Hall of Fame - Inductees

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Hall of Fame - 2017 Inductees

Improving the Lives and Health of Others

From visiting senior centers and nursing homes to delivering meals and advocating for those who are unable to do so for themselves, the many remarkable accomplishments of older adults are in the spotlight for the 42nd year of the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held on May 17 in the Martin Janis Center, Columbus.

This year’s inductees range in age from 65 to 89. 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 2017 inductees are:

Dr. Paul Whetstone and Dr. Anna Marie Stahly Whetstone are pillars of the Fairfield County community of Millersport.  They delivered more than 900 babies during their time of practicing medicine.  Dr. Anna Whetstone was the first female physician in all of Fairfield County.  Both have served their community outside of medicine by supporting the local school system, the arts and the church.

The effort that Jack Scott devotes to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC) is truly remarkable.  He volunteers nearly 40 hours a week at CRC’s Choice Food Pantry.  He makes sure the food inventory is organized, sorted and well displayed for the hundreds of people who visit the pantry on a daily basis.  Jack plays a huge role in helping the CRC serve thousands of people every year.

Cleveland and Bobbyette Sanders are passionate about giving back to the community.  Both volunteer at LifeCare Alliance by delivering meals to homebound seniors.  Clients who have been sent to the hospital can expect a visit from Cleveland until they return home.  Bobbyette has tutored in Columbus Public Schools, packaged and distributed food to the needy and cleaned, provided meals and activities at the Ronald McDonald House and YMCA Family Shelter. 

Beverly j. Mullen shows a great commitment to our nation’s veterans by volunteering her time to publicize and further the events of veteran organizations through local news outlets.   Bev was a crisis line volunteer for Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center and is the co-founder of the Fayette County Child Assault Prevention Project.  She is a journalist for the Record Herald in Washington Court House and is an award winning artist. 

Judy Dodson has more than 50 years of service both professionally and as a volunteer in the community.  She coordinates shopping and travel activities for seniors and others as the Activities Director for Corban Commons Senior Apartment Community.  Judy coordinates food baskets monthly for frail elderly persons in the community.  She served in the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department for more than 30 years.

The distance that Bud Rannebarger has driven as a volunteer for SourcePoint is exceptional.  He has driven more than 8,000 miles while transporting older adults in Delaware County to and from medical appointments.  That distance is the equivalent from Columbus to Anchorage Alaska.  He even goes above and beyond for one client by accompanying him twice weekly for his dialysis appointments which averages between 4 ½ to 6 hours.

Nancy Wadley has served in many capacities for the Ohio River Valley Team of the American Field Service (AFS), an organization that provides international and cultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools and communities.  During her involvement with AFS, more than 1,000 high school students have been hosted by Central Ohio families.  Often through church involvement, Nancy has helped individuals in the community who are in need.

Mel and Anne Daniel have made time to visit nursing homes and senior centers around Union county and surrounding counties.  Both have volunteered at the Inner City Mission in Columbus where they prepared and served Christmas Eve dinner at the mission for more than 20 years; feeding between 350-450 people.  Anne plays the accordion and does standup senior humor for others at Memorial Hospital while Mel visits with individuals.

As a guardian to countless seniors in Licking County, Sondra Knerr advocates for those who are unable to do so for themselves.  Sondra works tirelessly as an advocate on behalf of her wards and aspires to improve their quality of life.  She has made it her mission to ensure that those who can no longer protect and speak for themselves are given a voice.

Veronica Sforza devotes her time to volunteering in the Licking County community.  She teaches the Matter of Balance classes to seniors which focuses on falls prevention.  A non-profit that is near and dear to Veronica is Karis’ Cause which is part of the American Childhood Cancer Organization.  Karis’ Cause is fighting for a cure for childhood cancer.  Veronica volunteered many hours by helping with a fundraiser for the organization which eventually raised more than $10,000. 

Jerry Miller makes a big difference in Madison County through his work on trails and nature preserves.  He has worked with volunteers in clearing brush, cutting trees and removing invasive species near trails.  Jerry invented a machine to cut roots and has shared his invention with other groups.  He was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails.  


Special thanks go to MediGold for its long-time support as Program Sponsor for this community event. Clossman Catering sponsored the entertainment.