Aside from putting in long hours and hard work of running a successful company for 75 years, the founding brothers John and Bill, and Bill’s son Bob, found plenty of time to give back to our industry and our community.
John, an author and educator, was one of the early members elected to the Direct Marketing Association’s Hall of Fame for his leadership in the industry as well as the number of top award-winning campaigns based on results. He spent 30 years on the Board and numerous years as President of the DMA’s Educational Foundation. John was a founding member of the Dayton Council on World Affairs, plus the conceptual leader of the MegaCity 70/75. His 50 years of volunteering time and talent at Miami University gained him an Honorary Doctoral degree. John served on boards including the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis.
Bill’s love of the outdoors earned him recognition as Friend of Recreation from the National Association of County Parks & Recreation Officials. In the early 1950s Bill spearheaded a group to establish the Centerville-Washington Park District. Under his guidance, in the over 50 years he spent on the board or as an advisor, he guided acquisition of 43 parks totaling 893 acres (largest township park district in Ohio). His Boy Scout troops in the 1930s, 1940s and 1960s were avid campers. For more than 30 years he was the behind-the-scenes idea man/developer for the Washington-Centerville Library for many initiatives including the Woodbourne Library. Other boards included Rotary, Easter Seals, Junior Achievement and local zoning.
Bob has been awarded the Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation, Tower Award from Hillsdale College (for outstanding volunteer service to the school), and Volunteer of the Year from United Way. Current boards include Hospice of Dayton Foundation, AAF Dayton (Ad Club), Centerville-Washington Foundation, and Centerville Education Foundation. Past boards include United Way and the Boy Scouts.
In 2010 Bob began a program where local non-profits could earn free in-kind services. To date our YBCares program has given back approximately $25,000 to clients.
What do all three of these gentlemen have in common? Besides having the same last name … they’ve all been Eagle Scouts and Presidents of the local Advertising Club, but most of all they all possess kind hearts that built the foundation for a great family business. And they all like Postum.