The entire Yenrick family was honored at the Glass Key Awards ceremony
Tuesday, held at Inverness Country Club. That includes parents Robert E. and Jane Palmer Yenrick and their five children.
Timothy Yenrick, director of the Greater Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross, writes in his biography, “When you are the fourth child in a family of five being raised by Bob and Jane Yenrick, family and community service is not something you think about, it is something you just do.
“Growing up on Forsythe Street in East Toledo holds many fond memories. My grandmother, Cornelia Harpster Palmer, lovingly called ‘Gram,’ and my siblings were a great influence on me. At age 103, Gram’s advice was to ‘do something constructive every day.’ I have tried to follow her advice,” Tim continues.
Deb Yenrick is the oldest of the five siblings. She attended Mary Manse College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology; the University of Toledo with a master’s in Special Education, and completed 34 hours in a doctorate program for administration.
Deb retired as superintendent of the Sandusky County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in 2005. She formerly served at the Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities of Adult Services at Lott Industries from 1995-2000, a field in which she spanned a 25-year career in Lucas County.
A biography reads, “Her leadership skills and care for others is well known for those whom she has worked with and for those she served.”
Deb’s volunteer services include ARC Hike Bike chairperson, Autistic Society Board Member, original member of the Health Services Rib-off, numerous levy committees for Lucas and Sandusky County Boards of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Special Olympics, Parent’s Plus: A program geared toward volunteerism, East Toledo Historical Society, East Toledo Family Center, and Sandusky County Council for Persons With Disabilities.
“In addition, Deb has always been actively been involved with her family, siblings, nieces, and nephews serving as mentor to them as they pursued their own careers,” states her biography.
Deb shared her home with grandmother Cornelia Harpster Palmer for over 20 years. Her grandmother passed away in 2007 at age 103.
Robert Yenrick, like his father, has worked with youth and coached year round for the past 30 years. His coaching career includes flag football, soccer, basketball, basketball, and baseball. He coached for the ETFC, Boys and Girls Clubs, Oakdale School, Waite High School, and the Rossford Recreation Center. He received the Presidential Award at the Boys and Girls Club and a Volunteer Award at the ETFC.
Robert worked at Toledo Edison on property for 38 years as a tester lead splicer. His biography says he worked all-night or during storms every season for money to pay for teams.
He also set up free baseball and basketball tournaments in East Toledo, and at the Boys Club helped coach, drove vans or buses to games or to Cedar Point, or wherever. Often, he says, he was “chief cook and bottle washer” if necessary.
He is a member of Old Newsboys and has been collecting money and delivering Christmas baskets for 40 years. He also volunteered at Christmas parties at the Boys and Girls Club and the ETFC.
Robert has been a member of Waite High School’s chain gain for 25 years. All four members have been together 25 years and were invited to be Grand Marshall in Waite’s homecoming parade.
Robert also volunteered at Saint Anthony Villa’s by having children come and go at his home. He built bonfires at Waite for 10 years, but says he “never lit the fire for one.”
David M. Yenrick is the middle child and is currently in his 15th year as principal at Waite.
He attended the University of Toledo and received his bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees in Education. David currently serves as a board member for the ETFC, East Toledo Club, and the Citizens Advisory Panel for Sunoco. He is a past president of the ETC and the Toledo Chapter of Phi Delta Kappan, an educational honorary.
David has lifetime memberships in the Old Newsboys Goodfellows Association, the East Toledo Historical Society, Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society, the University of Toledo Alumni Association, the Friends of the Toledo-Lucas County Library, St. Helwig’s Catholic Church, and other community organizations. Over the years, he has served or volunteered in numerous work related and public service related committees and boards, says his biography.
David is married to Carolyn Lake Yenrick, who is employed by Toledo Public Schools as an assistant principal and they have one daughter, Kate, who is a medial planner for Hill Holiday in Boston, Massachusetts.
Timothy Palmer Yenrick started working for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo at South Toledo, East Toledo, and the Homer Hannum sites when he was 18 years old. His final position was director at the Homer Hannum club.
Tim attended the University of Toledo and received a Bachelor’s of Education and a Master’s of Education in Social Foundations and Theory. He began working for the Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation in home-based services and then worked for the state mental hospital training staff with mentally retarded adults.
In 1989 at age 26, Tim was hired as director of the ETFC, which, he says at that time was on the brink of closing.
“With the hard work of many people, the Family Center and East Toledo Senior Center’s staff and programs now serve over 10,000 families with a budget of $2.5 million,” Tim wrote.
Some of the programs and partnerships forged include Toledo Public Schools alternative school and Gear Up program, Lucas County Children’s Services Board, Lucas County Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Board, Toledo Police Department, Mercy Health Care, and St. Charles Mercy Hospital.
The year 2000 saw the completion of a $1.3 million addition to the family center that houses the Navarre Park Family Health Care Center and a Toledo police substation as well as meeting rooms.
“It was my privilege to serve the East Toledo community for 15 years,” wrote Tim. “My heart and roots remain there.
Tim says he has been “proud” to serve as director of Toledo’s American Red Cross chapter.
“With the help of a great staff and over 1,000 committed volunteers, we serve 621,887 people in Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood counties,” Tim writes.
“My greatest joy is my family. Thank you to my wife Linda, our son William, and our daughters Leigh and Anne for allowing me to do what I do. God has truly blessed us.”
Connie Jane Yenrick is the youngest child, having attended East Side Central Elementary and then after high school went on to the University of Toledo and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Education in August of 1989.
Connie says she has worked and volunteered for several organizations and businesses, and on June 27, 2009 she was honored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association with a 25-year service as a basketball official.
“As the youngest child in the Yenrick family, I have been called upon a lot to help,” Connie said.
She has worked at the Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Youth Organization, ETFC, Toledo Day Nursery, United States Postal Service, and Toledo Public Schools.
Her volunteer experience includes food programs at church with her mother, beginning swimming classes at the Catholic Club and YMCA, relief projects at the American Red Cross, Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation, and Special Olympics.