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At the East Toledo Family Center’s annual Meeting and Recognition Night held Jan. 27, the board of trustees welcomed new members Paul Gibbs, Andrea Martin and Betsy Ujvagi.

Board officers include Erik Wineland, president; Lisa Pavley, vice president and Kim Wineland, secretary and Darrin Arquette, treasurer.

Several awards were presented at the meeting. They include:

The Dorie Steinmetz Memorial Community Service Award was presented to Scott Williams. The award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies volunteerism and community service.

Service awards were presented to Aetna, Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay and WGTE for assistance to the Family Center over the past year.

The Senior Director Award, created in honor of the East Toledo Senior Activities Center’s first director, Nancy Gernheuser, who retired in 1997, was presented to Gwen Olic.

Program Awards, given to program participants who show outstanding advancement in academics, sportsmanship, character and leadership, were presented to Matthew Gearhart (Kids Kare); Delicia Perez (cheerleading); Brittany Ferris (Strictly Teens); Alayna Avalos and Charles Avalos (athletics); Anthony Ashford (Bridges) and Samantha June (tutoring).

Volunteer Awards were given to Theresa Cope, Lee Hammack, Sarah Paterson, Kristie Rogers and Holly Yard.

Staff Awards, given for dedicated service, were given to Francoise Jones, Jerry Mitchell and Sue Windle.

The Reddish Leadership Award was presented to Christina Jiminez. The award, named after Max Reddish, lifelong East Toledo businessman, former Toledo City Councilman, Lucas County Commissioner and Family Center Board member, is given for demonstration of sportsmanship and character.

The Cousino’s Youth of the Year Award was presented to Laura Perkins, for demonstrating high academic performance, working with and helping others, and her ability to lead and withstand peer pressure.

The Century Award, created to commemorate the family center and the East Toledo Neighborhood House’s 100 years of service to the community, will be presented several times throughout the year. Bill Romp received the award in recognition of his contribution toward helping the Family Center achieve its mission over the last century.

Ehmke celebrates 90
An open house celebrating the 90th birthday of Wilbur Ehmke, formerly of Woodville, will be held at the Woodville United Methodist Church, 201 West First St., Woodville, Feb. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

For those not able to attend, cards may be sent to Wilbur at Avalon by Otterbein, 3529 Rivers Edge Dr., Perrysburg, OH 43551 The family requests no gifts.

Volunteer honored
Ty Weaver, son of Angie Schroeder and Dennis Weaver, is the 2009 recipient of Green Creek Wildlife Society’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

The award is presented each year to the Green Creek member who donates the most service hours. During 2009, Weaver logged more than 400 hours on various projects, including fish research on Mud Creek at Creek Bend Farm; monitoring bluebird trails; construction of bluebird boxes; maintenance of wood duck boxes and assisting with rail research at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, among others.

Weaver is a home-schooled freshman and hopes to pursue a career in wildlife management or related field. Green Creek Wildlife Society is a non-profit conservation/environmental group open to youth and adults. For more information call Tom Kashmer, 419-638-1027.

Club adopting grandparents
Genoa Area High School’s Key Club, which boasts a membership of 34 members, is working with Vicky Coy from the Genoa Retirement Village on an “adopt a grandparent” project. Club members who are interested in participating will be matched with a participating Retirement Village resident. It is the first in a series of programs/events the club is planning.

Key Club officers include Jamie Tajblik, president; Trey Schober, vice president; Destiny Snyder, secretary; Troy Nissen, treasurer; and Sara Welch, editor. Deanna Dunn, Genoa business owner serves as club advisor, with the assistance of Superintendant Dennis Mock and high school Principal Ted Keller.

The club is sponsored by the Genoa Area Kiwanis.




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