Hall of Fame - 2016 Inductees
Improving the Lives and Health of Others
From improving health care for minorities to clothing forgotten veterans and volunteering for overseas eye and vision ministries, the many remarkable accomplishments of older adults are in the spotlight for the 41st year of the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held on May 18 in the Martin Janis Center, Columbus.
This year’s inductees range in age from 68 to 96. Presented annually by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, the ceremony honors those who actively lead meaningful lives and enrich the quality of life for others.The 2016 inductees are:
Dee Watren volunteers three days a week as the hostess for a small Meals-on-Wheels dining center in a small village. Without her, the dining center might cease to exist, along with the opportunity for social interaction for the seniors who depend on it. Twice a week, she delivers meals door-to-door on two different Meals-on-Wheels routes. Some of the clients are amongst the most underprivileged in Delaware County.
Since 2008, Paul and Gwen Darfus have provided a combined average of 51 volunteer hours per month at FairHoPe Hospice and Palliative Care. Paul is often found welcoming visitors with warmth and compassion to Pickering House, an inpatient hospice care facility. Gwen cares for patients by tenderly cutting and styling their hair, making each patient feel precious and valuable. Volunteers gather at the Darfus home to assemble fleece blankets for the hospice patients.
Retired from teaching high school English, Kay Oughterson is a Certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church and conducts services for pastors on vacation. She continues to enhance the lives of children through the Carnegie Public Library and shopping for gifts for ‘Spirits of Christmas for Kids’. Her service includes the Kiwanis Club (past president and division lieutenant governor) and Metropolitan Housing Board.
Through her leadership, Kathleen Busche has galvanized others to share their vitality, time and talents to help improve the lives and health of others. In 2013, she was recognized at the 50th Candy Cane Ball as the longest serving volunteer for her 52 years on the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Women’s Service Board. For 30 years, she was dedicated to cancer charity initiatives raising funds for City of Hope.
Margaret Fauth has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to her community for 30 years by faithfully delivering Meals-on-Wheels to the most vulnerable homebound members of the community each Friday. She often goes beyond her volunteer role and helps her clients with grocery shopping and running errands. On Tuesdays, she is at St. Lawrence Haven food pantry acting as Crew Chief.
At age 96, Glyde Marsh, DVM has been recognized as the oldest elected official in Ohio. Dr. Marsh retired from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, but he never retired from community service. He has been elected to the New Albany City Council six times. Still a pre-eminent poultry veterinarian, he travels 20,000 miles a year across the country serving some of the same poultry clients he has had since 1950.
A retired nurse educator, Cora Munoz, PhD, RN focuses her volunteer efforts on facilitating the health care needs of Asians in Columbus. She has coordinated numerous health screenings and health education programs for the uninsured and underinsured, providing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services. Currently, she is President of the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition and Chair of the Columbus Asian Festival board.
At age 94, Betty Meyer is an active community volunteer. A 37-year volunteer at Licking Memorial Hospital, she is currently the information desk coordinator. She and the other American Legion ladies visit the Veterans Home in Chillicothe twice a year to give the residents a party. Her personal “365 days a year” duty is collecting new or gently used clothes for the veterans because many were forgotten long ago by their families.
Rachel Powell encourages everyone to set their goals high and think “outside the box.” She has been the motivating force for the Licking County Humane Society’s Golf Outing and Fur Ball fundraisers, and instrumental in starting the Car Show and Chocolate Festival fundraisers at the Licking County Aging Program. A new volunteer passion is the Nazarene Fund for helping vulnerable Christian refugees from the Middle East.
Levi and Cora Miller make a difference in the lives of those who have been forgotten by society. Locally, they deliver Meals-on-Wheels on Fridays, work at the Country Closet Thrift Store two to four days a month, and Levi is involved in a Wheelchair Ramp Ministry. From 2007 through 2013, he assisted 2,500 to 6,000 patients in annual two-week trips to Nicaragua, Columbia and Peru as a Medical Ministry International volunteer.
Ula Jean Ater Metzler believes education makes the difference in a person’s life. She was the driving force for the County Board of Commissioners’ establishment of Pickaway H.E.L.P.S. (Higher Education Learning Partners for Students), a college access program for low-income, first-generation college students. The program also coordinates the ‘Kids on Campus’ summer education enrichment program for first through fourth grades.
At age 28, Lois Gruenbaum had a leg amputated because of cancer. Always high-energy, she charged ahead on crutches, raising four children, being employed, and contributing to her community. She was Secretary-Treasurer of the Marysville Memorial Day Committee for nearly 60 years and active on the Friends of the Library board and committees for Scenic Byways, Covered Bridge Festival and Veterans Memorial Monument.
Special thanks go to MediGold for its long-time support as Program Sponsor for this community event. Clossman Catering sponsored the entertainment.