professional, industrial, business, and agricultural background. Eight committees meet as needed in the areas of property, investment, scholarship, bequest, art, endowment, audit, and executive.

The Van Wert County Foundation was incorporated in 1925 and received its first funds in 1934. The first grants were made in 1938. Since that time, more than $28 million has been distributed. In 2013, charitable allocations, scholarship, and program services will total nearly $1.8 million.