Aug. 29, 2016

Marty Askins, whose family has a deep legacy of helping others in Stephens County, will head this year’s fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Stephens County.

Nicole Punneo, chairman of the United Way board of directors, made the announcement at a recent meeting.

“We are thrilled Marty has accepted so important a role,” she said. “He certainly knows the area well and is respected throughout the county. His reputation is solid, his compassion for others is strong and he has been a part of many important projects that have shaped Duncan, improving the quality of life for us all.

Askins, 59, was chairman of the 2001-02 United Way campaign here and was president of the board in 2002-03. The post 9/11 campaign remains the most successful in the organization’s history, raising $448,969.

“Our community continues to face some difficult times,” he admitted, “but we have a history of helping others when there is a need. I’m excited to be a part of the United Way again and I’m optimistic we’re going to have a successful campaign. We’ll need everybody’s help to meet our objectives.””

Planning for the 2016-17 campaign, which will begin in September, is under way.

A 1975 graduate of Duncan High where he was a three-year letterman on the golf team, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA degree in Business Administration and lettered on the golf team.

Askins is president of Stephens County Abstract Co. He and his wife, Dana, have been married 34 years and have two married children and two grandsons, all living in Duncan. He is the son of the late Ollie and Jarita Askins, both longtime and dedicated community leaders.

He has been a member of the board of directors for the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, the Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation, Duncan Regional Hospital Authority and the Duncan Public Schools Foundation.

He was named Man of the Year by the Duncan Chamber in 2002.

He has been president of the Oklahoma Land Title Association and a committee member for the American Land Title Association.

Askins is serving his second term as moderator of the congregational board of the First Christian Church here where he has been a deacon and an elder and he is a member of the national board for the Christian Church Foundation in Indianapolis.

A veteran high school and small college football official, Askins is serving a second term on the board of the OU Chip-In Club and is a life member of the “O” Club.

The United Way of Stephens County was started as the Community Chest by a group of volunteers in 1954. It became the Duncan United Fund Inc. in 1967; the United Way of Duncan Inc. in 1976; and the United Way of Stephens County in 1993.

Partner agencies include Christians Concerned, Delta Community Action Foundation, Douglass Eastside Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Literacy Council, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House Academy, Heartline 2-1-1, Girl Scouts of West Oklahoma, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc., Marlow Samaritans, Women’s Haven and Youth Services for Stephens County.

Opportunities to help in this year’s campaign remain available. Call the United Way office at (580) 255-3648, by mail at P.O. Box 1632 or visit the office at 12 South 8th Street, Suite 9.

Last year’s campaign exceeded its goal, raising $370,422 or 106 percent of the $350,000 target.

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