Roxbury's Yelding feted for community contributions
Published 4:35 pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The organization, an affiliate of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, awarded Laurie M. Yelding, president of Yelding, Inc. in Naugatuck, Dec. 8 at the Crystal Room in Naugatuck during the Chamber's annual meeting.
The award is presented each year in recognition of an individual's outstanding contributions to the business and socioeconomic well-being of Naugatuck.
Yelding, Inc. is a private printing company, established in 1953, providing integrated graphic management services.
As president of Yelding, Inc., Ms. Yelding continues her family's 50-year tradition of producing high-quality printing.
The firm was founded by Ms. Yelding's mother, Genevieve, and Ms. Yelding's father, Lorry, soon joined the company as the demand for copies grew.
In the late 1970s, the company consolidated its print, warehouse and fulfillment operations in Naugatuck, where Ms. Yelding and her brother, Christopher Yelding, later took command.
Ms. Yelding has served as a longtime member of the Print Industry of Connecticut, including six years on its board of directors.
She also served as a member of the Association of Graphic Communicators' Board of Directors for several years and currently serves as a member of the Nutmeg Financial Corporation's Board of Corporators.
While in high school, Ms. Yelding began volunteering in the region by taking Southbury Training School residents on outings.
In early 2011, the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls honored her with the Mary Connolly Community Caring Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding support to United Way and set a standard for service in the community.
Previously, the United Way chapter recognized Yelding, Inc. for outstanding community service for several years prior to Ms. Yelding's personal award.
Currently, Ms. Yelding is vice president of the United Way's executive committee and serves on a number of additional committees, including the golf tournament, special events and festival of trees committees.
Ms. Yelding serves on the Naugatuck YMCA's Board of Directors and Naugatuck Rotary Club's Board of Directors.
She has been honored with several Rotary awards, including Rotarian of the Year in 2010.
Ms. Yelding lives with her husband, David Brinckerhoff, and two children, Sean and Victoria, in Roxbury.