Hayes executive director to retire
Hayes Presidential Center Executive Director Thomas J. Culbertson has announced plans to retire effective July 31.
Culbertson has been executive director since 2005 ¬– only the sixth person to hold that title – however, his affiliation with the institution began in October 1988 when he was hired as manuscripts curator.
In that capacity, he was responsible for acquiring, processing and providing access to more than 5,000 feet of manuscripts material, including the personal and official papers of President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Culbertson advanced to the position of Director of Museum and Education in September 1995 and it was from this position in May 2005 that the Hayes Presidential Center Board of Trustees selected Culbertson to become executive director.
Culbertson’s most significant and lasting contribution to the Hayes Presidential Center will be completed in the year of his departure – the historically accurate restoration of the 31-room home of President Rutherford B. Hayes. Now in its final stages, this monumental four-year project will return the Hayes Home to the way it was decorated and furnished by President and Lucy Hayes.
A national search is underway for Culbertson’s successor. The Hayes Presidential Center Board of Trustees hopes to make a selection before Aug. 1.
Eagle Scout honors
Drew Pyle, of Oregon, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 112, chartered by First St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oregon.
Pyle’s Eagle project involved painting the soffits on Christ United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Starr Avenue Extension and Stadium Road. Friends, family and church members donated funds and supplies for the project and Gladieux’s Do It Best hardware was instrumental with advice and supplying the paint at cost. Labor was performed by the scouts, troop leaders and Pyle’s family and friends.
The son of Randy and Cheryl Pyle, Drew is a junior at Clay High School.
At the 12th annual organizational meeting of the Ottawa County Community Foundation, Inc. held Jan. 18, five members were reelected to the board of directors, including Mary Coffee and David Martin of Oak Harbor, Jon James of Graytown, and Julie Quayle and Marcia Jess of Port Clinton. They join nine other continuing members on the board.
Officers elected to head the Foundation in 2012 include Joy Roth, president; Dr. Derrill Hablitzel, vice president; Julie Quayle, secretary and John Madison, treasurer.
The Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created in 1999 by the citizens in the community to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Ottawa County area. The board will continue a strategic planning process this year to move the foundation ahead to be able to support the needs and projects of many nonprofit organizations across Ottawa County.
With invested assets over $3 million, the foundation was able to distribute more than $27,000 to 24 nonprofit organizations in 2011. In addition, 65 scholarships valued at nearly $60,000 were awarded to deserving students.
President Roth expressed thanks to more than 25 businesses and individuals for their generous support. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.ottawaccf.org.
Historical Society banquet
The Elmore Historical Society's annual Membership Banquet will be held Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Elmore American Legion Post 279.
The evening will be a thank you for members and the volunteers who make the organization a success. The speaker will be Cathy Nelson from the Humanities Council Speakers Bureau in Columbus.
A meal of ham, chicken, mashed potatoes and homemade pie are on the menu. Reservations are required by March 5 by 5 p.m. Call Nancy Pries at 419-862-3300.
Memberships to the society are $5 and are due at this time.