Riders Unlimited honors volunteers, riders, donors
Riders Unlimited, a non-profit organization located just outside of Oak Harbor, recently acknowledged volunteers, riders and donors for their support of the program.
Riders Unlimited provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to individuals with all types of disabilities including mental, physical, emotional, and psychological. Each year, the organization holds a banquet to encourage fellowship for volunteers and riders and their families.
Awards presented include:
- Dean Van Ness, of Fremont, received the President’s Award. While Van Ness doesn’t participate in the daily functions of the program, he played a significant role in helping the program acquire funding for the purchase of a tractor.
- Traci Zoller, of Fremont, received the Executive Director’s Award. Zoller spends several hours a week donating her time and resources to the program, helping to care for horses, with lessons, serving on the board of directors, helping with fundraising events, or contacting people and businesses to help with or donate to the program.
- Amber Barbour, of Elmore, received the Program Director’s Award. Barbour spends several hours a week helping with the daily functions of the program. She has also been elected as the board’s president and has stepped up to be the program’s volunteer coordinator. In addition, she helps with fundraising and volunteers at events and trainings.
- The Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies Volunteer award was presented to Sue Hoffman, of Fremont. The award is given to a volunteer who significantly helps with the EAAT lessons throughout the year.
- Josh Recker, of Fremont, received the Teen Volunteer Award. Recker typically helps with the program once a week and also helps out at events including “Make a Difference Day.” He somehow finds time to help, despite being in middle school, having homework, and being involved in orchestra, band, taking violin lessons, 4-H, and Boy Scouts.
- The Companionship Award was given to Erica Yeager, of Port Clinton, primarily because of the bond she’s built with the horse she rides, Manny. Yeager will come early for her lessons just so she can spend time with him, whether it’s brushing him, getting him ready or just talking to him.
- Rachel Wise, of Fremont, received the Sportsmanship Award. Known for always having a smile on her face, she had ridden the same horse for several years, and was placed on a different horse this year. As challenging as this was, she powered on through and kept smiling. She is also very encouraging to her peers that ride with her.
Riders Unlimited will resume Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies in mid-March. Volunteers are always needed. Volunteer training sessions will be held Monday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m.
More information is also available at www.ridersunlimited.org.
Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus transformed its Multipurpose Room into a winter wonderland for a Snowflake Ball held Feb. 23. A snowstorm and poor weather conditions caused the event to be rescheduled from its original date of Jan. 26.
Riverview Administrator Kendra German welcomed 60 community members to the room, which was decorated with white lights and a winter balloon arch, along with expansive snow scenes. Guests enjoyed lasagna prepared by Riverview’s Food and Nutrition Department, as well as salad, garlic toast and a variety of cheesecakes. Entertainment was provided by Jerry Wittman.
Multiple door prizes were awarded to those in attendance, many of which were donated by Ottawa County Senior Resources. The grand prize, a large snowman, was won by Margaret Kuhlman.
Riverview is planning a number of community events this spring. On Saturday, March 1, the facility will hold Community Preparedness Day, which will kick off with a free pancake and sausage breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. A number of presentations on safety and security will follow.
A St. Patty’s Day Parade, which will be held March 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room, will include a lunch and photos with the Riverview Leprechaun.
On Saturday, April 5, Riverview will host its annual Swing into Spring Craft Show and Easter Bunny Luncheon, which will include photos and Easter Egg Hunt. For more information or to reserve a meal for the Leprechaun or Easter Bunny Lunch, call the Riverview front desk 419-898-2851 ext. 0.
Dinner to benefit grotto
The family of Phil Tersigni will prepare a spaghetti dinner in memory of their husband, father and grandfather to benefit Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Genoa Saturday, March 29 from 4-7 p.m. in the church hall, 204 Main St.
The dinner will include homemade meatballs and sauce over spaghetti, along with garlic bread, a salad bar with homemade dressings, beverage and dessert. The donation is $9 for adults and $4 for children; those age 2 and younger eat free. Dine in or carry out.
For tickets, call Kathy Witt at 419-262-1333. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Spark Award winner
Despite several job changes and job sites within WSOS, Brenda Barton never lost her love for serving preschoolers and their families.
Her belief in WSOS’s core value of helping people help themselves earned her the organization’s Spark Award for January 2014.
Barton, an Oak Harbor resident and currently a center specialist at WSOS Genoa and Port Clinton centers, was honored for demonstrating leadership, quality and service to children and families in the Early Childhood Program. The Spark Award is presented to employees in the WSOS Family Development programs who demonstrate innovative and caring service to the children and families of the program.
According to her nominators, she demonstrated excellence through quality of work and leadership as she helped prepare the two centers she supervises for the accreditation process of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
“This award means a lot to me because I was nominated by the people I work with daily.” Barton said. “I appreciate that they see me as a leader and team member and that they realize that I work hard to help make our centers a great place for our children, families and staff.”
Barton was hired at WSOS in 1980 as a home visitor. After 10 years in that position, she became a classroom teacher at the newly established Genoa Center. Later, she was named the site coordinator/teacher.
After another reorganization, her title changed to site coordinator. She served families at the centers in Port Clinton, Genoa, Elmore and Pemberville.
To learn more about WSOS services, call 1-800-775-9767 or visit www.wsos.org.
The Toastmasters Area 2 International Speech and Evaluation Contest was held Feb. 19 at the Way Public Library in Perrysburg.
Two of the winners were from The Great Eastern Toastmasters Club in Oregon. Speech Contest first-place winner was Allen Hoar of Oregon. Tom Baker, of Walbridge, earned second-place honors. Hoar was also a second-place winner in the Speech Evaluation Contest. Both will represent the club in the District 28 Division Contest, which will be held March 29. The contest is open to the public.
For more information about the contest or about Toastmasters, call Julie at 419-836-5051 or Ken at 419-378-1777.
The Great Eastern Toastmasters meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. Guests are always welcome.
(From left) Ken Sensel, District 28, Division A - Area 2 Governor; Allen Hoar and Tom Baker.