From Caring Matters, July 2015
Carol Keller is a remarkable woman for many reasons. She spent years working as a skilled surgical nurse. She has an incredible passion for community service. But most importantly, she has what it takes to do what few of us ever could - keep up with Charles Keller.
Reflecting on her many activities through the years, Carol feels as though she has always led "a very active life."
While a resident of Butler County, she was involved with her local Presbyterian church as well as the Garden Club. She sat on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association in Butler, later becoming a member of the State Board. Additionally, Carol was a volunteer for her community Rotary Club at a time when women were not granted membership in the organization (coincidentally, that policy changed in 1987 when Chuck was serving as the President of Rotary International).
After the passing of her first husband, Carol took some time to reorganize her life and found a perfect match in fellow Rotarian Chuck. It should come as no surprise that the couple has participated in many service initiatives both independently and together, embodying the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self." They were named the WCCF's Philanthropists of the Year in 2006.
"Living with Chuck, you are sort of expected to keep up with him in every way. That's how I became involved with the Women of Philanthropy when it was newly formed."
Carol fondly remembers participating in the group's first service projects, such as collecting personal care items for local women in need. Today, the Women of Philanthropy functions as a giving circle so that financial contributions of all the members can be leveraged to make grants that will result in a greater impact.
As a voting member of the group, Carol had an opportunity to participate in the selection of last year's grant honorees, and she looks forward to reviewing applications again this year.
"The process gives me a chance to learn more about the activities of the groups that are serving disadvantaged women and children . . . In many ways, the WOPGC really is a valuable educational tool that helps me to determine which organizations I would like to support."
She went on to say, laughingly, "Every time I talk about the Women of Philanthropy, Chuck asks me, 'Now, when are they going to have a men's philanthropy group?'"
Luckily, the WOPGC is open to anyone who is interested in helping women and children in need, so both women and men are welcome to join.