Georgia Elmes Welles '48 (2006)

Georgia Elmes Welles has led a life of service to her community through volunteerism and with a strong philanthropic spirit that has significantly impacted educational, social service and artistic arenas. Her contributions of time, talent and resources have and will continue to make a remarkable difference for years to come. Georgia is a 1948 graduate of North Shore Country Day School and attended Vassar College.
Georgia Welles exemplifies the true definition of a volunteer. She is a natural leader, evident in the countless ways she has served others. As early as 1959 she served as President of the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood Association of Toledo, Ohio.

Georgia Elmes Welles has led a life of service to her community through volunteerism and with a strong philanthropic spirit that has significantly impacted educational, social service and artistic arenas. Her contributions of time, talent and resources have and will continue to make a remarkable difference for years to come. Georgia is a 1948 graduate of North Shore Country Day School and attended Vassar College.

Georgia Welles exemplifies the true definition of a volunteer. She is a natural leader, evident in the countless ways she has served others. As early as 1959 she served as President of the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood Association of Toledo, Ohio.

This was followed with volunteer leadership positions from 1959 through the 1990s including President of the Junior League of Toledo, Chairman and Co-producer of Fate of a River, a non-profit film on water pollution, Trustee and Board President of Maumee Valley Country Day School, Acting Head of Maumee Valley Country Day School, Trustee for St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Toledo District Nurse Association, Director and Trustee Committee Chairman of the National Association of Independent Schools, Trustee for St. George's School, WGTE Foundation, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, The Nature Conservancy, Ohio Chapter and Council Member for Ohio Arts Council.

Today, Georgia continues in a number of key volunteer roles. Her work for the Toledo Museum of Art includes: Chairman of The Apollo Society, Member of the Art Committee, Co-Chair with her husband of the Museum's Capital Campaign and Honorary Director. In addition, she serves as Trustee of the Endowment Fund for Maumee Valley Country Day School, Director of The Nature Conservancy International and Trustee of Vero Beach Museum of Art.

She shares her passion for art with her husband David, resulting in their "willingness to roll up their sleeves and tackle what needs to be done" for the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2002, they devoted their time and energy to seek financial contributions resulting in a successful $60 million campaign for the Museum, the largest in the city's history. The museum director reflected, "Not since the museum's founders at the beginning of the 20th century, have there been two people more dedicated to the Toledo Museum of Art and to the arts in our community than Georgia and David Welles." For their long-standing commitment they received the Governor's Awards for the Arts.

Georgia and her husband believe in serving the community and have instilled a philanthropic spirit in their family.

They started the Cricket Island Foundation, which funds dozens of programs annually aimed at motivating youth. Their five children and six eldest of 14 grandchildren gather twice a year to review grant applications and determine recipients. Along with their family, they have "worked to build a community of largess in Toledo" and beyond.

Georgia Elmes Welles has distinguished herself with a lifetime commitment to "Live and Serve" in the community as leader, educator, volunteer, community activist, advocate and philanthropist and is recognized for her remarkable dedication with the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition.

Presented October 6, 2006 by Bruce Jarchow '66
President, Alumni Board
North Shore Country Day School
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