Car dealer Mark Miller has been named chairman of the Salt Lake Alexis de Tocqueville Society, which is made up of individuals who contribute $10,000 or more to United Way.

Miller, president of Mark Miller Pontiac and Subaru, and his wife, Kathie Merrill Miller, recently attended celebrations at the White House and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., in connection with his support of the society.The society began last year through a large contribution by John M. Wallace, who founded the organization's predecessor, the Community chest in 1926. Wallace, 94, inaugurated the society in recognition of United Way's 100th anniversary.

"I'm pleased to see such a young man becoming involved and taking responsibility for the welfare of others i the community," Wallace said of the 38-year-old Miller. "Think of all the good he can do ahead of him."

Wallace was honored last year for his life-long support of United Way. The de Tocquerville Society provided more than $150,00 to the United Way for health and human care services in the Salt Lake area.

"I'm eager to build on the foundation provided by Mr. Wallace last year," Miller said. "I envision our local society growing into a major source of funding for current and future human care needs in this community."

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is named for the French statesman who visited the United States in 1831 and later wrote "Democracy in America," which endorses the American volunteer efforts.